Bereavement Counselling in Coventry

Photo of Eira Smith, Counsellor in Coventry, England
Eira Smith
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Coventry CV5
I have many years of experience working with loss and bereavement, anxiety and stress management.
I am flexible with the hours I work via telephone or video webcam and face to face sessions. I am fully qualified and have 31 years experience in counselling practice. I worked for 17 years in education, counselling students, of all ages, and as a counselling trainer. During that time I began my Private practice from home, counselling employees from all walks of life through the Employee Assistance Programme over the last 28 years. If its change you are looking for in your life, then contact me for a confidential assessment session . This will enable both of us to see if we can work towards your preferred future.
I have many years of experience working with loss and bereavement, anxiety and stress management.
I am flexible with the hours I work via telephone or video webcam and face to face sessions. I am fully qualified and have 31 years experience in counselling practice. I worked for 17 years in education, counselling students, of all ages, and as a counselling trainer. During that time I began my Private practice from home, counselling employees from all walks of life through the Employee Assistance Programme over the last 28 years. If its change you are looking for in your life, then contact me for a confidential assessment session . This will enable both of us to see if we can work towards your preferred future.
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Photo of Swan Counselling Services - Tracey Cooper, Counsellor in Coventry, England
Swan Counselling Services - Tracey Cooper
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Coventry CV3
I help clients with issues such as suicide ideation, stress, low self-esteem, panic disorder, anxiety, illness, baby loss, relationships, work issues feeling sad and phobias.
It can seem like the hardest thing to do to access counselling, but it can be life changing if you take that first step. You may not be entirely clear on what you want but just have a feeling that things don't feel right and you have decided that you want to understand what, why and how to refocus and live the life you feel is best for you. Or perhaps you are very aware of a struggle with difficulties, which may already be formally diagnosed by another professional, and you want to regain some control instead of feeling that these issues take over. I can support people in achieving their goals wherever they are in their journey.
I help clients with issues such as suicide ideation, stress, low self-esteem, panic disorder, anxiety, illness, baby loss, relationships, work issues feeling sad and phobias.
It can seem like the hardest thing to do to access counselling, but it can be life changing if you take that first step. You may not be entirely clear on what you want but just have a feeling that things don't feel right and you have decided that you want to understand what, why and how to refocus and live the life you feel is best for you. Or perhaps you are very aware of a struggle with difficulties, which may already be formally diagnosed by another professional, and you want to regain some control instead of feeling that these issues take over. I can support people in achieving their goals wherever they are in their journey.
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Photo of Teresa Your Space Your Time Counselling Centre, Counsellor in Coventry, England
Teresa Your Space Your Time Counselling Centre
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Coventry CV1
Group therapy to support you with issues like complex trauma or bereavement and pre-trial therapy for those of you who need targeted support pre-trial.
Sometimes our lives can feel overwhelming and and we find ourselves in a loop of conflicting emotions, thoughts and behaviours. Here at Your Space Your Time Counselling we understand how lonely this can feel and we want to support you to take back control, so you can open the door to a happier more fulfilling life. Clients often feel they don't want to share troublesome or painful thoughts and emotions with the people closest to them, if this feels like you, please contact us here at our centre in Nuneaton and we would be honoured to support you.
Group therapy to support you with issues like complex trauma or bereavement and pre-trial therapy for those of you who need targeted support pre-trial.
Sometimes our lives can feel overwhelming and and we find ourselves in a loop of conflicting emotions, thoughts and behaviours. Here at Your Space Your Time Counselling we understand how lonely this can feel and we want to support you to take back control, so you can open the door to a happier more fulfilling life. Clients often feel they don't want to share troublesome or painful thoughts and emotions with the people closest to them, if this feels like you, please contact us here at our centre in Nuneaton and we would be honoured to support you.
