Bereavement Counselling in Liverpool

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Photo of Margi Hudson, Counsellor in Liverpool, England
Margi Hudson
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Liverpool L4
As an integrative counsellor and a registered member of the BACP I understand that not one therapeutic approach fits all. Instead I take into account, you as an individual and your circumstances, and use elements of different approaches to support in your journey. I will provide a safe and nonjudgmental environment to help you explore any topic you wish. Unsure how to move forward, apprehensive about counselling, not sure what to expect from counselling then I am here for you. I have supported people with trauma, ACEs, bereavement/loss, domestic violence, PTSD, anxiety, depression, low self worth and general wellbeing
As an integrative counsellor and a registered member of the BACP I understand that not one therapeutic approach fits all. Instead I take into account, you as an individual and your circumstances, and use elements of different approaches to support in your journey. I will provide a safe and nonjudgmental environment to help you explore any topic you wish. Unsure how to move forward, apprehensive about counselling, not sure what to expect from counselling then I am here for you. I have supported people with trauma, ACEs, bereavement/loss, domestic violence, PTSD, anxiety, depression, low self worth and general wellbeing
0151 453 4065 View 0151 453 4065
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Paul Duffy
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Liverpool L19
Most people find themselves in dark or confusing places at times throughout their lives, questioning who they are, wrestling with difficult questions, trauma, illness, addiction or bereavement. Sometimes people don't have anyone to share these challenges with or can't share them with those close to them. Despite proverbs about sharing problems, as a society we don't really encourage people to open up. I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to do this. I hope to offer a space in which you can feel safe and respected while you explore these challenges and move towards improved mental well being.
Most people find themselves in dark or confusing places at times throughout their lives, questioning who they are, wrestling with difficult questions, trauma, illness, addiction or bereavement. Sometimes people don't have anyone to share these challenges with or can't share them with those close to them. Despite proverbs about sharing problems, as a society we don't really encourage people to open up. I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to do this. I hope to offer a space in which you can feel safe and respected while you explore these challenges and move towards improved mental well being.
0151 305 4278 View 0151 305 4278
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Angie Randles
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Liverpool L36  (Online Only)
I am Angie, I'm a qualified Person-Centred and CBT Therapist with additional training in bereavement and trauma. I currently work with adults but I have also worked with Children and Young People. Sometimes investing in others may come easier than investing in yourself, but counselling can be the biggest investment we can make for ourselves and can change our lives for the better.
I am Angie, I'm a qualified Person-Centred and CBT Therapist with additional training in bereavement and trauma. I currently work with adults but I have also worked with Children and Young People. Sometimes investing in others may come easier than investing in yourself, but counselling can be the biggest investment we can make for ourselves and can change our lives for the better.
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Stephen Garvey
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Liverpool L37
Whether it be loneliness, bereavement, death of beloved pets, career changes, being bullied at work, or relationship conflict and difficulties, past or present, people find courage and way to live their best life best life if they are allowed to express what is truly going on for them.
There are times when for everyone life can become overwhelming. You may feel depressed, stressed or anxious, unable to sleep, or have a sense of being stuck or lost, a feeling that life isn’t working out how you wanted it to, but you don’t know what to do about it. There may be particular current events which are troubling such as being being bullied at work or in an abusive relationship. You may have had a childhood in which you suffered abuse, or a childhood that was unremarkable in that there was no obvious abuse, but it left a lasting sense that something was wrong. Whatever challenges you are facing, I can help and support.
Whether it be loneliness, bereavement, death of beloved pets, career changes, being bullied at work, or relationship conflict and difficulties, past or present, people find courage and way to live their best life best life if they are allowed to express what is truly going on for them.
There are times when for everyone life can become overwhelming. You may feel depressed, stressed or anxious, unable to sleep, or have a sense of being stuck or lost, a feeling that life isn’t working out how you wanted it to, but you don’t know what to do about it. There may be particular current events which are troubling such as being being bullied at work or in an abusive relationship. You may have had a childhood in which you suffered abuse, or a childhood that was unremarkable in that there was no obvious abuse, but it left a lasting sense that something was wrong. Whatever challenges you are facing, I can help and support.
0151 453 4360 View 0151 453 4360
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Bayswater Counselling Services
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Liverpool L1
Gillian has experience working with a wide range of presenting issues, including low self-esteem; depression; self-harm and suicidal ideation; stress & anxiety; sexual trauma including rape and historic abuse; PTSD; strong feelings of guilt, shame and anger; work or school related issues and bereavement.
