A Message From Bernice & Bob

We have transitioned to virtual counseling for individuals, couples and groups in response to the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.  We are now conducting sessions by phone or by secure video teletherapy available to anyone with an internet connection and a computer, tablet or smart phone.  
As we all adjust to the new normal, many things and people that we may have taken for granted may no longer be available to us.  Social distancing has created increased feelings of anxiety and isolation.  This crisis has touched upon our fears about our health, our loved ones and our financial security.  You don’t have to go through it alone!
“The Mourning After” bereavement group 
will continue to meet remotely during the COVID-19 virus crisis 
using secure and confidential video conferencing.
You can “attend” the group virtually on
Friday April 3rd from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm using your
computer, tablet or smartphone from the safety of your home.
Groups and gatherings have been suspended throughout NJ and many other states to prevent the spread of the infection.  We understand how vital connection is for those who are grieving so we are not cancelling the group.  We will continue to meet in a new virtual format.
In addition, we will be organizing a volunteer telephone support network that will help us all keep in touch during the challenging months ahead.
About the GIERS: Bob Szita MS, LPC, TEP and Bernice Garfield Szita MS, LPC, TEP are Co-Directors of ActionArtz Training Institute and Founders and Co-Directors of Giers: Grief Information, Education & Recovery Services a 501c3 non-profit organization.  They are Licensed professional Counselors & International trainers in Psychodrama who use action methods for personal & professional development.  They are well known for their custom-designed training programs that stimulate learning in education, healthcare, government, & business settings. 

The Checkered Cloth: A Lesson About Loss

Our memories can serve to sensitize us throughout our lives to things we may not otherwise have empathy for. One memory from my childhood has come back to me many times as I have worked with children, parents and loss.

I could not have been more than five years old when this experience happened to me. It was summer and I, my parents and older sister, Audrey, went on a rare vacation to the Catskills in NY. We visited a farm that was turned into a hotel and as a city child everything was exciting and new to me! I loved all the green, the wild flowers, the fresh air and the farm animals. It was here that I fell in love with chickens, an affection I hold to this day! Continue reading on GIERS blog >

GIERS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides services to assist individuals, families and organizations recovering from a wide range of losses. We use a large variety of therapeutic modalities including psychodrama, creative arts, action techniques, education and counseling to help people develop coping skills and facilitate a successful transition toward healthy recovery. GIERS will also educate and train professionals and other community members to understand and aid people experiencing grief.

GIERS activities include:

  • Bereavement groups for adults, teens and children
  • Humanity Players education program
  • Recovery services for losses including loss of a loved one, physical or mental health, job, home, miscarriage, divorce, disenfranchised losses, such as from abortion, AIDS, suicide, and pet loss
  • Individual and family grief counseling for adults, teens and children
  • Community education programs addressing relevant issues of grief and loss
  • Training programs for community members interested in assisting others with grief issues
  • A “helpline” grief support referral service

As we obtain additional funding, we will add more innovative programming.

10 East Main Street  Suite 5B
Freehold, New Jersey 07728
PH: 732-577-1076