Grief Therapists in London, ON

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Rachel Delos Santos
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, RP-Q
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London, ON N5W  (Online Only)
My culturally sensitive approach, rooted in Filipino heritage, guides expertise in trauma, grief, relationships, and emotional well-being.
Navigating life's challenges can be a profound journey, marked by both joys and sorrows that may weigh heavily on your shoulders. It's okay to feel adrift, bewildered, hesitant, exhausted, or even isolated. It's valid to feel this way, making your experience uniquely yours—so distinct that it might seem like no one can truly understand. In our collaborative journey, I aim to cultivate a haven where authenticity is not only encouraged, but celebrated. I am committed to accompanying you through every stage of your healing expedition, helping you construct a life rich with meaning and worth cherishing.
My culturally sensitive approach, rooted in Filipino heritage, guides expertise in trauma, grief, relationships, and emotional well-being.
Navigating life's challenges can be a profound journey, marked by both joys and sorrows that may weigh heavily on your shoulders. It's okay to feel adrift, bewildered, hesitant, exhausted, or even isolated. It's valid to feel this way, making your experience uniquely yours—so distinct that it might seem like no one can truly understand. In our collaborative journey, I aim to cultivate a haven where authenticity is not only encouraged, but celebrated. I am committed to accompanying you through every stage of your healing expedition, helping you construct a life rich with meaning and worth cherishing.
(647) 277-4741 View (647) 277-4741
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Sydney McGillis
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, MPH, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London, ON N6B
I specialize in grief and bereavement counselling and appreciate how grief shows up in our lives in so many ways, not limited to the death of a loved one.
I am a qualifying member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario with an MA in Counselling Psychology and Master’s in Public Health. I have been working as a Registered Nurse (RN) in a variety of settings, from palliative care to public health, since 2016. I have always had a desire and passion to work with people to better support their wellness, prioritizing the connections we make with one another and how these shape our experiences in life. This passion has led me to become a therapist as I have greatly appreciated and grown from my own experiences with my mental wellbeing journey.
I specialize in grief and bereavement counselling and appreciate how grief shows up in our lives in so many ways, not limited to the death of a loved one.
I am a qualifying member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario with an MA in Counselling Psychology and Master’s in Public Health. I have been working as a Registered Nurse (RN) in a variety of settings, from palliative care to public health, since 2016. I have always had a desire and passion to work with people to better support their wellness, prioritizing the connections we make with one another and how these shape our experiences in life. This passion has led me to become a therapist as I have greatly appreciated and grown from my own experiences with my mental wellbeing journey.
(226) 241-9887 View (226) 241-9887
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Aileen Pennings
Registered Psychotherapist, MDiv
Verified Verified
London, ON N6E
Are you feeling stuck or overwhelmed? Life can be challenging to navigate and taking the first step toward therapy can seem daunting. When you take this courageous step, you will be met with warmth and empathy. I work with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, family and relationship issues, trauma, grief and loss, life stage transition, and faith issues. I provide both individual and couple therapy. I am intentional about building a relationship with my clients that is rooted in trust and safety. We will work together to reduce emotional distress, recover hope, and build resiliency.
Are you feeling stuck or overwhelmed? Life can be challenging to navigate and taking the first step toward therapy can seem daunting. When you take this courageous step, you will be met with warmth and empathy. I work with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, family and relationship issues, trauma, grief and loss, life stage transition, and faith issues. I provide both individual and couple therapy. I am intentional about building a relationship with my clients that is rooted in trust and safety. We will work together to reduce emotional distress, recover hope, and build resiliency.
(226) 774-1579 View (226) 774-1579
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Mitchell Brant
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
London, ON N6B
Facing loss, sorrow and grief can be so isolating. It can be hard to know where to turn, and often times a mainstream approach won't help. If you've faced trauma, loss, depression, grief, or struggle with your self-esteem or identity, I understand. I am sure that you want to feel deeper connections to yourself and others. You want to feel free and hopeful. You want to make meaning of loss and allow it to move you forward in a healthy way. You want to let go of traumatic responses that keep you stuck. Perhaps you're looking for healing methods that incorporate more than just talk therapy. I see you, and know that I can help you heal.
Facing loss, sorrow and grief can be so isolating. It can be hard to know where to turn, and often times a mainstream approach won't help. If you've faced trauma, loss, depression, grief, or struggle with your self-esteem or identity, I understand. I am sure that you want to feel deeper connections to yourself and others. You want to feel free and hopeful. You want to make meaning of loss and allow it to move you forward in a healthy way. You want to let go of traumatic responses that keep you stuck. Perhaps you're looking for healing methods that incorporate more than just talk therapy. I see you, and know that I can help you heal.
