Grief Therapists in Smithville, ON

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Julia Mills - Arms Open Counselling
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Smithville, ON L0R  (Online Only)
These issues can bring anxiety, grief, depression, stress, and can feel so isolating.
Whether it's anxiety, trauma, relationship struggles, or anything in between, it's all welcome in my office. Let's talk! My clients want to see progress, to resolve problems, or to feel like themselves again, but aren't quite sure where to start. I work collaboratively with my clients, so we find something that works uniquely for each person.
These issues can bring anxiety, grief, depression, stress, and can feel so isolating.
Whether it's anxiety, trauma, relationship struggles, or anything in between, it's all welcome in my office. Let's talk! My clients want to see progress, to resolve problems, or to feel like themselves again, but aren't quite sure where to start. I work collaboratively with my clients, so we find something that works uniquely for each person.
(365) 300-8363 View (365) 300-8363
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Arms Open Counselling
Pre-Licensed Professional, MACP, BA, RO
Verified Verified
Smithville, ON L0R
Are you facing challenges in your life that are difficult to overcome? Do you struggle with mental, emotional, and/or physical issues relating to stress intolerance, trauma, relationship problems, anxiety, or depression? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, please reach out to me for help. Together, we can work through the issues that are taking over your peace of mind, using strategies that fit your unique needs. Thank you for considering me as your therapist. I look forward to hearing from you!
Are you facing challenges in your life that are difficult to overcome? Do you struggle with mental, emotional, and/or physical issues relating to stress intolerance, trauma, relationship problems, anxiety, or depression? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, please reach out to me for help. Together, we can work through the issues that are taking over your peace of mind, using strategies that fit your unique needs. Thank you for considering me as your therapist. I look forward to hearing from you!
(289) 277-5433 View (289) 277-5433
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Arms Open - Relationship and Couples Counselling
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Smithville, ON L0R
Do you feel down, sad or depressed at times? Are you feeling overwhelmed with life? Do you feel like you have lost control? Do you feel isolated? Are you feeling lost or disconnected? Do you feel stressed? Do you find you are sometimes moody and agitated but don’t know why? Do you ask yourself why your relationships are strained? Have you had a recent change in your life that feels overwhelming? Are you suffering from sleep disturbances or insomnia? I can help.
Do you feel down, sad or depressed at times? Are you feeling overwhelmed with life? Do you feel like you have lost control? Do you feel isolated? Are you feeling lost or disconnected? Do you feel stressed? Do you find you are sometimes moody and agitated but don’t know why? Do you ask yourself why your relationships are strained? Have you had a recent change in your life that feels overwhelming? Are you suffering from sleep disturbances or insomnia? I can help.
(365) 800-6158 View (365) 800-6158
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Cheryl Drake
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, BA, BEd
Verified Verified
Smithville, ON L0R
Our world is so complex. People are trying to navigate a world that is ever changing and constantly challenging. Maybe you are trying to fit in and feel appreciated. Or maybe you wonder how to find a moment to be alone and feel at peace. Maybe the last thing you want to do is be alone. Or maybe you feel disconnected and that no matter how hard you try, you just aren't able to connect with the people who are most important to you. These are all different outcomes that result when you don't feel emotionally safe and secure, attached, and valued in this chaotic world. When you are ready to change these outcomes, I am here to help.
Our world is so complex. People are trying to navigate a world that is ever changing and constantly challenging. Maybe you are trying to fit in and feel appreciated. Or maybe you wonder how to find a moment to be alone and feel at peace. Maybe the last thing you want to do is be alone. Or maybe you feel disconnected and that no matter how hard you try, you just aren't able to connect with the people who are most important to you. These are all different outcomes that result when you don't feel emotionally safe and secure, attached, and valued in this chaotic world. When you are ready to change these outcomes, I am here to help.