Gillian’s approach is extremely client focused whilst promoting integrative counselling including CBT, tailored to suit the individual needs of her clients. She offers a professional and confidential space where clients can explore and understand their experiences and the root to their problems, helping them to process difficult and strong emotions whilst assisting them to break the cycle of negative thinking and subsequent behaviors. Gillian collaboratively works with her clients to facilitate personal growth which encourages her clients to feel more positive about themselves enabling them to live a fuller and happier life.
Gillian has experience working with a wide range of presenting issues, including low self-esteem; depression; self-harm and suicidal ideation; stress & anxiety; sexual trauma including rape and historic abuse; PTSD; strong feelings of guilt, shame and anger; work or school related issues and bereavement.
Gillian’s approach is extremely client focused whilst promoting integrative counselling including CBT, tailored to suit the individual needs of her clients. She offers a professional and confidential space where clients can explore and understand their experiences and the root to their problems, helping them to process difficult and strong emotions whilst assisting them to break the cycle of negative thinking and subsequent behaviors. Gillian collaboratively works with her clients to facilitate personal growth which encourages her clients to feel more positive about themselves enabling them to live a fuller and happier life.
07395 556368 View 07395 556368
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Lynne Christine Hutton
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Liverpool L1
I have a specialism in Bereavement and with clients bringing various issues: anxiety, depression, Suicidal thoughts, bereavement, stress, addictions,relationship issues including domestic violence, family issues, sexual/emotional/physical abuse, gender transitioning,bullying school/work, menopause, sexual difficulties, PTSD,chronic illness/pain, divorce.
Are you struggling with overwhelming emotions? I aim to provide a safe space, and my full presence to listen to you. I am a Person-Centred/Experiential Counsellor with a 1st Class BA (Hons) Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy, working in an emotion-focused way. I am passionate about counselling. I offer a warm, empathic, non-judgemental space, which will hopefully enable you to share whatever you wish, to help to empower you to make positive change in your life. specialisms:Bereavement, Neurodiversity, Anxiety, Self-harm, Depression,Children in care/ safeguarding/Child Protection,victims of the Manchester terrorist attack.
I have a specialism in Bereavement and with clients bringing various issues: anxiety, depression, Suicidal thoughts, bereavement, stress, addictions,relationship issues including domestic violence, family issues, sexual/emotional/physical abuse, gender transitioning,bullying school/work, menopause, sexual difficulties, PTSD,chronic illness/pain, divorce.
Are you struggling with overwhelming emotions? I aim to provide a safe space, and my full presence to listen to you. I am a Person-Centred/Experiential Counsellor with a 1st Class BA (Hons) Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy, working in an emotion-focused way. I am passionate about counselling. I offer a warm, empathic, non-judgemental space, which will hopefully enable you to share whatever you wish, to help to empower you to make positive change in your life. specialisms:Bereavement, Neurodiversity, Anxiety, Self-harm, Depression,Children in care/ safeguarding/Child Protection,victims of the Manchester terrorist attack.
07723 712736 View 07723 712736
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Adrian Cammann
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Liverpool L1
I have greater client experience with grief/bereavement/loss, and working with relationship issues (with self/others).
Hi my name is Adrian, I am a positive and enthusiastic people person with a warm and friendly personality who loves the job I do. I am a fully qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist who uses Person-Centred Therapy with you the client being central to the therapy process with what you bring to sessions being validated, not-judged and accepted. Alongside the Person-Centred approach I use elements of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) that is personalised to you the client to help you change behaviours, increase happiness, and overcome current problems/challenges.
I have greater client experience with grief/bereavement/loss, and working with relationship issues (with self/others).
Hi my name is Adrian, I am a positive and enthusiastic people person with a warm and friendly personality who loves the job I do. I am a fully qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist who uses Person-Centred Therapy with you the client being central to the therapy process with what you bring to sessions being validated, not-judged and accepted. Alongside the Person-Centred approach I use elements of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) that is personalised to you the client to help you change behaviours, increase happiness, and overcome current problems/challenges.
0151 453 6821 View 0151 453 6821
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Louise Bol Cbt Therapist Supervisor
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Liverpool L1
I am also an experienced bereavement counsellor.
