Elaine L Finkelstein, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist and a Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the regulatory body of professional, CPD compliant, practicing psychologists in the UK. Elaine is also a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and was admitted as an Associate Fellow of the Society in 2011. In addition, Elaine is a qualified Occupational Psychologist.
Elaine first registered as a psychologist in 1981 and has worked predominantly as an independent consultant psychologist since 1987. During the 1980s, Elaine’s professional focus was primarily stress and anxiety management. Elaine established Stress Care Services, through which she consulted to both individual and corporate clients. During this period, Elaine authored The Stress Care Action Plan and produced a progressive relaxation audio programme. Over time, Elaine chose to centre her professional career on the stress, anxiety, emotional challenges, needs and experiences associated with dying, death and loss.
By the late 1990s Elaine was devoting her time almost exclusively to the end of life. Today, Elaine dedicates her time to addressing the needs of, and caring for, the dying, supporting families living through the anticipation of such a loss, and helping those who are dealing with the loss of a loved one.
Dr Finkelstein brings limitless empathy, compassion and skill to bear in counselling patients who confront the prospect of death. She listens carefully, responds with wisdom, and knows what she is talking about. Her abilities owe much to an intensive understanding of the psychological demands such patients face, but they are enlarged by her studies in the realm of near-death experiences, which give her a holistic framework with which she can locate her advice and support (Martin B.)
As well as meeting the psychological needs of people who are near the end of their life, supporting their families through the process and caring for the bereaved, Elaine conducts research into non-ordinary or exceptional experiences associated with the end of life. This research is conducted under the umbrella of Elaine’s foundation, the Transformative End-of-Life Experiences Research Foundation (TELERF). Elaine released a mini-book in 2014 titled, Near-Death Experiences. Inspirational insights into why death is nothing to fear. This book was based on her research, as well as that of renowned researchers in the field of near-death experiences, and has proved to be a valuable resource for those facing the end of life and for the bereaved. Elaine is currently authoring a reassuring book, Nothing to Fear. Dying, death and beyond™®, based both on TELERF’s research endeavours and her professional experience in end-of-life care, bereavement and death anxiety management.
In supporting those who seek her assistance, Elaine adopts an integrative and eclectic approach to therapy. A person’s feelings and emotions, thoughts and perceptions, actions and behaviours, physiological function and challenges, as well as spiritual beliefs are fully acknowledged. Her holistic framework, grounded in psychosynthesis, addresses the whole person and integrates mind, body and spirit. Elaine has developed her own, unique therapeutic approach to acknowledging the challenges that the end of life brings and working with and beyond them. Elaine supports others in developing self-compassion, emotional resilience and a sense of well-being. She encourages an exploration of life and death in the context of love, meaning, loss, courage and continuity. Elaine helps people to work towards preparation, calm, completion and acceptance whilst working with physiological difficulties, psychological needs and ongoing adaptation. Her approach is adapted to the meet the specific needs of each person with whom she works. Elaine combines elements from a variety of psychotherapeutic techniques including, amongst others, compassion based therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), grief therapy, transpersonal-centred psychotherapy, mindfulness and progressive relaxation. As Elaine has also undertaken formal training in clinical hypnosis (USA) and regression therapy (UK) these therapeutic options may be included as well. In addition, Elaine has received certification in hospice care (USA).