Grief Therapists in Albany, CA

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Angela Hasty
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, CA 94707  (Online Only)
I am a clinical psychologist with more than 25 years of clinical experience working with adults on issues of vital importance in their daily lives. I am deeply committed to helping people create the most fulfilling lives possible, as they move through and beyond challenges such as anxiety, depression, personal effectiveness, stress and work/life balance, grief reactions, relationships and self-esteem issues. When "life" has thrown you off our path, I work with you to restore your natural capacity for self esteem and healing, and provide unwavering emotional support as you create an enriching life with healthier relationships.
I am a clinical psychologist with more than 25 years of clinical experience working with adults on issues of vital importance in their daily lives. I am deeply committed to helping people create the most fulfilling lives possible, as they move through and beyond challenges such as anxiety, depression, personal effectiveness, stress and work/life balance, grief reactions, relationships and self-esteem issues. When "life" has thrown you off our path, I work with you to restore your natural capacity for self esteem and healing, and provide unwavering emotional support as you create an enriching life with healthier relationships.
(510) 878-4910 View (510) 878-4910
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Laine Demetria
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, CA 94706
PTSD, grief and loss, medical trauma, parenting, adoption, LGBTQ issues.
Do you feel trapped by your past and anxious about your future, unable to live in the present? This malaise of modern living is often a sign of past trauma. I can help you uncover and release the experiences that keep you from living a full and zestful life. My primary focus is women and parents, particularly those with a history of trauma. We’ll explore the feelings that arise in your body, and notice their links to your thoughts and behaviors. I’ll empower you to choose a more positive narrative, to look at your life through a different lens.
PTSD, grief and loss, medical trauma, parenting, adoption, LGBTQ issues.
Do you feel trapped by your past and anxious about your future, unable to live in the present? This malaise of modern living is often a sign of past trauma. I can help you uncover and release the experiences that keep you from living a full and zestful life. My primary focus is women and parents, particularly those with a history of trauma. We’ll explore the feelings that arise in your body, and notice their links to your thoughts and behaviors. I’ll empower you to choose a more positive narrative, to look at your life through a different lens.
(415) 800-3249 View (415) 800-3249
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Michele Rae Bachmeier
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706
I have extensive experience working with grief and loss, depression, anxiety, mental illness, trauma, relationship and parenting issues, and chronic pain.
My approach consists of assisting people in identifying and exploring the stressors, issues, or losses that are causing pain, in order to begin to address them. I have a warm, direct communication style and will support you in developing a practice of self-care and self-reflection, while also implementing practical solutions, and coping skills. Building a healthy curiosity about your behavior, thoughts, and feelings will be encouraged in order to achieve a better understanding of the conscious and unconscious influences that perpetuate difficulties and conflicts. Deepening a self-understanding strengthens an ability to build healthier, more satisfying relationships with others and with yourself.
I have extensive experience working with grief and loss, depression, anxiety, mental illness, trauma, relationship and parenting issues, and chronic pain.
My approach consists of assisting people in identifying and exploring the stressors, issues, or losses that are causing pain, in order to begin to address them. I have a warm, direct communication style and will support you in developing a practice of self-care and self-reflection, while also implementing practical solutions, and coping skills. Building a healthy curiosity about your behavior, thoughts, and feelings will be encouraged in order to achieve a better understanding of the conscious and unconscious influences that perpetuate difficulties and conflicts. Deepening a self-understanding strengthens an ability to build healthier, more satisfying relationships with others and with yourself.
(510) 573-7878 View (510) 573-7878
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Alberto Barrera
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706
Welcome and bienvenidos. Do you want help in dealing with big changes, loss, and the unexpected turns in life? Are you feeling stuck or unsure of how to move forward? Would you like to break free from depression, anxiety, grief or unproductive thoughts? Are you struggling with the challenges of intergenerational conflict, identity, culture shock, or discrimination? I create a compassionate, non-judgmental and welcoming space to help you better understand yourself and uncover your own strengths. I support you in building confidence and skills to make life changes, find healing and self-acceptance.
Welcome and bienvenidos. Do you want help in dealing with big changes, loss, and the unexpected turns in life? Are you feeling stuck or unsure of how to move forward? Would you like to break free from depression, anxiety, grief or unproductive thoughts? Are you struggling with the challenges of intergenerational conflict, identity, culture shock, or discrimination? I create a compassionate, non-judgmental and welcoming space to help you better understand yourself and uncover your own strengths. I support you in building confidence and skills to make life changes, find healing and self-acceptance.
