Treatment for Grief & Loss Issues

Get help moving through the stages of grief

How do I know I need help with my grief issues?

Signs you may need help dealing with your grief:

  • Increased irritability
  • agitation,
  • social withdrawal
  • emotional numbness
  • a sense that life no longer has any meaning
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Chest pain
  • suicidal thoughts
  • depression
  • difficulty completing daily tasks
  • Sore muscles
  • Numbness
  • Bitterness
  • Detachment
  • Preoccupation with loss
  • Inability to show or experience joy
  • “Stuck” & unable to move through the normal “stages” of grief (Denial/numbness, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance)

Here's what healing looks like:

  • You aren’t “stuck” anymore, and are moving through the stages of grief (“DABDA “) in a healthy way:
  1. Denial
  2. Anger
  3. Bargaining
  4. Depression
  5. Acceptance
  • You’re adjusting & learning to live with your loss
  • You realize you are beginning to spend less time grieving
  • Memories begin to take on a “bittersweet” feel
  • You are learning to cope with your loss, and can heal
  • The intensity of your feelings begin to decrease
  • You are capable of living a happy and more fulfilling life
  • Your loss no longer dominates your mental & emotional landscape

It’s important to be aware that you will never be “finished” grieving, and you won’t move on as though it never happened.


At some point, we all need to deal with loss and grief. Talking to someone who knows how to deal with the grieving process can help.

If your parents taught you to deal with loss and grief, and if you have emotional support from family and friends who understand the stages of grief, you may be better equipped to deal with your loss. But if these are lacking, grief counseling can be especially beneficial.

Overcoming loss and grief comes down to going through it. Facing your anger and sadness, accepting this change in your life, and embracing the challenges that come with it will make you stronger. Running away from sadness and pain only prolongs the suffering. If not properly handled, grief can get much worse when something else of a similar nature happens down the road -“present trauma brings back past trauma”.

There is no time-frame for overcoming grief. It really comes down to how close an individual was to someone who has passed. However, as long as you face the pain, the emotions and mindset that accompany grief can fade over time.

During a grief counseling session, your issues will be discussed, as will your abilities to handle such emotions. Your therapist will work with you to develop a method to help you endure and experience pain, so you can understand and overcome it. It is healthy for you to grieve, so that you can come out stronger, and not be held back by your loss.

You’ll take breaks during your grieving process so that your life isn’t defined by negativity during the ordeal. Getting through the stages of grief sounds much scarier than it actually is, and it’s easier when you have an experienced guide.

Counseling sessions are generally an hour long, and happen weekly, with durations and frequency diminishing over time.
Through grief counseling, you’ll be able to manage your life, emotions, and mindset better. On the other side of our time together, you’ll also be able to teach your techniques to loved ones who are suffering.

By adjusting to a life without someone you’ve loved, you’ll learn to live with loss, and eventually spend less time grieving. Memories that induce sadness will actually become happy memories that you’ll appreciate with proper grief counseling.

Ultimately, learning to cope with loss will help you regulate the intensity of your feelings. You’ll be able to live a happy and fulfilling life, rather than just “get over” someone. Your loss won’t determine your emotional and mental states.

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Hope. Heal. Connect.

With Results Focused Treatment for Grief & Loss Issues
On the other side of our time together, our goal is for you to experience:

Increase in ability to live with your loss

Gradually realize you're beginning to spend less time grieving

Decrease in the intensity of your feelings of grief

Beginning to realize you're capable of living a happy and more fulfilling life

Your loss is no longer dominating your mental & emotional landscape

End Result:

a more fulfilling, enjoyable life

The end result is to help you make step by step changes that result in a more fulfilling, enjoyable life.

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