Grief Psychiatrists in Los Angeles, CA

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Michelle G Ashley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90049
I integrate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, & Medications if indicated to treat depression, postpartum depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety: panic disorder, OCD,and generalized anxiety disorder; as well as life problems resulting from unresolved grief, relationship difficulties, & transitions: new baby, new job, new city. Se habla espanol.
I integrate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, & Medications if indicated to treat depression, postpartum depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety: panic disorder, OCD,and generalized anxiety disorder; as well as life problems resulting from unresolved grief, relationship difficulties, & transitions: new baby, new job, new city. Se habla espanol.
(310) 341-0730 View (310) 341-0730
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Carolina Covarrubias
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064
I have worked with those who represent the full range of mental health issues including Depression, Bipolar disorder, Trauma, Anxiety/OCD, and difficulty with Grief/Loss and Relationship Challenges.
I am a UCLA Board Certified Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist who specializes in providing a holistic approach to mental health. I believe that some people benefit greatly from medications and others may need different treatments to recover, such as supplements, therapy, and lifestyle changes. I pride myself in not over-prescribing medications and I enjoy educating patients and letting them play a part in developing a well rounded treatment plan. The people I treat would tell you that I have a warm and caring personality and that I always have their best interest in mind.
I have worked with those who represent the full range of mental health issues including Depression, Bipolar disorder, Trauma, Anxiety/OCD, and difficulty with Grief/Loss and Relationship Challenges.
I am a UCLA Board Certified Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist who specializes in providing a holistic approach to mental health. I believe that some people benefit greatly from medications and others may need different treatments to recover, such as supplements, therapy, and lifestyle changes. I pride myself in not over-prescribing medications and I enjoy educating patients and letting them play a part in developing a well rounded treatment plan. The people I treat would tell you that I have a warm and caring personality and that I always have their best interest in mind.
(310) 933-5057 View (310) 933-5057
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Dr. Angela Goddard
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Not accepting new clients
JULY 2024: I am not currently accepting new patients. I help adults of all ages work through their problems, including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, job loss, bereavement, and coping with illness. I am a psychiatrist that also practices psychotherapy and treatment may consist of talk therapy, medications, or both. I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation to determine if I am the right person to help you and to answer your questions.
JULY 2024: I am not currently accepting new patients. I help adults of all ages work through their problems, including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, job loss, bereavement, and coping with illness. I am a psychiatrist that also practices psychotherapy and treatment may consist of talk therapy, medications, or both. I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation to determine if I am the right person to help you and to answer your questions.
(310) 928-9771 View (310) 928-9771
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Arjun Kumar
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Dr. Kumar is an adult and geriatric psychiatrist seeing patients at his Los Angeles office and virtually. Dr. Kumar believes in a humane and comprehensive approach to mental health care across the lifespan. He emphasizes the impact of past experiences on emotional well-being, practicing trauma-informed care that draws from his work with military veterans. He enjoys helping patients through major life transitions like graduation and career changes, aging and retirement, and relationship conflict. He is also experienced at helping older adults confront late-life challenges like chronic disease, memory loss, and grief.
Dr. Kumar is an adult and geriatric psychiatrist seeing patients at his Los Angeles office and virtually. Dr. Kumar believes in a humane and comprehensive approach to mental health care across the lifespan. He emphasizes the impact of past experiences on emotional well-being, practicing trauma-informed care that draws from his work with military veterans. He enjoys helping patients through major life transitions like graduation and career changes, aging and retirement, and relationship conflict. He is also experienced at helping older adults confront late-life challenges like chronic disease, memory loss, and grief.
(424) 766-1972 View (424) 766-1972
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Mindpath College Health - Los Angeles
Psychiatrist, PMHNP, PsyD, LCSW, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Mindpath College Health helps patients 18+ with anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, gender and sexual identity, grief, life changes, OCD, relationships, and trauma and PTSD.
Mindpath College Health provides outpatient mental health care for college and university students, staff, and the surrounding community. We provide a broad spectrum of individual and group therapy, relationship counseling, psychiatric evaluation, and medication management and psychiatry. Mindpath College Health helps patients 18+ with anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, gender and sexual identity, grief, life changes, OCD, relationships, and trauma and PTSD.