Are you you feeling anxious a lot of the time? Or waking up most mornings feeling low, thinking 'what's the point'? It's as if no one really understands what you are going through. I have 'been there, done that, bought the T-shirt' myself, before becoming a counsellor, so know from personal experience that getting the right professional support can make all the difference. I am a warm, caring and experienced CBT Therapist/Counsellor who helps people overcome anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, etc, I work with you find a way forward to deal with whatever is troubling you. Contact me for free 20 min apt to discuss how I can help.
I am also an experienced bereavement counsellor.
Are you you feeling anxious a lot of the time? Or waking up most mornings feeling low, thinking 'what's the point'? It's as if no one really understands what you are going through. I have 'been there, done that, bought the T-shirt' myself, before becoming a counsellor, so know from personal experience that getting the right professional support can make all the difference. I am a warm, caring and experienced CBT Therapist/Counsellor who helps people overcome anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, etc, I work with you find a way forward to deal with whatever is troubling you. Contact me for free 20 min apt to discuss how I can help.
01704 335752 View 01704 335752
Photo of Lorna Rose Marchant, Psychotherapist in Liverpool, England
Lorna Rose Marchant
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Liverpool L17  (Online Only)
Hello, in these challenging times you may be feeling alone and isolated, anxious or depressed. Working online i offer you an accessible, safe and confidential space to talk things through. Those who seek counselling do so for a variety of reasons and in my time in practice I have worked with people in distress because of bereavement, trauma, disordered eating and relationship difficulties. Some clients are anxious and/or depressed. All seek help to live a more fulfilled life and I work alongside clients to ease their distress
Hello, in these challenging times you may be feeling alone and isolated, anxious or depressed. Working online i offer you an accessible, safe and confidential space to talk things through. Those who seek counselling do so for a variety of reasons and in my time in practice I have worked with people in distress because of bereavement, trauma, disordered eating and relationship difficulties. Some clients are anxious and/or depressed. All seek help to live a more fulfilled life and I work alongside clients to ease their distress
01234 866258 View 01234 866258
Photo of Helen Beesley, Psychologist in Liverpool, England
Helen Beesley
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Liverpool L3
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and I provide psychological therapy for adults with emotional difficulties such as depression, anxiety, work stress, bereavement issues, low self-esteem, and those whose problems relate to a history of difficult experiences in childhood or traumatic experiences at any stage in life. An area of specialism is Clinical Health Psychology, helping people whose psychological difficulties relate to dealing with physical illness or injury. We all experience low mood and anxiety at times in our lives. Sometimes this can feel difficult to manage and psychological therapy can help.
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and I provide psychological therapy for adults with emotional difficulties such as depression, anxiety, work stress, bereavement issues, low self-esteem, and those whose problems relate to a history of difficult experiences in childhood or traumatic experiences at any stage in life. An area of specialism is Clinical Health Psychology, helping people whose psychological difficulties relate to dealing with physical illness or injury. We all experience low mood and anxiety at times in our lives. Sometimes this can feel difficult to manage and psychological therapy can help.
0151 541 5346 View 0151 541 5346
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Elizabeth Edge
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Liverpool L17  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Do you struggle with low self-esteem or confidence? Are there times in your life when you feel anxious and you’re not quite sure why? To some, living a life where you feel confident and secure in who you are sounds pretty simple, but it doesn’t always work like that unfortunately. Our up-bringing, traumatic experiences and other adversities faced in life can massively impact how you feel about yourself. There are many reasons people come to counselling – you might feel like anxiety is taking over, lack of self-confidence, or struggling with a life-changing circumstance such as relationship difficulties or a bereavement.
Do you struggle with low self-esteem or confidence? Are there times in your life when you feel anxious and you’re not quite sure why? To some, living a life where you feel confident and secure in who you are sounds pretty simple, but it doesn’t always work like that unfortunately. Our up-bringing, traumatic experiences and other adversities faced in life can massively impact how you feel about yourself. There are many reasons people come to counselling – you might feel like anxiety is taking over, lack of self-confidence, or struggling with a life-changing circumstance such as relationship difficulties or a bereavement.
01923 961381 View 01923 961381
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Tracey Graham
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Liverpool L31
I am passionate about helping those who seek support for a range of distressing issues such as anxiety, trauma, stress, childhood issues, bereavement or relationship issues.
My name is Tracey Graham and I am a qualified and BACP registered Integrated Therapist. I offer Person Centred Counselling, CBT and Psychodynamics which all bring a wide range of key skills - therefore I am able to tailor therapy to suit your own individual needs. I am caring, friendly with a calming nature and I value the relationship that we will build together as this is the foundation that will encourage a deeper understanding of your needs. From this safe space you can start to deeply explore and learn who you are as you undergo your personal journey of healing and transformation.
