Grief Psychiatrists in Boston, MA

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Beth Makar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02110  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Beth and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Massachusetts. I specialize in ADHD, , Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Infertility, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Life Transitions, Loss, grief, bereavement, Men's Issues, OCD, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Sexual Health/Dysfunction, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Stress Management and Women's Issues. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Beth and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Massachusetts. I specialize in ADHD, , Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Infertility, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Life Transitions, Loss, grief, bereavement, Men's Issues, OCD, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Sexual Health/Dysfunction, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Stress Management and Women's Issues. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(617) 944-5189 View (617) 944-5189
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Roxanne Sholevar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02215  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I work best with adults who are motivated to understand themselves better through depth psychotherapy. While this motivation often stems from life transition, illness, relationship difficulties, or loss, there are times when we simply feel the urge to go deeper and explore our own minds.
I work best with adults who are motivated to understand themselves better through depth psychotherapy. While this motivation often stems from life transition, illness, relationship difficulties, or loss, there are times when we simply feel the urge to go deeper and explore our own minds.
(617) 676-2370 View (617) 676-2370
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Terri Marie Clack
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, AGNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02108  (Online Only)
I'm experienced in supporting individuals with conditions such as ADHD, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, PMDD, PPD, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorders, and grief.
Hello! Feeling burned out, unmotivated, and unfocused is a common struggle for many adults today. Balancing the relentless demands of work and personal life can be overwhelming. You're not alone in this journey, and I'm here to help you find your way back to a place of balance and well-being. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my approach is all about understanding your unique needs and crafting a tailored treatment plan. I firmly believe in a holistic perspective that takes into account both your physical and mental well-being.
I'm experienced in supporting individuals with conditions such as ADHD, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, PMDD, PPD, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorders, and grief.
Hello! Feeling burned out, unmotivated, and unfocused is a common struggle for many adults today. Balancing the relentless demands of work and personal life can be overwhelming. You're not alone in this journey, and I'm here to help you find your way back to a place of balance and well-being. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my approach is all about understanding your unique needs and crafting a tailored treatment plan. I firmly believe in a holistic perspective that takes into account both your physical and mental well-being.
(781) 208-5887 View (781) 208-5887
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Claudio O. Toppelberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02120
Dr. Toppelberg is an experienced, Harvard-trained child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, usually working with ages 3-30. He evaluates and treats emotional/ behavioral difficulties including ADHD, depression, trauma, stress, anxiety, and selective mutism, and those preventing weight loss. He has focused on issues of performance at work, study and competitive sports. He regularly works with tour-level tennis players and other professional and student athletes. He is an expert in neurodevelopmental disabilities, as well as learning and language disabilities. He runs psychiatric services at an excellent school for children/adolescents with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities, the prestigious New England Center for Children.
Dr. Toppelberg is an experienced, Harvard-trained child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, usually working with ages 3-30. He evaluates and treats emotional/ behavioral difficulties including ADHD, depression, trauma, stress, anxiety, and selective mutism, and those preventing weight loss. He has focused on issues of performance at work, study and competitive sports. He regularly works with tour-level tennis players and other professional and student athletes. He is an expert in neurodevelopmental disabilities, as well as learning and language disabilities. He runs psychiatric services at an excellent school for children/adolescents with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities, the prestigious New England Center for Children.
(617) 681-7184 View (617) 681-7184
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Holistic Well
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02116
I help people who suffer from anxiety, OCD, mood disorders, PTSD, who experience neurodivergence, personality disorders, post-partum depression, people dealing with issues related to grief or adjustment.
Hello and welcome! My name is Rachel Zagarella and I am a dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner focused on providing compassionate care for individuals seeking support with their mental health. With a deep commitment to helping others, I specialize in understanding your unique needs and developing personalized treatment plans. Through evidence-based practices and a collaborative approach, we can work together to enhance your mental well-being. Take the first step by scheduling a consultation, and let’s embark on your journey towards lasting wellness.
I help people who suffer from anxiety, OCD, mood disorders, PTSD, who experience neurodivergence, personality disorders, post-partum depression, people dealing with issues related to grief or adjustment.
Hello and welcome! My name is Rachel Zagarella and I am a dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner focused on providing compassionate care for individuals seeking support with their mental health. With a deep commitment to helping others, I specialize in understanding your unique needs and developing personalized treatment plans. Through evidence-based practices and a collaborative approach, we can work together to enhance your mental well-being. Take the first step by scheduling a consultation, and let’s embark on your journey towards lasting wellness.
