Grief Counseling

Are You Reeling From The Death Of A Loved One Or Relationship?

Have you recently experienced a loss that’s difficult for you to come to terms with? Whether you’re grieving the death of a loved one or the end of a long-term relationship, do you wonder if life will ever be the same again? Are you filled with regret and struggling to move forward?

Ever since losing someone close to you, either because they passed away or your long-term relationship ended, you may feel lonely, grief-stricken, and hopeless. Perhaps the routine and consistency you had grown accustomed to have been replaced with doubt and anxiety over what your life will look like without them. As you try to process the complicated feelings surrounding your loss, you may wonder how much longer it will take to feel normal again.

You Might Be Grieving Alone

In addition to feeling sad and overwhelmed by your loss, maybe there were things you said or did that, in retrospect, you now regret. You might be waking up at night, ruminating over all the “What ifs” that run through your mind, leaving you physically exhausted and emotionally drained.

Rather than turn to friends and family for comfort, you might be self-isolating because you don’t want them to see you this way. Or maybe so much time has passed since you experienced your loss that you feel guilty for burdening anyone with your grief.

Fortunately, grief counseling offers compassionate support for navigating the complex emotions and challenges associated with loss. Our counselors specialize in bereavement support and provide a safe space for you to express your feelings, share your memories, and find comfort during this difficult time.

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Grief Is A Universal Experience

Whether we experience loss from a passing, breakup, or divorce, the underlying pain at the core of grief is heartbreak. Although grief and loss are painful to endure, they are an integral part of being human and something we all go through at one time or another.

Many of us have heard of the Five Stages of Grief—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance—and may assume that our grief will follow a linear pattern with a predetermined ending point. We might believe that once we achieve acceptance, we will wake up one day and no longer feel grief.

However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The five stages are nothing more than a loose roadmap of the grieving process and in no way represent a linear progression. Unfortunately, we often fluctuate back and forth between stages without ever knowing how long the pain will last.

We Often Feel Like Grief Has An Expiration Date

Many of us feel pressure to get over our loss sooner than we feel ready to. Culturally, there is an expectation to move forward within a set time frame, and when the hypothetical timeline extends beyond that point, we often feel like our time is up. Even if we’re still grieving, we tend to stop reaching out for support and keep the distress we’re experiencing to ourselves. Sadly, our grief can linger longer in isolation.

Whether you are grieving the loss of a loved one, a significant relationship, a cherished dream, or a life transition, we are here to honor and validate your grief experience. The goal of grief counseling is to provide a supportive environment where you can heal, find solace, and embrace the resilience within you.

Grief Counseling Can Help You Process Your Loss

Grief is a natural response to loss that can manifest in many ways. Right now, you may feel overwhelmed or out of control because you have no idea when you will begin to feel better. We are here to help you navigate this deeply personal process. Our therapists are patient and nonjudgmental, giving you the time and space to process grief at your own pace without feeling rushed. Our warm and approachable team will listen, validate, and walk alongside you every step of the way on your path to healing and acceptance.

What To Expect In Sessions

In therapy, you can explore your emotions, develop coping strategies, and meet the challenges that accompany loss. In addition, by examining your history, we can help you discover the underlying causes of the symptoms and behaviors you are experiencing.

We offer culturally competent care and keep your identity and traditions in mind as they relate to unique cultural norms that may impact your grieving process. Some of the long-term goals we may set in Person of Color (POC) grief counseling include:

  • Remembering happy times with your loved one without crying;
  • Treating any symptoms of depression you may be experiencing by improving self-care habits;
  • Releasing any residual anger you may feel toward your loved one if you had a difficult or complex relationship with them;
  • Addressing resentment toward other family members who may not be grieving in the same way you are;
  • Accepting what the new normal looks like.

For breakups and divorce, we might:

  • Help you better understand your established relational patterns;
  • Point out the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships so you can arrive at acceptance as to why yours may have ended;
  • Improve self-love by understanding your part in the relationship so that you only take responsibility for what you control;
  • Rebuild trust in yourself to enter future relationships;
  • Teaching boundary-setting and assertive communication skills.

How We Help You Process Your Grief

Grief can be complex and overwhelming. Our therapists are trained to support you if you are experiencing complicated grief or have a history of trauma. We utilize trauma-informed approaches to help you overcome these unique challenges and find healing and meaning in your life again.

What’s more, we believe in the power of self-care in the healing process. We will work with you to develop personalized self-care strategies that support your emotional well-being and resilience. In grief and loss counseling, we will explore techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Brainspotting, mindfulness, journaling, relaxation exercises, and other therapeutic modalities to help you find moments of peace and restoration. CBT and Brainspotting, in particular, can help you process your thoughts and feelings and improve your inner dialogue.

The journey of grief is unique to each person, so we can’t put a timeframe on when you will begin to feel better. But if you continue to work through your grief in counseling and take care of yourself by making time for your emotions, you will eventually find a better headspace. The way you feel is not permanent—you will move through this pain.

But Maybe You’re Not Sure If Grief Counseling Is Right For You…

Will grief therapy be different than just talking to my friends and family?

When you’re grieving, seeking counseling services in addition to the solace found through the support of friends and family can help aid in healing.  Working with a grief counselor is not a replacement for all the other people and activities in your life that offer comfort. In grief counseling, you can develop a more in-depth understanding of yourself as you experience this transition.

Why attend grief counseling since it won’t bring my loved one back?

While it’s true that nothing can change what happened, you may need additional support processing your experience so you can positively move forward. Grief counseling is a safe space to freely discuss how you are feeling without judgment. In therapy, there is no time limit set on your grief. You can remember the memories you had, both good and bad, and manage your complicated emotions more productively.

I’m afraid talking to a counselor about my grief will be painful.

Although grief counseling may include uncomfortable moments when you experience sadness and other hard emotions, you can think of it the same way as working out at a gym or going to the dentist. The temporary discomfort you may go through is well worth the end result. What’s more, the thing about grief is that you have to move through it whether you want to or not. If it’s hard for you to do without support, why not seek the support of a qualified grief therapist?


Grieving Doesn’t Have To Be An Isolating Experience

We are here to support you and provide you with a positive path forward. To find out more about grief therapy at the Counseling Clinic, call 562-275-8371 or visit our contact page to schedule a free 10-15-minute call. 

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