Bereavement Counselling in Exeter

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Photo of Chris Lowe, Counsellor in Exeter, England
Chris Lowe
Counsellor, MA, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Exeter EX4
Most people feel overwhelmed by issues at certain times in their lives. You may feel overwhelmed by grief following a bereavement, or by anxiety following a difficult life event, or you may be suffering as a result of abuse in a relationship. You may want to express your feelings in relation to these issues and require a safe space to do so. You may want to explore them more deeply so you can acknowledge them and understand them better. And ultimately you may want to develop in a way which helps you overcome those issues. Being able to integrate those more uncomfortable parts of ourselves can lead to a better and more fruitful life.
Most people feel overwhelmed by issues at certain times in their lives. You may feel overwhelmed by grief following a bereavement, or by anxiety following a difficult life event, or you may be suffering as a result of abuse in a relationship. You may want to express your feelings in relation to these issues and require a safe space to do so. You may want to explore them more deeply so you can acknowledge them and understand them better. And ultimately you may want to develop in a way which helps you overcome those issues. Being able to integrate those more uncomfortable parts of ourselves can lead to a better and more fruitful life.
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Charlotte Feeny
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Exeter EX1
We can all feel overwhelmed at times: it might be the breakdown of a relationship, loss of a friendship, daily struggles or those horrible feelings of anxiety that just won’t go away. We might be feeling unhappy but we’re not sure why, we might feel life isn’t going the way we want it to whilst everyone else seems to be doing ok. Talking openly and feeling truly heard can be life changing: we can say all those things that keep going round in our heads, the issues that keep coming back time and again, and work towards understanding what’s going on, make changes and find some peace. Isn't that what we all want and deserve?
We can all feel overwhelmed at times: it might be the breakdown of a relationship, loss of a friendship, daily struggles or those horrible feelings of anxiety that just won’t go away. We might be feeling unhappy but we’re not sure why, we might feel life isn’t going the way we want it to whilst everyone else seems to be doing ok. Talking openly and feeling truly heard can be life changing: we can say all those things that keep going round in our heads, the issues that keep coming back time and again, and work towards understanding what’s going on, make changes and find some peace. Isn't that what we all want and deserve?
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Paul Brennan
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Exeter EX2
I offer both in person and online support for people experiencing grief, loss or struggling with change. This can be bereavement, loss of a job, end of a relationship or simply feeling a bit lost in life itself. I also work with men's issues as well as LGBT concerns. I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space to unpack issues, explore your feelings and better understand what is going on for you. You may be feeling lost, anxious, uncertain or scared. That's understandable. That's okay. Considering counselling is a brave step. Well done for coming this far. Let's work together to try and find a way forward for you.
I offer both in person and online support for people experiencing grief, loss or struggling with change. This can be bereavement, loss of a job, end of a relationship or simply feeling a bit lost in life itself. I also work with men's issues as well as LGBT concerns. I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space to unpack issues, explore your feelings and better understand what is going on for you. You may be feeling lost, anxious, uncertain or scared. That's understandable. That's okay. Considering counselling is a brave step. Well done for coming this far. Let's work together to try and find a way forward for you.
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Katherine dayman
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, BACP
Verified Verified
Exeter EX1
I am a down to earth, straight talking counsellor and supervisor, with many years experience working with bereavement, loss and trauma. I offer both short term, goal focussed work, as well as longer term therapy, depending on your needs. I have a keen interest in working with those who are neurodiverse, as well as supporting those who live with someone who is neurodiverse. As a supervisor, I will work collaboratively with you to explore all aspects of working as a practitioner to support your continuing, ongoing development.
I am a down to earth, straight talking counsellor and supervisor, with many years experience working with bereavement, loss and trauma. I offer both short term, goal focussed work, as well as longer term therapy, depending on your needs. I have a keen interest in working with those who are neurodiverse, as well as supporting those who live with someone who is neurodiverse. As a supervisor, I will work collaboratively with you to explore all aspects of working as a practitioner to support your continuing, ongoing development.
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Lizette Baker
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Exeter EX1
I specialise in anxiety, bereavement, relationship issues, replacement child syndrome and trauma, offering patience and understanding to explore challenges or unhealthy patterns from emotional wounds.
