Loss or Grief

Grief is the emotion that you feel after a significant loss, such as the death of a loved one.  You may feel many different painful emotions as part of the grieving process. Feelings of shock, sadness, heartache, anger, depression, anxiety and denial are a few of the more common symptoms, but grieving is highly personal and each individual will have a unique experience and timeline.  Although typically thought of as an emotional experience, the stress of grief can also result in physical problems like insomnia, changes in weight, lack of energy, and general aches and pains. There is no right or wrong way to grieve but a mental health professional can help you to find healthy ways to cope with the pain and, ultimately, to move on.

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Grief and loss can come in many forms, due to many situations, both expected and unexpected. I work to help educate my clients around the different stages of grief and loss, and assist in identifying their own unique experiences, where they are at with coping, processing each emotion and feeling that is encountered, and find healing.

Skilled at providing grief counseling and able to help people suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

I have been employed in Hospice and work in the medical field. I have used EMDR for bereavement and grief.

As a suicide loss survivor and outreach volunteer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, I have worked with many people who have experienced the devastating loss of a death by suicide, in addition, to those losses from divorce, illness, job loss and aging.

Grief and loss is often associated with the death of a loved one or a beloved animal companion but there are many painful losses that may go unacknowledged by others. Grief is personal and the process is unique to each individual but everyone experiencing loss should have the loss acknowledged, the experience validated, and support to help identify their strengths and resources to promote healing.

Loss alway takes more from us than the person or relationship we\'ve lost, and grief doesn\'t happen in any one way or on any one\'s timeline. But with care and connection, there can be deep meaning and healing in even the most profound pain.

Death and bereavement are universally inescapable events that we all have to face; no matter how much we resist. Individuals may experience suicidal thoughts, numbness, or the disconnection , which interferes with daily activities. What we do with that indentation gives us strength or hinders us from living.  Some clients need a higher level of support and this is where I can come.\n

Whether it is the loss of a loved one, loss of a pet, or health diagnosis, life is full of loss and grief. Even life changes such as moving to a new city, ending a career, or completing a project we are passionate about can bring on manifestations of loss and grief. Having a place to make sense of these changes in a supportive environment is how I support clients through this difficult time.

A large percentage of the children and adults I see are seeking help with grief reactions or loss experiences, either contemporary or a past history of early loss. Trained as a psychoanalyst, I\'m able to help patients access unprocessed grief that has been hidden away or not accessible for other reasons. I receive referrals from the Dougy Center for children and families with loss through suicide

Understanding that grief and loss happens on many levels in a person\'s life is key. And, after caring for my husband for a year and then his passing, my depth of compassion has increased phenomenally. I come from a place of gratitude for the lessons that loss teaches and the power that grief gives us.

I have helped clients express grief over the loss of partners, friends, family members, the ability to have a baby, and pets. I have come to learn that grief comes in myriad forms. I maintain safety and expertise in providing a venue for clients to be heard and express the pain of profound loss.

While we will all experience losses in our life, each person's story is unique. I provide context and connection to other's experiences, while providing space to each person as they determine their own meaning and direction after loss. My work has spanned supporting people through pregnancy loss, the loss of a child and the death of a life partner.

Loss and grief are normal and painful events in everyone\'s life. We have lost someone or some thing that was an important for our sense of ourself. This always leads to the question of \'who am I now.\' And we do not know the answer and fear we never will. Talking and sharing our experiences can help as we discover we are still someone familiar and worthwhile.

A hollow emptiness often characterizes the inner world of grief. This direct experience of mourning is the balancing act of a lifetime. My approach to understanding grief is to turn toward this empty space and to seek meaning within the loss. While this is a profound undertaking, it can often be the challenge that serves our greater purpose.

Often we seek therapy to cope with changes we don't want, and facilitating self-compassion is the basis of creating space for grief and loss.

One of the most common presenting issues is relationship loss. I have extensive experience helping people navigate through this kind of loss. I also have significant experience working with loss of parents as well as working with the survivors of a suicide.

Grief can come from losses of many different types. While grieving these losses is a normal part of the healing process, sometimes we need a little help from a supportive and safe relationship in order to face those emotions and memories. I specialize in helping clients heal from these losses and become whole again.

My primary professional interest has been to learn how to be present to people as they grieve their losses. Often, well-meaning loved ones want to rush the bereaved through their pain, as it can seem settling and unsettling. Grief is a part of life that few of us learn to do well, and I help people move through their grief, honor their losses and learn how to move forward at their own pace.

Joe began his work in the field of grief and loss over 30 years ago in the early days of the HIV epidemic. He has also been the mental health consultant to several hospices. He specializes in working with Parents who have lost children.

Any transition--whether for better or worse-- involves loss and grief. It was always a topic that I wove into my college teaching, individual therapy and support groups. I believe that educating people on the stages and symptoms of grief can be very empowering. They no longer worry that there is something wrong with themselves and can learn to adapt to the roller coaster of emotions.

