Grief Therapists in Edmonton, AB

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Jennifer MacKinnon
Counsellor, MACP, CCC, CYCC
Verified Verified
Edmonton, AB T6X
If you want, we can also walk with you back to your childhood, traumatic experiences, family dynamics, grief/loss and negative core beliefs to see where patterns of behaviour or coping started for you.
Free 10-15 minute virtual connection meeting! (In-person and online sessions available). Hello! My name is Jennifer MacKinnon, and I'm a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC). As the Owner of Sagacious Counselling and Wellness Support, I value having a safe, non-judgmental place for therapists and clients. I love being a Counsellor and value all stories; my favourite stories are the ones people hold inside with shame. Shame hates the light. Let's get that out of you! I work with individuals and couples from age 13+. My passion is this lifelong career in empowering people to process pain, find strength and foster hope.
If you want, we can also walk with you back to your childhood, traumatic experiences, family dynamics, grief/loss and negative core beliefs to see where patterns of behaviour or coping started for you.
Free 10-15 minute virtual connection meeting! (In-person and online sessions available). Hello! My name is Jennifer MacKinnon, and I'm a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC). As the Owner of Sagacious Counselling and Wellness Support, I value having a safe, non-judgmental place for therapists and clients. I love being a Counsellor and value all stories; my favourite stories are the ones people hold inside with shame. Shame hates the light. Let's get that out of you! I work with individuals and couples from age 13+. My passion is this lifelong career in empowering people to process pain, find strength and foster hope.
(587) 415-0969 View (587) 415-0969
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Nest Integrative Wellness
Registered Social Worker, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Edmonton, AB T5N
Nest Integrative Wellness is a team of mental health professionals focused on providing support for families transitioning into parenthood. Parents experiencing postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, intrusive thoughts, fertility struggles, grief and loss, birth trauma, post adoption support and other struggles are not alone. We can support you in enjoying the newborn days and navigating the rollercoaster of early parenthood.
Nest Integrative Wellness is a team of mental health professionals focused on providing support for families transitioning into parenthood. Parents experiencing postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, intrusive thoughts, fertility struggles, grief and loss, birth trauma, post adoption support and other struggles are not alone. We can support you in enjoying the newborn days and navigating the rollercoaster of early parenthood.
(587) 715-1241 View (587) 715-1241
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Melanie Robinson
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Edmonton, AB T6C
Hello and welcome! My name is Melanie and I am a student psychology intern currently offering low-cost therapy at Strathearn Psychology. I am passionate about cultivating therapeutic spaces that allow you to show up exactly as you are, and consider it the ultimate privilege to sit with people on their journey of self-discovery. My areas of interest include grief and loss, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, exploration of gender/sexual identity, the process of differentiation, faith transitions, as well as the stress and overwhelm of motherhood and the journey of identity (re)discovery that comes along with it.
Hello and welcome! My name is Melanie and I am a student psychology intern currently offering low-cost therapy at Strathearn Psychology. I am passionate about cultivating therapeutic spaces that allow you to show up exactly as you are, and consider it the ultimate privilege to sit with people on their journey of self-discovery. My areas of interest include grief and loss, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, exploration of gender/sexual identity, the process of differentiation, faith transitions, as well as the stress and overwhelm of motherhood and the journey of identity (re)discovery that comes along with it.
(825) 255-5503 View (825) 255-5503
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Justine Elliot
Psychologist, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Edmonton, AB T6X
I am a member of the College of Alberta Psychologists, Psychologists’ Association of Alberta, The Grief Recovery Institute, and the Canadian Association for Play Therapy.
I value authenticity and enjoy bringing humor, generosity, and evidence-based practices to my clients. My therapeutic approach is integrative in which I use a variety of techniques and approaches to customize therapy to individual needs. I believe healing is achieved in relationships and strive to build supportive and safe connections with my clients. I enjoy working with individuals facing any life struggle at any age but I am particularly passionate about supporting children and parents impacted by traumatic loss.
I am a member of the College of Alberta Psychologists, Psychologists’ Association of Alberta, The Grief Recovery Institute, and the Canadian Association for Play Therapy.
