Grief Psychiatrists in Denver, CO

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Regional Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80246  (Online Only)
Integrative & or Holistic Medicine , Stress reduction and Weight Loss Management.
Our clinic treats ages 5 & up. Sessions are conducted virtually (using a HIPAA compliant platform). We understand that medication management is not the only solution. The lifestyle that precipitated the stress response in the first plans needs to change. In addition to psychotherapy and medication management, we place high regards for modalities such as weight management, medical management, exercise, and sleep hygiene to combat the body’s inflammatory response, which exacerbates mental illness. We aim to uses the lowest effective dose and help people to eventually not depend on medication.
Integrative & or Holistic Medicine , Stress reduction and Weight Loss Management.
Our clinic treats ages 5 & up. Sessions are conducted virtually (using a HIPAA compliant platform). We understand that medication management is not the only solution. The lifestyle that precipitated the stress response in the first plans needs to change. In addition to psychotherapy and medication management, we place high regards for modalities such as weight management, medical management, exercise, and sleep hygiene to combat the body’s inflammatory response, which exacerbates mental illness. We aim to uses the lowest effective dose and help people to eventually not depend on medication.
(720) 807-9375 View (720) 807-9375
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Todd Kline
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80209
Cigna or Blue Cross? Hey, it's Dr. Todd Kline. I offer medications, psychotherapy, and innovative biofeedback treatments for those suffering with anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. By training, I'm a psychiatrist (medical doctor) and psychoanalyst (advanced psychotherapist) and have a thriving private practice in Cherry Creek where I'm now adding an additional 8 hours to my schedule. Thus, I'm excited to be accepting a limited number of new patients into the practice at this time! I specialize in treating Anxiety Disorders (GAD, OCD, PTSD, Panic Disorder) Depression, Grief, Life Transitions, Mood illnesses.
Cigna or Blue Cross? Hey, it's Dr. Todd Kline. I offer medications, psychotherapy, and innovative biofeedback treatments for those suffering with anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. By training, I'm a psychiatrist (medical doctor) and psychoanalyst (advanced psychotherapist) and have a thriving private practice in Cherry Creek where I'm now adding an additional 8 hours to my schedule. Thus, I'm excited to be accepting a limited number of new patients into the practice at this time! I specialize in treating Anxiety Disorders (GAD, OCD, PTSD, Panic Disorder) Depression, Grief, Life Transitions, Mood illnesses.
(720) 726-6205 View (720) 726-6205
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Donna Strickland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS RXN , PMHCNS-, BC LLC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80222
Life throws us many curve balls If you are struggling with your life, exhausted from anxiety, experienced a difficult life transition, or more, you've come to the right place. Or perhaps you are a mom, juggling many priorities, with little left for yourself....or you've had a significant loss, and need help with bereavement. Or maybe you just want to feel the best you can & have energy to spare & get back to a place where you recognize yourself: Perhaps you are in need of medications to help you "get back on balance". Donna can also help you with these types of concerns.Donna is excited to offer Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy
Life throws us many curve balls If you are struggling with your life, exhausted from anxiety, experienced a difficult life transition, or more, you've come to the right place. Or perhaps you are a mom, juggling many priorities, with little left for yourself....or you've had a significant loss, and need help with bereavement. Or maybe you just want to feel the best you can & have energy to spare & get back to a place where you recognize yourself: Perhaps you are in need of medications to help you "get back on balance". Donna can also help you with these types of concerns.Donna is excited to offer Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy
(720) 605-0656 View (720) 605-0656
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Andrea D Skrocki, Psychiatric NP, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80246  (Online Only)
I specialize in depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, grief, transition/adjustment, perinatal/postpartum mental health, and ADHD (all types) in adults (18-65).
