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Grief Therapy and Counselling

Grief is our natural, normal human response to loss. Though it is normal, grief can be an incredibly powerful experience with psychological and physical symptoms. There is a significant crossover between grief and trauma, as many losses are traumatic. So, therapy in these instances requires support for natural symptoms of grief, alongside treatment for the trauma element. If the trauma involved in a loss is not appropriately treated, this is a risk factor for grief becoming 'stuck'.

Indicators of stuck or traumatic grief:

  • An extensive amount of time as passed and you feel almost the same as you did when the loss occurred

  • You experience nightmares, emotional flashbacks or intrusive disturbing images regarding the loss

  • You can't shake feelings of guilt or responsibility related to the loss

  • You have thoughts including "if only xyz had happened" or "if only I had done xyz", they might still be here

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How We Can Help

If, during a thorough assessment, your grief is determined to incorporate traumatic elements, your therapist will use a trauma-focussed therapy, likely Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) if applicable, alongside grief counselling and support.

If a thorough assessment determines that your grief is not likely to involve trauma, your therapist will support your navigation through grief using therapies including:

  • Mindfulness

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Compassion-Focussed Therapy (CFT)

  • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Dialectical-Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

If this information resonates with you or you would like to know more, contact us now. 

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