(289) 724-4307 View (289) 724-4307

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Cortney Pasternak Counselling
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP, OAMHP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waterdown, ON L0R
My specialties include anxiety, depression, grief, stress, burnout, marriage & relationship conflicts, intimacy, dating, divorce, narcissism, life & career transitions, (co)parenting, and PTSD. I realize there is rarely one issue, and it takes courage to ask for help. I offer a warm, sincere and supportive environment to share, reflect, and experience positive growth from the issues you bring to counselling. I work with individuals, couples and families - helping them better cope, become happier, and more resilient. I have over 20 years of experience helping people share their struggles - to feel heard and understood.
My specialties include anxiety, depression, grief, stress, burnout, marriage & relationship conflicts, intimacy, dating, divorce, narcissism, life & career transitions, (co)parenting, and PTSD. I realize there is rarely one issue, and it takes courage to ask for help. I offer a warm, sincere and supportive environment to share, reflect, and experience positive growth from the issues you bring to counselling. I work with individuals, couples and families - helping them better cope, become happier, and more resilient. I have over 20 years of experience helping people share their struggles - to feel heard and understood.
(647) 699-0493 View (647) 699-0493
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Myra Rados
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, DTATI, EMDR, MARI, BSc
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L0R
Art therapy is an ideal way for individuals or groups to explore therapy and find healing and support. Therapy can be joyful and creative. My ideal client is open to discover positive and supportive creative and client-focused approaches. Whether you require talk, expressive (non-verbal), brief, long-term, individual or group art therapy, it is a realistic goal. Art-making can explore your stuck or painful feelings, alter any thoughts or behaviours affected by fear, abuse, uncertainty, trauma, grief, loss, diminished moral, or work-stress and anxiety. I look forward to discuss your treatment goals and explore our journey together.
Art therapy is an ideal way for individuals or groups to explore therapy and find healing and support. Therapy can be joyful and creative. My ideal client is open to discover positive and supportive creative and client-focused approaches. Whether you require talk, expressive (non-verbal), brief, long-term, individual or group art therapy, it is a realistic goal. Art-making can explore your stuck or painful feelings, alter any thoughts or behaviours affected by fear, abuse, uncertainty, trauma, grief, loss, diminished moral, or work-stress and anxiety. I look forward to discuss your treatment goals and explore our journey together.
(289) 210-7023 View (289) 210-7023
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Kaitlin MacLean
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L0R  (Online Only)
My areas of specialization include depression, anxiety, addictions, perfectionism, relationship difficulties, self-esteem, trauma, grief and loss.
Accepting New Clients! Evening Availability! Do you want to feel more in control of your life and put a stop to negative thoughts and feelings? Sometimes, past experiences can leave us feeling stuck and unable to find enjoyment in life. Reaching out for support is not always easy and can leave us feeling vulnerable. It is my goal to work alongside you to build your self-esteem, self-compassion, process grief and loss, work through the negative effects of past trauma, or address whatever other therapeutic goals you may have while we work together.
My areas of specialization include depression, anxiety, addictions, perfectionism, relationship difficulties, self-esteem, trauma, grief and loss.
Accepting New Clients! Evening Availability! Do you want to feel more in control of your life and put a stop to negative thoughts and feelings? Sometimes, past experiences can leave us feeling stuck and unable to find enjoyment in life. Reaching out for support is not always easy and can leave us feeling vulnerable. It is my goal to work alongside you to build your self-esteem, self-compassion, process grief and loss, work through the negative effects of past trauma, or address whatever other therapeutic goals you may have while we work together.
(289) 276-1523 View (289) 276-1523
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Anna Sgambato
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Binbrook, 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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Emily Pollak
Registered Social Worker, BSSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L0R
Fertility, pregnancy loss, perinatal mental health, birth trauma and trauma can impact your sense of self. This journey may not be what you expected. I am here to support you during this chapter of your life. You are not alone. We will process and reflect on your story in therapy to promote healing. We will develop strategies that are authentic to your needs and feel realistic. It would be my honour to be part of your circle of support. I bring 18 years of experience in the field and my motherhood journey.