I am accepting NEW telehealth patients in Colorado. I strive to deliver high-quality telepsychiatry care that utilizes the most recent advancements in psychiatry. I have been a PMHNP for over 10 years. I am passionate about providing patient-centered care and in building a therapeutic relationship with all of my patients. I practice using a holistic approach with supportive therapeutic modalities, along with psychotropic medication management, if needed. I am passionate about treating and improving the lives of those who struggle with chronic mental health disorders as well as those with situational stressors.
I specialize in depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, grief, transition/adjustment, perinatal/postpartum mental health, and ADHD (all types) in adults (18-65).
I am accepting NEW telehealth patients in Colorado. I strive to deliver high-quality telepsychiatry care that utilizes the most recent advancements in psychiatry. I have been a PMHNP for over 10 years. I am passionate about providing patient-centered care and in building a therapeutic relationship with all of my patients. I practice using a holistic approach with supportive therapeutic modalities, along with psychotropic medication management, if needed. I am passionate about treating and improving the lives of those who struggle with chronic mental health disorders as well as those with situational stressors.
(720) 463-0598 View (720) 463-0598
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Jim Resczenski (Not Currently Accepting New Patients)
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80209
I work with a wide range of adult patients including those with past trauma, long standing or acute episodes of depression, anxiety, grief/mourning, attention issues including ADHD, major life adjustments, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
Therapy can be hard. Finding the right medications can feel impossible. Mental health treatments can be a difficult adventure to start. I want to help navigate the rocky waters of this journey alongside you. Life is complex and our paths can be convoluted. Let’s explore and learn more about what’s brought you to where you are today and where you want to be in the future. I offer both in-person and virtual options for medication management and/or regularly recurring psychodynamic psychotherapy. Meds aren’t for everyone; therapy isn’t for everyone. Let's figure out what's right for you.
I work with a wide range of adult patients including those with past trauma, long standing or acute episodes of depression, anxiety, grief/mourning, attention issues including ADHD, major life adjustments, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
Therapy can be hard. Finding the right medications can feel impossible. Mental health treatments can be a difficult adventure to start. I want to help navigate the rocky waters of this journey alongside you. Life is complex and our paths can be convoluted. Let’s explore and learn more about what’s brought you to where you are today and where you want to be in the future. I offer both in-person and virtual options for medication management and/or regularly recurring psychodynamic psychotherapy. Meds aren’t for everyone; therapy isn’t for everyone. Let's figure out what's right for you.
(720) 679-8267 View (720) 679-8267
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Aaron Greenstein
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80206
I am a Harvard-trained board-certified geriatric psychiatrist. While I work with all adults, I specialize in the management of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, late life depression and anxiety, and the strain that family members experience when caring for those aging with dementia and mental illness. Common problems I address include apathy, agitation, insomnia, confusion, depression, anxiety, hallucinations, delusions and memory loss. I do not participate in Medicare or commercial insurance.
I am a Harvard-trained board-certified geriatric psychiatrist. While I work with all adults, I specialize in the management of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, late life depression and anxiety, and the strain that family members experience when caring for those aging with dementia and mental illness. Common problems I address include apathy, agitation, insomnia, confusion, depression, anxiety, hallucinations, delusions and memory loss. I do not participate in Medicare or commercial insurance.
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Kristen Sheffey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, RN, CNL, CCRN
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80216
I work with all mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, trauma, grief, and attention and concentration disturbances.
I’m Kristy, a Psychiatric NP committed to providing integrative mental health care to children, adolescents, and adults. I combine traditional psychiatric care with holistic approaches that promote well-being, such as mindfulness, sleep hygiene practices, grounding techniques, lifestyle modification, and herbal supplements or medications if indicated. Whether you’re processing new stress or haven’t felt like yourself in a while, we can work together to create an individualized plan tailored to your specific concerns and needs. I prioritize building trust while providing a safe space for individuals to feel empowered.
I work with all mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, trauma, grief, and attention and concentration disturbances.
