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About Our Facilitators

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Grief Group Facilitator- Certified Grief Counselor,

Kelly Daugherty, LCSW-R, FT


Run/Walk Coach,

Lisa Millis, MA, CHC, CRC

About our Run/Walk Coach: Lisa Millis:

Lisa Millis, M.A. in Psychology Counseling, is a Certified Health Coach and Wellness Counselor with American Council on Exercise and a Certified Running Coach. Her grief work spans 25 years and includes Hospice Bereavement & Spiritual Care Coordination, as well as Cindy’s Comfort Camp and Cindy’s Retreat with C.R. Wood Cancer Center through Glens Falls Hospital.


Lisa has always had a personal interest in fitness and health but credits the “father” of run therapy, Dr. Thaddeus Kostrubala, for helping her find her passion in walk-run-based therapy. Coaching hundreds of individuals for their first 5k, 10k, half & full marathons, she created a private practice to merge moving in nature with healing the mind & body. Lisa understands firsthand that grief can be a difficult road to navigate, but she believes Healing Strides is the perfect balance of education and wellness to help people create a safe, supportive path forward.


She provides support across a wide range of platforms and works full-time as a crisis clinician with Northern Rivers. She continues adding to her resume with Mindfulness of Mortality and End of Life Planning Certification.


She can be seen daily trail running with her dogs or negotiating the parent pick-up line for her twin boys.

Our fantastic team including our volunteer mentors will be with you through the whole program and during the goal race to support, encourage and motivate you.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

  • Can I participate in this group if I've never run before?

    • Yes, this group welcomes participants of all fitness levels. Some participants choose to walk, while others walk and run or solely run. A mentor will be available to support you throughout your training.

  • Does my insurance cover this group?

    • The first hour of the group is a therapeutic grief session that can be billed to your insurance. You may be charged a copay or deductible, which will be charged to your credit card within 24 hours of the session. If you miss a session, you will not be charged your copay. The second hour of the group is a training session led by Coach Lisa Millis and is not covered by insurance. The cost is $20 per session and will be charged to your credit card within 24 hours of the session. If you miss a training session, you will not be charged.

  • Can I participate in the group if I can only attend the grief support portion and not the training portion?

    • You must attend the therapeutic grief support session and the training portion to participate in this group.

  • Do I have to participate in the goal race to join the group?

    • Attending the goal race is an essential part of the group, and achieving this goal is seen as a significant part of the healing process.

Healing Strides combines walk/run-based therapy with a therapeutic grief group focusing on grief, resiliency, mindfulness, and healthy coping skills.


Each week participants will spend 1 hour in a therapeutic grief group facilitated by Kelly Daugherty, LCSW-R, FT and the second hour will be spent training for a 5k race facilitated by Lisa Millis, MA, CHC, CRC. A 5k Race will be completed by all participants at the end of the 7-week program. This program is open to women of all fitness levels.  The training program is a beginning training program to help you be able to run, run/walk or run the 5k goal race.

When: Every Monday from 5:30 to 7:30 pm beginning April 17th

Must attend 5 out of the 7 Sessions

Who: Women who have experienced the death of someone significant in their life

Where: 100 Saratoga Village Blvd, Suite 21, Malta, NY

Therapeutic Grief Group- Most Insurances Accepted

Training Group- $20 per session

Healing Strides T-Shirt is Included

To Register or for More Information, Contact Kelly Daugherty at 518-219-8625 or

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