Ursula Weide, PhD, JD, NCC, FT

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Offices in Alexandria, VA 22314 and Bethesda, MD 20814

Telophone: (240) 229-1893 (direct line) and (703) 548-3866

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Dr. Weide, bereaved early in life, is a Licensed Psychologist and National Certified Counselor with more than twenty years of experience working with individuals, couples, families and groups. (Please click on Home for more of Dr. Weide's personal experience with traumatic death.) She graduated from George Washington University and Catholic University in Washington, D.C., with degrees in psychology, counseling, and the law.

Dr. Weide is certified on the highest level as a grief, bereavement, and loss counseling specialist (Fellow of Thanatology) by the Association for Death Education and Counseling ADEC. In addition to her comprehensive practice of psychology (anxiety, depression, crisis, relationships), she specializes in grief and trauma counseling for individuals, couples and families for clients of all ages, including children. She also facilitates small grief counseling groups. Tragedy can happen at any time during our lives!

Whether it is the death of a spouse or partner, child, sibling, parent or other loved one, the consequences can be traumatic and far-reaching. Even though individual circumstances differ, many similar issues impose themselves on the survivors. Dr. Weide provides a perspective on what is happening to her clients to assist them with successfully managing the grief. Her popular book (2016) is filled with helpful details: "Straight Talk for Grievers."

For Organizations: Based on Dr. Weide's background in crisis intervention and debriefing, she is available at short notice for on-site grief counseling for staff and management whenever an employee has died tragically or suddenly. Caring for everyone in such situations often becomes top management priority.

Dr. Weide is a member of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation ICISF and has received training in Critical Stress Management (Defusing, Debriefing, Psychological First Aid). She has considerable experience working with individuals traumatized by violent death and continuing disturbing thoughts and images.

Dr. Weide is a Red Cross Certified Disaster Mental Health Volunteer. She recently participated in full airport emergency drills at National Airport And Dulles Airport, and provided Disaster Mental Health assistance on the Mall during the 2013 inauguration. She is also a proud member of the Maryland State Funeral Directors Association Disaster Response Team MSFDADRT. This is one of only four such state teams in the nation and was deployed during Katrina. Much to her regret, she was not with the team yet. The most recent drill, a simulated earthquake in Baltimore, took place at Towson University in cooperation with the National Guard and the Maryland Defense Force. Dr. Weide is also a crisis mental health volunteer for the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps.

Because of her personal experience, Dr. Weide is intimately familiar with the physical and emotional toll taken by the loss of a loved one. She also understands the difficulties of having to interact with others who JUST DON'T KNOW - but want you to "move on" within a certain period of time, overwhelm you with "good advice", and have ill-conceived expectations of how you should feel and act.

Having gone through the experience herself, she is fully aware of the fundamental importance of taking care of oneself, developing new coping skills, learning to live better with the loss, building a future without the loved one who may have been the center of one’s life (as impossible as this may seem), and adjusting to life in a "new landscape" - whatever this may be for a particular individual. In many cases the issue also is, to put it frankly, a decision whether to continue living or not.

In addition to providing individual and group grief counseling and management in private practice for surviving spouses or partners, siblings , adolescents and parents mourning the death of a child, Dr. Weide has worked in nursing homes, extensively engaged in grief and end-of-life counseling with seniors. She also took care of her mother suffering of dementia before her death at age 85.

She has also provided continuing education for several professional organizations such as the Maryland State Funeral Directors Association, the Northern Virginia Funeral Directors Association, the Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors, and a national convention of oncology nurses. She has conducted professional development seminars for churches, hospices and primary care practices. She also taught grief classes at Catholic University, her psychology alma mater.

Dr. Weide has lived abroad and provides counseling and psychotherapy services in German and French.

Additional publications include law review articles on health care reform and health care law, comparing the strengths and weaknesses of different health care systems such as universal access/universal coverage systems (Medicare) with private insurance.

Because of her in-depth experience with traumatic loss and grief, Dr. Weide brings a particularly insightful perspective to grief arising from other losses such as separation and divorce.

As she knows from her own experience, receiving knowledgeable and experienced support at the most difficult times of our lives can make all the difference!

Please click here to contact Dr. Weide or call (703) 548-3866 in Virginia or (240) 229-1893 in Maryland for more information.

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1600 Prince Street, Suite 102
Alexandria, VA 22314
(Two blocks from King St. Metro)

4405 East-West Highway, Suite 311A
Bethesda, MD 20814
(Two blocks from from Bethesda Metro)

Dr. Weide provides services for the following
communities and zip code areas:
Rockville, Bethesda, Cabin John, Chevy Chase, Colesville, Fort Washington, Gaithersburg, Garret Park, Germantown, Glen Echo, Kensington, North Potomac, Potomac, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Alexandria, Arlington, Annandale, Belle Haven, Fort Hunt, Chantilly, Frankonia, Great Falls, McLean, Mount Vernon, Reston, Merrifield, Seven Corners, Woodbridge, Falls Church, Fairfax, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Prince William County, Washington, D.C. 22301, 22302, 22303, 22304, 22305, 22306, 22307, 22308, 22309, 22310, 22311, 22312, 22313, 22314, 22315, 22320, 22321, 22331, 22332, 22333, 22334, 22336, 20814, 20815, 20818.