I’m Kristy, a Psychiatric NP committed to providing integrative mental health care to children, adolescents, and adults. I combine traditional psychiatric care with holistic approaches that promote well-being, such as mindfulness, sleep hygiene practices, grounding techniques, lifestyle modification, and herbal supplements or medications if indicated. Whether you’re processing new stress or haven’t felt like yourself in a while, we can work together to create an individualized plan tailored to your specific concerns and needs. I prioritize building trust while providing a safe space for individuals to feel empowered.
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Lashandra Saulsberry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80237  (Online Only)
Shandra is dedicated to providing warm, compassionate care to each individual throughout their healing journey. She treats depression and complex mood disorders, anxiety disorders, panic disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Women’s Health, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Insomnia, Grief and Loss, Life transitions, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, panic disorder and more.
Shandra is dedicated to providing warm, compassionate care to each individual throughout their healing journey. She treats depression and complex mood disorders, anxiety disorders, panic disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Women’s Health, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Insomnia, Grief and Loss, Life transitions, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, panic disorder and more.
(720) 586-4755 View (720) 586-4755
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Deborah A Coyle
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80209
You may be feeling tired, overwhelmed,and even alone. What you do know is that you do not want to feel this way anymore. My approach to helping you re- access the "best you" is an integrative approach that fits you personally. Initially, determining what may be blocking you. It could be diet, a deficiency, a loss,a trauma or what may feel most confusing is, that you don't know why you feel this way.
You may be feeling tired, overwhelmed,and even alone. What you do know is that you do not want to feel this way anymore. My approach to helping you re- access the "best you" is an integrative approach that fits you personally. Initially, determining what may be blocking you. It could be diet, a deficiency, a loss,a trauma or what may feel most confusing is, that you don't know why you feel this way.
(720) 606-2833 View (720) 606-2833
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Anita Khanna
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80246
I have specialized in women's issues, including mood disorders at the onset of menses, eating disorders, medication management during pregnancy, grief issues around infertility, menopause, and trauma.
I look forward to meeting you, hearing your story , and making sense of all that ails you. I feel that medications can provide relief for biological psychiatric conditions, but most of the long term relief comes from working through and reworking unhealthy behavioral patterns. Treating Psychiatric conditions is an art that requires balancing the medical treatments with looking at unconscious maladaptive behaviors. Once patterns are identified, the work we do will lead to change. I take the approach of meeting clients where they are at and working together in a relational model to reprocess and work through trauma.
I have specialized in women's issues, including mood disorders at the onset of menses, eating disorders, medication management during pregnancy, grief issues around infertility, menopause, and trauma.
I look forward to meeting you, hearing your story , and making sense of all that ails you. I feel that medications can provide relief for biological psychiatric conditions, but most of the long term relief comes from working through and reworking unhealthy behavioral patterns. Treating Psychiatric conditions is an art that requires balancing the medical treatments with looking at unconscious maladaptive behaviors. Once patterns are identified, the work we do will lead to change. I take the approach of meeting clients where they are at and working together in a relational model to reprocess and work through trauma.
(720) 463-1683 View (720) 463-1683
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Shamim Namakula--Larson Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80238
Accepting New Patients, Book Online: www.larsonmentalhealth.com/scheduling-information. I treat patients ages 8 and up experiencing mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, disordered eating, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, trauma, life transitions, grief, stressor-related disorders and so many more. I will listen to you and we will work together to find an individualized treatment plan to meet your specific needs. I apply an integrative approach that could include medication management, psychoeducation, nutrition, and complementary therapies.
Accepting New Patients, Book Online: www.larsonmentalhealth.com/scheduling-information. I treat patients ages 8 and up experiencing mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, disordered eating, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, trauma, life transitions, grief, stressor-related disorders and so many more. I will listen to you and we will work together to find an individualized treatment plan to meet your specific needs. I apply an integrative approach that could include medication management, psychoeducation, nutrition, and complementary therapies.