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Photo of Sukhi Sembi, Psychotherapist in Coventry, England
Sukhi Sembi
Psychotherapist, PhD, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Coventry CV4  (Online Only)
Sometimes there can be complications such as miscarriages, loss and perhaps a traumatic birth that can get in the way of building a secure attachment.
I have developed an integrative approach to my practice which places the ‘relationship’ at the core of my therapeutic approach. Whilst the relationship with have with our family, friends and work colleagues is important, the ultimate relationship we have is the one that we have with ourselves. I am passionate about how unconscious early childhood experiences shape the adult we have become; become accepting of the coping strategies we have adopted, some which may not be helpful to us in as we would like to believe.
Sometimes there can be complications such as miscarriages, loss and perhaps a traumatic birth that can get in the way of building a secure attachment.
I have developed an integrative approach to my practice which places the ‘relationship’ at the core of my therapeutic approach. Whilst the relationship with have with our family, friends and work colleagues is important, the ultimate relationship we have is the one that we have with ourselves. I am passionate about how unconscious early childhood experiences shape the adult we have become; become accepting of the coping strategies we have adopted, some which may not be helpful to us in as we would like to believe.
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Photo of Ryan Parkinson, Counsellor in Coventry, England
Ryan Parkinson
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Coventry CV1
My core approach is person-centred; my specialisms are bereavement, working with teenagers and suicide.
The client is the most important person in a therapeutic relationship, my job is to help you feel valued, and understood so you also believe this. My ideal client will want to work towards processing their feelings, achieving their goals and be willing to work with me to make this happen. I like to work with clients that are struggling with making sense of life. Feeling unable to move on from past experiences, having that space and time to reflect and process things can make a huge difference. I enjoy providing an environment to help my clients work through what's happening for them.
My core approach is person-centred; my specialisms are bereavement, working with teenagers and suicide.
The client is the most important person in a therapeutic relationship, my job is to help you feel valued, and understood so you also believe this. My ideal client will want to work towards processing their feelings, achieving their goals and be willing to work with me to make this happen. I like to work with clients that are struggling with making sense of life. Feeling unable to move on from past experiences, having that space and time to reflect and process things can make a huge difference. I enjoy providing an environment to help my clients work through what's happening for them.
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Photo of Lucy Shah, Psychotherapist in Coventry, England
Lucy Shah
Psychotherapist, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Coventry CV7  (Online Only)
My training & development includes working specifically with those suffering from a range of Anxieties, Depression, Bereavement, Traumatic life changes & Sexual Violence.
As a Person Centred, Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist, I incorporate within my approach alternative, accessible & preventative therapeutic styles & tools that have proven to be of great benefit to the overall mental health & wellbeing of clients I have had the privilege of supporting within their journey of healing. My methodology combines a range of effective approaches including education & empowerment by developing an emotional understanding & acceptance of self. My approach to therapy also greatly encourages self-love, confidence, care, resilience & reliance.
My training & development includes working specifically with those suffering from a range of Anxieties, Depression, Bereavement, Traumatic life changes & Sexual Violence.
As a Person Centred, Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist, I incorporate within my approach alternative, accessible & preventative therapeutic styles & tools that have proven to be of great benefit to the overall mental health & wellbeing of clients I have had the privilege of supporting within their journey of healing. My methodology combines a range of effective approaches including education & empowerment by developing an emotional understanding & acceptance of self. My approach to therapy also greatly encourages self-love, confidence, care, resilience & reliance.
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Photo of Chanel McDevitt-Kyle, Counsellor in Coventry, England
Chanel McDevitt-Kyle
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Coventry CV1
Therapy can help with issues such as Anxiety, Stress, Panic attacks, Low self esteem, Depression & Low Mood, Bereavement, Loss, Relationship problems.
I offer a Free 30-minute telephone consultation as I recognise that it can feel difficult to know if counselling is right for you. You may be feeling nervous about beginning therapy or unsure of how counselling could help. To alleviate some of this uncertainty, the consultation; this gives you an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have about counselling as well as an opportunity for us both to talk about how we could work together. By booking a free, friendly telephone consultation, it gives us the chance to build a rapport, and helps in supporting you to explore your options in counselling.
