Bereavement Counselling in Weston-super-Mare

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Kimberley Humberstone
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Weston-super-Mare BS22  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Kimberley (she/her), an integrative person-centred counsellor. This means I draw on different therapeutic approaches to adapt sessions to the needs of my clients in a collaborative way. I believe the best therapy is personalised and tailored to the individual, and provided by someone who is compassionate, down to earth, welcoming, and real. I strive to create an environment where my clients feel seen and heard, and where they are valued as the individuals that they are. My practice aligns with my personal values of justice, autonomy, compassion, and authenticity. I specialise in bereavement, trauma, depression, and anxiety.
Hi, I'm Kimberley (she/her), an integrative person-centred counsellor. This means I draw on different therapeutic approaches to adapt sessions to the needs of my clients in a collaborative way. I believe the best therapy is personalised and tailored to the individual, and provided by someone who is compassionate, down to earth, welcoming, and real. I strive to create an environment where my clients feel seen and heard, and where they are valued as the individuals that they are. My practice aligns with my personal values of justice, autonomy, compassion, and authenticity. I specialise in bereavement, trauma, depression, and anxiety.
01747 441131 View 01747 441131
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Shaun Gray
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Weston-super-Mare BS24
I specialise in ANXIETY, LOW MOOD, RELATIONSHIPS, ANGER MANAGEMENT, COMMUNICATION ISSUES, STRESS, LOSS OF DIRECTION and BEREAVEMENT, and I work in other wider therapy areas, as most clients each have their own personal mixture of issues.
I offer therapy and supervision that starts with what you bring; making no assumptions, listening with empathy and working with you towards growth and change. The client-therapist relationship is vital, as we need to trust each other in order to work together effectively (getting the right therapist for you is more important than gaining a client for me). I offer weekly, fortnightly, monthly and ad hoc sessions. Please EMAIL/TEXT as I cannot answer the phone when with clients and I don’t want to miss your call. Jan 2023 - I currently have no evening, after 6pm, sessions available
I specialise in ANXIETY, LOW MOOD, RELATIONSHIPS, ANGER MANAGEMENT, COMMUNICATION ISSUES, STRESS, LOSS OF DIRECTION and BEREAVEMENT, and I work in other wider therapy areas, as most clients each have their own personal mixture of issues.
I offer therapy and supervision that starts with what you bring; making no assumptions, listening with empathy and working with you towards growth and change. The client-therapist relationship is vital, as we need to trust each other in order to work together effectively (getting the right therapist for you is more important than gaining a client for me). I offer weekly, fortnightly, monthly and ad hoc sessions. Please EMAIL/TEXT as I cannot answer the phone when with clients and I don’t want to miss your call. Jan 2023 - I currently have no evening, after 6pm, sessions available
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Mike Jackson
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Weston-super-Mare BS22
I specialise in different types of grief, loss & bereavement.
Sliding scale available £25-£65. I am Mike & I am a qualified counsellor & supervisor with many years of experience working with adults & young people in various settings. I am a person-centred counsellor using an integrative framework. My work is underpinned by different approaches including humanistic approaches, cognitive behavioural therapy, Mindfulness, solution-focused and creative ways of working. I have varied qualifications and experience including a Diploma Level 5, accredited by the National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society MNCPS (Acc.). I provide face-to-face in Puriton, online and telephone counselling See my website
I specialise in different types of grief, loss & bereavement.
Sliding scale available £25-£65. I am Mike & I am a qualified counsellor & supervisor with many years of experience working with adults & young people in various settings. I am a person-centred counsellor using an integrative framework. My work is underpinned by different approaches including humanistic approaches, cognitive behavioural therapy, Mindfulness, solution-focused and creative ways of working. I have varied qualifications and experience including a Diploma Level 5, accredited by the National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society MNCPS (Acc.). I provide face-to-face in Puriton, online and telephone counselling See my website
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Karen King-Harris
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Weston-super-Mare BS22
I have been working with clients for over 17 years with a wide range of issues including anxiety,  stress,  low self-esteem,  depression,  family dynamics,  anger issues,  grief and loss,  relationship issues,  self-harm,  addiction,  transitional changes and with the effects of domestic,  emotional,  physical,  verbal and sexual abuse.