(720) 807-1474 View (720) 807-1474
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Sarah Barrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80216  (Online Only)
Insurance and self pay appointments available within a few days. Sarah is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She works primarily with women and teens. She specializes in maternal mental health and the unique challenges women face at different life stages. She has an understanding of issues related to preconception, pregnancy, infertility, loss, and adjusting to parenting. She provides medication management and/or therapy via telehealth.
Insurance and self pay appointments available within a few days. Sarah is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She works primarily with women and teens. She specializes in maternal mental health and the unique challenges women face at different life stages. She has an understanding of issues related to preconception, pregnancy, infertility, loss, and adjusting to parenting. She provides medication management and/or therapy via telehealth.
(719) 356-3634 View (719) 356-3634
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Logos Therapeutics/Integrative Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ANP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80222
Areas of specialization include psychodynamic psychotherapy, grief and couples counseling, solution focused brief therapy, and EMDR.
Numerous studies have shown that medications in combination with psychotherapy yield the best treatment outcomes. If you have been searching for a provider with dual expertise in these critical aspects of care and desire a more comprehensive and holistic experience, contact me today. As your provider I am committed to facilitating your unique path to self-discovery through evidence-based multi-modal interventions.
Areas of specialization include psychodynamic psychotherapy, grief and couples counseling, solution focused brief therapy, and EMDR.
Numerous studies have shown that medications in combination with psychotherapy yield the best treatment outcomes. If you have been searching for a provider with dual expertise in these critical aspects of care and desire a more comprehensive and holistic experience, contact me today. As your provider I am committed to facilitating your unique path to self-discovery through evidence-based multi-modal interventions.
(720) 438-4135 View (720) 438-4135
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Jessica Marcy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80201  (Online Only)
Are you tired of seeing one person for therapy and another for medication management? Would you like to explore treatment that includes more than therapy and medications? I offer an integrated approach of therapy, lifestyle coaching, non-medication interventions, medications when appropriate, and more. If you are facing challenges with anxiety, depression, grief, anticipated loss, or caregiver overwhelm / burnout - I can help you reclaim a sense of control over your day-to-day life amidst what may feel like a crisis.
Are you tired of seeing one person for therapy and another for medication management? Would you like to explore treatment that includes more than therapy and medications? I offer an integrated approach of therapy, lifestyle coaching, non-medication interventions, medications when appropriate, and more. If you are facing challenges with anxiety, depression, grief, anticipated loss, or caregiver overwhelm / burnout - I can help you reclaim a sense of control over your day-to-day life amidst what may feel like a crisis.
(970) 251-1643 View (970) 251-1643
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Angela Graham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80219  (Online Only)
I wish to empower change for those experiencing mental health disorders, such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief, and addiction.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and the founder of authentic mental health, PLLC.  I am a compassionate, down-to-earth provider, who is dedicated to helping individuals manage their mental and emotional well-being while creating healthy, fulfilling lives. I specialize in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of mental health conditions within a safe and supportive environment where clients feel comfortable sharing their concerns and working towards their mental health goals. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic alliance and involving clients in their own treatment plans.
I wish to empower change for those experiencing mental health disorders, such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief, and addiction.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and the founder of authentic mental health, PLLC.  I am a compassionate, down-to-earth provider, who is dedicated to helping individuals manage their mental and emotional well-being while creating healthy, fulfilling lives. I specialize in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of mental health conditions within a safe and supportive environment where clients feel comfortable sharing their concerns and working towards their mental health goals. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic alliance and involving clients in their own treatment plans.
(719) 297-6213 View (719) 297-6213
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Angela Graham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80212  (Online Only)
I wish to empower change for those experiencing mental health disorders, such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief, and addiction.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and the founder of authentic mental health, PLLC.  I am a compassionate, down-to-earth provider, who is dedicated to helping individuals manage their mental and emotional well-being while creating healthy, fulfilling lives. I specialize in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of mental health conditions within a safe and supportive environment where clients feel comfortable sharing their concerns and working towards their mental health goals. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic alliance and involving clients in their own treatment plans.
