My name is Sandy Engbretson. I reside in San Diego, California but conduct most of my groups online. As an Advanced Grief Recovery Method Specialist and a Certified Life Coach, my passion lies in helping my clients release painful memories or unrealized dreams, and begin the grief recovery process to heal their mind, body, and spirit. I knew I wanted to deliver my clients the help they needed to overcome their overwhelming feelings of grief, so I began to educate myself about grief recovery. When a fellow coach introduced me to the “Grief Recovery Handbook”, I immediately understood the power that the GRM has to change lives for the better.
To say that the book was eye-opening is an understatement. It gave me insights into the grief recovery process that I had never encountered before, and it completely changed the way I view loss and grief.
I immediately signed up for Grief Recovery Method Specialist training. After completing the program, I was proud to become a part of the GRM community, which is led by compassion, empathy, and purpose-driven support for those who are hurting.
My greatest desire is to bring light, healing, hope, and happiness back into the lives of each of my clients. With a gentle and loving approach to grief recovery, I am a companion on your journey, a compassionate shoulder to lean on, and a trusted hand to provide guidance forward.
I have a true passion for helping individuals who are hurting, hopeless, lost, or lonely. It would be my honor to support you through the grief recovery process, as we begin the journey to inner healing together.
I found the program helpful in the following ways: The sequential component parts of the GRM were helpful in expanding awareness of specific relational losses. It offered concepts and tools to think differently about grief (giving up expectation for a different past). I loved the existential nature of some of the tools (I am releasing the pain). And I thought the opportunity to work with another person in a safe and trusting interpersonal context was excellent.Support GroupsParticipant in Davis, CA05/08/2023
The depth of the emotional experience of writing, then sharing the completion letter took me by surprise because as someone with 45+ years of 12-step recovery, much of the process up to that point, while different in format from AA 4th-5th steps, felt similar to work I’d done many times before. But reading the letter felt profoundly emotional. The next day I noticed right away that an inner shift had occurred — certain reminders of the past were simply not triggering those unwelcome reactions of contempt, judgment, blame, or ruminative story loops. Most important, a week out from course completion I am seeing unmistakable improvement in the chronic gastritis that brought me to the GRM. I had suspected that unresolved grief was a making me physically ill, and now feel I have confirmation. I’m very grateful and will refer friends to the GRM without hesitation.Support GroupsParticipant in N/A, N/A03/29/2023
the group setting was great for me because of my resistance to doing the homework. Sandy was very supportive & encouraging when I contacted her between classes to address that reluctanceSupport GroupsParticipant in winters, CA11/09/2022
It just ended yesterday and I am still processing. Much improvement has occurred but there are still some leftover feelings of grief so I will have to continue the process in some way.Support GroupsParticipant in San Diego, California11/09/2022
I had 1st come in 2001 to work the program on my late wife. I got to work with Russell Friedman and ended working on my Dad who was still alive. I went home and continued to work with a GRM counselor on my wife and on others. When my brother died I knew where to go. I hadn't done this in years and decided to reach out to the Institute. I chose Sandy b/c of availability and cost. She was so worth it.Support GroupsParticipant in Los Angeles, CA11/09/2022
The program provided new information related to grief and loss. It provided a framework to examine and review a past relationship in which there were things left incomplete, things left unspoken. Those things meant that I carried the burden of grief into my future relationships and experiences because I had not taken the time to feel the loss and process the loss and the emotions around the loss. I did feel a sense of completion once the recovery letter was written and shared aloud and look forward to applying the program/process to several other relationships.Support Groups06/02/2022