DOVEROf the. , May 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Evan W. Smith Funeral Services (EWSFS) proudly announced that it will begin offering bereavement counseling and other mental health services to Dover and WilmingtonDelaware communities in collaboration with Leslie Holley, a nationally licensed clinical professional counselor. “A Healing Place” is a series of workshops offered on a quarterly basis where Ms. Holley will lead sessions to help participants learn about the cycle of grief and how to navigate the grieving process in a healthy way.

Additionally, informative monthly EWSFS blog posts will cover a range of mental health and grief topics, from how children are coping with grief, to life in a COVID-19 world and much more. EWSFS will also create weekly social media posts as touchstones to keep in touch with families and social followers. All of these services are offered at no additional cost as part of the continuity of care represented in every package provided by Evan W. Smith Funeral Services.

“Most think funeral services are ‘when needed,'” said Evan W. Smith. “Our philosophy is to provide a broader continuity of care. This can begin with advance planning long before a funeral or memorial service, and goes well beyond a burial or cremation. Grief is different for everyone. and there’s no set timeline. That’s why our enhanced aftercare program now includes bereavement counseling workshops and other content as a perfect complement to our existing model.”

“I have had the opportunity to co-host webinars for Evan W. Smith Funeral Services over the past year and meet wonderful people who need support with grief, anxiety or depression, but who otherwise would not seek it,” said Leslie Holley. “By creating this accessible platform, Evan and I hope to continue to break the stigma around mental health and create a safe ‘place of healing’ for all Delawarians.”

About Leslie Holley, MA, LCPC (MD, DC, VA), NCC

Leslie offers advice for adults dealing with trauma, anxiety, depression, post-baby issues, codependency, life transitions and addiction. Leslie helps clients set boundaries and practice healthy communication strategies throughout their mental health journey. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS) and has extensive training in trauma and its effects on the brain. In addition, she completed her master’s thesis, with distinction, on the help-seeking behaviors of African American men.

Leslie Holley has presented mental health topics for the American Counseling Association (ACA), Illinois Counseling Association (ICA), Northwestern University, DePaul University and the Multicultural Division of the Maryland Counseling Association (MAMCD), among others. Leslie shared her mental health insights on Chicago WGN Radio and the online radio show “Let’s Stay Together” during their monthly mental health segment. She has contributed writing to various publications and UrbanBalance.com, covering her work with couples in counseling, anxiety coping tools, and understanding depression, among other discussions.

Some of the many topics she has presented include Therapy 101, Anger Management, Child and Teen Trauma, Crisis Management, Conflict Resolution, Workplace Bullying, Training assertiveness and thriving in a multi-generational workforce. Leslie Holley is the past president of the Multicultural Division of the Maryland Counseling Association (MAMCD) and currently works with clients in her private practice, Healing-Circle LLC.

To learn more about EWSFS or upcoming workshops for an “A Healing Place, follow Evan W. Smith Funeral Services on social media: Facebook, Youtube, LinkedIn.

About Evan W. Smith Funeral Services (EWSFS)
Evan W. Smith Funeral Services is a local, family-owned business that offers a range of elite funeral care services, including traditional funerals, cremations, memorials, pre-planning, bereavement support and more to meet the needs of unique needs of Delaware families. With decades of experience caring for loved ones from all cultural backgrounds, EWSFS is committed to creating beautiful memorial services that help gently ease the grieving process in a memorable and uplifting way. EWSFS is also a recipient of the prestigious “Best of Delawarerecognition by Delaware Today. Learn more about: https://ewsmithfs.com.

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