Grief Therapists in El Cerrito, CA

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Adrián Orozco Blair
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
El Cerrito, CA 94530  (Online Only)
Welcome, I am Adrián. Would you benefit from a man who provides empathy and guidance to resolve issues of anxiety, depression or grief? Would you like to find new ways out of your stuckness? I can help you wake up to your feelings. I nurture self awareness to improve your relationship with yourself. I create a space and a relationship that is nurturing and helps empower you to live with more freedom. I am bilingual (Spanish) and bi-cultural (México/United States).
Welcome, I am Adrián. Would you benefit from a man who provides empathy and guidance to resolve issues of anxiety, depression or grief? Would you like to find new ways out of your stuckness? I can help you wake up to your feelings. I nurture self awareness to improve your relationship with yourself. I create a space and a relationship that is nurturing and helps empower you to live with more freedom. I am bilingual (Spanish) and bi-cultural (México/United States).
(510) 900-5643 View (510) 900-5643
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Wendy Fiering
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
El Cerrito, CA 94530  (Online Only)
Feeling overwhelmed? Is anxiety, grief, or stress taking over? I'm here to help. I offer therapy for adults, kids, and families that's strengths-based, collaborative, and solution-focused. We'll create positive momentum from our first meeting. Building on the strengths you or your child already have, I’ll offer tools and strategies to use when challenging situations arise. You'll gain a new perspective, a sense of hope, and practical strategies to use during the week.
Feeling overwhelmed? Is anxiety, grief, or stress taking over? I'm here to help. I offer therapy for adults, kids, and families that's strengths-based, collaborative, and solution-focused. We'll create positive momentum from our first meeting. Building on the strengths you or your child already have, I’ll offer tools and strategies to use when challenging situations arise. You'll gain a new perspective, a sense of hope, and practical strategies to use during the week.
(510) 681-2740 View (510) 681-2740
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Eve Aceves
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
El Cerrito, CA 94530  (Online Only)
If you need relief from depression, anxiety, and the effects of early traumatic loss, parental neglect, abuse, or mental illness, I could be the right therapist for you. I've been helping clients with these issues, as a licensed therapist, since 2011. I'm sensitive to who you are as a unique individual and what you need at this time of your life, whether that's brief or deep, intensive work. I'll support you in trusting and valuing yourself as you are, and, at the same time, encourage you to take healthy risks and stretch gently beyond your comfort zone. My approach is warm, compassionate, and collaborative.
If you need relief from depression, anxiety, and the effects of early traumatic loss, parental neglect, abuse, or mental illness, I could be the right therapist for you. I've been helping clients with these issues, as a licensed therapist, since 2011. I'm sensitive to who you are as a unique individual and what you need at this time of your life, whether that's brief or deep, intensive work. I'll support you in trusting and valuing yourself as you are, and, at the same time, encourage you to take healthy risks and stretch gently beyond your comfort zone. My approach is warm, compassionate, and collaborative.
(510) 988-5319 View (510) 988-5319
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Megan Elise Carney
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Megan Carney is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in working with children ages 5-12, adolescents, and adults. Working with a therapist can help you or your child learn skills to adapt to and integrate challenges including grief and loss, anxiety, and depression. Megan’s goal is to collaborate with clients and families to create sustainable change and meaningful goals for treatment and the future.
Megan Carney is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in working with children ages 5-12, adolescents, and adults. Working with a therapist can help you or your child learn skills to adapt to and integrate challenges including grief and loss, anxiety, and depression. Megan’s goal is to collaborate with clients and families to create sustainable change and meaningful goals for treatment and the future.
(510) 588-7829 View (510) 588-7829
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Valerie Creane
Psychologist, PsyD, CPCC
Verified Verified
El Cerrito, CA 94530
I work with clients coping with anxiety, codependency, relationship challenges, grief, low self-esteem, and early attachment wounds.
Have you ever felt like you talk about a painful issue over and over but nothing changes? Are you ready to start your journey to real transformation? Therapy helps us shift underlying patterns that cause distress, heal from past wounds, and mobilize inner strengths, so that we experience greater freedom and fulfillment. For 20 years, I’ve helped clients heal and grow, and cultivate lives of meaning and joy. I offer a holistic approach to counseling, which means I draw on multiple healing modalities, and support you in feeling healthy in all ways. I love this work, and am dedicated to helping you create lasting positive change.
I work with clients coping with anxiety, codependency, relationship challenges, grief, low self-esteem, and early attachment wounds.