Therapy can help with issues such as Anxiety, Stress, Panic attacks, Low self esteem, Depression & Low Mood, Bereavement, Loss, Relationship problems.
I offer a Free 30-minute telephone consultation as I recognise that it can feel difficult to know if counselling is right for you. You may be feeling nervous about beginning therapy or unsure of how counselling could help. To alleviate some of this uncertainty, the consultation; this gives you an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have about counselling as well as an opportunity for us both to talk about how we could work together. By booking a free, friendly telephone consultation, it gives us the chance to build a rapport, and helps in supporting you to explore your options in counselling.
024 7526 2565 View 024 7526 2565
Coventry and South Warwickshire Counselling
Psychotherapist, BACP
Verified Verified
Coventry CV3
In addition to my private practice I work within the voluntary sector and schools covering such areas as bereavement, anxiety, depression, trauma, sexual abuse, self harm and suicidal ideation.
Do you feel no-one understands? Feeling anxious or depressed? Do you just want to make sense of your life? I offer a safe, non-judgmental environment and work on a one to one basis and will help you make sense of your feelings. Together we will set a plan to achieve your goal(s).
In addition to my private practice I work within the voluntary sector and schools covering such areas as bereavement, anxiety, depression, trauma, sexual abuse, self harm and suicidal ideation.
Do you feel no-one understands? Feeling anxious or depressed? Do you just want to make sense of your life? I offer a safe, non-judgmental environment and work on a one to one basis and will help you make sense of your feelings. Together we will set a plan to achieve your goal(s).
024 7542 0064 View 024 7542 0064
Photo of Marianne Trent, Psychologist in Coventry, England
Marianne Trent
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Coventry CV7  (Online Only)
Also check out my book on Amazon: The Grief Collective.
I love working with people, getting to know you and hearing your story. I believe that we are all unique. One of the things I love most about my work is the privilege of seeing someone begin to thrive and to enjoy their life again. I love helping to find some inner calm, clarity of thought and to be practicing self compassion as part of their everyday lives. I work in a bespoke way, tailor making my approach to each person. However, that said, everyone's needs compassion and so a compassion focused therapy approach runs through all of my work. I am most definitely a human first and a psychologist second.
Also check out my book on Amazon: The Grief Collective.
I love working with people, getting to know you and hearing your story. I believe that we are all unique. One of the things I love most about my work is the privilege of seeing someone begin to thrive and to enjoy their life again. I love helping to find some inner calm, clarity of thought and to be practicing self compassion as part of their everyday lives. I work in a bespoke way, tailor making my approach to each person. However, that said, everyone's needs compassion and so a compassion focused therapy approach runs through all of my work. I am most definitely a human first and a psychologist second.
024 7518 9423 View 024 7518 9423
Photo of Jon King - Addiction Specialist Psychotherapist, Psychotherapist in Coventry, England
Jon King - Addiction Specialist Psychotherapist
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Coventry CV6
My experience within this has been focused on many issues such as loss, anxiety, relationships, work related stress, shame, addictions, abandonment and issues of a sexual nature.
I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor and psychotherapist with experience working within the NHS, private and charitable sectors. I offer a safe and confidential space in Birmingham and Coventry where clients are able to explore themselves free from judgement. I have extensive experience working within the field of addiction and have also been working within my own private practice for a number of years where i have enjoyed working with clients that present with a variety of different issues such as anxiety, relationship issues, sex issues, anger issues, personality disorders and also bereavement.
My experience within this has been focused on many issues such as loss, anxiety, relationships, work related stress, shame, addictions, abandonment and issues of a sexual nature.
