Grief Therapists in Hamilton, ON

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Chelsey Mayo
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L9H
Life challenges can leave us feeling overwhelmed, alone, and stuck. You’re someone who wants to make changes, but you’re not sure where to begin, you’re feeling anxious and stressed. You’ve experienced grief and loss, finding it hard to move forward. But you’re ready to make a change. You’re ready to feel understood. Working through these challenging times can be the key to creating the life you want. I'm here to help you find calm, hope, and control in your life again. I want to help you get there.
Life challenges can leave us feeling overwhelmed, alone, and stuck. You’re someone who wants to make changes, but you’re not sure where to begin, you’re feeling anxious and stressed. You’ve experienced grief and loss, finding it hard to move forward. But you’re ready to make a change. You’re ready to feel understood. Working through these challenging times can be the key to creating the life you want. I'm here to help you find calm, hope, and control in your life again. I want to help you get there.
(289) 812-5426 View (289) 812-5426
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Rachel Wilson
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8W
With the ups and downs of life sometimes we fall off-track and need a bit of help getting back up. Whether we get stuck in a funk, experience the pain of loss, or life transitions just seem too much. I’m here to meet you where you are and together cultivate a safe space where you can feel seen and heard.
With the ups and downs of life sometimes we fall off-track and need a bit of help getting back up. Whether we get stuck in a funk, experience the pain of loss, or life transitions just seem too much. I’m here to meet you where you are and together cultivate a safe space where you can feel seen and heard.
(365) 536-1001 View (365) 536-1001
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Anna Sgambato
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L0R
Looking for a therapist who gets it? One who really wants to have a good understanding of you, and why you are choosing to come to therapy now? With over 20 years of experience working with people just like you, I am a therapist who will listen with genuine curiosity, and work with you to uncover your own internal wisdom. Together, we will learn more about your strengths, unique perspective and values. It can be helpful to remember how these have evolved, even with life’s challenges related to stress, trauma, loss and oppression because of race, culture, spirituality, gender expression and sexuality.
Looking for a therapist who gets it? One who really wants to have a good understanding of you, and why you are choosing to come to therapy now? With over 20 years of experience working with people just like you, I am a therapist who will listen with genuine curiosity, and work with you to uncover your own internal wisdom. Together, we will learn more about your strengths, unique perspective and values. It can be helpful to remember how these have evolved, even with life’s challenges related to stress, trauma, loss and oppression because of race, culture, spirituality, gender expression and sexuality.
(289) 210-5173 View (289) 210-5173
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Klara Siber-Simic, Psychotherapy and Supervision
Registered Psychotherapist, MDiv, MHSc, RP
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8P
Have you experienced grief or loss? Are you going through a life transition? Are you living with health challenges, chronic or acute illness? Have you experienced injury and trauma? Do you provide care to a person living with chronic illness? Are you struggling to navigate through important decisions? Are you hoping to live a more balanced or more meaningful life? Through psychotherapy you can learn about yourself, identify and access your strengths, process past or present experience, gain valuable insight, build your resilience, examine beliefs and identify what you would like to change and how to go about moving forward.
Have you experienced grief or loss? Are you going through a life transition? Are you living with health challenges, chronic or acute illness? Have you experienced injury and trauma? Do you provide care to a person living with chronic illness? Are you struggling to navigate through important decisions? Are you hoping to live a more balanced or more meaningful life? Through psychotherapy you can learn about yourself, identify and access your strengths, process past or present experience, gain valuable insight, build your resilience, examine beliefs and identify what you would like to change and how to go about moving forward.
(647) 699-1987 View (647) 699-1987
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Dana Cole
Registered Social Worker, RSW, BSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8V
As a compassionate grief and loss counsellor and coach, I provide support to individuals navigating through the challenging journey of loss. Whether you're experiencing the death of a loved one, coping with a significant life change, or dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic event, I am here to offer guidance and understanding. My approach to grief counseling is rooted in empathy, respect, and collaboration. I understand that grief is a unique and deeply personal experience, and I tailor my therapeutic approach to meet the individual needs of each client. Individual or group support is offered through the Grief Recovery Method.