Have you ever felt like you talk about a painful issue over and over but nothing changes? Are you ready to start your journey to real transformation? Therapy helps us shift underlying patterns that cause distress, heal from past wounds, and mobilize inner strengths, so that we experience greater freedom and fulfillment. For 20 years, I’ve helped clients heal and grow, and cultivate lives of meaning and joy. I offer a holistic approach to counseling, which means I draw on multiple healing modalities, and support you in feeling healthy in all ways. I love this work, and am dedicated to helping you create lasting positive change.
(510) 250-7544 View (510) 250-7544
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Brandi Ann Plumley
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
El Cerrito, CA 94530
I believe young adulthood is a unique time in one's life and I feel strongly that having an ally on your side can help you find your next best step forward and build resiliency. I enjoy working with young adults and young professionals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, loss and life transitions. In addition, I also work with Healthcare professionals who are seeking a healthier way to work through burnout symptoms ( PTSD, Depression and Anxiety) and cope with the emotional demands of their job.
I believe young adulthood is a unique time in one's life and I feel strongly that having an ally on your side can help you find your next best step forward and build resiliency. I enjoy working with young adults and young professionals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, loss and life transitions. In addition, I also work with Healthcare professionals who are seeking a healthier way to work through burnout symptoms ( PTSD, Depression and Anxiety) and cope with the emotional demands of their job.
(510) 439-9837 View (510) 439-9837
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Lynn Winsten
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
El Cerrito, CA 94530  (Online Only)
The problems you might be facing may have to do with love and loss, difficulty with friendships and/or work relations, career decisions, trauma or abuse, physical illness or disabilities. You may be dealing with loneliness, anxiety or depression. I am a down to earth, no nonsense kind of person I am also kind, respectful, compassionate, and at times funny. I listen well and am very devoted to my work.
The problems you might be facing may have to do with love and loss, difficulty with friendships and/or work relations, career decisions, trauma or abuse, physical illness or disabilities. You may be dealing with loneliness, anxiety or depression. I am a down to earth, no nonsense kind of person I am also kind, respectful, compassionate, and at times funny. I listen well and am very devoted to my work.
(510) 901-4568 View (510) 901-4568
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Jeffrey Sloan
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, AMFT
Verified Verified
El Cerrito, CA 94530
In today’s world, we are surrounded by stressors at every level—personal, community, national and global. There’s no doubt that when there is so much chaos in the world and our lives it can feel like we are out of control. We may feel “stuck” perhaps with unbearable sadness, grief, overwhelm or worry that have ripple effects in our daily lives including work, school, family, and relationships. Talking to loved ones can be helpful, but sometimes we’d rather talk to someone who is impartial. Our work will focus on creating a space where you feel heard, understood, cared for, and accepted as you are.
In today’s world, we are surrounded by stressors at every level—personal, community, national and global. There’s no doubt that when there is so much chaos in the world and our lives it can feel like we are out of control. We may feel “stuck” perhaps with unbearable sadness, grief, overwhelm or worry that have ripple effects in our daily lives including work, school, family, and relationships. Talking to loved ones can be helpful, but sometimes we’d rather talk to someone who is impartial. Our work will focus on creating a space where you feel heard, understood, cared for, and accepted as you are.
(510) 694-4472 View (510) 694-4472
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Ruth A Greenberg
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified Verified
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Conflicts in our relationships, parenting hurdles, stress, loneliness, grief, and old emotional wounds can block us from fully enjoying our lives and our loves. With warmth and humor, I actively guide and support clients to reach their therapeutic goals. As a certified Emotionally Focused Therapist I am highly skilled at assisting couples to identify the patten of communication that keeps them stuck, explore its roots, normalize it, and transform it so that each person can reach for the other in a new, more heartfelt way.
Conflicts in our relationships, parenting hurdles, stress, loneliness, grief, and old emotional wounds can block us from fully enjoying our lives and our loves. With warmth and humor, I actively guide and support clients to reach their therapeutic goals. As a certified Emotionally Focused Therapist I am highly skilled at assisting couples to identify the patten of communication that keeps them stuck, explore its roots, normalize it, and transform it so that each person can reach for the other in a new, more heartfelt way.
(510) 878-4908 View (510) 878-4908
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Yashodara Rao
Psychologist, MBBS, MHA, PsyD
Verified Verified
El Cerrito, CA 94530
I offer support for anxiety, interpersonal challenges, stress management, life transitions, grief, and Insomnia (CBT-I).