I have lead support groups for individuals experiencing loss and grief and find this work particularly rewarding. I hold a safe and compassionate space where clients can share their feelings and experience around their loss to work towards healing and hope.

You don’t work through grief, it works through you. Continuing bonds is a model of grief that acknowledges that for many, we work to change but not let go of our attachment to those we have deeply loved. We don\'t relinquish the emotional bonds. Death ends a life but it does not end a relationship.

There are so many kinds of loss and grief . . . divorce, death, illness, failure, and poignant missed opportunity. They are a part of the life cycle and can not be avoided or overlooked. Instead, they become markers of change that can help inform us and inspire us to meaningful ways of living. I can work with you and your family to integrate grief and loss into your bigger life story.

I have experience with individuals/couples working through terminal illness, traumatic accidents, death of loved ones, cut-offs from family, infertility, stillbirth and birth trauma, cancer and other losses.

Grief/loss is a particularly special and delicate piece of the human experience and our understanding of mental health, as the process of grief/loss is universal, yet distinctly unique to each individual's felt experience. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. We all need space to allow grief to unfold in order to heal. We can discover your own unique, healthy and honest grieving process.

I have a decade of experience professionally and personally with the process of loss and grief. Using thoughtful, compassionate, empathic therapy in conjunction with body awareness and breathwork, I can help you feel less traumatized by the pain of major or minor loss and grief. My hope is that my work with you will help you integrate your experience into a richer and more profound life right now.

Over the past 10 years I have been honored to work (in a massage therapy capacity) with people suffering great loss such as death of a loved one, end of a significant relationship, or an abrupt ending of a career. I have learned through experience how to assist people in creating a narrative around the event that allows them to find peace.

To live is to experience loss. Grieving is a necessary and natural process; our culture and busy lives don\'t always support this process and people can get really stuck. Personally and professionally, I have a great deal of experience in helping people move through their grief process.

Loss is diverse and grief is complex. I believe we deal with many forms of loss from loss of a job, a relationship, an ideal, a life. My approach is sensitive, I meet people where they are at in in there process of grief and we move through the stages of mourning in a healthy and grounded way. I draw on my clients strength and resilience to approach the very difficult emotions that come up.

Grieving is a normal response to a loss. A loss can include the loss of a loved one, your normal daily routine due to the impact of an illness, loss of your younger self, of a relationship, even job and financial loss to name a few. All of these losses can impact how we function day to day. If you feel that you can use some extra support to deal with your losses a therapist can help.

Losing someone or something you love can feel overwhelming and isolating. I work with you to process your grief and discover creative ways to honor the person or thing you\'ve lost. Grief is not a one-size-fits-all process, and I respect your unique needs as you grieve.

Grief is a deeply personal experience, and everyone processes thier grief in their own unique way. There is no right way to grieve, no timeline on which we can mark when grieving 'should be over,' no roadmap of what to expect after a loss. My work with clients experiencing loss is to validate all of their responses as right for them, and as a necessary part of the transformational process.

As a board certified chaplain, I deal a lot with grief and bereavement, whether from death or other losses. I also help people resolve related issues such as forgiven, guilt, and anger, including anger at God.

Life is full of losses. Most of us were trained to suppress our feelings and get over it. The people who taught us were folks who couldn\'t manage their own feelings. Grief in the face of loss is normal and deeply human. There\'s no right way or timeline to process our feelings. Therapy offers support so you can both feel, and learn to care for yourself in these deeply human, challenging times.

Life is a series of losses, but most people are not prepared for the impact of significant losses on their psyche and sense of well-being. If you have recently experienced the loss of someone close, a relationship, or a dream, I will help you to come to terms with the loss and rediscover joy in life at a pace that will not rush you through your grief.

Through extensive personal and professional experience, along with on-going study, I have developed a finely tuned approach to grief & loss, as well as death & dying issues. I am especially adept with traumatic loss (suicides, violent or disturbing deaths) and with ambiguous loss, such as missing persons, loved ones in comas or dealing with Alzheimer's.

Coping with the loss of someone or something that you love is one of the biggest challenges people can face. The pain of loss can feel overwhelming. Many people may experience all types of unexpected emotions. If you are experiencing different emotions following a loss, it might help to know that your reaction is natural. I help guide you through your loss in a safe and trusting environment.

\'Grief counseling becomes necessary when a person is so disabled by their grief, overwhelmed by loss to the extent that their normal coping processes are disabled or shut down. Grief counseling --art or verbal therapy, can facilitate expression of emotion and help to reduce the feelings of isolation, numbness and distress, by slowly processing feelings that arise.

From personal experience I have learned that traumatic losses have to be grieved and processed well and thoroughly in order for us to survive and thrive. The loss doesn\'t have to be one that other people view as traumatic, it is what it means to the individual experiencing it. There is no timetable for grief: it takes what it takes. I am passionate about helping clients rebuild their lives.