As a compassionate grief and loss counsellor and coach, I provide support to individuals navigating through the challenging journey of loss. Whether you're experiencing the death of a loved one, coping with a significant life change, or dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic event, I am here to offer guidance and understanding. My approach to grief counseling is rooted in empathy, respect, and collaboration. I understand that grief is a unique and deeply personal experience, and I tailor my therapeutic approach to meet the individual needs of each client. Individual or group support is offered through the Grief Recovery Method.
(226) 799-1095 View (226) 799-1095
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Mountain Brow Counselling
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L9A
You're overwhelmed by worries, low mood, stress, grief, or impostor syndrome. Daily life feels like you're just going through the motions and you are sliding further away from where you thought you'd be. But you are not alone and it won't always be this hard. People come to therapy to move away from feelings of overwhelm, trust themselves again, and to find your voice again. We will create a relationship built on curiosity, compassion, and the belief that you are stronger than you think. Couples therapy for couples facing challenges in their relationship as (new) parents also offered.
You're overwhelmed by worries, low mood, stress, grief, or impostor syndrome. Daily life feels like you're just going through the motions and you are sliding further away from where you thought you'd be. But you are not alone and it won't always be this hard. People come to therapy to move away from feelings of overwhelm, trust themselves again, and to find your voice again. We will create a relationship built on curiosity, compassion, and the belief that you are stronger than you think. Couples therapy for couples facing challenges in their relationship as (new) parents also offered.
(365) 364-2640 View (365) 364-2640
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Lyndsay Robertson
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L9B  (Online Only)
I specialize in anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD and grief.
Has life become so overwhelming that it is hard to know where to start and how to move forward? Are emotions surfacing and do you feel like it’s time to address them? Is anxiety, depression, stress, grief or trauma negatively affecting your life and do you wish there was a way to change this? Are you experiencing constant worry or stress and wishing that things were different? You are not alone, life can be very difficult at times and it’s important to know that a lot of people experience these issues. Are you interested in learning to challenge unhelpful thinking patterns and exploring new perspectives?
I specialize in anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD and grief.
Has life become so overwhelming that it is hard to know where to start and how to move forward? Are emotions surfacing and do you feel like it’s time to address them? Is anxiety, depression, stress, grief or trauma negatively affecting your life and do you wish there was a way to change this? Are you experiencing constant worry or stress and wishing that things were different? You are not alone, life can be very difficult at times and it’s important to know that a lot of people experience these issues. Are you interested in learning to challenge unhelpful thinking patterns and exploring new perspectives?
(289) 723-1684 View (289) 723-1684
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Jessica Ann Bacon
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L9A
I specialize in perinatal mental health, grief, parenting, and burnout - particularly for helping professionals like nurses, CAS workers, teachers, and my fellow therapists.
You're constantly feeling on edge and don't know where to turn next. You don't know if you can keep going as you are without making some changes. But even thinking about those changes makes you feel uncertain or scared. Maybe you feel nausea or fear or shame. Maybe you just feel empty or you have repetitive or consuming thoughts. Maybe you're just exhausted. People come to see me to move away from feelings of overwhelm, to begin to know themselves (and others) again, to find and use their voice, and to begin to feel better in their lives (as they define it). If this sounds like you, I promise you're not alone in feeling this way.
I specialize in perinatal mental health, grief, parenting, and burnout - particularly for helping professionals like nurses, CAS workers, teachers, and my fellow therapists.
You're constantly feeling on edge and don't know where to turn next. You don't know if you can keep going as you are without making some changes. But even thinking about those changes makes you feel uncertain or scared. Maybe you feel nausea or fear or shame. Maybe you just feel empty or you have repetitive or consuming thoughts. Maybe you're just exhausted. People come to see me to move away from feelings of overwhelm, to begin to know themselves (and others) again, to find and use their voice, and to begin to feel better in their lives (as they define it). If this sounds like you, I promise you're not alone in feeling this way.
(289) 272-9314 View (289) 272-9314
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Allison Hillier
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8L  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Major life transitions such as the loss of a loved one, relationship or job, navigating health issues, the aging process or a shifting identity can produce disorientation, loss of meaning, existential angst, and even a quarter/mid/end-of-life crisis.
