Grief Counseling

What is Grief?

All of us at some point in life will experience a major life event or a major loss. You may feel as if you are caught up in a tidal wave, where you’ve lost your ground, been swept up, and landed in a place you don’t recognize from this loss. Many people describe grief as all-consuming or like being underwater. Grief can temporarily change how our brain and body functions and it can be difficult to function as we normally would. This is why many people say they feel slower, heavier, or that they don’t feel like they normally would after a critical loss. One last point: Grief lasts as long as it lasts. Grief is an entirely natural process and there is no established timetable for grieving.

Grief Counseling

Counseling can provide sufferers with the assistance they need to move past such feelings as there may be a tendency to avoid the pain — which can prolong it. Counselors are highly trained therapists who have years of experience working with grief and loss. They can help their clients process their loss and make meaning of something that otherwise can be very painful. Grief and loss are highly charged emotions which it can help to have support as you navigate and process these difficult experiences. 

Grief Symptoms

  1. Wondering how you’ll survive without your loved one?
  2. Having difficulty focusing or concentrating?
  3. Using substances to cope?
  4. Noticing any physical pain after the loss?
  5. Experiencing frequent crying spells?
  6. Sleeping and eating too much or too little?  
  7. Preoccupied with thoughts about death?
  8. A lack of joy and pleaser.
  9. Easily irritated, particularly by those who seem unaffected by the loss?  
  10. Losing touch with others.
  11. Feeling regret about the past.

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Common Questions About Grief Counseling

What should I expect during my first grief counseling session?

The first session of grief counseling isn’t going to be a magically transformative experience. As a therapist, I would suggest for you to plan to lay out your story and notice if you feel supported by the therapist. You can also ask questions to make sure grief counseling is something that the therapist has experience with and that they feel comfortable with.

What is the process of grieving?

This varies by individual. Some models of grieving are represented as:

  • To accept the reality of the loss
  • To work through the pain of grief
  • To adjust to life without the deceased
  • To maintain a connection to the deceased while moving on with life

The stages of grieving according to Kubler Ross are:

  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Bargaining
  • Depression
  • Acceptance

Should I take medication to help me with my grief?

This is largely up to each individual. If you are thinking about taking medication then discuss it with your therapist and doctor and evaluate it to see if it feels right.

What can I gain from grief counseling?

Grief counseling can help you with a number of things. It can help you to better cope with the loss, work on expressing your feelings, become more open to new relationships, and/if and when you are ready for it, to potentially work on building a new identity for yourself.

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Meet Our Team

Our team has been trained on a variety of well-researched methods to help you make the most progress possible in counseling.

Diana Schaeffer

Diana Schaeffer

Adult Therapist, 30 years of experience
David Jenkins

David Jenkins

Adult Therapist, 25 years of experience
William Schroeder

William Schroeder

Adult Therapist, 12 years of experience
Alan Nelson

Alan Nelson

Adult Therapist, 5 years of experience, SEP
Patricia Walker

Patricia Walker

Adult Therapist, 30 years of experience
Marian Thompson

Marian Thompson

Adult Therapist, 15 years of experience
Kyla Winlow

Kyla Winlow

Adult Therapist, 6 years of experience
Eva Escobedo

Eva Escobedo

Adult Therapist, 25 years of experience