Grief exists in many forms from a loss of a dream or opportunity, personal power, a loved one, a health diagnosis or impairment. It is vital that you have a safe and supportive place to process feelings of anguish or sorrow and in time arrive at healing. Much of my clinical work has centered around loss and navigating transitions with a commitment to honor your experience with compassion.

Grief is a part of the human experience, yet when the pain of loss reaches our own life it can be isolating, paralyzing, scary, and feel as if the aching may never end. In our work together, I will offer warmth and hope and help you find ways to integrate grief into your daily life in a sustainable way.

While grief is most commonly associated with the death of someone close to us, we may also experience grief around a variety of other life challenges/transitions, such as the ending of a relationship, job loss, parenting milestones, loss of a deeply held belief, or a move to a new place. I can help you face grief and loss with courage, allowing for healing and a deeper sense of meaning to emerge.

Unprocessed grief can hold us back from living. If you have suffered a terrible loss, we can work together to bring light and air in the wounded places, thereby releasing you to live more fully. Often sexuality is deeply impacted by grief because so many feelings are accessible through sex.

Whether it be the loss of a job, family member, or change in relationship, I can provide the support and assistance to help you through this difficult transition.

Losing a loved one is one of the hardest experiences we ever go through. What makes it harder is feeling like you\'re alone in your grief, or that what you\'re feeling is wrong. I can help by validating how difficult the experience of grief can be, being present with you through painful emotions, and discovering ways to find closure while still honoring your loved one and your memory of them.

Going through the process of loss and grief is a challenging and confusing time that causes most of us to seek the comfort of friends, family, and community support. This process can also lead to a feeling of loneliness that exhausts our social support. I provide counseling services that specialize in providing safe space to honor all of the stages of grief.

Part of the human experience is having people and experiences in our lives come and go like the ebb and flow of the tides at the beach. If we fight their occurrence, we are assured misery, but how does one learn to embrace unwanted losses? I provide a safe, accepting space for individuals to process through their loss and learn tools to manage the impact on them.

My experience in working with grief has focused on both supporting those grieving the death of a loved one from illness or accident as well as the loss of a pregnancy or still birth. Grief is often present in major life changes as well, from moving to divorce to career changes. I can help you understand your own personal grief process, it's challenges and lessons, as you walk this path.

I am experienced working with individuals, children, and families in processing grief and loss. I believe in the resiliency of people, that we all have a natural pull toward healing; but that sometimes people get stuck, and need additional support or guidance in working through a loss. I am a skilled practitioner who can support you or your family during this time.

There can be so many types of losses - loss of community or job, death of a partner, child or other loved one, pregnancy loss (through termination, stillbirth, miscarriage). I allow time for full expression of grief, recognition of all of the losses that are attached to it and then, gradually, allowing for the slow building of meaning, purpose and healing.

Experiencing grief can be crippling, and is a very personal experience. No two people process grief in the same way. If you or your family suffer from loss it can feel unbearable and important parts of your life can feel small. I have been through grief and loss personally, and will use my unfortunate wealth of experience to support you and your family through it.

Grief is often thought of in the most literal sense- as the emotion we feel when someone dies. There are a thousand different little “deaths” in our lives, though, that can lead to imbalance and pain. My clients have expressed grief around the loss of a partner, a job or faith. Using empathy and supportive listening, I can encourage you to move through the grief and come through stronger.

Supporting individuals and families around loss is a privilege. Grief has a life of its own with its own timeframe. I offer a safe and loving environment to bring your grieving process.

'The tragedy is not that we suffer, the tragedy is that we suffer alone.' Grieving the loss of a loved one may be the hardest thing you ever do -- you don't need to do it alone. Through one-on-one counseling and/or bereavement groups, you can heal the hole in your heart and live a life full of vitality once again.

Loss and associated feelings of grief are commonplace in our human experience, yet there is no adequate way to fully prepare ourselves for the pain of losing a loved one. When you lose someone, your empowered choice is to find compassionate support who can help you explore your feelings, and grieve openly and completely in an atmosphere of safety. You deserve this.

For over 10 years I did hospice work, helping loved ones and patients in deep grief. I can help you cultivate your own inner resources through psychotherapy, mindfulness and self-compassion. As painful as it is, it can be a doorway if we let it open.

I have worked with grief and loss quite a bit over the years. While I can't change the pain of what/who you lost, I can give you a space to feel the feelings you currently experience as disabling, and through understanding and advice empower you, as you are able, to create meaning and new life out of your loss.

We encounter many forms of grief in our lives. I have conducted bereavement groups for those who have lost loved ones. I am also attuned to the grief that accompanies a lost childhood (for instance, when a parent has major mental illness), or lost innocence (the sense of safety, for instance, that disappears due to abusive or chaotic upbringing).

Grief and loss is, at it's core, a loss of connection. My work in this area focuses on creating an environment where you can mourn your loss, identify where connection has been ruptured, and begin to imagine what life will be like moving forward.

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