Mindpath College Health helps patients 18+ with anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, gender and sexual identity, grief, life changes, OCD, relationships, and trauma and PTSD.
Mindpath College Health provides outpatient mental health care for college and university students, staff, and the surrounding community. We provide a broad spectrum of individual and group therapy, relationship counseling, psychiatric evaluation, and medication management and psychiatry. Mindpath College Health helps patients 18+ with anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, gender and sexual identity, grief, life changes, OCD, relationships, and trauma and PTSD.
(424) 273-8900 View (424) 273-8900
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Alisa J Land
Psychiatrist, MD, CSW
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Whatever challenge you may be facing, I am prepared to support your emotional health and ability to live a full and meaningful life. As a board certified psychiatrist and clinical social worker trained at Harvard, Columbia, and UCLA, I bring a rich training to my practice to allow me to effectively support your needs and integrate psychotherapy and medication management. My areas of expertise include mood, anxiety, thought, and personality disorders and complex grief and trauma. I have specialty training in working with families & couples, and women during times of reproductive change (fertility, pregnancy, postpartum, menopause).
Whatever challenge you may be facing, I am prepared to support your emotional health and ability to live a full and meaningful life. As a board certified psychiatrist and clinical social worker trained at Harvard, Columbia, and UCLA, I bring a rich training to my practice to allow me to effectively support your needs and integrate psychotherapy and medication management. My areas of expertise include mood, anxiety, thought, and personality disorders and complex grief and trauma. I have specialty training in working with families & couples, and women during times of reproductive change (fertility, pregnancy, postpartum, menopause).
(424) 321-7599 View (424) 321-7599
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Complete Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90071  (Online Only)
Our area of specialty includes treating general medical conditions, acute and chronic mental health conditions, and provide weight loss management services.
Complete Health clinics mission is to provide excellent Medical and Psychiatric care to patients and family. Our goal is to provide quality care to ​multiple communities and States. We offer onsite and telepsychiatry options to fit your needs. We are a multispecialty clinic that acts as a one stop point so that you can reserve time and energy for other important things that matters. We are committed to continuously educating ourselves and incorporating the best of technology to provide excellent care to our patients.
Our area of specialty includes treating general medical conditions, acute and chronic mental health conditions, and provide weight loss management services.
Complete Health clinics mission is to provide excellent Medical and Psychiatric care to patients and family. Our goal is to provide quality care to ​multiple communities and States. We offer onsite and telepsychiatry options to fit your needs. We are a multispecialty clinic that acts as a one stop point so that you can reserve time and energy for other important things that matters. We are committed to continuously educating ourselves and incorporating the best of technology to provide excellent care to our patients.
(562) 503-4547 View (562) 503-4547
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Balance Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90008  (Online Only)
We also provide psychiatric consultation for gender affirming surgeries and medical procedures such as weight loss surgery.
Are you looking for a holistic approach to your mental health? At Balance Psychiatric Services, we offer a comprehensive and integrative approach to mental health, focusing not only on pharmaceutical interventions but also on the overall well-being of individuals. Medication management appointments at Balance include brief counseling, psychoeducation, and recommendations for lifestyle adjustments. Our psychiatric nurse practitioners are skilled at tailoring treatment plans to individual needs, recognizing the unique aspects of each person's journey.
We also provide psychiatric consultation for gender affirming surgeries and medical procedures such as weight loss surgery.
Are you looking for a holistic approach to your mental health? At Balance Psychiatric Services, we offer a comprehensive and integrative approach to mental health, focusing not only on pharmaceutical interventions but also on the overall well-being of individuals. Medication management appointments at Balance include brief counseling, psychoeducation, and recommendations for lifestyle adjustments. Our psychiatric nurse practitioners are skilled at tailoring treatment plans to individual needs, recognizing the unique aspects of each person's journey.
(406) 626-8734 View (406) 626-8734
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Doryann M. Lebe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Anxiety, depression and loss are also special areas of interest I utilize medication when indicated as well as psychology.
