Amy Luster, M.A., MFT

Parenting After a Loss

Serving the communities of: Santa Monica, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Westwood, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Culver City, Palms, Mar Vista, West Los Angeles, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Agoura and Ventura.

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Phone: (310) 844-4414
  •  I know what it's like to have your world shattered when you learn your baby has died. Our first child was stillborn at 41 weeks.

  •  I know about the seemingly endless time it takes to start to put the pieces back together.

  •  I know about the well-intended pressure from loved ones to "move forward" when, instead we want desperately to hear they recognize and acknowledge our profound loss.

  •  I know the urge to focus on the joy even when the pain is still there and feeling the need to pretend it's faded.

  •  I know how this enduring pain, this "shadow grief" colors and influences how we parent our living children.


I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the mother of four living children, including twins.


Along with its many beloved, touching moments, parenting has its challenges. For a parent who has lived through loss(es), these times can be particularly difficult. By having a safe, nurturing atmosphere to assimilate these past experiences, you can become more successful in your role as a parent, more present for your children and gain a greater sense of peace.


I possess both the professional and practical experience to assist parents who have experienced loss as they develop new strategies for raising their children.
Parenting After a Loss. Counseling for parents to learn ways to manage residual grief without it intruding on how they parent their surviving children.


Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Degree in Clinical Psychology, UCLA, 1988
  • Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine, 1996
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1998
  • Advanced training in Family Counseling
  • Fourteen years experience as a practicing psychotherapist for individuals, couples and families
  • Advanced training in early attachment, insecure-attachment issues and parenting interventions
  • Grief Training Intensive Seminar, Our House, 2011


Personal Story of  Child Bearing Loss:
After several years of infertility we were thrilled to learn that we were expecting a baby. Everything proceeded well with the pregnancy until our precious baby suddenly died at 41 weeks from a cord accident. Our following three pregnancies were all high risk, each entailing months of bed rest. With ample time to wait and anxiously anticipate whether my ensuing children would arrive safely, I decided to learn how to manage my concerns through a variety of ways. Now, as an active parent, I continue to utilize these ways of responding to my children, no matter the current predicament.


1460 7th St. Suite 303, Santa Monica, CA 90401                                                              MFT #35446
Email: amyluster@parentingafteraloss.com                                               Phone (310) 844-4414