You feel it, physically. In your chest. In your throat. In your gut. It hurts to think about it.
Grief can come in many forms. It can be the loss of a loved one. The loss of a dream. The ending of a marriage. You had all of these ideals and hopes that cannot be realized any longer. The loss of a baby yet to be born. The loss of a career path you hoped you could enjoy through to retirement.
Your family and friends mean well (or perhaps their blinded by their own grief and anger, and not meaning well). But whatever it is you need right now, you know your people can't fix this. And frankly, you don't want them to "fix it". You know you need some extra support, you just aren't sure where to find it.
Whether your loss was recent, or many years ago, counseling can support you coping in a healthy and helpful way. In your sessions, you will find yourself capable of experiencing the emotional loss of your grief, without it keeping you from living a full life. You will also be able to see your grief in a different light, more clearly, to understand how this loss can be a part of your life's story without defining it.
When working with grief, the goal is not to help you "forget it and move on". Rather, you can hold on to the loss, allowing it to be, and then be able to move forward without losing that piece of you. Your grief is powerful, it shows love and compassion in your heart.
You can walk this journey with the ebbs and flows of grief. We can walk with you and help you see the beauty in your grief. You will recognize your own love, your own powerful empathy, to find your peace.
Grief counseling can help you through the processing of your losses. Your counselor can help you learn how to live your life after a loss.
There are many different ways people can experience grief and loss, including:
● Death of a spouse● Death of a child● Loss of a job● Being demoted at work● Going through a divorce● Aging parents● Family members losing their memory● Terminal medical diagnosis● Severe medical issues (such as a heart attack)● Loss of limb or physical abilities● Significant changes in relationships with loved ones● Realizing the dream you had cannot be● Missing major milestones in your child's life
So many responders and their family members struggle with understanding when it is time to seek counseling. Professional counseling services can help folks who may be struggling with:
Your response to the loss is making it hard for you to engage in your daily activities. You find yourself struggling with not wanting to cry every time you are reminded of the loss. The memories flood your mind unexpectedly or they never leave. And it makes it hard for you to complete every day tasks or to meet the needs of your loved ones. Professional help can get you back on track.
Your loss has been significant and life-altering. When someone you love dearly dies, or you lose and unborn child, it is expected that you have a hard time processing the loss. We can help you find ways of expressing and holding the love you have for the one you have lost, without having to let go of that love.
Your response to the loss is increasing in intensity. If your initial response was to be expected, and now you are having a harder time managing the reactions, we can help you to find peace and clarity.
You believe you would benefit from grief counseling. You know yourself best. And you are very intelligent. Follow your gut and get help.
Grief Counseling sessions last between 45-50 minutes. Sessions occur on average once every week or two weeks. Based on your goals and treatment needs, therapy and counseling can be as brief as 8-10 sessions or can be longer-term over a year or two. To know the fees and costs for sessions, look here.
"Grief never ends, but it changes. It's a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith. It is the price of love."