I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor and psychotherapist with experience working within the NHS, private and charitable sectors. I offer a safe and confidential space in Birmingham and Coventry where clients are able to explore themselves free from judgement. I have extensive experience working within the field of addiction and have also been working within my own private practice for a number of years where i have enjoyed working with clients that present with a variety of different issues such as anxiety, relationship issues, sex issues, anger issues, personality disorders and also bereavement.
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Photo of Barbara Drew, Counsellor in Coventry, England
Barbara Drew
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Coventry CV3
I can offer support in many areas of emotional distress, including relationship issues, anxiety and depression, bereavement, pregnancy related issues.
Human lives include many challenges. Most people struggle from time to time and some experience life events or ongoing situations which mean they find it hard to cope. You're not alone and you don't have to navigate life's challenges alone. I am passionate about providing a safe compassionate space where clients can begin to find the courage to start to break the wall of isolation that can surround those suffering emotionally. My approach is centred around you and your unique journey towards healing and growth. I will provide a safe, supportive space where you can explore your emotions, gain insight and find healing.
I can offer support in many areas of emotional distress, including relationship issues, anxiety and depression, bereavement, pregnancy related issues.
Human lives include many challenges. Most people struggle from time to time and some experience life events or ongoing situations which mean they find it hard to cope. You're not alone and you don't have to navigate life's challenges alone. I am passionate about providing a safe compassionate space where clients can begin to find the courage to start to break the wall of isolation that can surround those suffering emotionally. My approach is centred around you and your unique journey towards healing and growth. I will provide a safe, supportive space where you can explore your emotions, gain insight and find healing.
01842 773651 View 01842 773651
Photo of Daryl Nicholas Counselling and Psychotherapy, Counsellor in Coventry, England
Daryl Nicholas Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Coventry CV1
As an Integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, I have undergone extensive training which brings together effective contemporary approaches to therapy, drawing from a variety of models to suit your individual needs. I have over sixteen years experience supporting adults and young people to address a range of issues, including: anxiety/panic, depression, stress, loss and bereavement, identity issues, sexuality, trauma/abuse, low self-esteem, relationship issues, life transitions and careers and life direction. I also offer the comprehensive 'INSIGHT self-discovery programmes' (visit darylnicholas.com for more details).
As an Integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, I have undergone extensive training which brings together effective contemporary approaches to therapy, drawing from a variety of models to suit your individual needs. I have over sixteen years experience supporting adults and young people to address a range of issues, including: anxiety/panic, depression, stress, loss and bereavement, identity issues, sexuality, trauma/abuse, low self-esteem, relationship issues, life transitions and careers and life direction. I also offer the comprehensive 'INSIGHT self-discovery programmes' (visit darylnicholas.com for more details).
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Photo of Adrian Murray Counselling , Psychotherapist in Coventry, England
Adrian Murray Counselling
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Coventry CV7
We all struggle with many things from all kinds of abuse in our lives, be that Anxiety, Depression, various trauma, from major or minor incidents, along with equality issues, organisational issues, bereavement, self harm, family issues, post traumatic stress disorder(PTSD), personality disorders, and many other issues. No matter how low or out of control these issues make us feel, with the right support and relationship we can get through these difficult times in our lives. You do not have to go through this on your own. I can listen and support without any judgement. I can offer advice and my experience.
We all struggle with many things from all kinds of abuse in our lives, be that Anxiety, Depression, various trauma, from major or minor incidents, along with equality issues, organisational issues, bereavement, self harm, family issues, post traumatic stress disorder(PTSD), personality disorders, and many other issues. No matter how low or out of control these issues make us feel, with the right support and relationship we can get through these difficult times in our lives. You do not have to go through this on your own. I can listen and support without any judgement. I can offer advice and my experience.
01842 771097 View 01842 771097
Photo of Dr Samantha Lowry, Psychologist in Coventry, England
Dr Samantha Lowry
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Coventry CV1
Often people find that significant life events and transitions such as birth, loss, marriage, pregnancy, parenthood and divorce can generate a wealth of difficult feelings and experiences that can feel unexpected and overwhelming.