Are you looking for the 'right' counsellor? Hi, my name is Lizette and I believe we each have an innate ability to know what is right for our personal situation. But sometimes, due to either loss, trauma, bereavement, abuse, adverse events from our childhood or a life changing event, we lose our direction. Given the right environment, including a safe space to be heard, I can give you time to explore your needs for healing, change and growth. You’ve already made the first step, the next step begins with you trusting your instinct and making the connection that feels right to you.
I specialise in anxiety, bereavement, relationship issues, replacement child syndrome and trauma, offering patience and understanding to explore challenges or unhealthy patterns from emotional wounds.
Are you looking for the 'right' counsellor? Hi, my name is Lizette and I believe we each have an innate ability to know what is right for our personal situation. But sometimes, due to either loss, trauma, bereavement, abuse, adverse events from our childhood or a life changing event, we lose our direction. Given the right environment, including a safe space to be heard, I can give you time to explore your needs for healing, change and growth. You’ve already made the first step, the next step begins with you trusting your instinct and making the connection that feels right to you.
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Jane Meares
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Exeter EX4
I support adults affected by low self esteem, anxiety, depression, or relationship issues, often those who have experienced the death of a loved one, childhood sexual abuse, or other trauma in life.
Do you put on a brave face but feel different on the inside? Perhaps you’re empty and numb, or overwhelmed by emotions? Are you finding it hard to cope day-to-day? I know how tough life can be at times and how lonely it feels when no one seems to understand. If you’re wondering when you’ll feel happy or hopeful again, or you’re worrying about the future and fearing the worst, or maybe you’re struggling with a big change and a sense of who you are; I’d like to help. Being able to talk freely to someone, without fear of judgement or shame, can be a huge relief.
I support adults affected by low self esteem, anxiety, depression, or relationship issues, often those who have experienced the death of a loved one, childhood sexual abuse, or other trauma in life.
Do you put on a brave face but feel different on the inside? Perhaps you’re empty and numb, or overwhelmed by emotions? Are you finding it hard to cope day-to-day? I know how tough life can be at times and how lonely it feels when no one seems to understand. If you’re wondering when you’ll feel happy or hopeful again, or you’re worrying about the future and fearing the worst, or maybe you’re struggling with a big change and a sense of who you are; I’d like to help. Being able to talk freely to someone, without fear of judgement or shame, can be a huge relief.
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Jane Drake
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Exeter EX1
Are you feeling lost, anxious or depressed? Grieving after the death of a loved one, struggling with relationship issues or feeling overwhelmed with life. We can all feel overwhelmed from time to time, I can help you to cope with the hurdles that life can unexpectedly throw at us. I feel that the most important aspect of counselling is building a strong, trusting therapeutic relationship where you feel truly heard and understood without judgement.
Are you feeling lost, anxious or depressed? Grieving after the death of a loved one, struggling with relationship issues or feeling overwhelmed with life. We can all feel overwhelmed from time to time, I can help you to cope with the hurdles that life can unexpectedly throw at us. I feel that the most important aspect of counselling is building a strong, trusting therapeutic relationship where you feel truly heard and understood without judgement.
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Karen Hedges
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Exeter EX4
Hello, I'm Karen. If you are looking for ways to make positive changes and move forward with your life, I can help you. I'm experienced in working with people who are struggling with feelings such as anxiety, anger, fear and loss. I will help you to understand your thoughts and feelings so that you can identify what needs to change, and work with you to find ways to overcome your difficulties using approaches that suit you.
Hello, I'm Karen. If you are looking for ways to make positive changes and move forward with your life, I can help you. I'm experienced in working with people who are struggling with feelings such as anxiety, anger, fear and loss. I will help you to understand your thoughts and feelings so that you can identify what needs to change, and work with you to find ways to overcome your difficulties using approaches that suit you.
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Photo of Liz Spencer, Counsellor in Exeter, England
Liz Spencer
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Exeter EX1
Feeling stuck? At a crossroads in your career or emotional life? We can all feel lost, unsure, anxious or unhappy sometimes. Do you want to move forward with your life? Feel more connected and confident in yourself? Counselling can help you to understand yourself, build resilience and challenge you to identify painful beliefs and patterns that might be holding you back. ​ I can help with a range of different issues; low self-esteem, anxiety & depression, attachment issues, relationship struggles, pre and post divorce, stress, personal growth, bereavement and more. Please get in touch to arrange an initial assessment session.