Accepting new clients in Sept 2024. We’re spinning through this vast galaxy, having appeared on this planet out of nowhere, and destined to return to where we came from. What will you do with your time here? Let’s explore that. I work best with people asking some variation of the following questions: “What does it all mean? What am I doing with my life? Why is this happening to me? What the hell is going on? or Is this it? " -- all honest questions and great starting points for developing depth, meaning, and purpose in your life.
Major life transitions such as the loss of a loved one, relationship or job, navigating health issues, the aging process or a shifting identity can produce disorientation, loss of meaning, existential angst, and even a quarter/mid/end-of-life crisis.
Accepting new clients in Sept 2024. We’re spinning through this vast galaxy, having appeared on this planet out of nowhere, and destined to return to where we came from. What will you do with your time here? Let’s explore that. I work best with people asking some variation of the following questions: “What does it all mean? What am I doing with my life? Why is this happening to me? What the hell is going on? or Is this it? " -- all honest questions and great starting points for developing depth, meaning, and purpose in your life.
(647) 360-3489 View (647) 360-3489
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Stephen Hudecki
Registered Psychotherapist, BFA, MA, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8P
Death informs a great deal about life and the search for meaning.
I bring a mindful/meditative practice, from my own life and from my education to be of service to you and whatever is ailing you. No problem is too big or too small. Whatever is impacting your life, in a negative way is worth sorting through together. I have a special interest in working with people involved in healthcare because I've spent the last 10 years working in hospitals. Pain and suffering are part of life. How we live and learn from our suffering is our life's work. Once we discover ourselves, our true nature, we are free to live with more happiness and love.
Death informs a great deal about life and the search for meaning.
I bring a mindful/meditative practice, from my own life and from my education to be of service to you and whatever is ailing you. No problem is too big or too small. Whatever is impacting your life, in a negative way is worth sorting through together. I have a special interest in working with people involved in healthcare because I've spent the last 10 years working in hospitals. Pain and suffering are part of life. How we live and learn from our suffering is our life's work. Once we discover ourselves, our true nature, we are free to live with more happiness and love.
(289) 302-8325 View (289) 302-8325
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Claire Gosselin, Counselling and Supervision
Registered Psychotherapist, MDiv, RP, RMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8L
I specializing in trauma, grief and loss, sudden life changes, end-of-life, anxieties, relationships, individual therapy, marriage and family therapy, personal growth, self-awareness, exploring existential questioning, spirituality, and meaning making.
Not accepting new clients at this time - I work with individuals and offer supervision. Based on an assessment with you, we determine the best approach to meet your goals, and emotional needs towards personal health and growth. A few of the therapeutic approaches I use include, but not limited to, CBT which highlights thoughts, dysfunctional (unhelpful) thinking, and assumptions. We explore the unique meaning you make of situations and events. I also use Emotionally Focussed Therapy, mindfulness techniques that rely on neurosciences to restore emotional integrity, narrative therapy, and reconstruction therapy.
I specializing in trauma, grief and loss, sudden life changes, end-of-life, anxieties, relationships, individual therapy, marriage and family therapy, personal growth, self-awareness, exploring existential questioning, spirituality, and meaning making.
Not accepting new clients at this time - I work with individuals and offer supervision. Based on an assessment with you, we determine the best approach to meet your goals, and emotional needs towards personal health and growth. A few of the therapeutic approaches I use include, but not limited to, CBT which highlights thoughts, dysfunctional (unhelpful) thinking, and assumptions. We explore the unique meaning you make of situations and events. I also use Emotionally Focussed Therapy, mindfulness techniques that rely on neurosciences to restore emotional integrity, narrative therapy, and reconstruction therapy.
(365) 305-0136 View (365) 305-0136
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Wellflower Counselling Kate Murphy
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8S  (Online Only)
In partnership we will explore your experiences and build a personalized care approach that is tailored to your individual needs. My care work aims at establishing a collaborative and safe(r) therapeutic space together, while disrupting and undermining the various oppressive systems that impact our collective and individual wellness experiences. Regardless of whatever issue is affecting your wellbeing, whether it be grief, disordered eating, relationship breakdowns, social isolation, anxiety, depression, trauma, or burnout, I am here to support you in creating routes to comfort and positive change.