(508) 690-8110 View (508) 690-8110
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Carol Count Robinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, ANP-BC, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02110  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Carol Robinson and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Massachusetts. I specialize in ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar, Chronic Illness, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Maternal Mental Health/Pre/Postpartum, PTSD/Trauma, Loss/Grief/Bereavement, OCD. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Carol Robinson and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Massachusetts. I specialize in ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar, Chronic Illness, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Maternal Mental Health/Pre/Postpartum, PTSD/Trauma, Loss/Grief/Bereavement, OCD. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(617) 380-4683 View (617) 380-4683
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Tilo Mukherjee
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02115  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I help clients who struggle with depression, focus and concentration, generalized anxiety, trauma, panic disorder, PTSD, insomnia, bipolar disorder, chronic fatigue, OCD and help them to navigate through the challenges of life which includes struggles in college, in the workplace, with family and relationships, as well as the loss of loved ones.
I am an experienced board-certified psychiatrist and a graduate of the Brown University Psychiatry Residency Program. I work with patients, adults ages 18 and above. I provide help to clients living all over Massachusetts. My private practice helps undergraduate college students, graduate students, and busy working professionals who are looking to achieve success, good health, and happiness. My clients are welcomed to a warm and safe environment, where their problems are discussed with an open mind, kindness, flexibility, and no judgement.
I help clients who struggle with depression, focus and concentration, generalized anxiety, trauma, panic disorder, PTSD, insomnia, bipolar disorder, chronic fatigue, OCD and help them to navigate through the challenges of life which includes struggles in college, in the workplace, with family and relationships, as well as the loss of loved ones.
I am an experienced board-certified psychiatrist and a graduate of the Brown University Psychiatry Residency Program. I work with patients, adults ages 18 and above. I provide help to clients living all over Massachusetts. My private practice helps undergraduate college students, graduate students, and busy working professionals who are looking to achieve success, good health, and happiness. My clients are welcomed to a warm and safe environment, where their problems are discussed with an open mind, kindness, flexibility, and no judgement.
(781) 819-5765 View (781) 819-5765
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Rae Zhou
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02110
Rae Zhou is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts who has been practicing since 2022. Rae has a BS in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and a BSN, RN, and MSN with a specialty in Psychiatry from Regis College. Rae has experience treating treatment-resistant depression, PTSD, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse, ADHD, grief/loss, mood disorders, OCD, and developmental disorder across the lifespan. They have experience in outpatient, residential treatment, and partial hospitalization programs.
Rae Zhou is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts who has been practicing since 2022. Rae has a BS in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and a BSN, RN, and MSN with a specialty in Psychiatry from Regis College. Rae has experience treating treatment-resistant depression, PTSD, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse, ADHD, grief/loss, mood disorders, OCD, and developmental disorder across the lifespan. They have experience in outpatient, residential treatment, and partial hospitalization programs.
(617) 431-1592 View (617) 431-1592
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Marsha Charlton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02199  (Online Only)
Marsha's diverse clinical background enables her to treat various mental disorders, including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, sleep disorders, and addiction.
Marsha Charlton is a highly skilled and compassionate Family and Psychiatric Mental Health. Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), holding dual board certifications and boasting over ten years of medical expertise aims to provide accessible and comprehensive mental healthcare to individuals from all walks of life. Marsha has a wealth of experience caring for patients with diverse backgrounds in different settings, including primary care, surgical, psychiatric, and veterans throughout Boston. She approaches her work with a culturally attuned, down-to-earth style that helps her clients feel comfortable and at ease.
Marsha's diverse clinical background enables her to treat various mental disorders, including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, sleep disorders, and addiction.
Marsha Charlton is a highly skilled and compassionate Family and Psychiatric Mental Health. Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), holding dual board certifications and boasting over ten years of medical expertise aims to provide accessible and comprehensive mental healthcare to individuals from all walks of life. Marsha has a wealth of experience caring for patients with diverse backgrounds in different settings, including primary care, surgical, psychiatric, and veterans throughout Boston. She approaches her work with a culturally attuned, down-to-earth style that helps her clients feel comfortable and at ease.
(617) 765-1965 View (617) 765-1965
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Jarrod A. Marks, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02101  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatrist. As a physician, I diagnose and treat a wide range of mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. I also work with people who are suffering in life from issues such as relationship or career concerns, grief and loss, life transitions, or identity issues. I will help you to know yourself better so you can experience life more fully.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist. As a physician, I diagnose and treat a wide range of mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. I also work with people who are suffering in life from issues such as relationship or career concerns, grief and loss, life transitions, or identity issues. I will help you to know yourself better so you can experience life more fully.
(315) 365-5586 View (315) 365-5586
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Vibrant Minds and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02116
Offering initial psychiatric evaluations, medication management in addition to medical weight loss solutions, and bioidentical hormone replacement.