(226) 270-0506 View (226) 270-0506
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Olivia Jagoo
Pre-Licensed Professional, BA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London, ON N6C
The combination of my education and lived experiences has fueled a passion for helping individuals cope with anxiety, grief and loss, health and illness, navigating relationships, self-esteem, stress, and trauma.
As a dedicated Master of Social Work student, I am committed to fostering a safe and supportive atmosphere for those looking to embark on a path toward healing and connection. My approach is firmly rooted in a trauma-informed and inclusive model of practice. I believe in the power of creating a safe and affirming space where diverse perspectives are valued and respected. Through empathy and understanding, my aim is to empower individuals to navigate their challenges, develop new coping skills, and achieve their goals.
The combination of my education and lived experiences has fueled a passion for helping individuals cope with anxiety, grief and loss, health and illness, navigating relationships, self-esteem, stress, and trauma.
As a dedicated Master of Social Work student, I am committed to fostering a safe and supportive atmosphere for those looking to embark on a path toward healing and connection. My approach is firmly rooted in a trauma-informed and inclusive model of practice. I believe in the power of creating a safe and affirming space where diverse perspectives are valued and respected. Through empathy and understanding, my aim is to empower individuals to navigate their challenges, develop new coping skills, and achieve their goals.
(226) 829-5473 View (226) 829-5473
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James Das
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
London, ON N6P
As you walk through this journey, managing relationships, making challenging decisions, coping with grief, experiencing moments of lost control, and adapting to new life stages that may leave you feeling unprepared, my commitment to you as my client is this: I will walk with you on that path, and as a team, we can face the problems in front of you, together.
Life often unfolds with unexpected moments that can feel overwhelming, leaving us wondering how to navigate them. The daily routines and habits we fall into can become burdens, weighing us down. If you've ever found yourself saying things like, "I'm stuck, and I don't know what to do" or, "I don't know how I can make it through this," I want you to know that you are not alone. I know first-hand that therapy can be intimidating. Opening up and sharing your experiences and beliefs with someone you've just met can feel like a daunting task. I want to encourage you. even if therapy feels like it will be challenging, it is worth it.
As you walk through this journey, managing relationships, making challenging decisions, coping with grief, experiencing moments of lost control, and adapting to new life stages that may leave you feeling unprepared, my commitment to you as my client is this: I will walk with you on that path, and as a team, we can face the problems in front of you, together.
Life often unfolds with unexpected moments that can feel overwhelming, leaving us wondering how to navigate them. The daily routines and habits we fall into can become burdens, weighing us down. If you've ever found yourself saying things like, "I'm stuck, and I don't know what to do" or, "I don't know how I can make it through this," I want you to know that you are not alone. I know first-hand that therapy can be intimidating. Opening up and sharing your experiences and beliefs with someone you've just met can feel like a daunting task. I want to encourage you. even if therapy feels like it will be challenging, it is worth it.
(226) 640-5322 View (226) 640-5322
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Ana Barrientos
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, CCC
Verified Verified
London, ON N6H
I am a dedicated, skilled and compassionate psychotherapist with expertise in grief and bereavement, end-of-life, mental health therapy, spiritually-integrated therapy, and trauma counselling.
When you are struggling with your mental health, the anguish can feel unbearable. Perhaps you’ve been lost in depression or have been living with persistent anxiety. Your body might ache, or hold chronic pain. You might have lost a loved one through a death or through relational breakdown, and you are struggling to cope with the grief of such a dramatic change to your life. Maybe you are facing terminal illness and have deep sorrow or questions about what happens next. You might be a trauma survivor looking to rebuild your life. If any of these issues apply to you, I can help you.
I am a dedicated, skilled and compassionate psychotherapist with expertise in grief and bereavement, end-of-life, mental health therapy, spiritually-integrated therapy, and trauma counselling.
When you are struggling with your mental health, the anguish can feel unbearable. Perhaps you’ve been lost in depression or have been living with persistent anxiety. Your body might ache, or hold chronic pain. You might have lost a loved one through a death or through relational breakdown, and you are struggling to cope with the grief of such a dramatic change to your life. Maybe you are facing terminal illness and have deep sorrow or questions about what happens next. You might be a trauma survivor looking to rebuild your life. If any of these issues apply to you, I can help you.