I am a psychiatrist, analytically trained, who has been practicing in the Los Angeles area for thirty-five years. I am broadly in general psychiatry, psychoanalysis, psychodynamic and humanistic psychology as well as psychopharmacology and geriatric psychiatry. My approach utilizes humanistic, relational, cognitive and psychodynamic techniques that are interactive and unique to each person I treat. My special skills are in treating individuals with relationship and or career conflicts and life transitions.
Anxiety, depression and loss are also special areas of interest I utilize medication when indicated as well as psychology.
I am a psychiatrist, analytically trained, who has been practicing in the Los Angeles area for thirty-five years. I am broadly in general psychiatry, psychoanalysis, psychodynamic and humanistic psychology as well as psychopharmacology and geriatric psychiatry. My approach utilizes humanistic, relational, cognitive and psychodynamic techniques that are interactive and unique to each person I treat. My special skills are in treating individuals with relationship and or career conflicts and life transitions.
(424) 240-5957 View (424) 240-5957
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Sophie Feller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064
I see people for psychotherapy and medication management for a wide-variety of circumstances, including but not limited to, life transitions, stress, grief, and mood, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders.
I'm a board-certified adult psychiatrist experienced in treating people with a range of mental health challenges. I see my work with each person as a partnership intended to foster individual strengths and respect individual preferences. The care I provide is collaborative and trauma-informed utilizing a holistic and evidence-based approach.
I see people for psychotherapy and medication management for a wide-variety of circumstances, including but not limited to, life transitions, stress, grief, and mood, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders.
I'm a board-certified adult psychiatrist experienced in treating people with a range of mental health challenges. I see my work with each person as a partnership intended to foster individual strengths and respect individual preferences. The care I provide is collaborative and trauma-informed utilizing a holistic and evidence-based approach.
(424) 414-2192 View (424) 414-2192
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Sophie Duriez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90046  (Online Only)
I also know how to help parents at loss when their young grown-up has been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Are you an adult with unrecognized ADHD? Adults with ADHD are too often misdiagnosed for depressed people. Understandably, disorganization, lack of focus and procrastination often lead to underachievement and low self-esteem. As an Adult, Adolescent & Child Psychiatrist and seasoned Psychotherapist, I know how to help people suffering from being misunderstood and judged. A thorough evaluation including the identification of what you are suffering from as well as the assessment of your specific strengths, skills, resources and abilities, will define all together a goal-oriented treatment plan with or without medication prescription.
I also know how to help parents at loss when their young grown-up has been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Are you an adult with unrecognized ADHD? Adults with ADHD are too often misdiagnosed for depressed people. Understandably, disorganization, lack of focus and procrastination often lead to underachievement and low self-esteem. As an Adult, Adolescent & Child Psychiatrist and seasoned Psychotherapist, I know how to help people suffering from being misunderstood and judged. A thorough evaluation including the identification of what you are suffering from as well as the assessment of your specific strengths, skills, resources and abilities, will define all together a goal-oriented treatment plan with or without medication prescription.
(424) 254-0592 View (424) 254-0592
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Mavida Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049  (Online Only)
Mavida Health is a deeply specialized, comprehensive mental health platform for the path to parenthood - including those trying to conceive, pregnant - including adoption and surrogacy, experiencing pregnancy loss, or in the postpartum. We offer 1:1 therapy, couples/family therapy, group therapy, prescribing, and medication management.
Mavida Health is a deeply specialized, comprehensive mental health platform for the path to parenthood - including those trying to conceive, pregnant - including adoption and surrogacy, experiencing pregnancy loss, or in the postpartum. We offer 1:1 therapy, couples/family therapy, group therapy, prescribing, and medication management.
(747) 294-4239 View (747) 294-4239
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Carolina Covarrubias
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064
I have worked with people who represent the full range of mental health issues including Depression, Bipolar disorder, Trauma, Severe Anxiety/OCD, Addiction, and difficulty with Grief and Loss and Relationship Issues.
I am a UCLA Board Certified Psychiatrist and Therapist who specializes in providing a holistic approach to mental health. I believe that some people do benefit greatly from medications and others may need different treatments to recover. I feel that I do a good job balancing both approaches. I pride myself in not over-prescribing and I enjoy educating patients and letting them play a part in developing a well rounded treatment plan. The patients I treat would tell you that I have a warm and caring personality and that I always have their best interest in mind.
