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Hannah Moerk

Hannah graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina with honors and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a Health and Human Values Thesis Concentration. An interdisciplinary thesis capped off her undergraduate education rooted in social support's psychological implications when navigating an unknown health prognosis and medical illness. She extensively collaborated with Doctors of Public Health and Communications, culminating in a 3-year research project and thesis presentation at the Alenda Lux Symposium. Post-graduating, Hannah received leadership distinction with the fellowship initiative program, acquired experience within non-profit administration, and embedded herself in her research as a clinic and patient care coordinator.

Currently, Hannah is working towards her Ph.D. In Mental Health Counselor Education and Supervision. Hannah has her Fully Accredited Professional Counseling Diploma. She is a Member of the American Counseling Association, American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, and Utah Counseling Association. Hannah specializes in helping seniors, caregivers, and women of all ages in times of transition.

No matter how resilient we are, life happens. A professional like Hannah can offer evidence-based counseling to navigate grief, depression, anxiety, life changes, chronic disease, peer relationships, stress, postpartum depression, body image, ADHD, learning impediments, and aging.

With a Ph.D. of distinction dissertation in geriatric counseling, Hannah is passionate about counseling individuals navigating diverse types of grief, facing decisions that come with aging loved ones, and overcoming loss through restorative grief. Working in assisted living, residential treatment, and home healthcare, Hannah believes in harnessing the power of misunderstood emotions.

Hannah applies empirically-based interventions to promote healing while incorporating an integrated counseling approach. She addresses the psychological, physical, interpersonal, and spiritual influences on holistic wellbeing. Specifically, integrated neurobiology, acceptance and commitment therapy, and narrative methods inform her therapeutic practice.

Why counseling?

It is not thoughts and feelings that create suffering; it's the thoughts and feelings that we attach to.

At the intersection of science and art, counseling builds a bridge between what is lost and what is ahead. It is not thoughts and feelings that create suffering; it's the thoughts and feelings that we attach to that create suffering. There is no way around grief. Yet, there is a way to move through pain. Patience is fundamental. Absolutes are not finite, and the world is neither all bad nor all good. You must hold space for deep hurt because someone deeply loved you. The braid of pain is a reminder of your humanity. You are where you need to be. Feelings do not get the final say; leave that to love.

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Hannah offers online counseling for individuals of all ages, allowing flexibility, safety, and comfort of doing therapy from your home or office.

Don't hesitate to contact Hannah by phone or email for more information, and allow 1-2 business days for a reply.

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(385) 645-9299

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10 minute phone consultation

*sliding scale is offered for those who need financial assistance

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Sleepy Bugs & Hard Candy

Last night was "one of those nights."
I thought I put myself together before coming to work.
Turns out, I missed a mischievous sleepy bug.
Mary Joe spotted it and reached into her purse to hand me hard candy.
MJ knows; carmel-flavored hard candy is the cure.

I had a name tag that said, "ACTIVITIES COORDINATOR."
I lost it. So I made a new name tag.
"HANNAH.”

As "HANNAH," I get to do life with the most beautiful older folks; Bob, Mary Joe, Jane, Helen, Rose, Judy, Clarence, Carma, Earlene, June, Barney...

It didn’t take long for me to know, noodle-ball, hair appointments, or scenic rides are not for rescheduling. And I must give enough time to "wash up" before dinner @ 4:00.

Doing life in Utah is abundant.
All the while, a self-deflating sleeping pad reminds me of my nagging “isms.”
Time and time again, wiser folks ground my anxious soul.
They know from experience that hope, sadness, love, loss, and celebration can, and they do coexist.

Nonetheless, no matter how resilient I am, there will be pesky sleepy bugs.

And there will be tangible, personal love, sometimes in the form more of Mary Joe's hard candy.

Grief

“Healing doesn’t mean that the pain goes away. It means that the pain becomes a sacred part of you that you carry inside forever.”

Healing doesn’t mean that the pain goes away. It means that the pain becomes a sacred part of you that you carry inside forever. Often grieving people come to counseling hoping to find “closure.” However, I’ve always felt that closure was an illusion.

Besides, how can there be an end point to love and loss? Do we even want there to be? The price of loving so deeply is feeling so deeply—but it’s also a gift, the gift of being alive. If we no longer feel, maybe we should be grieving our own death.

The grief psychologist William Worden takes into account this perspective by replacing tasks of mounrning (acceptance, denial) with integrating loss into your life and creating an ongoing connection with the person who died while also finding a way to continue living.

Right now, the pain feels unbearable, “alternately numb and in excruciating pain.” Yours may feel like that or it may feel different. You might also experience a sense of surreality: How can people go on with their days as if nothing has happened? How can they backpack national parks and share DIY projects on Instagram when the world seems to have stopped? And comparing your loss with others’ is natural, too: Is it worse if the death is sudden or expected? If the person is 62 or 80? If you saw the person regularly or hadn’t seen him in a year? But grieving is not a contest, because there are no winners when it comes to losing someone you love.

Still, while there’s no hierarchy of grief, daily reminders can be retraumatizing,

So what can you do in the face of your loss amid these extra challenges? You can be kind to yourself and practice self-compassion. You can embrace the rage—because it’s valid. You can disinvite the guilt when it attempts to pay you a visit by reminding yourself that there’s nothing you could have done differently. And you can bear in mind the concept of impermanence. Sometimes in their pain, people believe that the agony will last forever. But feelings are more like weather systems—they blow in and they blow out. Just because you feel gutted this hour or this day doesn’t mean you’ll feel that way this afternoon or next week. Everything you feel—anxiety, anguish, joy—blows in and out again.

So when you do fall into self-blame, rumination over how things might have gone differently, and protesting the death itself—all of which are ways to not experience the more tender feelings of sadness and loss—be gentle with yourself.

There is no way around your grief, but there is a way to move through your pain. Be patient with yourself. Try to remember that eventually you will come to view the world as neither all good nor all bad. Hold a space for the fact that you hurt so deeply because you were loved so deeply. And let that braid of pain and love be a reminder that you are human, and you’re exactly where you need to be.

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