I wish to empower change for those experiencing mental health disorders, such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief, and addiction.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and the founder of authentic mental health, PLLC.  I am a compassionate, down-to-earth provider, who is dedicated to helping individuals manage their mental and emotional well-being while creating healthy, fulfilling lives. I specialize in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of mental health conditions within a safe and supportive environment where clients feel comfortable sharing their concerns and working towards their mental health goals. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic alliance and involving clients in their own treatment plans.
(720) 712-2596 View (720) 712-2596
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Dr. Stephanie Ukoha
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP-C, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80030
Besides mental health services, I also offer virtual urgent care, virtual primary care, and medical weight loss solutions.
Accepting New Patients in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Oregon. Welcome to Wholesome Clinic, where healing begins and hope thrives. Whether you're seeking to alleviate distressing symptoms such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, or intrusive thoughts; navigating relationship dynamics, or seeking to heal from past traumas, I provide a safe and supportive space where you can express yourself without judgment and explore effective strategies and interventions to manage these symptoms and improve your overall quality of life.
Besides mental health services, I also offer virtual urgent care, virtual primary care, and medical weight loss solutions.
Accepting New Patients in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Oregon. Welcome to Wholesome Clinic, where healing begins and hope thrives. Whether you're seeking to alleviate distressing symptoms such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, or intrusive thoughts; navigating relationship dynamics, or seeking to heal from past traumas, I provide a safe and supportive space where you can express yourself without judgment and explore effective strategies and interventions to manage these symptoms and improve your overall quality of life.
(214) 466-7630 View (214) 466-7630
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Camie Vasquez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80227
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I support people whose quality of life is being negatively impacted by depression, anxiety, and other conditions. In a safe and non-judgemental environment, I work alongside each person to create a treatment plan that is both effective and doable. While medications have their place in many circumstances, I also incorporate non-pharmaceutical approaches, such as therapy and lifestyle changes, so that the need for medication can be lessened when possible.
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I support people whose quality of life is being negatively impacted by depression, anxiety, and other conditions. In a safe and non-judgemental environment, I work alongside each person to create a treatment plan that is both effective and doable. While medications have their place in many circumstances, I also incorporate non-pharmaceutical approaches, such as therapy and lifestyle changes, so that the need for medication can be lessened when possible.
(720) 821-1837 View (720) 821-1837
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Dr. Eme Ukot
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80205
Need URGENT psychiatric care? Call 888-877-7022 now to start your healing journey. We understand how stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, burnout, & overwhelming emotions can prevent you from living your best life. At AB Holistic, we believe in a compassionate, integrative approach. We offer personalized treatment plans that include traditional medications, therapy, counseling & holistic therapies to address the root causes of your distress. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Find the relief you deserve. We're conveniently located, offer flexible hours, and have telehealth options available. Call today.
Need URGENT psychiatric care? Call 888-877-7022 now to start your healing journey. We understand how stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, burnout, & overwhelming emotions can prevent you from living your best life. At AB Holistic, we believe in a compassionate, integrative approach. We offer personalized treatment plans that include traditional medications, therapy, counseling & holistic therapies to address the root causes of your distress. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Find the relief you deserve. We're conveniently located, offer flexible hours, and have telehealth options available. Call today.
(720) 623-0901 View (720) 623-0901
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Lauren Hood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80239
Accepting New Patients! Lauren Hood is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides a full range of psychiatric services and specializes in medication management. Lauren earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Wyoming. She became certified as a psychiatric registered nurse, through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, as her career progressed. Lauren completed her Master of Science in Nursing through Walden University.
Accepting New Patients! Lauren Hood is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides a full range of psychiatric services and specializes in medication management. Lauren earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Wyoming. She became certified as a psychiatric registered nurse, through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, as her career progressed. Lauren completed her Master of Science in Nursing through Walden University.
(720) 790-3651 View (720) 790-3651
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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.