Bereavement Counselling in Edinburgh

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Jude Thomson
Counsellor, MA, MCOSCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH4
I am particularly interested in loss - not only of loved ones but also other losses such as relationships, employment, identity, health, hope; losses which may not have been acknowledged or grieved for.
You may know exactly what you want from counselling or it may just be a feeling that something isn't right. It might be issues arising from the past or events that are affecting you right now - whatever it is, I believe talking about it can make a real difference. Counselling can feel quite daunting at times and I will be there to listen with warmth and empathy; to be alongside you when there are tough times and to laugh with you when life feels a little lighter. Working together, we can explore what's bothering you and perhaps look at other ways of coping with life so you can move forward with confidence and optimism.
I am particularly interested in loss - not only of loved ones but also other losses such as relationships, employment, identity, health, hope; losses which may not have been acknowledged or grieved for.
You may know exactly what you want from counselling or it may just be a feeling that something isn't right. It might be issues arising from the past or events that are affecting you right now - whatever it is, I believe talking about it can make a real difference. Counselling can feel quite daunting at times and I will be there to listen with warmth and empathy; to be alongside you when there are tough times and to laugh with you when life feels a little lighter. Working together, we can explore what's bothering you and perhaps look at other ways of coping with life so you can move forward with confidence and optimism.
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Jane Edwards
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH12
Waitlist for new clients
Are you struggling with anxiety or depression? Unhappy, experiencing relationship problems, feeling alone or held back by trauma or bereavement? Are you seeking counselling for a child or young person? Therapy can be short term, 4-6 sessions and we can work together in a highly focused way, including exploring strategies if you wish to. For some, longer term therapy is preferred. In this we can explore issues in greater depth and you can be supported to make lasting changes in your life. For children, therapy happens in the midst of play and craft activities.
Are you struggling with anxiety or depression? Unhappy, experiencing relationship problems, feeling alone or held back by trauma or bereavement? Are you seeking counselling for a child or young person? Therapy can be short term, 4-6 sessions and we can work together in a highly focused way, including exploring strategies if you wish to. For some, longer term therapy is preferred. In this we can explore issues in greater depth and you can be supported to make lasting changes in your life. For children, therapy happens in the midst of play and craft activities.
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Photo of Liselle Van Zyl, Psychotherapist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Liselle Van Zyl
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH3
I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist with over 22 years experience in the mental health field. I trained in gestalt psychotherapy at Metanoia Institute in London. My practice is also informed by transpersonal, eco-psychology, and am trained in Brainspotting for trauma and addictions. I work with individuals on a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, bereavement, adoption, and self-development. I particularly enjoy facilitating clients through deep personal transformations. Your therapy with me will be tailored specifically to your needs, and where you are at this moment in time.
I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist with over 22 years experience in the mental health field. I trained in gestalt psychotherapy at Metanoia Institute in London. My practice is also informed by transpersonal, eco-psychology, and am trained in Brainspotting for trauma and addictions. I work with individuals on a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, bereavement, adoption, and self-development. I particularly enjoy facilitating clients through deep personal transformations. Your therapy with me will be tailored specifically to your needs, and where you are at this moment in time.
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Claire Murdoch
Counsellor, MCOSCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH14
Working in settings such as schools, NHS, hospice settings and a carers organisation my specialities include (but are not limited to) bereavement/grief counselling, autism, dementia and counselling teenagers in High School.
Seeking counselling can feel like a big step. Perhaps a confusing one. Let me tell you a little about myself so that you can decide if I am the right counsellor for you. I have a COSCA accredited Diploma in Person Centred counselling meaning that I offer a safe, non-judgemental space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings. I have a creative, eclectic approach and can bring other models into the counselling room where appropriate such as CBT, small world, gestalt and even music. At the moment I offer on-line and telephone counselling, however, post pandemic would also offer outdoor walking therapy.
Working in settings such as schools, NHS, hospice settings and a carers organisation my specialities include (but are not limited to) bereavement/grief counselling, autism, dementia and counselling teenagers in High School.
Seeking counselling can feel like a big step. Perhaps a confusing one. Let me tell you a little about myself so that you can decide if I am the right counsellor for you. I have a COSCA accredited Diploma in Person Centred counselling meaning that I offer a safe, non-judgemental space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings. I have a creative, eclectic approach and can bring other models into the counselling room where appropriate such as CBT, small world, gestalt and even music. At the moment I offer on-line and telephone counselling, however, post pandemic would also offer outdoor walking therapy.