I am passionate about helping those who seek support for a range of distressing issues such as anxiety, trauma, stress, childhood issues, bereavement or relationship issues.
My name is Tracey Graham and I am a qualified and BACP registered Integrated Therapist. I offer Person Centred Counselling, CBT and Psychodynamics which all bring a wide range of key skills - therefore I am able to tailor therapy to suit your own individual needs. I am caring, friendly with a calming nature and I value the relationship that we will build together as this is the foundation that will encourage a deeper understanding of your needs. From this safe space you can start to deeply explore and learn who you are as you undergo your personal journey of healing and transformation.
0151 453 3719 View 0151 453 3719
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David Halton
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Liverpool L17
If you have found yourself here today, you may be struggling with feelings of low worth. You may be experiencing grief, anxiety, depression, disordered eating, self-harm or have questions about your past or present. Looking up at the mountain ahead of you can feel overwhelming. Reaching out for help is a great first step in making a change. I can help you to work through the beliefs you hold about yourself. I can help you to see how your beliefs – often established during childhood, and your past experiences can have a huge impact on how you feel about yourself, your relationships and your life today.
If you have found yourself here today, you may be struggling with feelings of low worth. You may be experiencing grief, anxiety, depression, disordered eating, self-harm or have questions about your past or present. Looking up at the mountain ahead of you can feel overwhelming. Reaching out for help is a great first step in making a change. I can help you to work through the beliefs you hold about yourself. I can help you to see how your beliefs – often established during childhood, and your past experiences can have a huge impact on how you feel about yourself, your relationships and your life today.
01923 961480 View 01923 961480
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James Ward Counselling
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Liverpool L7
I work with all presenting issues such as OCD all forms, depression, anxiety all forms such as health anxiety, gad , etc , relationship issues , loss and grief, addictions, anger issues/management, etc .
Hello,my name is James Ward and I offer immediate and accessible face to face counselling and phone and zoom sessions due to my level of flexibility for appointment times each week. I am an integrative Counsellor based in the city centre area of Liverpool behind the pen factory and the Everyman Theatre on Hope Street Integrating both person centered counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy ( CBT ) I Offer Monday to Friday 9am-7pm
I work with all presenting issues such as OCD all forms, depression, anxiety all forms such as health anxiety, gad , etc , relationship issues , loss and grief, addictions, anger issues/management, etc .
Hello,my name is James Ward and I offer immediate and accessible face to face counselling and phone and zoom sessions due to my level of flexibility for appointment times each week. I am an integrative Counsellor based in the city centre area of Liverpool behind the pen factory and the Everyman Theatre on Hope Street Integrating both person centered counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy ( CBT ) I Offer Monday to Friday 9am-7pm
0151 541 3741 View 0151 541 3741
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Nicola Gwilym
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Liverpool L26
I have many years of experience working with children & young people as well as adults. I can support children to reduce their anxiety, build self esteem & resilience as well as supporting them with change & loss. I can build trust quickly. I use creative & play therapy to support children & young people. As an adult, you might be struggling with self worth, depression and/or anxiety which might be stopping you living the life you want. I will work with you to try and change this. I will support you through loss, whether it be from bereavement, separation/divorce or changes in your job/career situation, friendship or family.
I have many years of experience working with children & young people as well as adults. I can support children to reduce their anxiety, build self esteem & resilience as well as supporting them with change & loss. I can build trust quickly. I use creative & play therapy to support children & young people. As an adult, you might be struggling with self worth, depression and/or anxiety which might be stopping you living the life you want. I will work with you to try and change this. I will support you through loss, whether it be from bereavement, separation/divorce or changes in your job/career situation, friendship or family.
01928 244560 View 01928 244560
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Kerry Traynier
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Liverpool L2
I am a Person-Centred Experiential (PCE) Therapist with a degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy and a MSc in Psychology. I have worked alongside clients in different settings including private practice, volunteering and the NHS. This has enabled me to build and enhance my skills and experience in working with different emotional distresses such as stress, anxiety, depression and bereavement. The non-directive talking therapy I am trained within is focused upon creating a meaningful therapeutic relationship in which an individual can feel secure and able to process emotions and experiences and to build self-awareness and self-growth.
I am a Person-Centred Experiential (PCE) Therapist with a degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy and a MSc in Psychology. I have worked alongside clients in different settings including private practice, volunteering and the NHS. This has enabled me to build and enhance my skills and experience in working with different emotional distresses such as stress, anxiety, depression and bereavement. The non-directive talking therapy I am trained within is focused upon creating a meaningful therapeutic relationship in which an individual can feel secure and able to process emotions and experiences and to build self-awareness and self-growth.
01767 667244 View 01767 667244
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Lorena Rivero De Beer
Psychotherapist, PhD, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Liverpool L1
You might be seeking support for many reasons, such as anxiety, addictions, loss of direction, self harm, identity issues, relationship difficulties or trauma. I will create the conditions to help you feel deeply listened to and explore what ever brought you into therapy. These basic conditions will often make you feel accepted, more confident in your judgements and less afraid of expressing your thoughts and emotions. From that place you can start to deeply explore and learn about who you are and undergo your personal journey of healing and transformation
You might be seeking support for many reasons, such as anxiety, addictions, loss of direction, self harm, identity issues, relationship difficulties or trauma. I will create the conditions to help you feel deeply listened to and explore what ever brought you into therapy. These basic conditions will often make you feel accepted, more confident in your judgements and less afraid of expressing your thoughts and emotions. From that place you can start to deeply explore and learn about who you are and undergo your personal journey of healing and transformation
01767 667239 View 01767 667239
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Sharon Beirne
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Liverpool L15
I offer brief & longer-term therapy to individuals & couples in a safe & comfortable space. My therapeutic orientation & training is in Gestalt psychotherapy, where attention is given to mind, body, thoughts, feelings, what is in awareness, what is clouded from awareness & to interrelational functioning patterns. I have over 20 years experience of working in private practice, with people who struggle with low self-esteem; confidence issues; anxiety; depression; stress; relationship difficulties; loss; issues relating to sexuality, sexual orientation & gender diversity; effects of racism & white privilege; & various types of trauma.
I offer brief & longer-term therapy to individuals & couples in a safe & comfortable space. My therapeutic orientation & training is in Gestalt psychotherapy, where attention is given to mind, body, thoughts, feelings, what is in awareness, what is clouded from awareness & to interrelational functioning patterns. I have over 20 years experience of working in private practice, with people who struggle with low self-esteem; confidence issues; anxiety; depression; stress; relationship difficulties; loss; issues relating to sexuality, sexual orientation & gender diversity; effects of racism & white privilege; & various types of trauma.
0161 524 7436 View 0161 524 7436
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Lesley Rimmer - RR Counselling & Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Liverpool L9  (Online Only)
We all experience difficult times in our lives, suffering anxiety, depression, stress, anger, relationship issues, grief, bereavement, physical illness, emotional/physical abuse, low mood, and low motivation, to name just a few of the reasons people come to therapy. At times we will feel like we don’t want to ‘burden’ people with how we feel so we try to push through and carry on, we try to pretend all is ok, we try and cope by putting on a smile and a brave face, often we simply find we are unable to move forward and feel stuck.
We all experience difficult times in our lives, suffering anxiety, depression, stress, anger, relationship issues, grief, bereavement, physical illness, emotional/physical abuse, low mood, and low motivation, to name just a few of the reasons people come to therapy. At times we will feel like we don’t want to ‘burden’ people with how we feel so we try to push through and carry on, we try to pretend all is ok, we try and cope by putting on a smile and a brave face, often we simply find we are unable to move forward and feel stuck.
01229 260428 View 01229 260428
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Irene Marshall
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Liverpool L15
I have helped people with a variety of problems: feelings of depression, anxiety, low self esteem, self harm, bereavement, relationship issues and workplace problems.
Therapy offers a safe and confidential place where you can talk to a professional about the difficult events in your life, your relationships and emotions or about thoughts and behaviours you want to change. I adopt a client centred approach offering a non judgemental and empathic place believing in my clients potential for self growth. I am an integrative counsellor offering a variety of methods including Psychodynamic, person centred and CBT to meet the needs of the individual.
I have helped people with a variety of problems: feelings of depression, anxiety, low self esteem, self harm, bereavement, relationship issues and workplace problems.
Therapy offers a safe and confidential place where you can talk to a professional about the difficult events in your life, your relationships and emotions or about thoughts and behaviours you want to change. I adopt a client centred approach offering a non judgemental and empathic place believing in my clients potential for self growth. I am an integrative counsellor offering a variety of methods including Psychodynamic, person centred and CBT to meet the needs of the individual.
0161 543 1140 View 0161 543 1140

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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.