Gwen A Finestone, PhD, MFT, CT Expert Witness
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General Specialties: Family Loss and Psychology

Specialty Focus: Grief Issues, Spousal Grief, Parental Grief, Traumatic Grief, Prolonged Grief, Complicated Grief, Infant or Child Death, Thanatology, Bereavement Issues, Traumatic Loss, Victims of Violence, Murder.

Education: PhD, Pastoral Ministry, Newburgh Theological Seminary; MA, Psychology, California Graduate Institute; MS, Counseling Psychology with Specialization in Grief and Loss Issues, Greenwich University

Years in Practice: 40


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40+ years of experience in trauma, hospice, and grief and loss. Nationally-certified in Thanatology (the study of death, dying, and bereavement). Private practice specialties: grief, loss issues, trauma (e.g., childhood abuse, rape, incest, cult abuse, combat)and the resultant conditions of depression, anxiety, dissociation, Dissociative Identity Disorder, and spiritual disintegration. Expert witness specializing in Grief and Loss Issues, as the result of wrongful or untimely death (e.g., murder, suicide, pregnancy loss, workplace accidents, drunk driving, etc.). Comprehensive psychological evaluations resulting in tightly-worded written narratives that link cause and effect. Long-term consequences emphasized, when appropriate. All psychology terms defined and presented for a layperson's understanding. Articulate teaching style of presentation, when being deposed or testifying. Best when used as a teacher to help jury understand implications and probable consequences of grief and loss.