(226) 457-2247 View (226) 457-2247
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Victoria Mills
Registered Social Worker, MSW RSW
Verified Verified
London, ON N6A
As a Registered Social Worker with over 9 years of experience in mental health, I am passionate about helping individuals navigate and overcome their challenges, leading to a fulfilling life as defined by them. Relationship issues, burnout, loss, or anxiety may be affecting your day-to-day life. Together, we can explore these issues in a safe space to allow for insight, growth, and recovery.
As a Registered Social Worker with over 9 years of experience in mental health, I am passionate about helping individuals navigate and overcome their challenges, leading to a fulfilling life as defined by them. Relationship issues, burnout, loss, or anxiety may be affecting your day-to-day life. Together, we can explore these issues in a safe space to allow for insight, growth, and recovery.
(548) 490-5093 View (548) 490-5093
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Alfredo Marroquín Psychotherapy and Counselling
Registered Psychotherapist, BEd, OTC, MEd, RP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
London, ON N5W  (Online Only)
Trained in Grief, Hospice and Palliative Care, Trauma Informed, Narrative Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Internal Family Systems, New Ways for Families approach and Motivational Interviewing.
As a Registered Psychotherapist with 24 years of clinical experience, significant personal lived experience and extensive professional training, I am committed to serve youth, adults, couples, and seniors. Whether you are experiencing grief, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, intergenerational conflicts, stress, abuse, trauma, burnout, or PTSD, you will find support in my person-centred, culturally appropriate, trauma-informed, strengths-based and anti-oppressive framework to establish the therapeutic safe space to create empowering opportunities.
Trained in Grief, Hospice and Palliative Care, Trauma Informed, Narrative Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Internal Family Systems, New Ways for Families approach and Motivational Interviewing.
As a Registered Psychotherapist with 24 years of clinical experience, significant personal lived experience and extensive professional training, I am committed to serve youth, adults, couples, and seniors. Whether you are experiencing grief, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, intergenerational conflicts, stress, abuse, trauma, burnout, or PTSD, you will find support in my person-centred, culturally appropriate, trauma-informed, strengths-based and anti-oppressive framework to establish the therapeutic safe space to create empowering opportunities.
(226) 907-4028 View (226) 907-4028
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Cheryl Stewart Counselling Services
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
London, ON N5X
Hello. I am here to help! I offer counseling services to those wanting to live happier, fuller lives. I help my clients be more mindful in their daily lives and live with more purpose. I offer services addressing many issues. Some treatable issues include grief, relationships, self-esteem. communication, stress, parenting, depression, and anxiety. Call for a complimentary phone consult and get started today.
Hello. I am here to help! I offer counseling services to those wanting to live happier, fuller lives. I help my clients be more mindful in their daily lives and live with more purpose. I offer services addressing many issues. Some treatable issues include grief, relationships, self-esteem. communication, stress, parenting, depression, and anxiety. Call for a complimentary phone consult and get started today.
(226) 212-7349 View (226) 212-7349
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Adrienne Vale
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, CYW
Verified Verified
London, ON N6B
With 10 years of experience and a background in child, trauma and grief, my focus is not just on providing professional support but co-creating an environment where you and your child feels safe to explore and express yourselves.
I extend a warm invitation to you, to a nurturing space where healing unfolds naturally. If you're seeking support for your child, your family, or yourself in times of difficulty, know that you've found a haven where safety, understanding, and gentle guidance live. Let's embark on this journey together, creating a home for emotional well-being to move you through this challenge.
With 10 years of experience and a background in child, trauma and grief, my focus is not just on providing professional support but co-creating an environment where you and your child feels safe to explore and express yourselves.
I extend a warm invitation to you, to a nurturing space where healing unfolds naturally. If you're seeking support for your child, your family, or yourself in times of difficulty, know that you've found a haven where safety, understanding, and gentle guidance live. Let's embark on this journey together, creating a home for emotional well-being to move you through this challenge.
(226) 777-7702 View (226) 777-7702
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Liz Sallows
Registered Psychotherapist, BRE, BA, MACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London, ON N6J
Are you feeling weighed down by the pain of loss or trauma? Perhaps you’re experiencing the confusion that arises when life doesn’t go as planned. Or the self-doubt that can come from choices you’ve made in the past. Along with sadness, you might feel anger or a sense of shame. As a survivor of religious trauma, I have lived experience in the process of moving from this dark and lonely place to healing and hope. Whether you find yourself questioning the beliefs you grew up with or those of a group you chose to align with, we can gently bring what makes you uncomfortable into the light of day and move towards a brighter future.