(510) 947-8870 View (510) 947-8870
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Janet M Latoures
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706  (Online Only)
My areas of expertise include relationship conflicts, parenting, body image issues, bereavement, survivors of physical and sexual abuse, and postpartum depression.
As we go through life, we all develop particular patterns for dealing with challenges. Though some of these patterns are helpful, others actually get in the way of reaching our goals. Sometimes we're not even aware that what we're doing may be sabotaging our happiness and success. In therapy, I will give you direct feedback which will illuminate these problematic patterns. This will help you understand how to overcome obstacles, and find deeper satisfaction in your life. As a therapist with over 20 years experience, I have helped many people work through depression and anxiety and move towards success.
My areas of expertise include relationship conflicts, parenting, body image issues, bereavement, survivors of physical and sexual abuse, and postpartum depression.
As we go through life, we all develop particular patterns for dealing with challenges. Though some of these patterns are helpful, others actually get in the way of reaching our goals. Sometimes we're not even aware that what we're doing may be sabotaging our happiness and success. In therapy, I will give you direct feedback which will illuminate these problematic patterns. This will help you understand how to overcome obstacles, and find deeper satisfaction in your life. As a therapist with over 20 years experience, I have helped many people work through depression and anxiety and move towards success.
(415) 845-3501 View (415) 845-3501
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Rachel F Kaplan
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706
You will feel it when you sit with me, this is my life's calling. I was lucky enough to walk the path of healing from an early age because of a devastating life trauma. This brought me to my deep understanding of the healing process. I am committed to accompanying you and catalyzing your journey to health, self-love, ease in relationship and empowerment in the world. My ideal client is going through change, loss, or questioning, needs support and desires a deeper connection to themselves, and satisfaction from their life. Check out my podcast The Healing Feeling Shit Show, a free course in emotional healing to sense how I work.
You will feel it when you sit with me, this is my life's calling. I was lucky enough to walk the path of healing from an early age because of a devastating life trauma. This brought me to my deep understanding of the healing process. I am committed to accompanying you and catalyzing your journey to health, self-love, ease in relationship and empowerment in the world. My ideal client is going through change, loss, or questioning, needs support and desires a deeper connection to themselves, and satisfaction from their life. Check out my podcast The Healing Feeling Shit Show, a free course in emotional healing to sense how I work.
(415) 702-3703 View (415) 702-3703
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Kristian Kemtrup
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Albany, CA 94706
I am specialized in treating individual adults, couples, and kids facing a wide variety of problems including depression and anxiety, childhood trauma, relationship problems, workplace and school related stress, low self-esteem, difficulty grieving a death or lost relationship, and feelings of meaninglessness or emptiness.
I see people as having rich, complex human emotions that are not well described with overly simple and often stigmatizing diagnostic labels like depression or generalized anxiety. Each person is entirely unique, with their own history, strengths, and challenges. In therapy, I will work with you to better understand yourself. When we can understand why you might be feeling or thinking or acting in a way that is not best for you, we can work together to change it in a way that is tailored to your needs and your circumstances.
I am specialized in treating individual adults, couples, and kids facing a wide variety of problems including depression and anxiety, childhood trauma, relationship problems, workplace and school related stress, low self-esteem, difficulty grieving a death or lost relationship, and feelings of meaninglessness or emptiness.
I see people as having rich, complex human emotions that are not well described with overly simple and often stigmatizing diagnostic labels like depression or generalized anxiety. Each person is entirely unique, with their own history, strengths, and challenges. In therapy, I will work with you to better understand yourself. When we can understand why you might be feeling or thinking or acting in a way that is not best for you, we can work together to change it in a way that is tailored to your needs and your circumstances.
(415) 968-4238 View (415) 968-4238
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Christine Mukai
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706  (Online Only)
I have 20+ years of providing psychotherapy with BIPOC working on a range of concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, divorce, grief & loss.
Do you feel stuck or misunderstood and often have strong reactions towards others and can't seem to figure out if it's you or others? Often times our cultural identity and values intertwine into our current relationships creating tensions, stress and challenges. Our differences in communication styles, thinking patterns and ways of expressing our feelings maybe the reasons we are experiencing stress in our lives and our relationships. Psychotherapy can provide the opportunity for us to explore the distress and difficulties in your relationships in a safe space and deepen your self reflection of unconscious behaviors and patterns.
I have 20+ years of providing psychotherapy with BIPOC working on a range of concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, divorce, grief & loss.
