Counseling for the Later Stages of Life
Counseling can be invaluable in helping the aging adult and family members adjust to changing realities in their lives.
At Faenzi Associates, we are passionate about helping others. And with our clinical training and personal life experiences, we can offer validation and guidance that can ease the stress and personal pain that comes from working through one’s process. With empathy and compassion, we work to instill hope as we walk beside our clients’ challenges.
Life transition counseling
The aging process sneaks up on us. Tasks that once seemed easy are now difficult. You start to forget everyday things. Your body doesn’t work or feel the way it once did. And all these changes may leave you with powerful feelings of helplessness and grief. Life transition counseling can be invaluable in helping the aging adult or family members to adjust.
- Individual counseling with the older adult: Validation counseling entails personalized work to help the older adult overcome specific challenges or to attain their goals. We explore ways to re-establish purpose in life and provide opportunities to reconnect with community. Common challenges include: depression, anxiety, trauma, addictions, phobias, compulsions, memory loss, chronic illness, mobility decline and grief.
- Family Counseling: Family members often struggle to understand and accept the role reversal and relationship changes that accompany the aging process. Complicated and emotional pain can make adapting to a loved one’s physical and mental decline difficult. Our care managers offer validation and train family members on using communication and coping techniques to better interact so everyone’s needs are met.
A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or dementias can be devastating for the individual and life-changing for the entire family. Family members and friends often fall into a state of denial. A combination of counseling and education can help get you through this often long and difficult journey.
We offer dementia counseling, resources for the individual and family members, caregiver support and tips for coping and managing the challenging behaviors associated with this illness. Our care managers promote a safe, trusting environment for the care recipient to share painful feelings and express emotions associated with frustration, depression, anger and grief. We focus on validation and reminiscence, using a redirecting approach and specific communication techniques to reduce stress, frustration, agitation and isolation.
Grief counseling and support
The loss of family and friends can produce feelings of heartache and sorrow. Many seniors struggle with the grieving process and cannot recover without help. We offer support and therapeutic comfort care to assist the individual through the end of life.
“Kathy Faenzi was the answer to my prayers. Since I was my Mom’s best friend and knowing that Mom was a very private woman, I never thought that she would openly discuss her personal thoughts with anyone else. I was wrong. Kathy would meet with just my Mom at her home every month and then every week for about an hour. After a month or two, my Mom would tell me that ‘Kathy is coming over today and I am looking very forward to it.’ I actually heard excitement in her voice, which I had not heard in a long time. It was wonderful! Their relationship was truly a blessing to her and to me and my brother.”