Hello, I am a BACP accredited Individual, Couples and Young Persons Counsellor/Psychotherapist and also a Therapeutic Coach.  I work from my  private practice in Wedmore on the Somerset Levels,  near Cheddar,  Wells, Glastonbury and Weston super Mare. I offer a FREE introductory 15/20 minute appointment, so please get in touch via e mail or telephone to find out more about how I work, and to discuss your needs. This will hopefully help to assist you in deciding whether I am the right therapist for you. If distance or travelling is a problem,  I also offer sessions ONLINE, VIa ZOOM OR BY TELEPHONE.
I have been working with clients for over 17 years with a wide range of issues including anxiety,  stress,  low self-esteem,  depression,  family dynamics,  anger issues,  grief and loss,  relationship issues,  self-harm,  addiction,  transitional changes and with the effects of domestic,  emotional,  physical,  verbal and sexual abuse.
Hello, I am a BACP accredited Individual, Couples and Young Persons Counsellor/Psychotherapist and also a Therapeutic Coach.  I work from my  private practice in Wedmore on the Somerset Levels,  near Cheddar,  Wells, Glastonbury and Weston super Mare. I offer a FREE introductory 15/20 minute appointment, so please get in touch via e mail or telephone to find out more about how I work, and to discuss your needs. This will hopefully help to assist you in deciding whether I am the right therapist for you. If distance or travelling is a problem,  I also offer sessions ONLINE, VIa ZOOM OR BY TELEPHONE.
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Clare Atyeo
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Weston-super-Mare BS22
Not accepting new clients
I work with adults experiencing a variety of difficulties including anxiety, depression, OCD, isolation, bereavement, trauma/PTSD, identity/life goals and relationship issues, to name but a few. I have experience working and living with people who identify as neurodivergent for example those on the Autism Spectrum or with ADHD. I work online on a Wednesday, and face to face or online on a Thursday and Friday. My offices are accessible with lift facilities and free parking, within 5 minutes of Junction 21 of the M5.
I work with adults experiencing a variety of difficulties including anxiety, depression, OCD, isolation, bereavement, trauma/PTSD, identity/life goals and relationship issues, to name but a few. I have experience working and living with people who identify as neurodivergent for example those on the Autism Spectrum or with ADHD. I work online on a Wednesday, and face to face or online on a Thursday and Friday. My offices are accessible with lift facilities and free parking, within 5 minutes of Junction 21 of the M5.
01275 402816 View 01275 402816
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Sunnycove Counselling and Supervision Services
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Weston-super-Mare BS24
Hi my name is Paulette and I have been a therapist for over twenty years. I work with adults, children 5+ and young people. I have worked in various organisations, charities, secondary schools and colleges. If you or a loved one is struggling with low mood, depression, anxiety, OCD, grief, addiction, relationship problems, work based problems, family dysfunction, stress, anger, etc. I offer a confidential and safe space where you would be heard and not judged. Together we will work on the problems, identify what needs to done and ensure you have the right skills for the future. A healthy positive future is possible.
Hi my name is Paulette and I have been a therapist for over twenty years. I work with adults, children 5+ and young people. I have worked in various organisations, charities, secondary schools and colleges. If you or a loved one is struggling with low mood, depression, anxiety, OCD, grief, addiction, relationship problems, work based problems, family dysfunction, stress, anger, etc. I offer a confidential and safe space where you would be heard and not judged. Together we will work on the problems, identify what needs to done and ensure you have the right skills for the future. A healthy positive future is possible.
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George Fortune
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Weston-super-Mare BS22
Although I have experience with a wide range of issues that lead people to counselling, I have a particular interest in the following: Anxiety, Anger Management, Bereavement, Depression, Low confidence and self-worth, Relationship Problems (with friends, partner, colleagues etc.
Hello, my name is George and I have been providing my counselling services for over 9 years, offering face to face, telephone and Skype counselling. Alongside being a counsellor, I have also worked within the mental health sector providing mental health & well-being support to the North Somerset Community. My counselling office is in Worle, which is in easy travelling distance from Weston-Super-Mare, Clevedon, Portishead and many other areas of North Somerset.
Although I have experience with a wide range of issues that lead people to counselling, I have a particular interest in the following: Anxiety, Anger Management, Bereavement, Depression, Low confidence and self-worth, Relationship Problems (with friends, partner, colleagues etc.
Hello, my name is George and I have been providing my counselling services for over 9 years, offering face to face, telephone and Skype counselling. Alongside being a counsellor, I have also worked within the mental health sector providing mental health & well-being support to the North Somerset Community. My counselling office is in Worle, which is in easy travelling distance from Weston-Super-Mare, Clevedon, Portishead and many other areas of North Somerset.