I value authenticity and enjoy bringing humor, generosity, and evidence-based practices to my clients. My therapeutic approach is integrative in which I use a variety of techniques and approaches to customize therapy to individual needs. I believe healing is achieved in relationships and strive to build supportive and safe connections with my clients. I enjoy working with individuals facing any life struggle at any age but I am particularly passionate about supporting children and parents impacted by traumatic loss.
(780) 288-8011 View (780) 288-8011
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Michael Handman
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Edmonton, AB T5P
My expertise focuses on Health Psychology, Psycho-oncology, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, grief, anxiety and relationship issues.
I am a Clinical Psychologist with 35 years of experience working in hospitals, university and currently only in private practice. I worked overseas in a pediatric oncology and in a Pain Clinic. As the Director of the Psychology Department at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, I helped cancer patients and their families; I supervised graduate students and was involved in published research. I achieved the level of Clinical Professor of Palliative Medicine at the University of Alberta. Following my departure from the Cross Cancer Institute, I worked at the University of Alberta Hospital in the Burn and Trauma units.
My expertise focuses on Health Psychology, Psycho-oncology, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, grief, anxiety and relationship issues.
I am a Clinical Psychologist with 35 years of experience working in hospitals, university and currently only in private practice. I worked overseas in a pediatric oncology and in a Pain Clinic. As the Director of the Psychology Department at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, I helped cancer patients and their families; I supervised graduate students and was involved in published research. I achieved the level of Clinical Professor of Palliative Medicine at the University of Alberta. Following my departure from the Cross Cancer Institute, I worked at the University of Alberta Hospital in the Burn and Trauma units.
(780) 628-7828 View (780) 628-7828
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Kristie Bennett
Registered Provisional Psychologist
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Edmonton, AB T6G
The sudden loss of my mom in 2015 to cancer was pivotal and life-changing for me - I understand what it means to be heartbroken, overwhelmed and purposeless.
NOW Accepting New Clients! Specializing in relationships. Are you feeling overwhelmed and disconnected from those you love? Do you struggle to balance family and work pressures? All you know is that this isn't the life or relationships you want. Traumatic experiences, lack of intentional self-care and boundaries can leave us feeling depleted, resentful, and stuck. It doesn't have to be this way. You can find love and happiness. By turning within and discovering what you want, you can start living your best life and cultivate more authentic and meaningful relationships.
The sudden loss of my mom in 2015 to cancer was pivotal and life-changing for me - I understand what it means to be heartbroken, overwhelmed and purposeless.
NOW Accepting New Clients! Specializing in relationships. Are you feeling overwhelmed and disconnected from those you love? Do you struggle to balance family and work pressures? All you know is that this isn't the life or relationships you want. Traumatic experiences, lack of intentional self-care and boundaries can leave us feeling depleted, resentful, and stuck. It doesn't have to be this way. You can find love and happiness. By turning within and discovering what you want, you can start living your best life and cultivate more authentic and meaningful relationships.
(587) 847-5440 View (587) 847-5440
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Tasia Deligianis
Registered Provisional Psychologist, BEd, MC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edmonton, AB T6G
The clients I work with range from adolescents to adults, presenting concerns with depression, identity, addiction, anxiety, self-esteem, eating concerns, self-harm, perinatal mental health, and grief and loss.
Greetings, my name is Tasia and I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist in Alberta. I work from a compassionate, empathetic and honest perspective. I believe that the client is in control in the process of therapy, and I am merely a guide to support you in your journey. I recognize that there are times in our lives where we are faced with adversity and challenges and when these arise, it can be difficult to process and make sense of the challenges we are faced with in our day to day lives. Sometimes, asking or seeking support can be difficult, but you have made a giant leap by looking at the profiles on this site!
The clients I work with range from adolescents to adults, presenting concerns with depression, identity, addiction, anxiety, self-esteem, eating concerns, self-harm, perinatal mental health, and grief and loss.
