Speaker and Workshop Presenter
Dr Olga Lavalle
Olga Lavalle is a Clinical Psychologist running a successful practice in Wollongong.
After the sudden loss of her husband in 2014, Olga navigated through her own grief and used simple strategies adjust to her ‘New Normal’.
Since then she has published a book ‘The New Normal: A Widow’s Guide to Grief’ has won GOLD and SILVER eLIT Book Award in 2019.
As a Widow herself and Clinical Psychologist, Olga understands grief from both perspectives. She has supported many widows in counselling and online.
As a highly skilled professional, Olga knows that knowledge is just the first step in coping with grief, and she uses her own skills as both a Clinical Psychologist and widow – who has walked her own emotional journey of grief and taken the practical steps to navigate her ‘New Normal’ – to motivate and support others as they adjust to their New Normal.
Clinical Psychologist | Author | Speaker
1 – Understanding Grief
- Understand common reactions to grief
- How to adjust to life after loss
- Common myths about grief
2 – Looking after yourself
- Self- care strategies
- It’s okay to ask for help
- Dealing with those special days
3 – Children and grief
- Understanding children and their grief
- Supporting children with their grief
- Grief is a family affair
Dr Olga Lavalle - Interview with Melinda James - ABC Radio
The New Normal: Living with Grief
When I speak about The New Normal, I briefly take the audience through the following topics: Common Reactions to Loss, Organising Yourself, Self-Care, Coping on Significant Days, Supporting your Children, Myths about Grief, and Your New Normal.
The talk is based on my book (The New Normal: A Widow’s Guide to Grief) and is designed for those working in the area of Grief, for Grief Group Leaders, In Community or Organisation affected by loss.
The goal for these talks is to help the audience understand grief, and to walk away with tips and strategies to manage grief and adjust to life following loss.
We All Have A Story: Overcoming Adversity
When I speak about overcoming adversity, I talk about my story of becoming a widow and provide strategies on how to manage adverse life events. This is an inspirational talk.
The goal of this talk is to help the audience understand that no matter what life challenges are presented to us, we do not have to let them destroy us. This can be done with the use of both emotion focused strategies and problem focused strategies.