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Lynette Brice (In Safe Hands Counselling)
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Weston-super-Mare BS22  (Online Only)
I specialise with the LGBT+ community, including their family and friends. I can offer a non-judgemental, gentle, accepting confidential space for you to share your issues and concerns, knowing you will not be rejected or discriminated against. I have lived experience of transgender identities, as my son is transgender. I have witnessed the high mental health conditions, suicidal ideation, including self-harm, and loss faced by LGBT+ individuals that I have counselled, along with the hurdles my son has encountered during his transition. I would like to walk with you along your pathway, and consider myself privileged to do so.
I specialise with the LGBT+ community, including their family and friends. I can offer a non-judgemental, gentle, accepting confidential space for you to share your issues and concerns, knowing you will not be rejected or discriminated against. I have lived experience of transgender identities, as my son is transgender. I have witnessed the high mental health conditions, suicidal ideation, including self-harm, and loss faced by LGBT+ individuals that I have counselled, along with the hurdles my son has encountered during his transition. I would like to walk with you along your pathway, and consider myself privileged to do so.
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Annalisa Barnes
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Weston-super-Mare BS22
Hi, I am Annalisa and welcome to my profile. I provide a welcome, safe and confidential environment in which you can express your emotions and thoughts without being judged. I work with a wide range of clients with issues regarding, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) suicidal ideation, self-harm, depression, addiction, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, abuse, anger management, bereavement, loss, relationships, trauma and many more.  I specialise in helping people identify and achieve their personal goals by coping with the issues that are causing them distress.
Hi, I am Annalisa and welcome to my profile. I provide a welcome, safe and confidential environment in which you can express your emotions and thoughts without being judged. I work with a wide range of clients with issues regarding, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) suicidal ideation, self-harm, depression, addiction, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, abuse, anger management, bereavement, loss, relationships, trauma and many more.  I specialise in helping people identify and achieve their personal goals by coping with the issues that are causing them distress.
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Kerry Berber
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Weston-super-Mare BS22
Not accepting new clients
I have experience working with a range of clients with issues such as high anxiety, depression, trauma, BPD, autism and ADHD. All of these conditions can lead to difficulties with day to day life, low self esteem, relationship problems, and a loss of a general sense of wellbeing in the world. I am fully aware of the overlap between these conditions, and that a client who has a diagnosis, doesn't necessarily fit neatly behind a label. I also know that not having a diagnosis can have a huge impact too. Whatever you are struggling with, together we can explore your individual needs and identify ways to improve your experience of life.
I have experience working with a range of clients with issues such as high anxiety, depression, trauma, BPD, autism and ADHD. All of these conditions can lead to difficulties with day to day life, low self esteem, relationship problems, and a loss of a general sense of wellbeing in the world. I am fully aware of the overlap between these conditions, and that a client who has a diagnosis, doesn't necessarily fit neatly behind a label. I also know that not having a diagnosis can have a huge impact too. Whatever you are struggling with, together we can explore your individual needs and identify ways to improve your experience of life.
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Dave Somerton
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Weston-super-Mare BS22
Waitlist for new clients
I can support you if you're experiencing challenges such as relational trauma, anxiety, depression, stress or bereavement, amongst others. Do you feel overwhelmed and unable to cope with life's day-to-day challenges? Or do you find relationships difficult? Maybe you are searching for a more meaningful life. I can help with these questions and more. I will facilitate the conditions for you to explore what matters to you, make positive changes and create a fulfilling life according to your values. I will be led by you in terms of the pace and topics we discuss and this can help you learn new ways to cope with day-to-day difficulties.
I can support you if you're experiencing challenges such as relational trauma, anxiety, depression, stress or bereavement, amongst others. Do you feel overwhelmed and unable to cope with life's day-to-day challenges? Or do you find relationships difficult? Maybe you are searching for a more meaningful life. I can help with these questions and more. I will facilitate the conditions for you to explore what matters to you, make positive changes and create a fulfilling life according to your values. I will be led by you in terms of the pace and topics we discuss and this can help you learn new ways to cope with day-to-day difficulties.