Greetings, my name is Tasia and I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist in Alberta. I work from a compassionate, empathetic and honest perspective. I believe that the client is in control in the process of therapy, and I am merely a guide to support you in your journey. I recognize that there are times in our lives where we are faced with adversity and challenges and when these arise, it can be difficult to process and make sense of the challenges we are faced with in our day to day lives. Sometimes, asking or seeking support can be difficult, but you have made a giant leap by looking at the profiles on this site!
(587) 806-5715 View (587) 806-5715
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Lucy Nesbitt Holistic Trauma Therapy
Counsellor, RTC, CT, BMus
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Edmonton, AB T5H
I am a holistic, creative and somatic oriented counselling therapist who helps clients gently move deeper into their mental health and wellness journey. I work with clients to soothe and support their nervous system, integrate and heal trauma, find emotional regulation, heal from grief and loss, and rekindle a sense of agency in life. Whether you're experiencing cognitive, emotional or physical symptoms, my hope is that our work together can offer you a soft place to land and find solace, as well as a chance to metabolize past hurts and generate new possibilities for ease and agency in your life.
I am a holistic, creative and somatic oriented counselling therapist who helps clients gently move deeper into their mental health and wellness journey. I work with clients to soothe and support their nervous system, integrate and heal trauma, find emotional regulation, heal from grief and loss, and rekindle a sense of agency in life. Whether you're experiencing cognitive, emotional or physical symptoms, my hope is that our work together can offer you a soft place to land and find solace, as well as a chance to metabolize past hurts and generate new possibilities for ease and agency in your life.
(587) 819-1244 View (587) 819-1244
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Bunkola Ojelade
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edmonton, AB T6E
Empathy, compassion, trust, and safety guides the person-centered space that will honour your life experiences and stories. I’ll encourage you to be the guiding force behind your change and healing. We will tap into your inner strength as you are the expert in your own life. You will receive a safe space to explore your concerns related to loss, grief, anxiety, depression that maybe contributing to both complex and intergenerational trauma. Together, we will create goals that are cantered around your aspirations and desired outcome.
Empathy, compassion, trust, and safety guides the person-centered space that will honour your life experiences and stories. I’ll encourage you to be the guiding force behind your change and healing. We will tap into your inner strength as you are the expert in your own life. You will receive a safe space to explore your concerns related to loss, grief, anxiety, depression that maybe contributing to both complex and intergenerational trauma. Together, we will create goals that are cantered around your aspirations and desired outcome.
(587) 874-5433 View (587) 874-5433
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Dora Lee
Counsellor, MA, CCC
Verified Verified
Edmonton, AB T5M
My intention in counselling is to create and maintain a safe space which fosters self-discovery for my clients. I respect you and accept where you are. I am honoured to join you as you grapple with challenging life issues, such as grief and loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, life transition or stress. I love to work with adults and seniors. Also, I provide counselling in English and Chinese (Cantonese).
My intention in counselling is to create and maintain a safe space which fosters self-discovery for my clients. I respect you and accept where you are. I am honoured to join you as you grapple with challenging life issues, such as grief and loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, life transition or stress. I love to work with adults and seniors. Also, I provide counselling in English and Chinese (Cantonese).
(587) 416-5312 View (587) 416-5312
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Rebecca Thompson
MA, CCC, CPC
Verified Verified
Edmonton, AB T5T  (Online Only)
I have a great love for people and an overwhelming compassion and empathy for those who are impacted by grief and loss. I have a strong interest in working with those struggling with various addictions, mental health concerns, grief and loss, and faith issues. I counsel from a client-centred, trauma-informed, strengths-based approach, using motivational interviewing, solution-focused therapy, and narrative therapy modalities.
I have a great love for people and an overwhelming compassion and empathy for those who are impacted by grief and loss. I have a strong interest in working with those struggling with various addictions, mental health concerns, grief and loss, and faith issues. I counsel from a client-centred, trauma-informed, strengths-based approach, using motivational interviewing, solution-focused therapy, and narrative therapy modalities.