Feeling stuck? At a crossroads in your career or emotional life? We can all feel lost, unsure, anxious or unhappy sometimes. Do you want to move forward with your life? Feel more connected and confident in yourself? Counselling can help you to understand yourself, build resilience and challenge you to identify painful beliefs and patterns that might be holding you back. ​ I can help with a range of different issues; low self-esteem, anxiety & depression, attachment issues, relationship struggles, pre and post divorce, stress, personal growth, bereavement and more. Please get in touch to arrange an initial assessment session.
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Two's-Talking Counselling & Supervision Service
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Exeter EX2
My name is Debbie and I am a registered therapist with BACP and NCS. I offer counselling face to face, online or via a telephone service. I work with person/s over the age of eight years old. I can help you with stress, anxiety/depression, anger, bereavement, relationships, abuse and couple's therapy. I understand you want to see a therapist as soon as you make that decision to do so. I will validate your feelings and i will acknowledge how distressing you are experiencing your life right now. I want to help you and I aim to see you within 7 working days. My goal is to get you to where you want to be.
My name is Debbie and I am a registered therapist with BACP and NCS. I offer counselling face to face, online or via a telephone service. I work with person/s over the age of eight years old. I can help you with stress, anxiety/depression, anger, bereavement, relationships, abuse and couple's therapy. I understand you want to see a therapist as soon as you make that decision to do so. I will validate your feelings and i will acknowledge how distressing you are experiencing your life right now. I want to help you and I aim to see you within 7 working days. My goal is to get you to where you want to be.
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Sarah Hitt
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Exeter EX6
I specialise in anxiety, depression, perfectionism, bereavement and loss.
Taking the first step to see a counsellor can seem daunting, particularly if you've never done it before. I will support you to explore your feelings and experiences without judgement but with kindness and understanding. Maybe you feel more anxious than usual or there is a specific problem that's troubling you? When we have the opportunity to share how we feel in a safe, confidential environment, it can help us gain a better understanding of ourselves and our relationships, as well as helping us develop our true potential to lead a more fulfilling life.
I specialise in anxiety, depression, perfectionism, bereavement and loss.
Taking the first step to see a counsellor can seem daunting, particularly if you've never done it before. I will support you to explore your feelings and experiences without judgement but with kindness and understanding. Maybe you feel more anxious than usual or there is a specific problem that's troubling you? When we have the opportunity to share how we feel in a safe, confidential environment, it can help us gain a better understanding of ourselves and our relationships, as well as helping us develop our true potential to lead a more fulfilling life.
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Photo of Catherine Roguski, Counsellor in Exeter, England
Catherine Roguski
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Exeter EX3
I am experienced in working with anxiety, bereavement, chronic health conditions, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, abuse and trauma.
I work ONLINE and Face-to-Face in Topsham. I have over 40 years experience working effectively in private practice as an integrative holistic healthcare practitioner and previously as a nurse in both the NHS and private healthcare specialising in women’s health. My psychotherapeutic counselling practice draws upon several humanistic, psychodynamic and solution focused approaches incorporating the very best techniques including creative ways of working to best fit your needs. I have a lot of life experience both personally and professionally. I am a good listener. I am not easily shocked.
I am experienced in working with anxiety, bereavement, chronic health conditions, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, abuse and trauma.
I work ONLINE and Face-to-Face in Topsham. I have over 40 years experience working effectively in private practice as an integrative holistic healthcare practitioner and previously as a nurse in both the NHS and private healthcare specialising in women’s health. My psychotherapeutic counselling practice draws upon several humanistic, psychodynamic and solution focused approaches incorporating the very best techniques including creative ways of working to best fit your needs. I have a lot of life experience both personally and professionally. I am a good listener. I am not easily shocked.
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Tonia Aitken
Psychotherapist, UKCP Trainee
Verified Verified
Exeter EX1
Though I work with people who have experienced a broad range of emotional and psychological difficulties and trauma, I have particular interest in working with bereavement and loss (including the loss of a loved one to suicide); women’s issues (including fertility/infertility, miscarriage, peri/menopause); and relationship problems (including domestic abuse).
Hello, I’m Tonia, a relational psychotherapist trained in Transactional Analysis(TA). The decision to go to therapy is never an easy one. Approaching someone you don’t know to share intimate details about painful subjects can feel daunting. However, please be reassured, I am an experienced, warm, and empathic practitioner who is open minded and nonjudgmental. I offer a safe and totally confidential space for us to work closely together to help you understand yourself and your relationships better, and to explore what may be going on behind the difficult emotions, thoughts and behaviours troubling you.