In partnership we will explore your experiences and build a personalized care approach that is tailored to your individual needs. My care work aims at establishing a collaborative and safe(r) therapeutic space together, while disrupting and undermining the various oppressive systems that impact our collective and individual wellness experiences. Regardless of whatever issue is affecting your wellbeing, whether it be grief, disordered eating, relationship breakdowns, social isolation, anxiety, depression, trauma, or burnout, I am here to support you in creating routes to comfort and positive change.
(289) 312-2023 View (289) 312-2023
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Fiona Hisson
Registered Social Worker
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8N
Her main areas of focus are depression, anxiety, substance use issues, grief and loss, anger, trauma, and stress.
Fiona is a Registered Social Worker who is passionate about helping people navigate their past while being mindful of the present, so they can obtain the future they desire. She has experience working with young parents and their children and is currently working in domestic violence with individuals who have used abusive behaviour. Fiona works from a restorative lens and believes that helping one individual heal can strengthen families, intimate-partner relationships, neighbourhoods, and society.
Her main areas of focus are depression, anxiety, substance use issues, grief and loss, anger, trauma, and stress.
Fiona is a Registered Social Worker who is passionate about helping people navigate their past while being mindful of the present, so they can obtain the future they desire. She has experience working with young parents and their children and is currently working in domestic violence with individuals who have used abusive behaviour. Fiona works from a restorative lens and believes that helping one individual heal can strengthen families, intimate-partner relationships, neighbourhoods, and society.
(289) 723-1580 View (289) 723-1580
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Cortney Pasternak Counselling
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP, OAMHP
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8P
My specialties include anxiety, depression, stress, life and career transitions, grief, marriage and relationship conflicts, dating, and parenting. I realize there is rarely one issue and it takes courage to ask for help. I offer a safe, sincere and supportive environment to share, reflect upon, and experience positive growth from the issues you bring to counselling. I work with individuals, couples and families and have over 20 years of experience helping people share their stories and struggles - to feel heard and understood. Please know I also offer professional supervision to other psychotherapists and now, EMDR to clients.
My specialties include anxiety, depression, stress, life and career transitions, grief, marriage and relationship conflicts, dating, and parenting. I realize there is rarely one issue and it takes courage to ask for help. I offer a safe, sincere and supportive environment to share, reflect upon, and experience positive growth from the issues you bring to counselling. I work with individuals, couples and families and have over 20 years of experience helping people share their stories and struggles - to feel heard and understood. Please know I also offer professional supervision to other psychotherapists and now, EMDR to clients.
(647) 699-0493 View (647) 699-0493
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Dr. Christina Harrington
Registered Social Worker, MSW, PhD, RSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8T
I have particular interest, knowledge and skills related to trauma and bereavement (with specialization in traumatic grief/sudden death and wartime bereavement).
I am an experienced and empathetic social worker offering you professional guidance toward personal well-being. I have experience in helping individuals and families with a broad range of health and mental health concerns; specializing in trauma, grief and loss. I work collaboratively with my clients and draw from a range of therapeutic techniques. This allows me to tailor treatment to your unique needs and goals. For PTSD- I am trained in and offer evidence-based protocols such as, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) and Prolonged Exposure (PE).
I have particular interest, knowledge and skills related to trauma and bereavement (with specialization in traumatic grief/sudden death and wartime bereavement).
I am an experienced and empathetic social worker offering you professional guidance toward personal well-being. I have experience in helping individuals and families with a broad range of health and mental health concerns; specializing in trauma, grief and loss. I work collaboratively with my clients and draw from a range of therapeutic techniques. This allows me to tailor treatment to your unique needs and goals. For PTSD- I am trained in and offer evidence-based protocols such as, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) and Prolonged Exposure (PE).
(289) 205-0108 View (289) 205-0108
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Emily Claire Blackmoon
Registered Social Worker, RSW, BSW, MSW, OASW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8V
Are you new to therapy, and need a supportive, you-focused introduction to life-changing self-awareness? Maybe you've been doing therapy for years, but feel like something from the process is "missing"? Do you still feeling stuck, despite how many breathing exercises and positive self-talk you do? Struggling with childhood trauma, eating challenges, anxiety, grief (or all of the above?). Then let's talk! Using a combination of talk therapy, body-based somatics, critical reframing and psychoeducation, I work with individuals and clients to go DEEPER and get the support and results they're looking for.