Do you feel stuck or misunderstood and often have strong reactions towards others and can't seem to figure out if it's you or others? Often times our cultural identity and values intertwine into our current relationships creating tensions, stress and challenges. Our differences in communication styles, thinking patterns and ways of expressing our feelings maybe the reasons we are experiencing stress in our lives and our relationships. Psychotherapy can provide the opportunity for us to explore the distress and difficulties in your relationships in a safe space and deepen your self reflection of unconscious behaviors and patterns.
(510) 216-1737 View (510) 216-1737
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James Francis Gallagher Jr.
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706
We are all born whole, in lovingkind perfection. But life produces obstacles that sidetrack our becoming ourselves. Obstacles take any forms: trauma in the body, inauthentic identities, existential fears, beliefs indoctrinated but in conflict with one's essential values, or anxiety that something is wrong with oneself. The result can be alienation, grief, substance use issues, depression, anxiety, difficulty connecting, or incapacity to speak or create from the heart. Reconnecting with ones body, the natural world, and with an unconditional community are the foundations re-emerging into the Self you've always been.
We are all born whole, in lovingkind perfection. But life produces obstacles that sidetrack our becoming ourselves. Obstacles take any forms: trauma in the body, inauthentic identities, existential fears, beliefs indoctrinated but in conflict with one's essential values, or anxiety that something is wrong with oneself. The result can be alienation, grief, substance use issues, depression, anxiety, difficulty connecting, or incapacity to speak or create from the heart. Reconnecting with ones body, the natural world, and with an unconditional community are the foundations re-emerging into the Self you've always been.
(510) 876-9446 View (510) 876-9446
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Kanika Singh
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706  (Online Only)
Have you been experiencing heightened levels of stress? Challenges focusing on your college courses? Microaggressions in the workplace that you aren’t sure how to address? Were you ever sexually assaulted or the victim of intimate partner violence (IPV)? Has your grief paralyzed you? Do you have negative thoughts that prevent you from moving forward in life? If you answered yes to any of those questions, I can help. I work with adults (18+) throughout California from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds who want to heal and live a life filled with joy, purpose, healthy relationships, abundance, and laughter.
Have you been experiencing heightened levels of stress? Challenges focusing on your college courses? Microaggressions in the workplace that you aren’t sure how to address? Were you ever sexually assaulted or the victim of intimate partner violence (IPV)? Has your grief paralyzed you? Do you have negative thoughts that prevent you from moving forward in life? If you answered yes to any of those questions, I can help. I work with adults (18+) throughout California from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds who want to heal and live a life filled with joy, purpose, healthy relationships, abundance, and laughter.
(510) 216-1679 View (510) 216-1679
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Mey Saephan, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, CA 94707
Waitlist for new clients
I help individuals, couples, parents, and families who are experiencing communication problems, unresolved conflict, difficulty with grief & loss, and abuse or traumatic experiences that are negatively impacting relationships.
Has your love, joy, and excitement in your relationship slowly faded away? Does it seem that no matter what you say or do, things are just not getting better, and you feel further from resolving your conflicts and understanding your loved ones? There is a way back to enjoying your relationships again. I have been doing this work for over 24 years, and I know that if you have not left the relationship, there is still hope. Learn how to get rid of the unhealthy patterns and learn new skills to get unstuck so you can enrich your marriage, family, and many other relationships.
I help individuals, couples, parents, and families who are experiencing communication problems, unresolved conflict, difficulty with grief & loss, and abuse or traumatic experiences that are negatively impacting relationships.
Has your love, joy, and excitement in your relationship slowly faded away? Does it seem that no matter what you say or do, things are just not getting better, and you feel further from resolving your conflicts and understanding your loved ones? There is a way back to enjoying your relationships again. I have been doing this work for over 24 years, and I know that if you have not left the relationship, there is still hope. Learn how to get rid of the unhealthy patterns and learn new skills to get unstuck so you can enrich your marriage, family, and many other relationships.
(510) 771-8506 View (510) 771-8506
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Reinvisioning Psychotherapy
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706
I am experienced in treatment for people dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, pain, addiction, divorce, financial distress, trauma, terminal illness, grief, and relational difficulties.
As an integrative licensed clinical psychologist, I am open, receptive, and adaptive. My goal is to help you cultivate resilience and the human capability for recovery.
I am experienced in treatment for people dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, pain, addiction, divorce, financial distress, trauma, terminal illness, grief, and relational difficulties.