Accepting new patients, no wait time and same day appointments available.Meet our team: Carmen Guy,MSN,PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC is a double board certified nurse practitioner who is bilingual, and is able to provide care to Spanish speaking patients, (se habla Espanol) and Shaun Spanos, MSN, PMHNP-BC are esteemed healthcare professionals that bring a wealth of expertise, we are committed to providing comprehensive psychiatric and wellness solutions to our community.
Offering initial psychiatric evaluations, medication management in addition to medical weight loss solutions, and bioidentical hormone replacement.
Accepting new patients, no wait time and same day appointments available.Meet our team: Carmen Guy,MSN,PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC is a double board certified nurse practitioner who is bilingual, and is able to provide care to Spanish speaking patients, (se habla Espanol) and Shaun Spanos, MSN, PMHNP-BC are esteemed healthcare professionals that bring a wealth of expertise, we are committed to providing comprehensive psychiatric and wellness solutions to our community.
(339) 218-5822 View (339) 218-5822
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Lee Diener
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, AGPCNP
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02108  (Online Only)
I collaborate with teenagers, adults and older adults to work through a wide range of difficulties that are a part of the human experience: mood and anxiety related concerns, sleep difficulties, life transitions, identity questions, loss and grief, social anxiety, PTSD or traumatic events. I am in the credentialing process and as of 4/29/24 am in-network with Aetna, Cigna and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Virtual Network. I will update this weekly.
I collaborate with teenagers, adults and older adults to work through a wide range of difficulties that are a part of the human experience: mood and anxiety related concerns, sleep difficulties, life transitions, identity questions, loss and grief, social anxiety, PTSD or traumatic events. I am in the credentialing process and as of 4/29/24 am in-network with Aetna, Cigna and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Virtual Network. I will update this weekly.
(616) 449-2432 View (616) 449-2432
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Scott Arno
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02129
Scott Arno, PA, is an accomplished physician assistant with over 8 years of experience and a strong commitment to enhancing mental health care for his patients. Graduating from Clarkson University, Scott's primary goal is to deepen his understanding of mental illness, ensuring that every individual receives optimized care to improve their overall quality of life. Scott's career journey reflects his dedication to providing comprehensive healthcare:
Scott Arno, PA, is an accomplished physician assistant with over 8 years of experience and a strong commitment to enhancing mental health care for his patients. Graduating from Clarkson University, Scott's primary goal is to deepen his understanding of mental illness, ensuring that every individual receives optimized care to improve their overall quality of life. Scott's career journey reflects his dedication to providing comprehensive healthcare:
(617) 958-6048 View (617) 958-6048
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Chaya Bhuvaneswaran
Psychiatrist, MD , MA, MPH
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02116
I am a Harvard trained, Board Certified, Psychiatrist with a private practice in the Back Bay Area, Boston. My training includes my MD from Stanford with honors, Harvard residency training at MGH-McLean, and my certification in cognitive behavioral therapy (for anxiety, depression and PTSD) while I was faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and University of Massachusetts. My outpatient clinic was previously at Cambridge Health Alliance and I now run a boutique private practice offering personalized, attentive care and support. Narrative therapy and mindfulness training are included along with meticulous psychopharmacology.
I am a Harvard trained, Board Certified, Psychiatrist with a private practice in the Back Bay Area, Boston. My training includes my MD from Stanford with honors, Harvard residency training at MGH-McLean, and my certification in cognitive behavioral therapy (for anxiety, depression and PTSD) while I was faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and University of Massachusetts. My outpatient clinic was previously at Cambridge Health Alliance and I now run a boutique private practice offering personalized, attentive care and support. Narrative therapy and mindfulness training are included along with meticulous psychopharmacology.
(857) 227-9022 View (857) 227-9022
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Maria Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02115
Hi there, I'm Maria! Do you feel pulled in a million directions, unable to fit it in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? Whether you're dealing with overwhelm, relationship issues or cycles of anxiety and depression, Insomnia, bipolar disorders, substance abuse, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Schizophrenia/Psychosis, ADHD, and others I'm here to help. One of my passions is creating Healing communities- my nurse residency capstone involved creating the inpatient psychiatric family mental health recovery group; main objective was to provide psychoeducation.
Hi there, I'm Maria! Do you feel pulled in a million directions, unable to fit it in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? Whether you're dealing with overwhelm, relationship issues or cycles of anxiety and depression, Insomnia, bipolar disorders, substance abuse, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Schizophrenia/Psychosis, ADHD, and others I'm here to help. One of my passions is creating Healing communities- my nurse residency capstone involved creating the inpatient psychiatric family mental health recovery group; main objective was to provide psychoeducation.
