The way out of grief is to go through it.

The H.E.A.L.I.N.G. program works with individuals, groups, schools, agencies, and organizations to validate, normalize, and educate their journeys through grief.

Ken Barringer, M.A., LMHC


Phone: 617-969-2200 x12

POSTPONED: Open House event: April 11, 2020

All are welcome to join us for A Taste of Healing, an open house where we invite visitors to learn more about the many tools we offer to manage grief and loss, including:    

  • Yoga
  • Acupuncture
  • Music
  • Meditation
  • Expressive Therapies
  • Therapy Dogs
  • Reading and Journaling
  • Running and Exercise
  • Energy Tapping
  • More Traditional Group and Individual Counseling


Free and open to the public.   Learn more (PDF).

Grief and Loss

Grief and loss are part of every human’s experience. Grief is complex, personal and unique to our experience, loss history and what we have been taught about how we should be managing it. Who among us has never been impacted by the death of someone we cared about (and the response to that is grief), or suffered a psychosocial loss that could be as powerful as a death (divorce, catastrophic injury, job loss)? Grief and loss do not recognize age, race, religion, culture, gender, or socio-economic group.  However, these are factors in how grief and loss are processed.


At the time of loss there is a natural tendency to protect ourselves by denying or repressing our feelings. We may hope that by moving on we will outlast the period of mourning and bereavement. However, grief over any meaningful relationship does not end. What we are tasked to do is remake the relationship and integrate the loss into our lives going forward. When we neglect our feelings around grief the impact of the loss may surface in us behaviorally, cognitively, physically, socially and/or spiritually. 

Services Offered

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  • Individual, group and family counseling and consultation
  • Support groups for professionals working in grief and loss (e.g., healthcare workers, hospice, first responders)

  • Assessment and planning for organizations (schools, businesses) in the aftermath of loss
  • Teaching and training


Ken Barringer, M.A., LMHC has worked in the field of mental health since 1984 and is the Director of the Academy in Newton, as well as an Adjunct Faculty member at Lesley University, Division of Counseling and Psychology. He is also a member of the American Counseling Association, Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Association for Counseling Education and Supervision, and the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development.

  • Grief practice since 1996: Individual, group, family counseling /children, adolescents, and adults
  • Clinical consultant Camp Erin® Boston: National bereavement summer camp /children & adolescents
  • Caregiver Group facilitator Heartplay℠–EAST:  Monthly bereavement program
  • Developed grief support groups at several high schools private and public
  • Consultant since 2001 for schools and businesses in aftermath of community tragedies (suicide, homicide) and national tragedies (mass shootings and its impact on their community)
  • Needham Suicide Prevention Coalition Postvention chair
  • Monthly consultations for hospice workers
  • Consultant regarding substance use deaths, Boston Bulldog Running Club (a running club for those impacted by addiction)

HEALING is a division of The Academy of Physical and Social Development, Inc. 

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