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Mindship CBT Therapy - Malwina Matysek
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH11  (Online Only)
I have an extensive expertise working with anxiety disorders, depression, OCD, personality disorders, low self-esteem, bereavement, trauma, ADHD, thanatophobia, stress, and relationship issues.
As a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, I am dedicated to providing individuals with a safe and confidential space to explore and address a wide range of emotional, psychological, and behavioural challenges. With extensive training and a deep commitment to helping others, I offer guidance, support, and evidence-based interventions to promote mental and emotional well-being. I work collaboratively with clients to assess their unique concerns, develop treatment plans to identify and modify thought patterns or behaviours that contribute to distress. I introduce clients to essential CBT tools and practical interventions.
I have an extensive expertise working with anxiety disorders, depression, OCD, personality disorders, low self-esteem, bereavement, trauma, ADHD, thanatophobia, stress, and relationship issues.
As a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, I am dedicated to providing individuals with a safe and confidential space to explore and address a wide range of emotional, psychological, and behavioural challenges. With extensive training and a deep commitment to helping others, I offer guidance, support, and evidence-based interventions to promote mental and emotional well-being. I work collaboratively with clients to assess their unique concerns, develop treatment plans to identify and modify thought patterns or behaviours that contribute to distress. I introduce clients to essential CBT tools and practical interventions.
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Dr Sarah Quinley
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH10  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I work with a wide range of issues, including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, relationship issues, low self-esteem and self-worth, loss and grief, addiction, neurodiversity, identity issues, trauma spectrum, and work/academic stress.
As a qualified therapist and a Doctor of Counselling and Psychotherapy, I maintain a full private practice working online with adults and couples. I'll work with you collaboratively to develop the tools, clarity, & understanding you need to grow and heal while honouring the humanness in what you’re going through and the unique way that you experience life. Together, we could uncover the beliefs and patterns that are hurting or holding you back and pattern new, healthier ways of being with yourself and with others.
I work with a wide range of issues, including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, relationship issues, low self-esteem and self-worth, loss and grief, addiction, neurodiversity, identity issues, trauma spectrum, and work/academic stress.
As a qualified therapist and a Doctor of Counselling and Psychotherapy, I maintain a full private practice working online with adults and couples. I'll work with you collaboratively to develop the tools, clarity, & understanding you need to grow and heal while honouring the humanness in what you’re going through and the unique way that you experience life. Together, we could uncover the beliefs and patterns that are hurting or holding you back and pattern new, healthier ways of being with yourself and with others.
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Iyetomi Adenekan
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH6
I am also trained in loss and bereavement counselling and was a volunteer counsellor with Cruse Bereavement Scotland.
Hello and welcome. You’re probably considering making some changes in your life, or you are looking for help to address some difficulties that may be hindering your personal growth. It may be that you are not yet sure what you are looking for. My aim is to support you with compassion and empathy, and help you explore and better understand whatever is going on for you. I will stay alongside you and help you to challenge yourself as you come to terms with past decisions and make some new ones.
I am also trained in loss and bereavement counselling and was a volunteer counsellor with Cruse Bereavement Scotland.
Hello and welcome. You’re probably considering making some changes in your life, or you are looking for help to address some difficulties that may be hindering your personal growth. It may be that you are not yet sure what you are looking for. My aim is to support you with compassion and empathy, and help you explore and better understand whatever is going on for you. I will stay alongside you and help you to challenge yourself as you come to terms with past decisions and make some new ones.
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Soul Safe Therapy
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH3  (Online Only)
I have over ten years experience in Cancer Support for people of all ages, but I also help clients with many other issues such as bereavement, trauma, anxiety, low self esteem and depression.
My name is Margi and I am a Person Centred Counsellor based in central Edinburgh. I provide a safe, non-judgemental private space for you to feel comfortable to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Through respect and trust, together we can explore your life situation and establish your desired goals towards a brighter future. I understand that committing to therapy takes courage. By seeking counselling you have already taken the first step towards change. My role is to help guide you and support you through those times that you may struggle to see the way ahead. My style is relaxed, warm and gentle.
I have over ten years experience in Cancer Support for people of all ages, but I also help clients with many other issues such as bereavement, trauma, anxiety, low self esteem and depression.
