About Pamela Sollenberger

Grief Support NH | Tapestry of Healing in Exeter NH

Pamela Sollenberger is a Certified Grief Counselor with over 27 years of experience in all aspects of grief and loss counseling.

She has successfully conducted sessions with a significant cross section of the community including:

  • The elderly
  • Substance abusers of all ages
  • Battered women
  • Brain injured
  • Prisoners
  • She has practiced in prisons, long term care facilities, hospice facilities, and veterans hospitals.
  • Ms. Sollenberger has also worked extensively with both Alzheimers and Parkinsons Support Groups.
  • As a practitioner and educator Pamela is considered by her peers to be an accomplished and compassionate leader in the area of grief and loss counseling.

 

Certifications:

  • Certified Grief Counselor (GC-C). The American Academy of Grief Counseling.  Advisory Board Member of the American Academy of Grief Counseling.
  • Nationally Certified Bereavement Facilitator for eight years. The American Academy of Bereavement discontinued the Certificate program in May 2005.

 

Currently Roles:

  • Facilitate weekly Bereavement group at “The Tapestry Of Healing”, Exeter, NH.
  • Facilitate weekly Caregiver’s group at the Edgewood Centre, Portsmouth, NH and Provided a Grief Workshop for the staff at the Edgewood Centre in March.
  • I am a Bereavement Consultant for The Edgewood Centre, Portsmouth, NH.
  • Facilitate weekly Transition Groups for brain-injured people at Steppingstones, Portsmouth, NH. The group is designed to help brain-injured people to grief the loss of who they were, and accept who they are today.
  • Provide clinical counseling to inmates at The Strafford County Correctional Center, Dover, NH. Also, wrote the curriculum for the grief, loss & recovery program.
  • Co-Facilitate bimonthly Caregiver’s Groups for loved one’s of brain-injured people at Steppingstones, Portsmouth, NH.
  • I am sole proprietor of “The Tapestry of Healing, LLC”
  • Facilitator of the “Death Cafe” at Hospice Help Foundation
  • Advisory Board member at the American Academy of Grief Counseling, Warren, Ohio.

Other Roles:

  • I was a Bereavement Counselor for Portsmouth Home Health & Hospice, Portsmouth, NH. This position was held for seven years.  In August 2005, the position was eliminated.
  • During my tenure as a Bereavement Counselor, I provided several Workshops & Presentations on: Grief & Loss, Understanding the Bereavement Process, Grief for Children and their Developmental Stages & Compassion Fatigue to health care workers. These were conducted in Nursing Homes, Hospitals, Montessori School, Widowed Persons Services and the Hospice Volunteer Trainings.

Speaking Engagements:

  • 22nd Annual Brain Injury & Stroke Conference, Concord, New Hampshire in May  2005.  I spoke on two tracks:  Un-grieved loss for Families and Un-grieved loss for  brain-injured Survivors.
  • Provided an in-service on “Grief & Loss” for staff members at the Exeter Hospital, Exeter, NH in May 2005.
  • Provided workshop on “Death & Dying” at UNH, Durham, NH in June 2005.
  •  Provided Semi-annual Hospice Volunteer Training on “Grief & Loss” and “Understanding the Bereavement Process” at Portsmouth Home Health & Hospice from 1998 to 2005.
  • Provided an in-service on “Grief & Loss and the Dying Process” at the Mark Wentworth Home, Portsmouth, NH in November 2004.
  • Presenter on “Grief, Loss & Recovery” at the Half Moon Festival in Danbury, NH in June 2002.
  • Presenter: “The Whole Process of Grief”, Seacoast Widowed Persons Services, Dover, NH in May 2001.
  • Presenter: “Growing Through Grief, IV”, Seacoast Widowed Persons Service, Dover, NH in April 1999.
  • Speaker, at St. Theresa’s, Rye, NH 2016: “Feeding your soul…the meaning of life on a soul level.”

Published articles:

  • Acute Grief and Life Changes
  • Un-grieved Loss
  • Un-grieved Loss for Families of Brain Injured Survivors
  • Un-grieved Loss for Survivors of Brain Injury
  • Handbook for University of New Hampshire Interns

 

Education & Continuing Education Classes:

  • Bachelor of Science: Behavioral Science.
  • Master of Science: Counseling Psychology.
  • World Wide Notable Alumni – American Academy of Grief Counseling-Advisory Board member, Warren, Ohio
  • Completed the Hospice Foundation of America’s 12th Annual “Living with Grief” teleconference in Stratham, NH in April 2005.
  • Completed the workshop on “Supporting the Hospice Patient in a Hospital or Nursing Home” in Portsmouth, NH in 2004.
  • Completed the workshop at University of New Hampshire continuing education Department on “Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue” in 2003.
  • Completed the New Hampshire Hospice and Palliative Care Conference in Moultonboro, NH. The conference was titled, “Pain and Beyond: 2003.”
  • Completed the “Hospice Retreat” for Portsmouth Home Health & Hospice, Portsmouth, NH in 2002.
  • Completed the workshop, “Pathways through Grief: From Loss to Hope” sponsored by Rockingham VNA & Hospice and N.H. Catholic Charities in Stratham, NH.
  • Completed the workshop at the University of New Hampshire on “Treating Trauma through Sand Play and Play Therapy.”
  • Completed the workshop presented by Bernie Siegel on “Loss” in Portsmouth, NH.

 

Teaching experience:

  • York County Community College, Wells, Maine-Psychology 101 and Abnormal Psychology
  • University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH. Taught, “Introduction to Gerontology.”