I have worked with people who represent the full range of mental health issues including Depression, Bipolar disorder, Trauma, Severe Anxiety/OCD, Addiction, and difficulty with Grief and Loss and Relationship Issues.
I am a UCLA Board Certified Psychiatrist and Therapist who specializes in providing a holistic approach to mental health. I believe that some people do benefit greatly from medications and others may need different treatments to recover. I feel that I do a good job balancing both approaches. I pride myself in not over-prescribing and I enjoy educating patients and letting them play a part in developing a well rounded treatment plan. The patients I treat would tell you that I have a warm and caring personality and that I always have their best interest in mind.
(424) 567-6932 View (424) 567-6932
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Nicole Bellisario
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, CNL
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90071  (Online Only)
If you are having problems with communication, relationships, anger, low frustration tolerance, stress, grief, trauma, burnout, powerlessness, or self-esteem, I am dedicated to your deep healing in a safe, relaxed, judgment-free space.
I have extensive experience in psychiatric nursing working with diverse patient populations in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. I have been a nurse for seven years and my absolute favorite part of my job has always been a genuine, therapeutic relationship with my clients. I provide both medication management and eclectic psychotherapy in caring for the mental health of women, men, adolescents, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, healthcare workers, first responders, and trauma survivors. My current focus is clients with anxiety, depression, PTSD, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and ADHD.
If you are having problems with communication, relationships, anger, low frustration tolerance, stress, grief, trauma, burnout, powerlessness, or self-esteem, I am dedicated to your deep healing in a safe, relaxed, judgment-free space.
I have extensive experience in psychiatric nursing working with diverse patient populations in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. I have been a nurse for seven years and my absolute favorite part of my job has always been a genuine, therapeutic relationship with my clients. I provide both medication management and eclectic psychotherapy in caring for the mental health of women, men, adolescents, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, healthcare workers, first responders, and trauma survivors. My current focus is clients with anxiety, depression, PTSD, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and ADHD.
(562) 573-9296 View (562) 573-9296
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Shervin Parvizi Ravan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90039  (Online Only)
My specialties include anxiety, depression, social phobia, performance anxiety, panic, ADHD, OCD, health anxiety, chronic dissatisfaction, bipolar disorder, trauma, grief, relationships, depersonalization, career/academic support, and life transitions such as career changes, divorce, breakups, and parenting.
I am a Columbia University trained psychiatrist and psychotherapist and the Medical Director of Greene Clinic. My treatment model combines evidence based psychotherapies, medications, nutrition and complementary/alternative interventions with the goal of providing comprehensive, well rounded, and individually focused care. Psychotherapy is central to my work and I utilize a variety of modalities including interpersonal psychoanalysis, psychodynamic psychotherapy, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). My approach is collaborative and non-authoritarian. OUT of network for all insurances.
My specialties include anxiety, depression, social phobia, performance anxiety, panic, ADHD, OCD, health anxiety, chronic dissatisfaction, bipolar disorder, trauma, grief, relationships, depersonalization, career/academic support, and life transitions such as career changes, divorce, breakups, and parenting.
I am a Columbia University trained psychiatrist and psychotherapist and the Medical Director of Greene Clinic. My treatment model combines evidence based psychotherapies, medications, nutrition and complementary/alternative interventions with the goal of providing comprehensive, well rounded, and individually focused care. Psychotherapy is central to my work and I utilize a variety of modalities including interpersonal psychoanalysis, psychodynamic psychotherapy, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). My approach is collaborative and non-authoritarian. OUT of network for all insurances.
(347) 514-9562 View (347) 514-9562
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Vanessa Velez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90066  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients! Hey there! I understand that it’s probably taken a lot to get here: emotional pain, depression, anxiety, grief and maybe even existential crises. I want you to know that you are not alone and it does get better over time. I’m a holistic board-certified psychiatrist, therapist, and artist who specializes in helping adults struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, ecological and spiritual distress find inner peace. I combine holistic approaches such as creativity and spirituality with traditional modalities such as psychotherapy and medications, when needed.