Though I work with people who have experienced a broad range of emotional and psychological difficulties and trauma, I have particular interest in working with bereavement and loss (including the loss of a loved one to suicide); women’s issues (including fertility/infertility, miscarriage, peri/menopause); and relationship problems (including domestic abuse).
Hello, I’m Tonia, a relational psychotherapist trained in Transactional Analysis(TA). The decision to go to therapy is never an easy one. Approaching someone you don’t know to share intimate details about painful subjects can feel daunting. However, please be reassured, I am an experienced, warm, and empathic practitioner who is open minded and nonjudgmental. I offer a safe and totally confidential space for us to work closely together to help you understand yourself and your relationships better, and to explore what may be going on behind the difficult emotions, thoughts and behaviours troubling you.
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Emma Housego
Psychotherapist, UKCP Trainee
Verified Verified
Exeter EX1
I offer an initial 50 minute session free of charge to help us to decide whether we would like to work together. You might be coming to see me about a specific issue, such as a bereavement, loss, anxiety or relationship problems. Perhaps difficulties from your past are causing problems in the present. Maybe you are feeling stuck or have a sense that something in your life doesn't feel right, without yet knowing what is wrong. Perhaps you are struggling with your sense of self or with your relationships, or are noticing patterns in your life that are unhelpful. Do contact me, and let's talk.
I offer an initial 50 minute session free of charge to help us to decide whether we would like to work together. You might be coming to see me about a specific issue, such as a bereavement, loss, anxiety or relationship problems. Perhaps difficulties from your past are causing problems in the present. Maybe you are feeling stuck or have a sense that something in your life doesn't feel right, without yet knowing what is wrong. Perhaps you are struggling with your sense of self or with your relationships, or are noticing patterns in your life that are unhelpful. Do contact me, and let's talk.
01392 241202 View 01392 241202
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Tim Williamson
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Exeter EX1
I work primarily with adults experiencing anxiety, depression and bereavement (I have particular experience in bereavement by suicide).
It was Mr Miyagi in the movie “The Karate Kid” who said, “You know, but you do not understand.” We are often aware of the feelings and thoughts we are having, the behaviours they are causing and the distress that can generate. We can even know the traumas that have happened that we can attribute them to. But we can’t understand or articulate them enough to change them and heal. Perhaps this is the way you feel? Maybe you have been struggling with anxiety, depression or both for some time and everyday life is more challenging than you want it to be? Maybe you’ve experienced a traumatic event that you can’t seem to get over?
I work primarily with adults experiencing anxiety, depression and bereavement (I have particular experience in bereavement by suicide).
It was Mr Miyagi in the movie “The Karate Kid” who said, “You know, but you do not understand.” We are often aware of the feelings and thoughts we are having, the behaviours they are causing and the distress that can generate. We can even know the traumas that have happened that we can attribute them to. But we can’t understand or articulate them enough to change them and heal. Perhaps this is the way you feel? Maybe you have been struggling with anxiety, depression or both for some time and everyday life is more challenging than you want it to be? Maybe you’ve experienced a traumatic event that you can’t seem to get over?
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Kate Stanton
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Exeter EX1
I offer online and face to face therapy, specialising in working with anyone affected by bereavement including miscarriage, stillbirth, termination, baby and child loss.
Hi, and thank you for viewing my profile. Have you experienced infertility, pregnancy loss or other bereavements, leaving you feeling overwhelmed, stuck and wondering how to move? Maybe you are going through a life crisis, or having difficulties in relationships and struggling with difficult and overpowering emotions.. Working with a compassionate, trained therapist who listens without judgement can be a powerful, healing and transformative experience. Together we can find ways that will bring understanding to your experience and ultimately bring relief and peace and a way to move forward with renewed momentum.
I offer online and face to face therapy, specialising in working with anyone affected by bereavement including miscarriage, stillbirth, termination, baby and child loss.
Hi, and thank you for viewing my profile. Have you experienced infertility, pregnancy loss or other bereavements, leaving you feeling overwhelmed, stuck and wondering how to move? Maybe you are going through a life crisis, or having difficulties in relationships and struggling with difficult and overpowering emotions.. Working with a compassionate, trained therapist who listens without judgement can be a powerful, healing and transformative experience. Together we can find ways that will bring understanding to your experience and ultimately bring relief and peace and a way to move forward with renewed momentum.