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). Over the last eleven years, I have worked in many different psychological teams, both within the NHS and in charitable organisations. Therapy can offer a safe place to think about yourself and your difficulties and explore the way in which these difficulties may be impacting on your life as facilitated by a supportive, authentic and collaborative relationship.
Often people find that significant life events and transitions such as birth, loss, marriage, pregnancy, parenthood and divorce can generate a wealth of difficult feelings and experiences that can feel unexpected and overwhelming.
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). Over the last eleven years, I have worked in many different psychological teams, both within the NHS and in charitable organisations. Therapy can offer a safe place to think about yourself and your difficulties and explore the way in which these difficulties may be impacting on your life as facilitated by a supportive, authentic and collaborative relationship.
01926 357140 View 01926 357140
Photo of Nav Heer, Counsellor in Coventry, England
Nav Heer
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Coventry CV3  (Online Only)
In the current world of uncertainty and change, it has been a challenging time for ourselves, our loved ones and society’s mental health. Counselling explores difficulties you are having, distress you may be experiencing, dissatisfaction with life or loss of a sense of direction & purpose. I will listen attentively, in a non-judgemental way, provided in a professional and respectful manner, counselling will begin to bring awareness and help you to see things more clearly, possibly from a different perspective. I have worked with children & adults, giving equal respect and treatment, regardless of their background or beliefs.
In the current world of uncertainty and change, it has been a challenging time for ourselves, our loved ones and society’s mental health. Counselling explores difficulties you are having, distress you may be experiencing, dissatisfaction with life or loss of a sense of direction & purpose. I will listen attentively, in a non-judgemental way, provided in a professional and respectful manner, counselling will begin to bring awareness and help you to see things more clearly, possibly from a different perspective. I have worked with children & adults, giving equal respect and treatment, regardless of their background or beliefs.
024 7526 2023 View 024 7526 2023
Photo of Kevin Roe, Psychotherapist in Coventry, England
Kevin Roe
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Coventry CV1
Some of the issues our clients bring: Depression, Anxiety, Tendency to ruminate & self-blame, General or work-related stress, Fear, Loneliness Relationship or family breakdowns and issues Bereavement, Addiction, Life transitions – such as unemployment/retirement/empty nest, Low self-esteem/confidence, Trauma, Abuse, Bullying, Anger management.
There are many reasons why you may wish to speak with a counsellor but a desire for some ‘change’ is usually present within our clients. There may be something about you which is being carried from past experiences, feelings about yourself such as low self-worth, or anxiety brought on by relationships with others or circumstances surrounding you which seem to be prevailing an assault on you. You may be suffering from depression or, fears which are seemingly taking control of you. I am trained in Trauma Therapy. Addictions or obsessions are also common reasons for our working with clients.
Some of the issues our clients bring: Depression, Anxiety, Tendency to ruminate & self-blame, General or work-related stress, Fear, Loneliness Relationship or family breakdowns and issues Bereavement, Addiction, Life transitions – such as unemployment/retirement/empty nest, Low self-esteem/confidence, Trauma, Abuse, Bullying, Anger management.
There are many reasons why you may wish to speak with a counsellor but a desire for some ‘change’ is usually present within our clients. There may be something about you which is being carried from past experiences, feelings about yourself such as low self-worth, or anxiety brought on by relationships with others or circumstances surrounding you which seem to be prevailing an assault on you. You may be suffering from depression or, fears which are seemingly taking control of you. I am trained in Trauma Therapy. Addictions or obsessions are also common reasons for our working with clients.
01926 569954 View 01926 569954
Photo of Clare Welch, Counsellor in Coventry, England
Clare Welch
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Coventry CV35
I am a highly experienced EMDR Counsellor and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with a 1st class B.A. (Hons) degree in Counselling working from practices in Warwickshire and London. I have advanced training in Trauma Therapy which is very effective in dealing with PTSD and Psychological Trauma. If you are suffering from Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Abuse/Trauma, Bereavement, Addiction or Relationship issues, I can help to navigate your way through and aid your journey back to health. The key to a successful relationship is the therapeutic relationship built on trust and safety.