01747 448774 View 01747 448774
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Dr Roberta Principi
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Weston-super-Mare BS23
You might seek help for a variety of reasons, such as anxiety, low mood, bereavement, eating and body weight problems, relational issues, feeling stuck or overwhelmed by life change situations (the list is not exhaustive). Sometimes it could be difficult to identify a specific reason for seeking support. It might be a struggle to find a sense of meaning or a way through emotional pain. Whatever the reason you are looking for emotional support, I can offer my skills and experience in a safe a confidential non-judgemental space where you can feel free to express your thoughts, and feelings.
You might seek help for a variety of reasons, such as anxiety, low mood, bereavement, eating and body weight problems, relational issues, feeling stuck or overwhelmed by life change situations (the list is not exhaustive). Sometimes it could be difficult to identify a specific reason for seeking support. It might be a struggle to find a sense of meaning or a way through emotional pain. Whatever the reason you are looking for emotional support, I can offer my skills and experience in a safe a confidential non-judgemental space where you can feel free to express your thoughts, and feelings.
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Hayley Male
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Weston-super-Mare BS22
At times we all find it hard to cope and need a little help to get back on track. I believe that therapy can help anyone to transform their life. I believe in the human potential for change and improvement and the importance of personal growth. Perhaps you're feeling trapped or blocked by the past, confused knowing there must be more to life but feeling stuck in survival. Maybe you feel in the depths of despair with feelings of stress, depression and anxiety or recently grieving from a bereavement or loss. You know changes need to be made and seeking a safe supportive space to find a greater balance and meaning to life.
At times we all find it hard to cope and need a little help to get back on track. I believe that therapy can help anyone to transform their life. I believe in the human potential for change and improvement and the importance of personal growth. Perhaps you're feeling trapped or blocked by the past, confused knowing there must be more to life but feeling stuck in survival. Maybe you feel in the depths of despair with feelings of stress, depression and anxiety or recently grieving from a bereavement or loss. You know changes need to be made and seeking a safe supportive space to find a greater balance and meaning to life.
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Cath Davis
Counsellor, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Weston-super-Mare BS23
Change, and uncertainty are part of our lives. You may have reached a crossroads in your life and are not sure which path to take? Maybe you have an important decision to make and need some help exploring it. Perhaps you find yourself pushing people away in relationships, or feel stuck and have been putting things off? You may have a feeling of loss or have experienced loss and are unsure how to deal with it. Do you feel alone with your struggles, and in need of support and reassurance? Feeling unsure about reaching out to friends, family or colleagues is very common.
Change, and uncertainty are part of our lives. You may have reached a crossroads in your life and are not sure which path to take? Maybe you have an important decision to make and need some help exploring it. Perhaps you find yourself pushing people away in relationships, or feel stuck and have been putting things off? You may have a feeling of loss or have experienced loss and are unsure how to deal with it. Do you feel alone with your struggles, and in need of support and reassurance? Feeling unsure about reaching out to friends, family or colleagues is very common.
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Andrea Herbert
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Weston-super-Mare BS22
I work with people experiencing difficulties such as comple trauma/PTSD, anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, inner self critics, stress/burnout & depression; including Veterans. These symptoms can be associated with traumatic events in childhood/adulthood; sexual abuse, personal injury, loss & bereavement, abuse, bullying & domestic violence, active service. I aim to help people recover from the effects of these stressful events on personal functioning & relationships. I also help adjustment to life challenges including health conditions & life transitions; adolescence, parenting, relationship beginning/ending & divorce, & retirement.
I work with people experiencing difficulties such as comple trauma/PTSD, anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, inner self critics, stress/burnout & depression; including Veterans. These symptoms can be associated with traumatic events in childhood/adulthood; sexual abuse, personal injury, loss & bereavement, abuse, bullying & domestic violence, active service. I aim to help people recover from the effects of these stressful events on personal functioning & relationships. I also help adjustment to life challenges including health conditions & life transitions; adolescence, parenting, relationship beginning/ending & divorce, & retirement.
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Maple Studio Therapy
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Weston-super-Mare BS22
I have supported people with a range of difficulties including grief, PTSD, low mood/depression, social anxiety, low self-esteem, BDD, body-focused repetitive behaviours, OCD, and other anxiety related difficulties.
Hello, I'm Katinka and I offer Art Therapy/Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). I put my heart and soul into my work, and aspire to form a genuine human connection with each person that I see. I want to help you heal from past hurt, create more joy and meaning in your life, and get more energy for the things that matter to you. I adapt my approach and style of working according to your unique needs and preferences. I am experienced in working with adults, adolescents and children from all walks of life. I provide a welcoming and safe space for you to focus on your healing and wellbeing.