My name is Margi and I am a Person Centred Counsellor based in central Edinburgh. I provide a safe, non-judgemental private space for you to feel comfortable to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Through respect and trust, together we can explore your life situation and establish your desired goals towards a brighter future. I understand that committing to therapy takes courage. By seeking counselling you have already taken the first step towards change. My role is to help guide you and support you through those times that you may struggle to see the way ahead. My style is relaxed, warm and gentle.
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Photo of Laura L Mackintosh, Counsellor in Edinburgh, Scotland
Laura L Mackintosh
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, BACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH10
I have a special interest in issues such as bereavement, loneliness, anxiety, low self-esteem and depression.
Being human can be complicated, there are times we all struggle to make sense of how we’re living. Sometimes nothing seems to bring us any sense of joy, meaning or simply contentment anymore. Talking to a counsellor might seem intimidating or downright terrifying but it’s honestly true that talking can make a huge difference and help make those negative or even desperate times easier to manage. I will provide you with a safe, non-judgemental space in which you can share any problems or troubling thoughts you might have. Together we will work through these in order that you can find resolution and happiness in your life.
I have a special interest in issues such as bereavement, loneliness, anxiety, low self-esteem and depression.
Being human can be complicated, there are times we all struggle to make sense of how we’re living. Sometimes nothing seems to bring us any sense of joy, meaning or simply contentment anymore. Talking to a counsellor might seem intimidating or downright terrifying but it’s honestly true that talking can make a huge difference and help make those negative or even desperate times easier to manage. I will provide you with a safe, non-judgemental space in which you can share any problems or troubling thoughts you might have. Together we will work through these in order that you can find resolution and happiness in your life.
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Photo of Maggi Scott, Counsellor in Edinburgh, Scotland
Maggi Scott
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH12
From my own life experience & personal development trainings and counselling career, I have a deep compassion and understanding that underpins my work as a therapist supporting people experiencing emotional suffering and difficult circumstances.I have supported clients with many different issues and situations and can offer a wide range of helpful things such as teaching breathwork and visualisations for practising outside sessions. i have extensive experience working with clients experiencing struggles with bereavement, chronic illness, depression, anxiety and trauma.
From my own life experience & personal development trainings and counselling career, I have a deep compassion and understanding that underpins my work as a therapist supporting people experiencing emotional suffering and difficult circumstances.I have supported clients with many different issues and situations and can offer a wide range of helpful things such as teaching breathwork and visualisations for practising outside sessions. i have extensive experience working with clients experiencing struggles with bereavement, chronic illness, depression, anxiety and trauma.
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Photo of Isabel Crozier, Psychotherapist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Isabel Crozier
Psychotherapist, BACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH6
I have worked with a range of clients, experiencing issues ranging from anxiety, depression, trauma, work and relationship problems, eating disorders, bereavement and life transitions.
I have always been profoundly curious about others and aim to foster that curiosity in my clients. I am interested in the ways that our families, culture and environment shape us and in the ways in which people create meaning in their lives. I have found again and again that psychotherapy can help people understand themselves more deeply and bring about changes which lead to more fulfilled and interesting ways of living, as well as to an improved understanding of themselves in relationship with others. I am able to work on both a short and long term basis, with a preference for longer term work.
I have worked with a range of clients, experiencing issues ranging from anxiety, depression, trauma, work and relationship problems, eating disorders, bereavement and life transitions.
I have always been profoundly curious about others and aim to foster that curiosity in my clients. I am interested in the ways that our families, culture and environment shape us and in the ways in which people create meaning in their lives. I have found again and again that psychotherapy can help people understand themselves more deeply and bring about changes which lead to more fulfilled and interesting ways of living, as well as to an improved understanding of themselves in relationship with others. I am able to work on both a short and long term basis, with a preference for longer term work.
0131 510 4056 View 0131 510 4056
Photo of Saskia Burnett, Counsellor in Edinburgh, Scotland
Saskia Burnett
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH16
My work has covered a diverse set of peoples issues, ranging from trauma, bereavement and addiction, to relationship issues or any other aspects of life which may have become a burden.
As a therapist, I firmly believe that each of us holds the answers to our own issues within. My role here is to help you recognise these and support you in working through them. I will aim to create a trusting counselling relationship throughout our sessions, where you can feel able to express your feelings in an empathic and accepting environment. Through this collaboration, our aim would be for you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, in turn facilitating the change you are aspiring to achieve.