I am a highly experienced EMDR Counsellor and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with a 1st class B.A. (Hons) degree in Counselling working from practices in Warwickshire and London. I have advanced training in Trauma Therapy which is very effective in dealing with PTSD and Psychological Trauma. If you are suffering from Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Abuse/Trauma, Bereavement, Addiction or Relationship issues, I can help to navigate your way through and aid your journey back to health. The key to a successful relationship is the therapeutic relationship built on trust and safety.
01789 331271 View 01789 331271
Photo of The Eyris Practice, Psychotherapist in Coventry, England
The Eyris Practice
Psychotherapist, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified Verified
Coventry CV3
Waitlist for new clients
The impact of difficult life experiences can adversely affect our mental well-being or interpersonal relationships at any time in our lives.Such life occurances may include truama, a bereavement or experiencing anxiety and depression. I use a person centred approach to develop a therapeutic relationship with you. This helps over time to support you in gaining insight and understanding of the emotional and mental difficulties you're experiencing. I provide a safe space to listen to you and identify the best therapeutic approach to meet your needs.I offer both face to face and online therapy to suit your individual needs.
The impact of difficult life experiences can adversely affect our mental well-being or interpersonal relationships at any time in our lives.Such life occurances may include truama, a bereavement or experiencing anxiety and depression. I use a person centred approach to develop a therapeutic relationship with you. This helps over time to support you in gaining insight and understanding of the emotional and mental difficulties you're experiencing. I provide a safe space to listen to you and identify the best therapeutic approach to meet your needs.I offer both face to face and online therapy to suit your individual needs.
01788 221257 View 01788 221257
Photo of InCourage Therapy, Psychotherapist in Coventry, England
InCourage Therapy
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Coventry CV1
My name is Sarah and I am a qualified, insured and DBS checked Person-Centred Psychotherapist with experience working with teens and adults both within the education system and also in a Respect-accredited private agency setting. I work with a range of issues including anxiety; depression; relationship issues; lack of self-confidence; self-harm; school refusal; stress; loss and bereavement; and surviving abusive relationships.
My name is Sarah and I am a qualified, insured and DBS checked Person-Centred Psychotherapist with experience working with teens and adults both within the education system and also in a Respect-accredited private agency setting. I work with a range of issues including anxiety; depression; relationship issues; lack of self-confidence; self-harm; school refusal; stress; loss and bereavement; and surviving abusive relationships.
01926 569044 View 01926 569044
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Rupinder Sandhu
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Coventry CV3
I am a BACP registered and experienced psychotherapist working with a wide range of issues which include anxiety and depression, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, anger management, bereavement and parenting skills.
Hi, my name is Rimpy Sandhu. I have been working as a volunteer as well as in my private practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist for 10 years . I know it can be very scary and difficult to talk about your issues, revisit those painful memories. Sometimes it’s hard to recognise and express your own feelings. I offer a professional, supportive, confidential, nonjudgmental and ethical therapy in order to help with your presenting issues. Counselling helps you to understand yourself and to find coping strategies to deal with the day to day difficulties you might be facing.
I am a BACP registered and experienced psychotherapist working with a wide range of issues which include anxiety and depression, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, anger management, bereavement and parenting skills.
Hi, my name is Rimpy Sandhu. I have been working as a volunteer as well as in my private practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist for 10 years . I know it can be very scary and difficult to talk about your issues, revisit those painful memories. Sometimes it’s hard to recognise and express your own feelings. I offer a professional, supportive, confidential, nonjudgmental and ethical therapy in order to help with your presenting issues. Counselling helps you to understand yourself and to find coping strategies to deal with the day to day difficulties you might be facing.
01926 958987 View 01926 958987

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Bereavement 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.