Are you feeling weighed down by the pain of loss or trauma? Perhaps you’re experiencing the confusion that arises when life doesn’t go as planned. Or the self-doubt that can come from choices you’ve made in the past. Along with sadness, you might feel anger or a sense of shame. As a survivor of religious trauma, I have lived experience in the process of moving from this dark and lonely place to healing and hope. Whether you find yourself questioning the beliefs you grew up with or those of a group you chose to align with, we can gently bring what makes you uncomfortable into the light of day and move towards a brighter future.
(226) 640-0851 View (226) 640-0851
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Clayton Zackery Bertin
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP(Q)
Verified Verified
London, ON N6B
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) conducting my private practice at Third Space Consulting. I am well versed in grief counselling, Client Centred Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, CBT, MBCT & Mindfulness and am currently learning about forms of trauma therapies, Polyvagal Theory and Internal Family Systems. Regardless of what challenges we experience in our day-to-day lives (big or small), I believe that we all deserve the opportunity to heal. Whether your barriers are at the forefront or in the past, it is never too late to start the healing process.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) conducting my private practice at Third Space Consulting. I am well versed in grief counselling, Client Centred Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, CBT, MBCT & Mindfulness and am currently learning about forms of trauma therapies, Polyvagal Theory and Internal Family Systems. Regardless of what challenges we experience in our day-to-day lives (big or small), I believe that we all deserve the opportunity to heal. Whether your barriers are at the forefront or in the past, it is never too late to start the healing process.
(226) 779-2044 View (226) 779-2044
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Claude Danièle Forrat
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
London, ON N6K  (Online Only)
I have an extensive experience with depression, anxiety, PTSD, relationships issues, identity and cultural challenges, Third Culture Kids, Aboriginal reality and History, intergenerational trauma, challenges with the pandemic, grief and loss.
Hello. I know it took a lot of courage for you to start looking for help to deal with the challenges you are facing. Life can be really hard at times. And sometimes, you just feel bad and you don't know why or how to change that. You need to be heard, to be understood and to feel you are not alone. Therapy provides you with tools that will help you solve a problem and reach the balance, joy and peace you need. You might feel vulnerable, you don't know what you will discover and you don't want to be judged or misunderstood. Therapy is safe, respectful, nonjudgmental, compassionate, a time just for you. You are not alone.
I have an extensive experience with depression, anxiety, PTSD, relationships issues, identity and cultural challenges, Third Culture Kids, Aboriginal reality and History, intergenerational trauma, challenges with the pandemic, grief and loss.
Hello. I know it took a lot of courage for you to start looking for help to deal with the challenges you are facing. Life can be really hard at times. And sometimes, you just feel bad and you don't know why or how to change that. You need to be heard, to be understood and to feel you are not alone. Therapy provides you with tools that will help you solve a problem and reach the balance, joy and peace you need. You might feel vulnerable, you don't know what you will discover and you don't want to be judged or misunderstood. Therapy is safe, respectful, nonjudgmental, compassionate, a time just for you. You are not alone.
(343) 306-1544 View (343) 306-1544
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Tracy Shuster
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London, ON N6C  (Online Only)
Life can present us with challenges that leave us feeling diminished, confused, and unable to cope. I believe that each of us has the capacity to heal, find purpose, and create a path forward. My practice is dedicated to supporting individuals experiencing challenges resulting from past and current difficult relationships, life transitions, grief due to death loss and living losses such as divorce, loss of health and more; and challenges related to the experience of anxiety, depression, and trauma. I apply an anti-oppressive, culturally sensitive, and trauma-informed lens guided by your needs, goals, and circumstances.
Life can present us with challenges that leave us feeling diminished, confused, and unable to cope. I believe that each of us has the capacity to heal, find purpose, and create a path forward. My practice is dedicated to supporting individuals experiencing challenges resulting from past and current difficult relationships, life transitions, grief due to death loss and living losses such as divorce, loss of health and more; and challenges related to the experience of anxiety, depression, and trauma. I apply an anti-oppressive, culturally sensitive, and trauma-informed lens guided by your needs, goals, and circumstances.
(226) 240-4326 View (226) 240-4326
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Larissa Webb
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
London, ON N5Y
I provide counselling to individual adults and teens facing a variety of challenges including anxiety and stress, depression, grief and loss, relationship issues, and chronic illness and pain. I am calm, compassionate and experienced. I’ve worked in the field for 20 years and provide confidential services in a caring and supportive environment.
