Grief and Loss


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  • Healing Improve At Healing Improve they strive to give people a break from stifiling grief with others who understand through laughter, energy, and love.


  • Bambi (1942)
  • Batman the Beginning (2005)
  • Beaches (1988)
  • Bogus (1996)
  • The Cement Garden (1993)
  • Dear John (2010)
  • Fanny and Alexander (1982)
  • Kolya (1996)
  • Last Song (2010)
  • Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
  • Lion King (1994)
  • My Girl (1991)
  • My Life as a Dog (1985)
  • One True Thing (1998)
  • Ponette (1996)
  • Raising Helen (2004)
  • Stepmom (1998)
  • Unstrung Heroes (1996)

"I love working somewhere where I am valued as a person and for my strengths. I love working with likeminded people that work to see the company grow and that also want each other to grow. Dr. Agnew help fosters the dreams of the people that work at AFBHS. The compassionate culture is something that drew me in."

-Danie Duron, MA, LPC, Lakeshore Clinical Director

"I love the balance of owning my own private practice, with the benefits of also being part of a collaborative team. We get to socialize, learn from, and brainstorm with a team of therapists who each bring something special to the table. Since this is an established practice, the details of billing, paperwork and finding referral sources are things I don’t need to worry about. Our support staff is wonderful. This is a black-owned, racially diverse therapy practice that meets the needs of our diverse clientele, which is immensely important in a diverse world. I love that AFBHS is an antiracist private practice. Lastly, this is a practice where we are invested in seeing each therapist grow a sustainable practice. In our meetings, we talk about what makes this work sustainable, we check in with one another, and we support one another. I have worked in a number of other practices over my career and have found that this is one of the most emotionally healthy places I have ever worked. I love it here. I think you might too." -Eric Nykamp, LMSW