(587) 415-0778 View (587) 415-0778
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Pinar Bereketoglu
Psychologist, MC, RPsych
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Edmonton, AB T5H
I am passionate about the areas of grief and loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, attachment-related challenges, emotional regulation, and developmental disorders.
Welcome! You’re taking one of the first steps towards healing: finding a therapist! I am a registered psychologist, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, EMDR clinician, and have almost a decade of experience supporting autistic children. I would be honoured to walk alongside you in your journey toward healing. There are many things in life that can negatively impact our well-being. I believe everyone is worthy of healing and growth and I work from a culturally sensitive and trauma-informed lens to help you get there. I also strive to create a nonjudgmental space where you can feel safe, heard, and accepted.
I am passionate about the areas of grief and loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, attachment-related challenges, emotional regulation, and developmental disorders.
Welcome! You’re taking one of the first steps towards healing: finding a therapist! I am a registered psychologist, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, EMDR clinician, and have almost a decade of experience supporting autistic children. I would be honoured to walk alongside you in your journey toward healing. There are many things in life that can negatively impact our well-being. I believe everyone is worthy of healing and growth and I work from a culturally sensitive and trauma-informed lens to help you get there. I also strive to create a nonjudgmental space where you can feel safe, heard, and accepted.
(825) 250-8546 View (825) 250-8546
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Kimberly F Hamilton
Registered Provisional Psychologist, MC, BEd, RPPsych, SEP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Edmonton, AB T5H  (Online Only)
Sometimes it’s the grief of losing a loved one, or a traumatic experience they had.
I believe that our mind, body and spirit hold the key to our emotional wellbeing. Somewhere along the way into adulthood, this connection between the head, the heart, and the body falter and begin to cause us distress. People lose the ability to "trust their gut" or are unable to identify what they are feeling during particular times of loss or conflict. My approach aims to identify where the disconnect is, and work collaboratively to bring all three back into focus. It is said "the longest journey you will ever make is from your head to your heart" and my goal is to support people as they take the steps needed to get there.
Sometimes it’s the grief of losing a loved one, or a traumatic experience they had.
I believe that our mind, body and spirit hold the key to our emotional wellbeing. Somewhere along the way into adulthood, this connection between the head, the heart, and the body falter and begin to cause us distress. People lose the ability to "trust their gut" or are unable to identify what they are feeling during particular times of loss or conflict. My approach aims to identify where the disconnect is, and work collaboratively to bring all three back into focus. It is said "the longest journey you will ever make is from your head to your heart" and my goal is to support people as they take the steps needed to get there.
(780) 628-7807 View (780) 628-7807
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Parker Pothier
Pre-Licensed Professional, BCYC, MA, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edmonton, AB T5L
Waitlist for new clients
I have experience working with children (ages 10+), teens, and adults facing challenges related to grief & loss, gender & sexual identity, chronic illnesses, disordered eating (including ARFID), school, phobias, anxiety, ADHD, Autism, and trauma. I have a special interest in working with those who have experienced (or who will experience) the death of someone they love, and I also particularly enjoy working with queer, trans+, and gender-creative young people.
I have experience working with children (ages 10+), teens, and adults facing challenges related to grief & loss, gender & sexual identity, chronic illnesses, disordered eating (including ARFID), school, phobias, anxiety, ADHD, Autism, and trauma. I have a special interest in working with those who have experienced (or who will experience) the death of someone they love, and I also particularly enjoy working with queer, trans+, and gender-creative young people.
(825) 801-5320 x705 View (825) 801-5320 x705
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Janelle Drisner
Psychologist, MA
Verified Verified
Edmonton, AB T5W
I specifically offer psychotherapy for adults struggling with existential and spiritual crises, grief, loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, relational conflicts, and disembodiment.
Are you feeling stressed, lost, overwhelmed? Uncertain of what's to come? Perhaps you are suffering because something has happened to you or because you are going through major life changes. Maybe your belief systems are changing and there is a feeling that you don't know who you are anymore. You may have noticed that your body is more fatigued, tense, and in pain than usual as you hold heavy emotions. It may also be difficult to relate to yourself and others. The reasons for seeking therapy are numerous, but regardless of the why, now is the time to take space for yourself to re-orient to your life, unburden, and heal.