Fertility, pregnancy loss, perinatal mental health, birth trauma and trauma can impact your sense of self. This journey may not be what you expected. I am here to support you during this chapter of your life. You are not alone. We will process and reflect on your story in therapy to promote healing. We will develop strategies that are authentic to your needs and feel realistic. It would be my honour to be part of your circle of support. I bring 18 years of experience in the field and my motherhood journey.
(647) 361-6402 View (647) 361-6402
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Mindful Path Counselling
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, MA, RP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L0R
We often support first responders, grief/death/bereavement, chronic illness, anxiety, depression, and so much more!.
At Mindful Path Counselling we offer a wide range of services including; individual, couples/relationship(s), marriage, child/youth, family, and group counselling. In addition, we offer a wide range of alternative wellness services including; reiki/energy healing/ infrared light therapy, hypnotherapy, life coaching, art therapy, ecotherapy, walk-n-talk therapy, and animal-assisted therapy. We work with people aged 5 years and up from all backgrounds. We are also under the supervision of a psychologist for psychology billing needs.
We often support first responders, grief/death/bereavement, chronic illness, anxiety, depression, and so much more!.
At Mindful Path Counselling we offer a wide range of services including; individual, couples/relationship(s), marriage, child/youth, family, and group counselling. In addition, we offer a wide range of alternative wellness services including; reiki/energy healing/ infrared light therapy, hypnotherapy, life coaching, art therapy, ecotherapy, walk-n-talk therapy, and animal-assisted therapy. We work with people aged 5 years and up from all backgrounds. We are also under the supervision of a psychologist for psychology billing needs.
(226) 778-5521 View (226) 778-5521
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Dundas Counselling & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Registered Social Worker, PhD, MSW, RSW, RP
Verified Verified
Waterdown, ON L0R
Are you struggling with your mood, anxiety or other personal or life problems? We provide treatment for depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, grief, relationship conflicts and other interpersonal problems.
Dundas Counselling & CBT provides counselling and psychotherapy services that are tailored to your unique needs and have been shown to be effective in clinical research. By taking a collaborative approach, we can help you identify the sources of your stress or your problems, and move towards strengthening coping skills and finding successful solutions.
Are you struggling with your mood, anxiety or other personal or life problems? We provide treatment for depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, grief, relationship conflicts and other interpersonal problems.
Dundas Counselling & CBT provides counselling and psychotherapy services that are tailored to your unique needs and have been shown to be effective in clinical research. By taking a collaborative approach, we can help you identify the sources of your stress or your problems, and move towards strengthening coping skills and finding successful solutions.
(289) 684-3581 View (289) 684-3581
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Laura Lancia Counselling
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L0R  (Online Only)
Does it feel like you are stuck in the past and unable to truly enjoy what’s happening in your life now? Unresolved trauma can lead to problematic and distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviours and impact your work and relationships. My primary area of experience is supporting first responders, frontline workers, helping professionals and adult survivors of relational and childhood abuse. My experience also includes supporting clients to address challenges due to a variety of other mental health and wellness concerns including depression, anxiety, panic, phobias, self-esteem, grief, addiction, stress and relationship dynamics.
Does it feel like you are stuck in the past and unable to truly enjoy what’s happening in your life now? Unresolved trauma can lead to problematic and distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviours and impact your work and relationships. My primary area of experience is supporting first responders, frontline workers, helping professionals and adult survivors of relational and childhood abuse. My experience also includes supporting clients to address challenges due to a variety of other mental health and wellness concerns including depression, anxiety, panic, phobias, self-esteem, grief, addiction, stress and relationship dynamics.
(226) 796-9787 View (226) 796-9787
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Katlyn Morrison
Registered Psychotherapist
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L0R
Katlyn is a Registered Psychotherapist with 10 years of experience in the field of mental health and addiction. Katlyn’s experience has allowed her to specialize in working with individuals impacted by substance use, depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, stress, and grief and loss. She integrates a variety of modalities into her practice including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Attachment and Trauma Focused Therapy.
Katlyn is a Registered Psychotherapist with 10 years of experience in the field of mental health and addiction. Katlyn’s experience has allowed her to specialize in working with individuals impacted by substance use, depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, stress, and grief and loss. She integrates a variety of modalities into her practice including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Attachment and Trauma Focused Therapy.