Are you new to therapy, and need a supportive, you-focused introduction to life-changing self-awareness? Maybe you've been doing therapy for years, but feel like something from the process is "missing"? Do you still feeling stuck, despite how many breathing exercises and positive self-talk you do? Struggling with childhood trauma, eating challenges, anxiety, grief (or all of the above?). Then let's talk! Using a combination of talk therapy, body-based somatics, critical reframing and psychoeducation, I work with individuals and clients to go DEEPER and get the support and results they're looking for.
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Magdalena Piskorski
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BSc, MA, RP(Q)
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8P
Are you experiencing new shifts in your life which you are unsure of how to navigate? Do you feel misaligned in your own self or in your relationships? Or perhaps even feeling a sense of loss? With a focus on supporting those who are navigating relationship, grief, & self-esteem/identity concerns, my aim is to support you to build a stronger connection to self to feel integrated, build trust & confidence, & pursue authentic living.
Are you experiencing new shifts in your life which you are unsure of how to navigate? Do you feel misaligned in your own self or in your relationships? Or perhaps even feeling a sense of loss? With a focus on supporting those who are navigating relationship, grief, & self-esteem/identity concerns, my aim is to support you to build a stronger connection to self to feel integrated, build trust & confidence, & pursue authentic living.
(365) 675-0680 View (365) 675-0680
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Chelsea Rothwell - In The Pines Grief And Death Therapy
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, CT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8K
Hello, thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I’m so sorry that you’re looking for a grief therapist, and have a lot of respect for your courage. I’ve spent the last ten years deep in the muddy waters of loss, devoted to the skillful practice of grieving in community. I am a board-certified thanatologist who has studied grief from embodied, academic, cultural, and psychotherapeutic perspectives. I’ve worked with grief across various sectors— in hospitals and hospices, in community deathcare, as an apprentice farmer and Bruce Trail captain amidst an ongoing climate crisis, and on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic.
Hello, thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I’m so sorry that you’re looking for a grief therapist, and have a lot of respect for your courage. I’ve spent the last ten years deep in the muddy waters of loss, devoted to the skillful practice of grieving in community. I am a board-certified thanatologist who has studied grief from embodied, academic, cultural, and psychotherapeutic perspectives. I’ve worked with grief across various sectors— in hospitals and hospices, in community deathcare, as an apprentice farmer and Bruce Trail captain amidst an ongoing climate crisis, and on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic.
(365) 536-0830 View (365) 536-0830
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Daniella Silvestri
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L9B  (Online Only)
My area's of practice include: Grief & Bereavement, Traumatic/Suicide Loss, Pet Loss, First Responders, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Life Transitions, Career Changes.
I believe that mental health services are so incredibly important, as they provide a safe space for people to explore their thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental and open space. My ultimate goal is to be able to provide that space for people to share their thoughts and feelings freely and safely.
My area's of practice include: Grief & Bereavement, Traumatic/Suicide Loss, Pet Loss, First Responders, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Life Transitions, Career Changes.
I believe that mental health services are so incredibly important, as they provide a safe space for people to explore their thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental and open space. My ultimate goal is to be able to provide that space for people to share their thoughts and feelings freely and safely.
(289) 778-3899 View (289) 778-3899
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Pamela Giarrizzo
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, BA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8N  (Online Only)
It can be a moving experience, to be truly heard and understood. These days, with all of life's distractions, sitting with someone for an hour, who is actively listening and interested in what you have to say can take getting used to! With therapy, we begin with where you are today. I meet you where you are at and we work together on what you need to feel better in your inner and outer world. I support folks who are struggling with grief, anxiety, depression, anger, codependency, relationship issues, sexuality, trauma, or spirituality. I am here to offer acceptance, curiosity, and a new perspective on what feels stuck in your life.
It can be a moving experience, to be truly heard and understood. These days, with all of life's distractions, sitting with someone for an hour, who is actively listening and interested in what you have to say can take getting used to! With therapy, we begin with where you are today. I meet you where you are at and we work together on what you need to feel better in your inner and outer world. I support folks who are struggling with grief, anxiety, depression, anger, codependency, relationship issues, sexuality, trauma, or spirituality. I am here to offer acceptance, curiosity, and a new perspective on what feels stuck in your life.
(289) 805-4719 View (289) 805-4719

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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.