Harriet Cabelly, LCSW
Harriet is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in loss and grief. When we think of grief we
naturally think of death, but grief can present itself when there is loss of anything that has significance and meaning.
Retirement, empty-nesters, illness, divorce and any critical life transition can be felt as a
loss, and therefore grief sets in.
In Harriet’s case, her first major experience of grief came upon finding out that her second daughter,
Nava, would have life-long disabilities. At 10 months of age, Nava was diagnosed with agenesis of the corpus callosum. Upon Nava’s diagnosis, Harriet went into a tailspin of intense emotions and upon finding a therapist who worked with parents of children with disabilities, discovered this was grief.
As an outgrowth of this, she changed career paths (originally a teacher) and went back to school to
become a social worker; Harriet wanted to do this type of work, as she was so greatly helped by her therapist and her own support group.
As a life-long learner, Harriet received a certificate in positive psychology, a certificate as a grief educator, and has done some courses in logotherapy (therapy of meaning and purpose) through Dr. Viktor Frankl’s long distance learning program.
Harriet considers this sacred and powerful work to be in service to others on their journey towards
rebuilding their life with new meaning. She has a wonderful clinical practice working with people going through all kinds of loss and challenges. She also facilitates women’s groups, book clubs for personal growth and parenting groups.