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Photo of Lue Glover Wilson, Psychotherapist in Exeter, England
Lue Glover Wilson
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, SNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Exeter EX1
From a starting point in bereavement counselling I now work with adults and couples who want to explore the impact of many stresses, strains and challenges of life.
Counselling can seem a challenge if you have never sought this kind of help before, but my aim at the outset is to provide the beginnings of a therapeutic relationship which can open the door to an exploration of experience of the past, as well as the present. The aim of therapy can be specific, or obscure, but together we will work towards an achievable goal. I work intuitively, but with firm boundaries which keep us both safe within a very special relationship. Therapy can be long term, or short term, but it is the client who decides what number of sessions is going to be most beneficial.
From a starting point in bereavement counselling I now work with adults and couples who want to explore the impact of many stresses, strains and challenges of life.
Counselling can seem a challenge if you have never sought this kind of help before, but my aim at the outset is to provide the beginnings of a therapeutic relationship which can open the door to an exploration of experience of the past, as well as the present. The aim of therapy can be specific, or obscure, but together we will work towards an achievable goal. I work intuitively, but with firm boundaries which keep us both safe within a very special relationship. Therapy can be long term, or short term, but it is the client who decides what number of sessions is going to be most beneficial.
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Photo of Katrin Benninghoff White, Counsellor in Exeter, England
Katrin Benninghoff White
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Exeter EX1
Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, or stress? Do you find it difficult managing relationships with family, friends, or romantic partners? Are you dealing with trauma, grief, or loss? Are you facing major life transitions, such as career changes, relocation, or divorce? Do you need help with coping with addiction or substance abuse? I can help you improve mental health and emotional well-being by building stronger coping mechanisms and stress management skills, alongside buidling up your internal and external resources and support network.
Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, or stress? Do you find it difficult managing relationships with family, friends, or romantic partners? Are you dealing with trauma, grief, or loss? Are you facing major life transitions, such as career changes, relocation, or divorce? Do you need help with coping with addiction or substance abuse? I can help you improve mental health and emotional well-being by building stronger coping mechanisms and stress management skills, alongside buidling up your internal and external resources and support network.
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Marg Vickers
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Exeter EX6
As an integrative counsellor, with experience of working with anxiety, depression, bereavement, sight loss, relationship issues, and childhood trauma, I offer a warm, honest and compassionate approach currently working on-line and I also offer outdoor walk and talk therapy for clients who live within travelling distance.
No matter what current life problems you are facing; whether they be emotional, physical, relationship, bereavement, trauma or employment related issues, talking it through with a qualified counselling professional can help you make sense of your situation and move forward.
As an integrative counsellor, with experience of working with anxiety, depression, bereavement, sight loss, relationship issues, and childhood trauma, I offer a warm, honest and compassionate approach currently working on-line and I also offer outdoor walk and talk therapy for clients who live within travelling distance.
No matter what current life problems you are facing; whether they be emotional, physical, relationship, bereavement, trauma or employment related issues, talking it through with a qualified counselling professional can help you make sense of your situation and move forward.
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Dana Corfield
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Exeter EX1
Whether its depression, anxiety, bereavement, loss, or just feeling stuck and unfulfilled counselling can provide you with a safe confidential space to be share your challenges and really be heard.
Life can often feel both difficult and overwhelming and I offer a peaceful, private and confidential space in which you can talk through some of the issues that might be holding you back or making life feel challenging. Maybe your relationship is feeling buried under family life or intimacy has dwindled. Perhaps you are feeling unhappy at work, or are navigating difficult life events like, divorce or bereavement. Counselling is your time to explore what matters to you. We can decide together what your goals are from counselling and how I can best support you using the very best of current theory, thinking and skills.
Whether its depression, anxiety, bereavement, loss, or just feeling stuck and unfulfilled counselling can provide you with a safe confidential space to be share your challenges and really be heard.
Life can often feel both difficult and overwhelming and I offer a peaceful, private and confidential space in which you can talk through some of the issues that might be holding you back or making life feel challenging. Maybe your relationship is feeling buried under family life or intimacy has dwindled. Perhaps you are feeling unhappy at work, or are navigating difficult life events like, divorce or bereavement. Counselling is your time to explore what matters to you. We can decide together what your goals are from counselling and how I can best support you using the very best of current theory, thinking and skills.
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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.