Accepting New Patients! Hey there! I understand that it’s probably taken a lot to get here: emotional pain, depression, anxiety, grief and maybe even existential crises. I want you to know that you are not alone and it does get better over time. I’m a holistic board-certified psychiatrist, therapist, and artist who specializes in helping adults struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, ecological and spiritual distress find inner peace. I combine holistic approaches such as creativity and spirituality with traditional modalities such as psychotherapy and medications, when needed.
(949) 569-5933 View (949) 569-5933
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Aamir Khan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Seeking out mental health treatment can be a daunting process—one that involves exploration of identity and major life transitions. I enjoy working with patients navigating the impact of life transitions (starting a new career, adjusting to a new school, ending/beginning relationships, experiencing loss, adjusting to medical illness) on their overall mental health. I have significant experience working with individuals of diverse backgrounds (LGBTQIA+ affirming) and strive to understand your unique community and family system. My goal is to help you identify your individual strengths and core values.
Seeking out mental health treatment can be a daunting process—one that involves exploration of identity and major life transitions. I enjoy working with patients navigating the impact of life transitions (starting a new career, adjusting to a new school, ending/beginning relationships, experiencing loss, adjusting to medical illness) on their overall mental health. I have significant experience working with individuals of diverse backgrounds (LGBTQIA+ affirming) and strive to understand your unique community and family system. My goal is to help you identify your individual strengths and core values.
(424) 404-1752 View (424) 404-1752
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Cheryl L Green
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049
I welcome people of all ages and genders, but I have special expertise in working with women and adolescent girls who suffer from depression, mood swings, grief, anxiety, stress, trauma, self-injury, eating disorders, and/or ADHD. I see patients in person in Beverly Hills and in Redlands, California, and I also see patients via telepsychiatry throughout California. I use an approach that combines psychiatry-as-usual, that is, medications and therapy, with lifestyle changes in six domains. I work with patients to help them to achieve all-around vibrant health, both mental and physical.
I welcome people of all ages and genders, but I have special expertise in working with women and adolescent girls who suffer from depression, mood swings, grief, anxiety, stress, trauma, self-injury, eating disorders, and/or ADHD. I see patients in person in Beverly Hills and in Redlands, California, and I also see patients via telepsychiatry throughout California. I use an approach that combines psychiatry-as-usual, that is, medications and therapy, with lifestyle changes in six domains. I work with patients to help them to achieve all-around vibrant health, both mental and physical.
(310) 697-8692 View (310) 697-8692
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Avis Hershfield
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90007  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with women and young women who need help with Women's Issues, Medication Management, Pregnancy, Prenatal, and Postpartum Mood Disorders, Abortion Grief, Depression, Anxiety and Bipolar Disorders, Prolonged Grief, Substance Use Disorders, Trauma/PTSD, Sexual Abuse, Sex/Human Trafficking, Intimate Partner Violence and Domestic Violence.
Hello, I'm Avis Hershfield, a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am passionate about helping people find balance using a collaborative approach that blends personalized and effective evidence-based medication management with brief supportive therapy and/or other evidence based therapeutic modalities based on your needs. Medication plays a key role in managing mental health, but it's not the sole answer. Think of me as your partner in this journey.
I specialize in working with women and young women who need help with Women's Issues, Medication Management, Pregnancy, Prenatal, and Postpartum Mood Disorders, Abortion Grief, Depression, Anxiety and Bipolar Disorders, Prolonged Grief, Substance Use Disorders, Trauma/PTSD, Sexual Abuse, Sex/Human Trafficking, Intimate Partner Violence and Domestic Violence.
Hello, I'm Avis Hershfield, a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am passionate about helping people find balance using a collaborative approach that blends personalized and effective evidence-based medication management with brief supportive therapy and/or other evidence based therapeutic modalities based on your needs. Medication plays a key role in managing mental health, but it's not the sole answer. Think of me as your partner in this journey.
(858) 330-5472 View (858) 330-5472
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Marlene Millan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025  (Online Only)
Hello - my name is Marlene! I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner here to help you with many mental health concerns you may be dealing with such as depression, grief, anxiety, lack of focus and many other psychiatric conditions.
Hello - my name is Marlene! I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner here to help you with many mental health concerns you may be dealing with such as depression, grief, anxiety, lack of focus and many other psychiatric conditions.
(949) 328-5233 View (949) 328-5233
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Grief Psychiatrists

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.