Grief of Trauma

For those experiencing grief of traumatic experiences
Individual counseling
For Adults, Adolescents, and Children
Family Counseling
For up to 8 family members
Parents Counseling
Grieving the death of a child


A traumatic event is defined as “an experience that causes physical, emotional, and psychological distress or harm. It is an event that is perceived as a threat to one’s own safety or to the stability of one’s world”

Examples of traumatic events include;

Unexpected death of a family member or friend: car wreck, suicide, death to addiction
Physical injury or illness
Natural disaster such as tornado

Following the experience of a traumatic event, the survivors can experience anxiety, intrusive thoughts and flashbacks, along with possible sleep disturbances and appetite changes. Many times the symptoms will resolve within a month but if it does not then the survivor may be experiencing PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).

PTSD can occur when the person is exposed to perceived or threatened death. This includes serious injury, finding a loved one dead from suicide or drug overdose, life threatened in natural disasters such as tornado, hurricane.

The intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, and anxiety experienced in the month following the incident did not resolve and now PTSD is experienced.

Although a diagnosis of PTSD includes the threatened or perceived threaten of death, events that have not been life threatening can still produce the same symptoms as PTSD and can be addressed.

Specific techniques are incorporated to resolve the symptoms. Until the PTSD is resolved, there is an inability to access grief emotions in order to adjust to the loss experience.

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Peggy Vota
Kathy is one of the greatest people God has put into my life, without her I may not be here today. She helped me recover from some very sad and grief depression struggles after the loss of my daughter. With Kathy’s awesome counseling ,( group/individual) my life is finally starting to look bright once again…Kathy thank you!!!….You are a wonderful caring person..I will love you forever.
Steve & Lillie Heitke
In our darkest times Kathy was a beacon of light, leading us on a path to a deeper understanding of our grief and the challenges that lie ahead. We highly recommend Kathy’s loss and grief counseling services.
Kaitlin Mason
After the loss of my first child I completely thought my life was over. After months of not getting out of bed and practically sleeping all day long my mom found Kathy. She literally saved my life when I believed there was no hope. She guided me through all stages of grief and showed me it was okay to have those feelings. I wouldn’t trade my time with her for anything else. Kathy goes above and beyond for her clients and she is truly an amazing person!
Julie Blackburn
I have known Kathy Cherven for a number of years. As an intern, she took me under her wing and taught me about being a therapist. As a colleague, we collaborated and I continued to grow through my experiences with her. She is an amazing clinician and I enjoy her point of view.

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There are times life runs smoothly and then an unexpected loss is experienced causing a grief reaction with many confusing and overwhelming emotions The loss may be through the death of a loved one of a non-death loss, sch as job loss, loss of possessions, acquired disabilities, or any life changing event.
Grief is an ongoing process of adjusting to that loss and making meaning out of life again. Grief is complex and multidimensional and is as unique as one’s fingerprint.

-Kathy Cherven
103 E. Jefferson St., Morris, IL  60450
(815) 416-9036

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Accepted Insurance: We accept insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield