Bereavement Counselling in Southampton

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Mark Bourne
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO30
I can help with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, bereavement, managing anger and relationships. I provide a warm, safe and supportive environment which helps you to find the answers you are looking for. I listen to what you say to find out how things are from your perspective. I will always be confidential, respectful and work in your best interests. I counsel face to face, online and by telephone, to fit in with your lifestyle.
I can help with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, bereavement, managing anger and relationships. I provide a warm, safe and supportive environment which helps you to find the answers you are looking for. I listen to what you say to find out how things are from your perspective. I will always be confidential, respectful and work in your best interests. I counsel face to face, online and by telephone, to fit in with your lifestyle.
01489 357132 View 01489 357132
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Phoebe Clausen-Sternwald
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO16
I am a trauma-informed grief and cancer counsellor. Grief is the change we didn’t want, the loss of a planned future. We grieve not only for the death of a loved one but also for the loss of a good health ( cancer, life changing illnesses & injuries), a relationship or an established career. Whatever you are struggling with, I will walk hand in hand with you and be your witness. We will address and validate your struggles, learn the techniques of self emotional regulation, processing your current as well as your old wounds, so you can start living a life fully at your own pace. Contact me to arrange a free 20 minutes consultation.
I am a trauma-informed grief and cancer counsellor. Grief is the change we didn’t want, the loss of a planned future. We grieve not only for the death of a loved one but also for the loss of a good health ( cancer, life changing illnesses & injuries), a relationship or an established career. Whatever you are struggling with, I will walk hand in hand with you and be your witness. We will address and validate your struggles, learn the techniques of self emotional regulation, processing your current as well as your old wounds, so you can start living a life fully at your own pace. Contact me to arrange a free 20 minutes consultation.
01480 277359 View 01480 277359
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Hestia Counselling Ltd
Counsellor, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Southampton SO14
In the current times now more than ever anxiety, stress, grief and bereavement, future & work environments can get you down.
Working together using an integrative approach my focus will be to assist you in a flexible approach to counselling using many approaches to develop a rapport and good working relationship beneficial to your needs ​ Taking the first step to achieve your goals is a difficult one and I look forward to meeting you and together making those changes that you desire. As an integrative counsellor my aim is to build a trusting and non-judgmental relationship that helps you develop self-awareness. When you understand the causes of your concerns or triggers for your behaviour, you can confidently set goals and develop new behaviours.
In the current times now more than ever anxiety, stress, grief and bereavement, future & work environments can get you down.
Working together using an integrative approach my focus will be to assist you in a flexible approach to counselling using many approaches to develop a rapport and good working relationship beneficial to your needs ​ Taking the first step to achieve your goals is a difficult one and I look forward to meeting you and together making those changes that you desire. As an integrative counsellor my aim is to build a trusting and non-judgmental relationship that helps you develop self-awareness. When you understand the causes of your concerns or triggers for your behaviour, you can confidently set goals and develop new behaviours.
01329 756698 View 01329 756698
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Jigsaw Counselling & Coaching
Psychotherapist, PsychD, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO17
Does life sometimes feel like a jigsaw puzzle with pieces not slotting together? I am a great believer that we need to invest in ourselves. When life becomes difficult and those pieces are just not fitting, therapy gives you the opportunity to focus on yourself, make you the priority in an otherwise busy life. I have been through such times and it encouraged me to train as a counsellor then a psychotherapist to help clients with general mental health issues and other life difficulties, such as grief and other losses, addiction, sexuality, relationships, domestic abuse and anger issues.
Does life sometimes feel like a jigsaw puzzle with pieces not slotting together? I am a great believer that we need to invest in ourselves. When life becomes difficult and those pieces are just not fitting, therapy gives you the opportunity to focus on yourself, make you the priority in an otherwise busy life. I have been through such times and it encouraged me to train as a counsellor then a psychotherapist to help clients with general mental health issues and other life difficulties, such as grief and other losses, addiction, sexuality, relationships, domestic abuse and anger issues.
023 8235 6142 View 023 8235 6142
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Tracey Burgess
Psychotherapist, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Southampton SO14
My personal experience has been of depression, anxiety, bereavement and relationship issues as well as a variety of other life challenges.
Hello! My name is Tracey and I’m a Person-Centred Counselling Psychotherapist, professionally trained to Degree level and am an Accredited Member of the National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS). I’m mainly based in Newport on the Isle of Wight and can also have availability in Wootton, IW. I am aware of everyone being an individual person and because in therapy there is no ‘one size fits all’ my work is tailored to each person, walking with them as they find their own way towards a fulfilling and happier life. I offer a space that is safe, non-judgmental and confidential for you to work at your own pace.
My personal experience has been of depression, anxiety, bereavement and relationship issues as well as a variety of other life challenges.
Hello! My name is Tracey and I’m a Person-Centred Counselling Psychotherapist, professionally trained to Degree level and am an Accredited Member of the National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS). I’m mainly based in Newport on the Isle of Wight and can also have availability in Wootton, IW. I am aware of everyone being an individual person and because in therapy there is no ‘one size fits all’ my work is tailored to each person, walking with them as they find their own way towards a fulfilling and happier life. I offer a space that is safe, non-judgmental and confidential for you to work at your own pace.
01983 214482 View 01983 214482
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Fiona Atkins
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Southampton SO16
Maybe you have been experiencing anxiety or a recent bereavement?  Perhaps you need some support following a traumatic event or coping with a chronic illness.  It can be a daunting decision to start counselling, and I aim to help you by providing a safe, non judgmental space to explore your feelings. I have worked with families and young people in a variety of settings, and have experience of looked after and previously looked after children, and ADHD and Autism.  I have several years experience of working in the public sector, safeguarding families and supporting them through difficult times.
Maybe you have been experiencing anxiety or a recent bereavement?  Perhaps you need some support following a traumatic event or coping with a chronic illness.  It can be a daunting decision to start counselling, and I aim to help you by providing a safe, non judgmental space to explore your feelings. I have worked with families and young people in a variety of settings, and have experience of looked after and previously looked after children, and ADHD and Autism.  I have several years experience of working in the public sector, safeguarding families and supporting them through difficult times.
023 9431 1761 View 023 9431 1761
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Anchors of Change Counselling Service
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southampton SO14
I have worked for a organistion offering counselling in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, motivation, self-esteem, confidence, & diversity difficulties.
Hi, I am Maria and I am a Registered Psychotherapist (MBACP) and Person-Centred Counsellor with over 10 years experience of working within mental health. I work with adults from the age of 18 years old. I know that seeking counselling can be a daunting process, however, I offer a warm, supportive, and non-judgemental space where we can explore any issues that could be preventing you from living a more fulfilling life. My years of training and experience in becoming a counsellor have taught me that each client is unique with their own perspective and understanding of the problem and their recovery.
I have worked for a organistion offering counselling in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, motivation, self-esteem, confidence, & diversity difficulties.
Hi, I am Maria and I am a Registered Psychotherapist (MBACP) and Person-Centred Counsellor with over 10 years experience of working within mental health. I work with adults from the age of 18 years old. I know that seeking counselling can be a daunting process, however, I offer a warm, supportive, and non-judgemental space where we can explore any issues that could be preventing you from living a more fulfilling life. My years of training and experience in becoming a counsellor have taught me that each client is unique with their own perspective and understanding of the problem and their recovery.
023 9431 1738 View 023 9431 1738
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WholeSum Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO14  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am experienced in the field of bereavement, specifically surrounding cancer, diagnosis, and young people.
Hello, thank you for looking at my profile. My name is Nichola, and I am a qualified Gestalt Counsellor; I also have training to utilise the CBT and Humanistic approaches alongside my main modality. Currently, I am offering telephone and online sessions. This will be reviewed regularly. I have familiarity in working with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds, from the ages of 12+. I place individuality at the forefront of my sessions and value autonomy. With this, I also provide a safe, confidential environment that encompasses exploration.
I am experienced in the field of bereavement, specifically surrounding cancer, diagnosis, and young people.
Hello, thank you for looking at my profile. My name is Nichola, and I am a qualified Gestalt Counsellor; I also have training to utilise the CBT and Humanistic approaches alongside my main modality. Currently, I am offering telephone and online sessions. This will be reviewed regularly. I have familiarity in working with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds, from the ages of 12+. I place individuality at the forefront of my sessions and value autonomy. With this, I also provide a safe, confidential environment that encompasses exploration.
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About the Process Therapy (Andin Tagni)
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO14
I work with adults aged 18 and over, presenting with a range of common life obstacles and mental health challenges, from loss and grief to general anxiety, and trauma.
Hello and welcome. My name is Andin, and the name of my practice is About the Process Therapy. Are you struggling to process your emotions? Overwhelmed by life challenges? Or perhaps you just don’t know how to connect with your inner peace. It is okay to not be okay. Trust that the therapeutic process can help you navigate towards self-actualisation. I adopt a client-centred approach and as an integrative counsellor, I draw from a blend of therapeutic lenses, tailored to suit your needs. Our work together consists of me facilitating the environment for you to discover the solutions that reside within yourself.
I work with adults aged 18 and over, presenting with a range of common life obstacles and mental health challenges, from loss and grief to general anxiety, and trauma.
Hello and welcome. My name is Andin, and the name of my practice is About the Process Therapy. Are you struggling to process your emotions? Overwhelmed by life challenges? Or perhaps you just don’t know how to connect with your inner peace. It is okay to not be okay. Trust that the therapeutic process can help you navigate towards self-actualisation. I adopt a client-centred approach and as an integrative counsellor, I draw from a blend of therapeutic lenses, tailored to suit your needs. Our work together consists of me facilitating the environment for you to discover the solutions that reside within yourself.
01722 448104 View 01722 448104
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Mind Matters Online Therapy with Mia Muscat
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southampton SO14  (Online Only)
Hi there, Are you ready to make some changes in your life? Do you feel the time has come to address the overwhelming anxieties you are having to deal with? Is a lack of confidence negatively impacting you? Are you living with an eating disorder? Is your bereavement overwhelming? Are you fed up acting like the strong one? Do you need to get in touch with yourself ? Maybe you need a private space to unpack issues and focus on you and your growth. My name is Mia, I have been helping clients since 2005. Knowing that I've been able to support, help and facilitate change to my clients outcomes and outlooks is an amazing privilege.
Hi there, Are you ready to make some changes in your life? Do you feel the time has come to address the overwhelming anxieties you are having to deal with? Is a lack of confidence negatively impacting you? Are you living with an eating disorder? Is your bereavement overwhelming? Are you fed up acting like the strong one? Do you need to get in touch with yourself ? Maybe you need a private space to unpack issues and focus on you and your growth. My name is Mia, I have been helping clients since 2005. Knowing that I've been able to support, help and facilitate change to my clients outcomes and outlooks is an amazing privilege.
0114 697 0910 View 0114 697 0910
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Vicky Mould
Counsellor, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Southampton SO15  (Online Only)
As a bereavement counsellor and mental health therapist, I can offer support if you're struggling with loss and grief - including baby loss, the effects of domestic abuse, relationship issues, stress, anxiety, depression, postnatal depression or other mental health issues.
Welcome. I'm Vicky Mould, the founder and owner of Azalea Counselling. I offer individual online or phone counselling for adults and work comfortably on a long or short-term basis. Practising person-centred therapy, I will work to help you feel part of a genuinely safe and supportive relationship. Sessions are confidential, and I trust you'll bring what feels important to you. Whatever you choose to explore in session, you will be valued, accepted, heard and understood. Counselling with me can offer relief, insight, hope and increased confidence and trust in yourself. My goal is to help you make choices or changes you want to make.
As a bereavement counsellor and mental health therapist, I can offer support if you're struggling with loss and grief - including baby loss, the effects of domestic abuse, relationship issues, stress, anxiety, depression, postnatal depression or other mental health issues.
Welcome. I'm Vicky Mould, the founder and owner of Azalea Counselling. I offer individual online or phone counselling for adults and work comfortably on a long or short-term basis. Practising person-centred therapy, I will work to help you feel part of a genuinely safe and supportive relationship. Sessions are confidential, and I trust you'll bring what feels important to you. Whatever you choose to explore in session, you will be valued, accepted, heard and understood. Counselling with me can offer relief, insight, hope and increased confidence and trust in yourself. My goal is to help you make choices or changes you want to make.
023 9421 2982 View 023 9421 2982
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Peter Hutt
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO17
I can help you with a wide range of issues including Anxiety, Alcoholism/Drug problems or other Addictions, Bereavement, Trauma or Loss. You might be struggling with low self esteem or feelings of worthlessness, perhaps you just feel an underlying sense of doom. Whatever it is that’s troubling you, I can help you. I will use my broad range of experience, both professional & personal to help you move forward, with knowledge and understanding. Whatever difficulties you are experiencing, we can explore them and then see them more clearly, enabling you to see a way towards feeling better.
I can help you with a wide range of issues including Anxiety, Alcoholism/Drug problems or other Addictions, Bereavement, Trauma or Loss. You might be struggling with low self esteem or feelings of worthlessness, perhaps you just feel an underlying sense of doom. Whatever it is that’s troubling you, I can help you. I will use my broad range of experience, both professional & personal to help you move forward, with knowledge and understanding. Whatever difficulties you are experiencing, we can explore them and then see them more clearly, enabling you to see a way towards feeling better.
07541 553614 View 07541 553614
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Untapped Art Therapy
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified Verified
Southampton SO14
We are a team of Art Psychotherapists skilled in offering psychological support to clients who have experienced trauma, sexual abuse, bereavement and loss. We are able to support people of any age experiencing anxiety, depression, OCD, psychosis, agoraphobia, suicidal ideation and self-harm, as well as those experiencing difficulties related to autism, Aspergers and Down Syndrome. We have experience working with gender and sexual identity. We are a social enterprise dedicated to supporting people using art. www.untapped.org.uk
We are a team of Art Psychotherapists skilled in offering psychological support to clients who have experienced trauma, sexual abuse, bereavement and loss. We are able to support people of any age experiencing anxiety, depression, OCD, psychosis, agoraphobia, suicidal ideation and self-harm, as well as those experiencing difficulties related to autism, Aspergers and Down Syndrome. We have experience working with gender and sexual identity. We are a social enterprise dedicated to supporting people using art. www.untapped.org.uk
01865 950966 View 01865 950966
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Carole Claire Clifford
Counsellor, MBACP Snr. Accred
Verified Verified
Southampton SO16
I welcome working with anyone who is troubled by specific issues, family, work, loss, addiction relationship & sexual issues. There are times in most of our lives when we need some help to make sense of happening to us, to find directions to deal with a specific issues. Often stress, anxiety, loss of confidence, loss of any kind. Talking our issues through with an experienced therapist, confidentially, can help us to resolve the issues, deal with emotions/situations and help us see more clearly, understand feelings & find solutions
I welcome working with anyone who is troubled by specific issues, family, work, loss, addiction relationship & sexual issues. There are times in most of our lives when we need some help to make sense of happening to us, to find directions to deal with a specific issues. Often stress, anxiety, loss of confidence, loss of any kind. Talking our issues through with an experienced therapist, confidentially, can help us to resolve the issues, deal with emotions/situations and help us see more clearly, understand feelings & find solutions
023 8235 7288 View 023 8235 7288
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Gemma Evans Counselling
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO30
I work with adults of all ages, genders & sexualities to heal from anxiety, depression, bereavement, abuse & relationship difficulties.
Hello. I'm Gemma, a qualified and registered Counsellor. I offer one-to-one counselling to adults from my private practice in Hedge End, Southampton. If you're here, chances are you're looking for help...You may be struggling with a personal issue and feeling that something has to change. You might be feeling anxious and alone with your problem and wondering if anyone will understand. Maybe a recent loss or life change has left you feeling like you cannot cope. Or perhaps experiences from your past are affecting your ability to live your life fully today.
I work with adults of all ages, genders & sexualities to heal from anxiety, depression, bereavement, abuse & relationship difficulties.
Hello. I'm Gemma, a qualified and registered Counsellor. I offer one-to-one counselling to adults from my private practice in Hedge End, Southampton. If you're here, chances are you're looking for help...You may be struggling with a personal issue and feeling that something has to change. You might be feeling anxious and alone with your problem and wondering if anyone will understand. Maybe a recent loss or life change has left you feeling like you cannot cope. Or perhaps experiences from your past are affecting your ability to live your life fully today.
01489 665883 View 01489 665883
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Counselling and Life Coaching Services
Counsellor, MA, MBACP Snr. Accred
Verified Verified
Southampton SO32  (Online Only)
I am a qualified, registered senior accredited counsellor and life coach and my style of working is integrative which means that I am trained to use a range of counselling skills to support you. With over 18 years experience working as a psychotherapeutic counsellor both privately and for the NHS, I have developed a special interest in working with depression and anxiety, stress, relationship issues and difficulties, addiction, long term and life limiting illness, bereavement and loss. As well as counselling I also provide solution focused counselling, short term therapy and life coaching if needed. Please ask for further details.
I am a qualified, registered senior accredited counsellor and life coach and my style of working is integrative which means that I am trained to use a range of counselling skills to support you. With over 18 years experience working as a psychotherapeutic counsellor both privately and for the NHS, I have developed a special interest in working with depression and anxiety, stress, relationship issues and difficulties, addiction, long term and life limiting illness, bereavement and loss. As well as counselling I also provide solution focused counselling, short term therapy and life coaching if needed. Please ask for further details.
01489 667558 View 01489 667558
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Jan Gay
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Southampton SO31
Not accepting new clients
I can help with a wide range of issues including feeling anxious, depressed, finding it difficult to cope, relationship and family issues, bereavement, being worried or confused about your sexuality or gender, dealing with effects of sexual, mental or physical abuse, lack of confidence, low self esteem, panic attacks, managing anger or frustration, difficulties at school, work or college, OCD, the impact of trauma, coping with change, worries about drinking or drug use, self harm, resolving 'unfinished business’ and compulsive behaviours. I am a qualified supervisor, EMDR therapist and accredited by the BACP.
I can help with a wide range of issues including feeling anxious, depressed, finding it difficult to cope, relationship and family issues, bereavement, being worried or confused about your sexuality or gender, dealing with effects of sexual, mental or physical abuse, lack of confidence, low self esteem, panic attacks, managing anger or frustration, difficulties at school, work or college, OCD, the impact of trauma, coping with change, worries about drinking or drug use, self harm, resolving 'unfinished business’ and compulsive behaviours. I am a qualified supervisor, EMDR therapist and accredited by the BACP.
023 8214 6397 View 023 8214 6397
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Sara Beaumont
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO15
Are you at a point where you need time and space to process life’s challenges, away from the day to day difficulties and without feeling as though you are putting your problems onto those close to you? You may be feeling overwhelmed with anxiety, or weighed down with grief, struggling with your emotions and wondering how to get through it all. Or do you feel as though you’re not quite yourself but can’t put a finger on why? I will listen to you, hear you and help you gain clarity to begin moving forward from this point.
Are you at a point where you need time and space to process life’s challenges, away from the day to day difficulties and without feeling as though you are putting your problems onto those close to you? You may be feeling overwhelmed with anxiety, or weighed down with grief, struggling with your emotions and wondering how to get through it all. Or do you feel as though you’re not quite yourself but can’t put a finger on why? I will listen to you, hear you and help you gain clarity to begin moving forward from this point.
023 9431 1787 View 023 9431 1787
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Zoe Ross
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO30
I can provide general support or give you the opportunity to look at specific concerns such as loss or relationship issues.
Hello and welcome. Perhaps you are going through a difficult time at the moment. Each of us can go through times when we find it difficult to cope. We can feel stressed, and alone. Exploring your thoughts and feelings in a confidential space where you won’t feel judged can be a step towards clarity and change. You may feel anxious, depressed or suffer from low self-esteem. I believe each person can help themselves find the way forward towards achieving their full potential and leading happier lives. I can help you to understand yourself and to recognise changes that you can make to ease discomfort that you may be experiencing.
I can provide general support or give you the opportunity to look at specific concerns such as loss or relationship issues.
Hello and welcome. Perhaps you are going through a difficult time at the moment. Each of us can go through times when we find it difficult to cope. We can feel stressed, and alone. Exploring your thoughts and feelings in a confidential space where you won’t feel judged can be a step towards clarity and change. You may feel anxious, depressed or suffer from low self-esteem. I believe each person can help themselves find the way forward towards achieving their full potential and leading happier lives. I can help you to understand yourself and to recognise changes that you can make to ease discomfort that you may be experiencing.
01329 557309 View 01329 557309
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Get There Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO14
Thanks for visiting – making important changes in your life can feel daunting. I move at your pace and we focus on the parts that you want to change, accept the things you cannot and devise a plan for the things you can. I have experience with men's issues, anxiety, relationship issues, depression, stress, and grief. I have worked with young people who are at risk of sexual exploitation, domestic abuse and neglect. I produce and co-host a podcast resource called "It's Not You, It's Them" and am co-author of "Strength to Talk", which is dedicated to men's mental health.
Thanks for visiting – making important changes in your life can feel daunting. I move at your pace and we focus on the parts that you want to change, accept the things you cannot and devise a plan for the things you can. I have experience with men's issues, anxiety, relationship issues, depression, stress, and grief. I have worked with young people who are at risk of sexual exploitation, domestic abuse and neglect. I produce and co-host a podcast resource called "It's Not You, It's Them" and am co-author of "Strength to Talk", which is dedicated to men's mental health.
023 9431 1718 View 023 9431 1718
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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.