I specifically offer psychotherapy for adults struggling with existential and spiritual crises, grief, loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, relational conflicts, and disembodiment.
Are you feeling stressed, lost, overwhelmed? Uncertain of what's to come? Perhaps you are suffering because something has happened to you or because you are going through major life changes. Maybe your belief systems are changing and there is a feeling that you don't know who you are anymore. You may have noticed that your body is more fatigued, tense, and in pain than usual as you hold heavy emotions. It may also be difficult to relate to yourself and others. The reasons for seeking therapy are numerous, but regardless of the why, now is the time to take space for yourself to re-orient to your life, unburden, and heal.
(587) 507-4690 View (587) 507-4690
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Heather Andrew
Registered Social Worker, BA , MSW, RCSW
Verified Verified
Edmonton, AB T6E
After I completed my own healing from grief and trauma, it became my heart's mission to serve others as they sought healing through professional therapy.
I strive to build meaningful therapeutic relationships based on compassion, empathy and trust. I specialize in therapy with children 10+, youth, and adults who are experiencing symptoms of trauma, grief and loss, anxiety and depression. I work collaboratively with clients and their support network to promote positive growth and change. I recognize that personal growth is challenging and can feel daunting at times. My goal is to create a safe, confidential environment to explore individual strengths, resiliencies and wisdom, and to guide clients on their journey toward healing.
After I completed my own healing from grief and trauma, it became my heart's mission to serve others as they sought healing through professional therapy.
I strive to build meaningful therapeutic relationships based on compassion, empathy and trust. I specialize in therapy with children 10+, youth, and adults who are experiencing symptoms of trauma, grief and loss, anxiety and depression. I work collaboratively with clients and their support network to promote positive growth and change. I recognize that personal growth is challenging and can feel daunting at times. My goal is to create a safe, confidential environment to explore individual strengths, resiliencies and wisdom, and to guide clients on their journey toward healing.
(587) 507-8643 View (587) 507-8643
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Dr. Jill Turner
Psychologist, PhD, R Psych
Verified Verified
Edmonton, AB T6E
I have had the privilege of working as a psychologist for over 20 years. I offer treatment to adults and older teens in the areas of health challenges, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, life transitions, and sexual health. I also specialize in working with individuals who work in high stress and complex work environments, such as first responders, physicians, health care workers, and teachers, who have unique workplace stressors and work/life balance concerns.
I have had the privilege of working as a psychologist for over 20 years. I offer treatment to adults and older teens in the areas of health challenges, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, life transitions, and sexual health. I also specialize in working with individuals who work in high stress and complex work environments, such as first responders, physicians, health care workers, and teachers, who have unique workplace stressors and work/life balance concerns.
(825) 254-5807 View (825) 254-5807
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Reena Samra
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Edmonton, AB T6G
As the founder of BIPOC Healing and Wellness Centre, I specialize in healing from racism, racial trauma & racial grief.
Welcome! I am a trauma therapist with culturally informed, anti-racist & intersectional feminist values. I would be honored to walk through life's difficulties with you through creating a trusting relationship. We can process life experiences, break intergenerational trauma cycles, develop your unique identity, explore values, or set boundaries. Through being more compassionate to yourself, we can build your self worth and heal childhood wounds. I work holistically to support folks to deepen their connections to their mind, body, soul, spirit, emotions & community. I care about creating safer spaces that empower BIPOC mental health.
As the founder of BIPOC Healing and Wellness Centre, I specialize in healing from racism, racial trauma & racial grief.
Welcome! I am a trauma therapist with culturally informed, anti-racist & intersectional feminist values. I would be honored to walk through life's difficulties with you through creating a trusting relationship. We can process life experiences, break intergenerational trauma cycles, develop your unique identity, explore values, or set boundaries. Through being more compassionate to yourself, we can build your self worth and heal childhood wounds. I work holistically to support folks to deepen their connections to their mind, body, soul, spirit, emotions & community. I care about creating safer spaces that empower BIPOC mental health.