I have supported people with a range of difficulties including grief, PTSD, low mood/depression, social anxiety, low self-esteem, BDD, body-focused repetitive behaviours, OCD, and other anxiety related difficulties.
Hello, I'm Katinka and I offer Art Therapy/Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). I put my heart and soul into my work, and aspire to form a genuine human connection with each person that I see. I want to help you heal from past hurt, create more joy and meaning in your life, and get more energy for the things that matter to you. I adapt my approach and style of working according to your unique needs and preferences. I am experienced in working with adults, adolescents and children from all walks of life. I provide a welcoming and safe space for you to focus on your healing and wellbeing.
01275 402997 View 01275 402997
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New Lanes Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Weston-super-Mare BS22
Have you decided it’s time to change and you’re looking for someone to talk to who is going to listen without judgement? I have many years experience working successfully with clients who were struggling to unravel their thoughts and feelings. I offer a safe and confidential space to clarify and validate your thoughts and work towards achieving your goals. Attending therapy can enable you to better understand yourself and although starting therapy can be daunting for many, I recognise everyone’s individuality and offer compassion and empathy at all times.
Have you decided it’s time to change and you’re looking for someone to talk to who is going to listen without judgement? I have many years experience working successfully with clients who were struggling to unravel their thoughts and feelings. I offer a safe and confidential space to clarify and validate your thoughts and work towards achieving your goals. Attending therapy can enable you to better understand yourself and although starting therapy can be daunting for many, I recognise everyone’s individuality and offer compassion and empathy at all times.
01747 441379 View 01747 441379
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Aurelia Sleigh
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Weston-super-Mare BS23  (Online Only)
We are currently living in a really unprecedented, uncertain and confusing time. Anxiety can rise, health anxiety feels very real, we can feel confused and lonely wondering how can we reach out and feel less alone, along with feeling listened to and supported. At the moment, every day there are new messages from the media, social media, and even the Government, which can feel overwhelming. Being able to sit with the unknown, the uncertainty of what will and is happening can feel really challenging.
We are currently living in a really unprecedented, uncertain and confusing time. Anxiety can rise, health anxiety feels very real, we can feel confused and lonely wondering how can we reach out and feel less alone, along with feeling listened to and supported. At the moment, every day there are new messages from the media, social media, and even the Government, which can feel overwhelming. Being able to sit with the unknown, the uncertainty of what will and is happening can feel really challenging.
07411 113466 View 07411 113466
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Kirsty Robinson-Radford
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Weston-super-Mare BS24
Hello I’m Kirsty. I predominantly work as a Person-Centred Counsellor, allowing my clients time to explore what has bought them to counselling. I offer a safe, secure, confidential space where my clients can feel comfortable to unravel what is at the core of their feelings, which could be related to life experiences, or formed thoughts and patterns of behaviours. My hopes are for my clients to find more comfortable ways of thinking about their life, to encourage them to gain self-confidence, and self-belief.
Hello I’m Kirsty. I predominantly work as a Person-Centred Counsellor, allowing my clients time to explore what has bought them to counselling. I offer a safe, secure, confidential space where my clients can feel comfortable to unravel what is at the core of their feelings, which could be related to life experiences, or formed thoughts and patterns of behaviours. My hopes are for my clients to find more comfortable ways of thinking about their life, to encourage them to gain self-confidence, and self-belief.
01934 314499 View 01934 314499
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Taking Strides Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Weston-super-Mare BS23
My name is Maria and the aim of Taking Strides Counselling is to offer you a safe, warm and compassionate space where we can work together to explore your inner world. We can look at ways of coping with difficult thoughts, feelings and emotions and/or situations you may be struggling with. We will go at a pace which suits you and this can be short or long-term there is no time limit as to when you will feel ready to end counselling. By learning who you are we can move forward to where it is you want to be, whether this is accepting yourself or coping with particular emotions or situations.
My name is Maria and the aim of Taking Strides Counselling is to offer you a safe, warm and compassionate space where we can work together to explore your inner world. We can look at ways of coping with difficult thoughts, feelings and emotions and/or situations you may be struggling with. We will go at a pace which suits you and this can be short or long-term there is no time limit as to when you will feel ready to end counselling. By learning who you are we can move forward to where it is you want to be, whether this is accepting yourself or coping with particular emotions or situations.
01275 402823 View 01275 402823
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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.