My work has covered a diverse set of peoples issues, ranging from trauma, bereavement and addiction, to relationship issues or any other aspects of life which may have become a burden.
As a therapist, I firmly believe that each of us holds the answers to our own issues within. My role here is to help you recognise these and support you in working through them. I will aim to create a trusting counselling relationship throughout our sessions, where you can feel able to express your feelings in an empathic and accepting environment. Through this collaboration, our aim would be for you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, in turn facilitating the change you are aspiring to achieve.
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Space to Tame
Counsellor, MA, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH2
Delivering online therapies across the UK and face to face therapies from my private practice in the centre of Edinburgh, I can help you to shift mental blocks, untangle complex emotions, resolve issues, reveal new perspectives and bring you back into balance. Whether its relaxation and self development or addressing emotional and psychological issues such as trauma, anxiety, self-esteem or bereavement I can help. I founded my practice to help people cope with the pressures of modern living by taking charge of their wellbeing. I can combine Counselling, Hypnotherapy, Reiki and EFT to help you make changes and reach your goals.
Delivering online therapies across the UK and face to face therapies from my private practice in the centre of Edinburgh, I can help you to shift mental blocks, untangle complex emotions, resolve issues, reveal new perspectives and bring you back into balance. Whether its relaxation and self development or addressing emotional and psychological issues such as trauma, anxiety, self-esteem or bereavement I can help. I founded my practice to help people cope with the pressures of modern living by taking charge of their wellbeing. I can combine Counselling, Hypnotherapy, Reiki and EFT to help you make changes and reach your goals.
0131 381 0219 View 0131 381 0219
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Jen Stewart
Counsellor, MCOSCA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH9
I can support clients experiencing grief and difficult family issues.
Hi, I'm Jen and I am looking forward to meeting with you. Life can be tough and if you are experiencing a hard time, counselling can help. I am a person-centred therapist which means my focus throughout our work together is getting alongside you, as you embark on your therapy journey in a warm, compassionate, and non-judgemental way. Building our relationship is central to the work we will do together, and I look forward to getting to know you and working with you. I hope you will find me an approachable and empathic practitioner, fully committed to helping you make informed decisions about how you want to live your life.
I can support clients experiencing grief and difficult family issues.
Hi, I'm Jen and I am looking forward to meeting with you. Life can be tough and if you are experiencing a hard time, counselling can help. I am a person-centred therapist which means my focus throughout our work together is getting alongside you, as you embark on your therapy journey in a warm, compassionate, and non-judgemental way. Building our relationship is central to the work we will do together, and I look forward to getting to know you and working with you. I hope you will find me an approachable and empathic practitioner, fully committed to helping you make informed decisions about how you want to live your life.
0131 381 0238 View 0131 381 0238
Photo of Sandy Blair, Counsellor in Edinburgh, Scotland
Sandy Blair
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH15
Sometimes when life is difficult and your troubles seem overwhelming it can feel like there is no-one to talk to, or when you do talk it feels like no-one actually hears what you are saying. I can offer you a warm, non-judgemental and compassionate space where you can talk and really be heard. There are many reasons why you may be thinking of counselling. You may be struggling with grief after a bereavement or loss, or feeling overwhelmed with anxiety. You may have been recently diagnosed (or self-diagnosed) with autism or ADHD and want to make meaning of your past, present and future with the diagnosis.
Sometimes when life is difficult and your troubles seem overwhelming it can feel like there is no-one to talk to, or when you do talk it feels like no-one actually hears what you are saying. I can offer you a warm, non-judgemental and compassionate space where you can talk and really be heard. There are many reasons why you may be thinking of counselling. You may be struggling with grief after a bereavement or loss, or feeling overwhelmed with anxiety. You may have been recently diagnosed (or self-diagnosed) with autism or ADHD and want to make meaning of your past, present and future with the diagnosis.
0131 381 8430 View 0131 381 8430
Photo of Fiwasade Onifade, Psychotherapist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Fiwasade Onifade
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH16
I support those who have experienced abuse, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, stress, major life trauma, generational trauma, betrayal, loss, bereavement, spirituality, work related issues, cultural issues, sexuality, HIV/AIDS.
