Flavia Ceschin, PhD.
Flavia Ceschin received her PhD in Clinical Psychology in 1990 from Concordia University in Montreal. Her clinical training and work focused on individual and family therapy with children, adolescents and their families coping with life issues such as mental illness, abuse, and developmental disorders while at The Lethbridge Rehabilitation Center, the Applied Psychology Center of Concordia University, and the C.M. Hincks Treatment Centre.
She conducted research in the area of children’s play behaviour, exploring individual differences in young children’s make-believe play and its relationships to motivational, cognitive, and family factors. She also has professional training in Grief and Bereavement as well as Complicated Grief and its treatment.
After staying home to be with her three children, Flavia returned to work in the area of death, dying and bereavement. From 2008-2012, she was Program Director of The Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children, a youth’s grief support agency in Oakville. While at The Lighthouse, she helped hundreds of grieving children, teens and adults through peer-group grief support, family consultations and grief education.
Since 2012, Flavia has offered support and counselling to adults and youth faced with life’s challenges through private practice in Oakville. She is a therapist who specializes in grief support and counselling for individuals, and their families, during the stressful time of a serious illness or after the death of a loved one.
She companions grieving clients by providing a safe, confidential, non-judgmental place where they can freely discuss their experiences and share their thoughts, feelings and reactions. She also works with individuals who are faced with traumatic loss and other life challenges such as depression and anxiety, changing repeating patterns that leave them unfulfilled or live more authentically.
Whatever the challenge, her goals are to help individuals find hope, to build on their inner strengths, and to give them the tools they need to move forward and to create positive, lasting change.
Flavia also provides grief education, training and consultations for individuals and professionals in the community. These consultations and presentations focus on helping adults understand how children and teens grieve; how adults can help young people cope with loss and change due to a family member’s serious illness or death; and the unique qualities of suicide loss.
Flavia is a member of Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists, the Association for Death Education and Counselling, and Bereavement Ontario Network.
Community work is an important and rewarding part of her life. She has been an active volunteer for Acclaim Health in their Hospice and Bereavement Programs since 2012, providing one-on-one hospice support and facilitating Spousal Loss Support Groups. She has been a member of Bereaved Families of Ontario-Halton/Peel’s Professional Advisory Council since 2012.
In 2014, Flavia founded Heartache2Hope with the help of a talented and skilled team of individuals. Heartache2Hope is a Halton-area organization that provides support after traumatic loss due to suicide death and education to the community about traumatic loss. They offer Closed groups, Open Groups and individual grief support for suicide loss grievers.
Since 2015, Heartache2Hope has provided training specific to traumatic bereavement and communication skills for the Victim Services Unit of Halton Police.