Grief and Loss
Common questions about grief, loss, and how therapy can help
What Type of Therapy Is Good for Grief?
Grief counseling is an essential part of therapy that helps individuals of all ages manage and overcome feelings of loss or bereavement. Elements of this therapy type may include:
- Navigating the seven stages of grief
- Examining the effects of grief on yourself and others
- Working to develop or continue healthy coping strategies
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- And play therapy for pediatric patients
Every person is different, as is how they navigate grief. For that reason, your therapy sessions will be unique to you. Therapy can help everyone navigate loss and grief.
How Does Grief Counseling Work?
The key aspects of grief counselling are acknowledging and validating your feelings toward loss, helping you develop healthy and sustainable coping strategies, preparing you for the process that lies ahead, working with you to encourage acceptance and positive thinking, and so much more.
Grief counseling can help you navigate loss, but it can also help you choose a positive outlook and improve your relationship with others in this time of trouble. It’s an incredibly important component to overcoming loss with a renewed sense of purpose and connection with your family and community at large.
How Do I Know if I Need Bereavement Counseling?
Everyone can benefit from grief and bereavement counseling. Some signs that may indicate that therapy should be pursued sooner rather than later include feelings of helplessness/hopelessness, changes in habits or behavior, or difficulty processing and overcoming past loss or trauma.