As an integrative licensed clinical psychologist, I am open, receptive, and adaptive. My goal is to help you cultivate resilience and the human capability for recovery.
(510) 756-4180 View (510) 756-4180
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Robyn Ganeles, MFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CBT
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706
My passions and specialties include helping adolescents and adults alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression, working with women to process grief associated with reproductive challenges, and coaching parents to find effective strategies to engage with their children.
I help adults, teens, and parents move through painful challenges and learn how to improve their relationships with themselves and others. Together, we will work to understand patterns of thoughts and behaviors, and their underlying root causes, so that they can be disrupted and replaced by self-compassion and intentional choices and actions.
My passions and specialties include helping adolescents and adults alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression, working with women to process grief associated with reproductive challenges, and coaching parents to find effective strategies to engage with their children.
I help adults, teens, and parents move through painful challenges and learn how to improve their relationships with themselves and others. Together, we will work to understand patterns of thoughts and behaviors, and their underlying root causes, so that they can be disrupted and replaced by self-compassion and intentional choices and actions.
(510) 738-2891 View (510) 738-2891
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Margaret Dodson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706
I devote my practice to helping adults, parents, teenagers, and children navigate normal transitions of life (love relationships, educational decisions, career impasses, parent-child relationships), as well as the more painful and uncertain ones (death of a loved one, divorce, serious or chronic illness, infertility).
"Are you worrying that you are stuck in old patterns of thinking and behaving regarding yourself and others that make you unhappy, depressed, anxious, or irritable? Are you trying to connect and communicate with a partner, friends, or co-workers, but find youself misunderstood, angry, or lonely? Are you longing to be happier yet unable to figure out how to change? I have helped hundreds of people with similar concerns to experience more joy and success in their lives. Together we can examine your concerns from new perspectives and overcome the obstacles preventing you from achieving your innermost goals.
I devote my practice to helping adults, parents, teenagers, and children navigate normal transitions of life (love relationships, educational decisions, career impasses, parent-child relationships), as well as the more painful and uncertain ones (death of a loved one, divorce, serious or chronic illness, infertility).
"Are you worrying that you are stuck in old patterns of thinking and behaving regarding yourself and others that make you unhappy, depressed, anxious, or irritable? Are you trying to connect and communicate with a partner, friends, or co-workers, but find youself misunderstood, angry, or lonely? Are you longing to be happier yet unable to figure out how to change? I have helped hundreds of people with similar concerns to experience more joy and success in their lives. Together we can examine your concerns from new perspectives and overcome the obstacles preventing you from achieving your innermost goals.
(510) 470-7318 View (510) 470-7318
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Chantal Rohlfing
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706  (Online Only)
Do you want to heal from your past and find greater peace and joy in your life? I applaud you for taking the first step in seeking therapy. I'll help you to move through your self-blame and embrace your magnificence. I provide a free 20-minute initial consultation to see if we are a good fit. If you are struggling with work, relationship or parenting stress, childhood abuse, life transitions or loss I will teach you how to shift old patterns, heal, and make positive changes. You can feel better and thrive!
Do you want to heal from your past and find greater peace and joy in your life? I applaud you for taking the first step in seeking therapy. I'll help you to move through your self-blame and embrace your magnificence. I provide a free 20-minute initial consultation to see if we are a good fit. If you are struggling with work, relationship or parenting stress, childhood abuse, life transitions or loss I will teach you how to shift old patterns, heal, and make positive changes. You can feel better and thrive!
(510) 900-5561 View (510) 900-5561
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Barbara Howell
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Albany, CA 94706
Sometimes, the stress of daily life can exhaust our ability to cope. A child struggling in school, family conflicts, traumatic events, major life transitions, the loss of a loved one, friend, or pet, financial and/or medical issues, pregnancy and the birth of a child—all of these experiences can leave us feeling overwhelmed, helpless, and defeated. From experience and research, we know that stressful experiences--sudden or chronic--can lead to feelings of disconnection, sadness, anxiety, low self-esteem, and conflict within ourselves and with our friends and loved ones.
Sometimes, the stress of daily life can exhaust our ability to cope. A child struggling in school, family conflicts, traumatic events, major life transitions, the loss of a loved one, friend, or pet, financial and/or medical issues, pregnancy and the birth of a child—all of these experiences can leave us feeling overwhelmed, helpless, and defeated. From experience and research, we know that stressful experiences--sudden or chronic--can lead to feelings of disconnection, sadness, anxiety, low self-esteem, and conflict within ourselves and with our friends and loved ones.