(617) 397-4895 View (617) 397-4895
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Jan Nelson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARPN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02110
Currently we have availability on a weekly basis starting in May 2024. Jan Nelson is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with board certification in psychiatry. With over 10 years working in the psychiatry field, she has experience with all levels of mental health including treating anxiety disorders, depression, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, attention deficit, sleep disorders, OCD, trauma, and others. Her practice focuses on the whole body, using a wide variety of treatment modalities including holistic treatment, medication management and therapy.
Currently we have availability on a weekly basis starting in May 2024. Jan Nelson is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with board certification in psychiatry. With over 10 years working in the psychiatry field, she has experience with all levels of mental health including treating anxiety disorders, depression, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, attention deficit, sleep disorders, OCD, trauma, and others. Her practice focuses on the whole body, using a wide variety of treatment modalities including holistic treatment, medication management and therapy.
(857) 371-1119 View (857) 371-1119
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Dr. Hanan Khairalla
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02116
I am a board certified adult psychiatrist. I bring many years of US and international experience into my practice. I have a special interest in working with college students and young professionals who suffer from mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder. The majority of my work focuses on lifestyle modifications and medication management.
I am a board certified adult psychiatrist. I bring many years of US and international experience into my practice. I have a special interest in working with college students and young professionals who suffer from mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder. The majority of my work focuses on lifestyle modifications and medication management.
(508) 544-0530 View (508) 544-0530
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Asma Rashid
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02116
I am a Harvard trained, board certified, Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist with a private practice in Back Bay Area, Boston. I believe that, the treatment process begins by creating an empathic and trusting relationship between the clinician and patients. During my evaluation and ongoing work, I consider various factors such as, genetic predisposition, biological, psychological and social processes to understand the person fully. Academic affiliation with Boston University helps me stay abreast with not only the recent developments in the field of psychiatry but also with the cultural and evidence based treatments.
I am a Harvard trained, board certified, Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist with a private practice in Back Bay Area, Boston. I believe that, the treatment process begins by creating an empathic and trusting relationship between the clinician and patients. During my evaluation and ongoing work, I consider various factors such as, genetic predisposition, biological, psychological and social processes to understand the person fully. Academic affiliation with Boston University helps me stay abreast with not only the recent developments in the field of psychiatry but also with the cultural and evidence based treatments.
(617) 500-3181 View (617) 500-3181
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Daniel Gonzalez
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02116  (Online Only)
Do you have difficulty feeling at peace? Do you struggle with finding your voice, unable to fully embrace who you are? Is it difficult for you to accept yourself, or challenging to navigate your life, given your current environment or community? These are certainly distressing feelings that can contribute to restlessness, anxiety, or depression. They can be debilitating and keep you from living the life you envision. I believe we are multi-faceted individuals, with dynamic and evolving features, who are both capable and deserving of living with a greater sense of fulfillment and connectedness.
Do you have difficulty feeling at peace? Do you struggle with finding your voice, unable to fully embrace who you are? Is it difficult for you to accept yourself, or challenging to navigate your life, given your current environment or community? These are certainly distressing feelings that can contribute to restlessness, anxiety, or depression. They can be debilitating and keep you from living the life you envision. I believe we are multi-faceted individuals, with dynamic and evolving features, who are both capable and deserving of living with a greater sense of fulfillment and connectedness.
(508) 859-7833 View (508) 859-7833
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Michael Fiori
Psychiatrist, MD
Not Verified Not Verified
Boston, MA 02110  (Online Only)
Dr. Michael Fiori is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He has practiced general psychiatry for 40 years, and has also sub-specialized in Addiction Psychiatry for the past 20 years. Dr. Fiori's practice emphasizes Diagnostic Clarification, which is an ongoing process. He is highly trained and experienced in the biological and psychosocial underpinnings of psychiatric problems. He typically follows diagnostic evaluations with 20 minute follow up visits for medication adjustments and brief therapy. Dr. Fiori often enjoys collaborating with outside therapists when needed.
Dr. Michael Fiori is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He has practiced general psychiatry for 40 years, and has also sub-specialized in Addiction Psychiatry for the past 20 years. Dr. Fiori's practice emphasizes Diagnostic Clarification, which is an ongoing process. He is highly trained and experienced in the biological and psychosocial underpinnings of psychiatric problems. He typically follows diagnostic evaluations with 20 minute follow up visits for medication adjustments and brief therapy. Dr. Fiori often enjoys collaborating with outside therapists when needed.
(978) 541-3394 View (978) 541-3394
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.