(289) 272-8794 View (289) 272-8794
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Amy Jacobs
Registered Psychotherapist, BsC, MACP, PMH-C, C-DBT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L0R
Whether you're going through a life transition, grieving a loss, or just feeling really off, I'd like to hear more about it.
You're not enjoying things like you used to. You don't have the confidence you once had. Simple things like going for a walk or having dinner with a friend seem so difficult. Whether these issues have crept up on you or they have always been present, you are realizing that you would like to do something about it. You don't want to feel down or anxious anymore. You're ready to do the work it takes to feel ok.
Whether you're going through a life transition, grieving a loss, or just feeling really off, I'd like to hear more about it.
You're not enjoying things like you used to. You don't have the confidence you once had. Simple things like going for a walk or having dinner with a friend seem so difficult. Whether these issues have crept up on you or they have always been present, you are realizing that you would like to do something about it. You don't want to feel down or anxious anymore. You're ready to do the work it takes to feel ok.
(647) 560-9392 View (647) 560-9392
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Ontario Trauma Therapy - Michelle
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L0R
Life can be really challenging. Family dynamics and difficult personalities can make you feel like you’re reliving painful moments from the past. Being a parent, or trying to become one, can bring heartache and frustration. Infertility, loss, illness and anxiety can make life feel heavy, difficult, and rid you of vitality. This is where I come in to help. I can take you to better places. Healing doesn’t mean the pain never existed; it means the pain no longer controls our lives. I will create a space where you will feel safe and unconditionally supported to explore your thoughts, feelings, and worries, without judgement.
Life can be really challenging. Family dynamics and difficult personalities can make you feel like you’re reliving painful moments from the past. Being a parent, or trying to become one, can bring heartache and frustration. Infertility, loss, illness and anxiety can make life feel heavy, difficult, and rid you of vitality. This is where I come in to help. I can take you to better places. Healing doesn’t mean the pain never existed; it means the pain no longer controls our lives. I will create a space where you will feel safe and unconditionally supported to explore your thoughts, feelings, and worries, without judgement.
(226) 702-4560 View (226) 702-4560
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Erin Sunstrum -Daru Therapy Centre
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP-Q, MACP, MEd
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L0R
By respecting each client's uniqueness, I draw from therapies such as ACT, CBT, DBT, and PCT to help clients overcome challenges like: Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Trauma, Relational challenges, Behavioral issues, Attention issues, and Coping with daily life.
Specializing in Teens (14+), Young Adult Therapy and family therapy. I am committed to helping clients build resilience and create a value-driven life. I believe in nurturing self-compassion and developing skills to engage with and overcome struggles. This happens through validation, exploration, and challenge. This all starts with building a trusting, open relationship with my clients. With a client-centred approach, I am dedicated to staying up-to-date on current research through reading, consulting with colleagues, and learning from leaders in the field.
By respecting each client's uniqueness, I draw from therapies such as ACT, CBT, DBT, and PCT to help clients overcome challenges like: Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Trauma, Relational challenges, Behavioral issues, Attention issues, and Coping with daily life.
Specializing in Teens (14+), Young Adult Therapy and family therapy. I am committed to helping clients build resilience and create a value-driven life. I believe in nurturing self-compassion and developing skills to engage with and overcome struggles. This happens through validation, exploration, and challenge. This all starts with building a trusting, open relationship with my clients. With a client-centred approach, I am dedicated to staying up-to-date on current research through reading, consulting with colleagues, and learning from leaders in the field.
(905) 741-8875 View (905) 741-8875
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Hogan Brock
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MDiv, MPS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L0R  (Online Only)
With a background working in a variety of settings in hospitals, I specialize in working with life changes, anxiety and depression, grief, and trauma recovery.
Sometimes problems can be so big that it's hard to see around them. Life changes, anxiety, depression, or just feeling unfulfilled are difficult to work through alone. I believe that we're at our best when we work together. If you're looking to begin to understand yourself and the problems affecting you more by exploring your past, present, and/or future, you've come to the right place.