(510) 545-4329 View (510) 545-4329
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Zoé Newman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, CA 94706  (Online Only)
I work with issues including: self-esteem, depression, anxiety, childhood abuse, trauma, loss, midlife, spirituality, transitions and relationships.
I offer a compassionate, safe space in which to explore and work with the feelings, fear, anxieties and uncertainty of these challenging times. I also offer support and tools with which you can begin to change negative patterns, heal early wounding, learn to support yourself with self-acceptance, and open to new possibilities.
I work with issues including: self-esteem, depression, anxiety, childhood abuse, trauma, loss, midlife, spirituality, transitions and relationships.
I offer a compassionate, safe space in which to explore and work with the feelings, fear, anxieties and uncertainty of these challenging times. I also offer support and tools with which you can begin to change negative patterns, heal early wounding, learn to support yourself with self-acceptance, and open to new possibilities.
(510) 878-3053 View (510) 878-3053
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Blair Kilpatrick
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706
I work primarily with depression and anxiety, loss and grief, self esteem, relationship issues, weight and body image, addictions, multicultural issues, life transitions, and creativity.
After many years as a psychologist I know one thing for certain: the foundation of therapy is a relationship built on trust, openness, and mutual respect. I see myself as a guide and partner in the change process. I have experience treating the full range of adult problems and have always worked with a culturally diverse population. I have particular interest in creativity, women's issues, and adult development throughout the life cycle. I have specialized training in addictions, codependence, and eating disorders. My therapeutic orientation is broadly psychodynamic, along with EMDR and mindfulness-based approaches.
I work primarily with depression and anxiety, loss and grief, self esteem, relationship issues, weight and body image, addictions, multicultural issues, life transitions, and creativity.
After many years as a psychologist I know one thing for certain: the foundation of therapy is a relationship built on trust, openness, and mutual respect. I see myself as a guide and partner in the change process. I have experience treating the full range of adult problems and have always worked with a culturally diverse population. I have particular interest in creativity, women's issues, and adult development throughout the life cycle. I have specialized training in addictions, codependence, and eating disorders. My therapeutic orientation is broadly psychodynamic, along with EMDR and mindfulness-based approaches.
(925) 308-5160 View (925) 308-5160
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Peter P Bernhardt
MFT
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706
Are your relationships burdened by loss of trust, constant fighting, or a feeling of disconnection? Are dealing with the fallout of an affair? Are you struggling with anger or communication issues? Do you you want relief from suffering, stress or isolation? My mindfulness approach, based on over 30 years experience, will help you get immediate relief through new perspectives and skills. By learning to see your problematic relationship patterns and negative cycles, you will also discover new pathways and new ways of relating. As you feel better, you will take steps to strengthen your new discoveries and abilities.
Are your relationships burdened by loss of trust, constant fighting, or a feeling of disconnection? Are dealing with the fallout of an affair? Are you struggling with anger or communication issues? Do you you want relief from suffering, stress or isolation? My mindfulness approach, based on over 30 years experience, will help you get immediate relief through new perspectives and skills. By learning to see your problematic relationship patterns and negative cycles, you will also discover new pathways and new ways of relating. As you feel better, you will take steps to strengthen your new discoveries and abilities.
(510) 497-0537 View (510) 497-0537
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Naomi Kimmelman
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706  (Online Only)
I offer support in coming into greater clarity, connection, self assuredness, ease and peace about the past, where you are now, and where you hope to go or get to within yourself and relationships. If you are feeling stifled by anxiety, depression or overwhelm, are trying to navigate decisions about your life and relationships, are wanting to change patterns, heal from trauma, or are processing grief, loss and change, I may be the therapist for you. I love supporting individuals through these sorts of challenges and more. Email me to setup a free consultation. Whatever you are experiencing, you do not have to go through it alone.
I offer support in coming into greater clarity, connection, self assuredness, ease and peace about the past, where you are now, and where you hope to go or get to within yourself and relationships. If you are feeling stifled by anxiety, depression or overwhelm, are trying to navigate decisions about your life and relationships, are wanting to change patterns, heal from trauma, or are processing grief, loss and change, I may be the therapist for you. I love supporting individuals through these sorts of challenges and more. Email me to setup a free consultation. Whatever you are experiencing, you do not have to go through it alone.
(510) 800-9427 View (510) 800-9427
Grief Therapists

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.