Pascale Vermont is a licensed clinical psychologist based in San Francisco, CA. She is passionate about providing support to people in times of intense pain and grief. Her main professional occupation centers around grief counseling and disaster mental health.
She provides emotional support in various settings, such as in a private grief counseling practice, in-home counseling to bereaved parents, in large scale disasters, and to expatriate staff of an international disaster organization.
Pascale offers bereavement counseling to parents who lose a child during pregnancy, at birth or in early infancy. At a time of great pain and loneliness, she provides emotional support in the home, as well as education about the grief process and how to handle the many consequences of the loss. She meets with parents and other family members as long as support is needed, and at other times when the grief is triggered by anniversaries or subsequent pregnancies.
Listen to a recent interview with Pascale about her work with perinatal loss.
What Pascale provides in her grief counseling practice: A safe place to express the multitude of feelings experienced by the bereaved - sadness, doubts, guilt, anger, moodiness...
Over time small victories build upon each other until they tend to dominate, and the moments of respite between the waves of pain lengthen. Pascale meets clients in her home office in San Francisco and has worked over Skype with people as far away as India, Pakistan and South Sudan.
Read a summary of highlights from an interview with Pascale by the Half Hour Intern podcast.
Pascale offers crisis counseling to expatriate staff of Relief International based in 16 countries over Skype when they experience a traumatic experience while in the field or suffer a personal crisis. She served as a psychologist to West African refugees on Samos Island, Greece, who had fled their home countries because of extreme violence and threats of death. She also trained local staff in Bangladesh who work with Rohingya refugees in Stress Management, Resilience and Self-Care, and met with them individually for counseling. She provided similar training and counseling to local staff in Juba and Maban, South Sudan, and in Nairobi Kenya. In addition, she was deployed to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake to provide grief counseling to civilians and hospital staff who had lost many family members and friends.
Read more about Pascale's grief counseling work for the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
For 10 years Pascale served as a disaster mental health volunteer and lead of the San Francisco mental health team for the American Red Cross. She provided crisis and grief counseling to survivors of tornadoes, hurricanes and floods in Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas and to the victims and families of the Asiana Airlines plane crash at San Francisco International Airport.
Read about Pascale's experience helping a young boy during the aftermath of a tornado in Arkansas.
Some highlights of Pascale's work in Palliative Care:
Volunteer with No One Dies Alone program at Laguna Honda Rehabilitation Center, San Francisco. Led bereavement groups and sat with actively dying patients.
Palliative care counselor at Kaiser Permanente Hospitals in Vallejo and San Francisco.
Volunteer and instructor for San Francisco Crisis Care working in partnership with law enforcement officials and providing emotional support and practical assistance to families after a sudden death.
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