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Phyllis Kosminsky, PhD, FT


is a clinical social worker in private practice and at the Center for Hope in Darien, Connecticut, where her work focuses on grief, loss and trauma. Dr. Kosminsky has written on a range of topics related to bereavement and loss and lectures frequently on these subjects to professional and lay audiences.  Her first book, Getting Back to Life When Grief Won’t Heal draws on her fifteen years of clinical experience and provides a description of the challenges that often accompany the loss of a loved one, as well as resources for moving through complicated grief. Most recently Dr. Kosminsky contributed to Techniques of Grief Counseling, edited by Robert Neimeyer (Routledge, 2012).  In 2007 Dr. Kosminsky was named a Fellow in Thanatology and in 2011 she was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association for Death Education and Counseling. 

Dr. Kosminsky received her social work degree from Columbia University and her PhD in social welfare from Brandeis University. She is trained in Eriksonian hypnosis and certified in EMDR, a clinically proven method for treating trauma. She believes that in order to work in the field of death and dying, clinicians must practice good self care, and that includes lifelong learning to sustain enthusiasm for their work, and to offset the inevitable toll of providing support and guidance to people who are grieving.