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.

What Our Clients Say

This is my first experience with therapy so I have nothing to compare it to. But I’d say my expectations have been met so far. We are still in the early stages of our counseling relationship but our ability to communicate has improved steadily. My therapist has helped me with my anxiety and I’ve made significant progress since starting these sessions.

Adult Therapy Client

I have had a very positive experience with Just Mind and Marian in particular. She has been open, friendly, understanding, and has assisted me with specific techniques for addressing my issues. I feel very comfortable and able to communicate with her in a way that I have not been able to do before.

Adult Therapy Client

My experience was extremely good. I had wonderful help during a difficult period and I received very concrete steps for processing life experiences and very caring assistance in doing so.

Adult Therapy Client

It was a nice relaxed environment that did not make me feel intimated. The counselor was very helpful and made me feel like I was just talking to a friend. I enjoyed going and I felt like a weight lifted each time I went. My counselor was very helpful in helping me connect dots in my past to things happening now. She guided me without pushing. It was a great experience. I have been to many counselors before yet this was by far the best I have been too. Warm, welcoming and without judgment on my thoughts and feelings.

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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