At times issues and difficulties in your life might be causing you to feel unfulfilled or distressed, or even just a sense of unhappiness within you. Counselling is a process of talking about these issues and working through them confidentially with a Counsellor. Counselling also helps you address your problems in a positive way, enabling you to clarify these issues, explore options and increase self-awareness. I will offer you a confidential time and space to explore all of these in a very supportive way. I aim to work with you in a way which offers understanding, support and enables you have new perspectives.
I support those who have experienced abuse, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, stress, major life trauma, generational trauma, betrayal, loss, bereavement, spirituality, work related issues, cultural issues, sexuality, HIV/AIDS.
At times issues and difficulties in your life might be causing you to feel unfulfilled or distressed, or even just a sense of unhappiness within you. Counselling is a process of talking about these issues and working through them confidentially with a Counsellor. Counselling also helps you address your problems in a positive way, enabling you to clarify these issues, explore options and increase self-awareness. I will offer you a confidential time and space to explore all of these in a very supportive way. I aim to work with you in a way which offers understanding, support and enables you have new perspectives.
01764 915912 View 01764 915912
Photo of Jen Mak, Counsellor in Edinburgh, Scotland
Jen Mak
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
I have a focus on bereavement counselling as I believe that all pain can be attributed to loss and grief over a life that was or a life that could have been.
The loss of people or things can bring anxiety and depression as we struggle to take care of our own needs and wellbeing. By focusing on the root of the matter, we can make some lasting and meaningful changes. The way we talk to others and ourselves is a window to what’s going on inside. My counselling space, ‘A Space For’, is a place for you to explore what that is. We can be too easily swept up in the day-to-day and in our long ingrained habits and beliefs that it takes dedicated time and focus to unravel what really is causing us pain, the grudges and guilt.
I have a focus on bereavement counselling as I believe that all pain can be attributed to loss and grief over a life that was or a life that could have been.
The loss of people or things can bring anxiety and depression as we struggle to take care of our own needs and wellbeing. By focusing on the root of the matter, we can make some lasting and meaningful changes. The way we talk to others and ourselves is a window to what’s going on inside. My counselling space, ‘A Space For’, is a place for you to explore what that is. We can be too easily swept up in the day-to-day and in our long ingrained habits and beliefs that it takes dedicated time and focus to unravel what really is causing us pain, the grudges and guilt.
01937 227428 View 01937 227428
Photo of David Wolfenden, Counsellor in Edinburgh, Scotland
David Wolfenden
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH16  (Online Only)
If you are in pain. Scared or anxious. In grief or sadness. If you are someone for whom life is lifeless. Someone who is misunderstood. Someone who wants things to change.
If you are in pain. Scared or anxious. In grief or sadness. If you are someone for whom life is lifeless. Someone who is misunderstood. Someone who wants things to change.
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Oskars Grins
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH10
I have specialised in grief and bereavement.
Only with knowing yourself as you are and the root of your distress can you make positive changes. Person or client-centred therapy is a talking therapy based on the view that everyone has the capacity and underlying desire for personal growth, given the right conditions. As a therapist, I embody and offer such conditions of unconditional positive regard, empathy, and congruence in order to help you come to terms with any negative or overwhelming feelings and to change, develop, and grow in accordance with the best interests of yourself.
I have specialised in grief and bereavement.
Only with knowing yourself as you are and the root of your distress can you make positive changes. Person or client-centred therapy is a talking therapy based on the view that everyone has the capacity and underlying desire for personal growth, given the right conditions. As a therapist, I embody and offer such conditions of unconditional positive regard, empathy, and congruence in order to help you come to terms with any negative or overwhelming feelings and to change, develop, and grow in accordance with the best interests of yourself.
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Darren Neal
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1  (Online Only)
Being understood and accepted, without judgement and with compassion, is the most important experience we can receive from another person. I have a extensive experience working with trauma(PTSD&CPTSD), bereavement, anxiety (fear), abuse, mental health issues, depression as well as general feelings of hopelessness and sadness and I will offer my experience and knowledge to help empower you to experience yourself, understand yourself and feel more confidant and emotionally connected. I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and I can be found on their website.
Being understood and accepted, without judgement and with compassion, is the most important experience we can receive from another person. I have a extensive experience working with trauma(PTSD&CPTSD), bereavement, anxiety (fear), abuse, mental health issues, depression as well as general feelings of hopelessness and sadness and I will offer my experience and knowledge to help empower you to experience yourself, understand yourself and feel more confidant and emotionally connected. I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and I can be found on their website.
020 3917 4037 View 020 3917 4037

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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.