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    Mike Ridge, LCSW

    Mike brings a multifaceted approach to his work as a grief counselor. As a young man, he left film school in New York to become an award-winning television news photographer, whose work took him from the White House to the depths of human suffering. He later graduated from a Historically Black University, then worked as a broadcast writer and producer. After volunteering with Capital Caring, he returned to university for his MSW, becoming first a hospice social worker and later a grief counselor. After almost a decade working in hospice, he joined Northern Virginia Older Adult Counseling. He is particularly interested in grief and loss, alcoholism & addiction and the effects of trauma. He sees grief as a reflection of love and the most transformational of human experiences.