With a background working in a variety of settings in hospitals, I specialize in working with life changes, anxiety and depression, grief, and trauma recovery.
Sometimes problems can be so big that it's hard to see around them. Life changes, anxiety, depression, or just feeling unfulfilled are difficult to work through alone. I believe that we're at our best when we work together. If you're looking to begin to understand yourself and the problems affecting you more by exploring your past, present, and/or future, you've come to the right place.
(647) 951-7422 View (647) 951-7422
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Kristie Robertson
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L0R
My specialties include; life transitions, loss, life review, and exploring meaning and purpose in one’s life.
This life thing isn't easy, and we can can all benefit from taking the time to reflect on our lives in the presence of a neutral therapist. When people encounter challenging situations or transitions, it can provide an opportunity for the development of the self. Therapy can provide an avenue to identify and interrupt old ways of thinking, feeling and behaving that are keeping one stuck. It provides an opportunity to reflect on one's life vs. automatically responding. In this process, a person is able to see things in a new light and identify different options for dealing with old problems.
My specialties include; life transitions, loss, life review, and exploring meaning and purpose in one’s life.
This life thing isn't easy, and we can can all benefit from taking the time to reflect on our lives in the presence of a neutral therapist. When people encounter challenging situations or transitions, it can provide an opportunity for the development of the self. Therapy can provide an avenue to identify and interrupt old ways of thinking, feeling and behaving that are keeping one stuck. It provides an opportunity to reflect on one's life vs. automatically responding. In this process, a person is able to see things in a new light and identify different options for dealing with old problems.
(289) 801-1837 View (289) 801-1837
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Brianne Tylliros (Psychotherapy For You)
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP (Q)
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L0R
My name is Brianne Tylliros and I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with a master’s degree in counseling psychology. Currently, I am on the path to becoming a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), aiming to enhance my skills in understanding and positively influencing behavior to enrich quality of life. I have experience supporting individuals of all ages navigate a variety of challenges, including anxiety, depression, grief, stress, ADHD, and ASD. My practice extends to both adults and children, embracing a compassionate, person-centered approach.
My name is Brianne Tylliros and I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with a master’s degree in counseling psychology. Currently, I am on the path to becoming a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), aiming to enhance my skills in understanding and positively influencing behavior to enrich quality of life. I have experience supporting individuals of all ages navigate a variety of challenges, including anxiety, depression, grief, stress, ADHD, and ASD. My practice extends to both adults and children, embracing a compassionate, person-centered approach.
(289) 206-7371 View (289) 206-7371
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Danielle Mackenzie
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Wellandport, ON L0R
I have experience working with children, individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, emotion regulation, relationship challenges, grief, low-self esteem, parenting, and attachment and more.
Virtual, Phone, and In Person sessions available (in person in Niagara Falls). Sometimes things can feel overwhelming. We can lose focus, motivation, or feel lost. That is okay, and absolutely normal. Having a supportive and safe space to express yourself, without fear of judgement can be beneficial. Identifying your goals, barriers, and your priorities can help organize your thoughts and start the path to healing. It can be tough to look forward when you are feeling stuck in one spot. Recognizing and reminding you of your strengths can be empowering. It can be hard to ask for help, so congratulations on taking the first step.
I have experience working with children, individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, emotion regulation, relationship challenges, grief, low-self esteem, parenting, and attachment and more.
Virtual, Phone, and In Person sessions available (in person in Niagara Falls). Sometimes things can feel overwhelming. We can lose focus, motivation, or feel lost. That is okay, and absolutely normal. Having a supportive and safe space to express yourself, without fear of judgement can be beneficial. Identifying your goals, barriers, and your priorities can help organize your thoughts and start the path to healing. It can be tough to look forward when you are feeling stuck in one spot. Recognizing and reminding you of your strengths can be empowering. It can be hard to ask for help, so congratulations on taking the first step.
(905) 246-9091 View (905) 246-9091

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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.