I provide counselling to individual adults and teens facing a variety of challenges including anxiety and stress, depression, grief and loss, relationship issues, and chronic illness and pain. I am calm, compassionate and experienced. I’ve worked in the field for 20 years and provide confidential services in a caring and supportive environment.
(226) 782-4521 View (226) 782-4521
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Abbey Seltzer
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
London, ON N5Y
You are taking the first and very important step toward healing and wholeness. I hope to help you on your journey. I work with adults who are experiencing grief (both current and historical), anxiety, depression, personal and work stress, infertility and non-traditional family planning, life transitions and recovery from the impacts of trauma.
You are taking the first and very important step toward healing and wholeness. I hope to help you on your journey. I work with adults who are experiencing grief (both current and historical), anxiety, depression, personal and work stress, infertility and non-traditional family planning, life transitions and recovery from the impacts of trauma.
(226) 918-5081 View (226) 918-5081
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Tracy Crick-Butler
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, DMin
Verified Verified
London, ON N6K
Sometimes life hurts and we are uncertain how to move forward. Trauma, grief, life transitions, difficult relationships, and past experiences often leave us searching for healing and hope. We don’t want to do this work alone, and yet we don’t always know where to turn. In the therapeutic relationship you will be heard and seen. In my practice I use a holistic, person-centred approach where together we will build a respectful relationship that allows you to gain new skills, acquire knowledge that helps bring about change, and work toward your personal goals.
Sometimes life hurts and we are uncertain how to move forward. Trauma, grief, life transitions, difficult relationships, and past experiences often leave us searching for healing and hope. We don’t want to do this work alone, and yet we don’t always know where to turn. In the therapeutic relationship you will be heard and seen. In my practice I use a holistic, person-centred approach where together we will build a respectful relationship that allows you to gain new skills, acquire knowledge that helps bring about change, and work toward your personal goals.
(519) 860-0757 View (519) 860-0757
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Azadeh Erfanian
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
London, ON N6A  (Online Only)
I have worked with individuals struggling with grief and loss, childhood and inter-generational trauma, depression and anxiety, relationship conflicts and attachment issues.
My extensive experience working with individuals and families has led me to believe in the immense human capacity for change, recovery, and healing. I am a clinical social worker and view psychotherapy as a gentle, coordinated dance between therapist and client. I am interested in knowing you, your challenges, triumphs and your life story. While I am able to take a supportive role by listening and acknowledging your emotions, I can also take an active role when necessary. Therefore, you can count on hearing my take on the presented issues and my advice.
I have worked with individuals struggling with grief and loss, childhood and inter-generational trauma, depression and anxiety, relationship conflicts and attachment issues.
My extensive experience working with individuals and families has led me to believe in the immense human capacity for change, recovery, and healing. I am a clinical social worker and view psychotherapy as a gentle, coordinated dance between therapist and client. I am interested in knowing you, your challenges, triumphs and your life story. While I am able to take a supportive role by listening and acknowledging your emotions, I can also take an active role when necessary. Therefore, you can count on hearing my take on the presented issues and my advice.
(548) 490-4012 View (548) 490-4012
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Sheila O'Donovan Counselling Services
Registered Psychotherapist, OATR, CTS, RP, Acc FM
Verified Verified
London, ON N6H
In addition I work with children and adolescents struggling with a variety of different issues such as anxiety, grief and loss, complex trauma, self esteem issues, blended family issues and family conflict.
I am a Reg. Psychotherapist/Clinical Trauma Specialist and an Accredited Family Mediator. I am passionate about the work that I do which includes working with children, adolescents and their families. I have extensive experience in working with children from separated and divorced families. I have been called as an expert witness in our family court system several times over the past 25 years. I often work in collaboration with other professionals to best support families. I am an Accredited Family Mediator with the Ontario Association of Family Mediators. I assist families that are separating to develop a solid Parenting plan.
In addition I work with children and adolescents struggling with a variety of different issues such as anxiety, grief and loss, complex trauma, self esteem issues, blended family issues and family conflict.
I am a Reg. Psychotherapist/Clinical Trauma Specialist and an Accredited Family Mediator. I am passionate about the work that I do which includes working with children, adolescents and their families. I have extensive experience in working with children from separated and divorced families. I have been called as an expert witness in our family court system several times over the past 25 years. I often work in collaboration with other professionals to best support families. I am an Accredited Family Mediator with the Ontario Association of Family Mediators. I assist families that are separating to develop a solid Parenting plan.
(519) 636-2444 View (519) 636-2444

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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.