(587) 819-0278 View (587) 819-0278
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Vanessa J. Akello - Connect Psychotherapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RCSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Edmonton, AB T6R
I also help individuals develop strategies to cope with anxiety, depression, trauma, infertility, grief, recent mental health diagnosis, breakup, postpartum, or parenting difficulties.
We desire healthy relationships and want to feel heard, understood, and accepted. We function at our best when our most important relationship is secure. Healing and hope begins here too. At Connect Psychotherapy, you will find a safe space to work on your most important issue. Together, we will identify your goals, and ways to cope and heal. I work with those who have experienced hurt in relationships; couples and families who are drifting apart, or have communication or infidelity issues, and those who are struggling to find their way back to when things were good.
I also help individuals develop strategies to cope with anxiety, depression, trauma, infertility, grief, recent mental health diagnosis, breakup, postpartum, or parenting difficulties.
We desire healthy relationships and want to feel heard, understood, and accepted. We function at our best when our most important relationship is secure. Healing and hope begins here too. At Connect Psychotherapy, you will find a safe space to work on your most important issue. Together, we will identify your goals, and ways to cope and heal. I work with those who have experienced hurt in relationships; couples and families who are drifting apart, or have communication or infidelity issues, and those who are struggling to find their way back to when things were good.
(587) 606-0416 View (587) 606-0416
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Caroline Andersen
Psychologist, MA, R Psych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edmonton, AB T6K
I work with individuals, couples and groups who are impacted by grief, loss, depression, anxiety and trauma/PTSD. I strive to work collaboratively with individuals to uncover their strengths, express their feelings and work to adjust to challenging circumstances. I have additional training in perinatal mental health specializing in: infertility, IUI's, IVF, 3rd party consultations for donor, and surrogacy. I also work with individuals that have experienced miscarriage, a baby born still, any medical trauma/any type of birth trauma, PPA/PPD and NICU experiences.
I work with individuals, couples and groups who are impacted by grief, loss, depression, anxiety and trauma/PTSD. I strive to work collaboratively with individuals to uncover their strengths, express their feelings and work to adjust to challenging circumstances. I have additional training in perinatal mental health specializing in: infertility, IUI's, IVF, 3rd party consultations for donor, and surrogacy. I also work with individuals that have experienced miscarriage, a baby born still, any medical trauma/any type of birth trauma, PPA/PPD and NICU experiences.
(855) 715-6743 View (855) 715-6743

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Grief Counsellors

How long does therapy take for grief?

There is no exact timeline for grief counseling. Some people may start to feel better after just a few sessions, while others may take months or longer to feel relief. Some specific approaches, including some types of CBT, may involve a set number of sessions, or therapy may be open-ended until the patient determines they are ready to wrap up. Just as there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there is no right or wrong way to seek therapy for grief.

When should you seek therapy for grief?

Many people mistakenly believe that their grief needs to be debilitating or all-encompassing to warrant therapy. This is not the case. While people who experience severe, prolonged grief—particularly those who are considering self-harm or engaging in unhealthy substance use—are especially likely to benefit from therapy, so too are people whose grief is less intense but still interfering with well-being or daily functioning. In practice, almost anyone struggling to process a loss could benefit from grief counseling.

Can grief be managed without therapy?

Oftentimes, yes. Grief is a near-universal part of being human, and many find that their grief, while profound, does not stop them from participating in day-to-day life and steadily eases over time without outside help. For others, however, the harsh pain of early grief persists for months or years or leaves them unable to function. This group is especially likely to benefit from seeing a therapist, who can guide them through their grief and help them reconnect with the world.

What happens if grief is left untreated?

Because grief does not in itself necessitate therapy, untreated grief will often resolve on its own. However, for some people—particularly those who would qualify for a diagnosis of prolonged grief disorder—untreated grief can be a source of seemingly endless pain or lead them to withdraw from the world. In such cases, treatment can be indispensable, as it can help an individual adapt to the loss and start living again.