I am a psychotherapist and certified Alexander Technique teacher with extensive experience in bereavement and group counseling. I received my training at the Center for Character Analytic Studies and the Brooklyn Institute of Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and have been in private practice as a therapist for over 20 years. I have offered bereavement group counseling through the Metropolitan Hospice of Greater New York, New York Methodist Hospital, and the Jewish Center for Healing, as well as privately. My desire to work with both individuals and groups coping with grief has come from my own personal experiences of loss and from a long-held professional belief in the value of body-oriented therapeutic work and group environments for finding safe, effective ways to heal.

This site offers a wealth of valuable information on the grieving process, plus more about my practice and the bereavement groups I facilitate. I urge you to look through the material here, and to give me a call or send an e-mail if you are interested in joining a group or meeting with me privately, or if you have any questions at all. My office is conveniently located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and I am available for day and evening appointments. 




 beginning November 7th - DecEMBER 19th, 2019


6 sesions


Bereavement  groups are widely considered to be the best therapeutic forum for coping with the loss of a loved one. Each group will be different in style and content due to the varying needs and backgrounds of its members, and of course also the approach of the group facilitator. What all bereavement groups should provide for each member is the opportunity to share his or her feelings of grief while learning about the grieving process through hearing the experiences of others. The facilitator will also help to identify normal grief responses and suggest ways to encourage healing. During the course of the weeks or months of group sessions the confusion and loneliness of grief can be lessened significantly, and the group members can share not just feelings of loss and sadness, but also of hope and healing.

In my practice, I organize bereavement groups for general need rather than structuring them around particular types of loss or other commonalities among the bereaved. I find that group members with different losses make emotional connections that I as a group leader could never predict. What is important is that every member of the group have a loss due to death. From that commonality connections will be made even if the losses are different.


Here's some of what you can expect by participating in the group:

• Meet in 6 weekly sessions led by a compassionate and experienced grief professional.

•  Find the tools you need to help you grow and heal.

• Share your experiences, thoughts, and feelings.

• Talk with others in the same situation.

• Learn more about what to expect from your grief.

• Find healing and comfort through Alexander Technique and relaxation exercises.

Learn more about my practice at

This is a 6-week group therapy series. I strongly recommend that you attend all 6 sessions. The fee for the group is $360.


 JANE DORLESTER is a body-oriented Psychotherapist and certified Alexander Technique teacher with extensive experience in bereavement and group counseling. Jane has a strong belief in the value of body-oriented therapeutic work and group environments for finding safe, effective ways to heal. She has been in private practice for over 20 years.

For Details Call or Write:

Jane Dorlester: 917.755.8025



HeartBreak Group Therapy

Saturday APRIL, 14th, 2017

COST: $65 for Session



From my experience offering Bereavement workshops I often get requests from those who have other losses. Thus I am offering a special workshop for those who have had a break up. Experiencing

a breakup/divorce/separation and losing someone you thought you were in love with is similar to the death of a loved one. The emotions and physiological sensations that follow the loss are often the same both losses with  people often feeling  physical pain at times locating the pain in their aching  hearts.
As with other focused therapy groups the aim is to diminish the feeling of isolation  with  others in the group to witness your pain and offer you comfort.

This workshop will help you to identify rituals that will help you move on from the breakup.

The next session will meet Saturday, April 14th from 2-4PM



Guided Meditation

Below is a guided meditation I have put together for anyone who would like to use it. It first helps you find a deeply relaxed and safe space, and then guides you through a connection to your loved one that has passed. Please feel free to use it and email me with any feedback! Background music is from Steven Halpern's "Chakra Suite"