Compassion and respect are critical to every relationship. I use a collaborative, non-judgmental approach to therapy, using individualized techniques tailored to meet your specific situation and needs. I work with teens, couples, adults and elders. I provide Couples therapy and individual therapy. I'm an artist and occasionally use art as an expressive avenue during therapy. My pursuit of the "why/how" behind life's events led me to pursue Psychology as my profession. I have over 15 years of experience.
I offer support for anxiety, interpersonal challenges, stress management, life transitions, grief, and Insomnia (CBT-I).
Compassion and respect are critical to every relationship. I use a collaborative, non-judgmental approach to therapy, using individualized techniques tailored to meet your specific situation and needs. I work with teens, couples, adults and elders. I provide Couples therapy and individual therapy. I'm an artist and occasionally use art as an expressive avenue during therapy. My pursuit of the "why/how" behind life's events led me to pursue Psychology as my profession. I have over 15 years of experience.
(209) 215-4674 View (209) 215-4674
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Mark Allen Resch
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, BA, MFA, MA
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
El Cerrito, CA 94530
I also know that not facing these challenges can lead to struggles with grief, anxiety, or depression.
I work with clients who are asking "Who am I, apart from the things I've done, or the job I have?" The work that we do together re-orients my clients and helps them to create more aliveness and a renewed sense of purpose and meaning. I offer empathetic, insightful therapy to individuals, couples, and families across California. Whether you're grappling with burnout, the complexities of relationships, work-life balance, life/career transition, anxiety, grief, or depression, I will design treatment that matches your unique circumstances and help you thrive in the world.
I also know that not facing these challenges can lead to struggles with grief, anxiety, or depression.
I work with clients who are asking "Who am I, apart from the things I've done, or the job I have?" The work that we do together re-orients my clients and helps them to create more aliveness and a renewed sense of purpose and meaning. I offer empathetic, insightful therapy to individuals, couples, and families across California. Whether you're grappling with burnout, the complexities of relationships, work-life balance, life/career transition, anxiety, grief, or depression, I will design treatment that matches your unique circumstances and help you thrive in the world.
(510) 319-0598 View (510) 319-0598
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Forogh Rahim
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
El Cerrito, CA 94530  (Online Only)
I view presenting issues contextually exploring individual, familial (values, patterns, intergenerational loss/trauma), and societal factors (often systems of oppression) that are causing or contributing to those issues.
I am a systemically trained and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist offering individual, couple, and family therapy. My clients seek support around a myriad of concerns - most common among them are: depression, anxiety, loss, attachment trauma, oppression-based trauma, identity exploration/conflict, racial identity, family/relational conflict, and emotional dysregulation. Clients come to me to deconstruct beliefs about themselves and the world that are no longer serving them and instead creating chaos, dysfunction, and pain. Through our work together, they're able to live more fulfilling lives.
I view presenting issues contextually exploring individual, familial (values, patterns, intergenerational loss/trauma), and societal factors (often systems of oppression) that are causing or contributing to those issues.
I am a systemically trained and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist offering individual, couple, and family therapy. My clients seek support around a myriad of concerns - most common among them are: depression, anxiety, loss, attachment trauma, oppression-based trauma, identity exploration/conflict, racial identity, family/relational conflict, and emotional dysregulation. Clients come to me to deconstruct beliefs about themselves and the world that are no longer serving them and instead creating chaos, dysfunction, and pain. Through our work together, they're able to live more fulfilling lives.
(415) 634-4038 View (415) 634-4038
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Kathryn Buys
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, ACSP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
El Cerrito, CA 94530
I have moved through spirals of grief & big challenges.
If you are a woman ready for more happiness, more peace, & a greater sense of choice, I am here to guide you on your way. Your depression, anxiety, or relationship challenges may be signals that something greater is around the corner. If they persist, though, it’s a good time to find someone who can re-orient you so that you’re on the path of a joyful life, a life of intention, a life where empowerment and “yes!” are within reach. I work with women who feel even just a slight spark of knowing that this path might be available. We may start with mindfulness & how to cope with the effects of trauma and depression so you can thrive.
I have moved through spirals of grief & big challenges.
If you are a woman ready for more happiness, more peace, & a greater sense of choice, I am here to guide you on your way. Your depression, anxiety, or relationship challenges may be signals that something greater is around the corner. If they persist, though, it’s a good time to find someone who can re-orient you so that you’re on the path of a joyful life, a life of intention, a life where empowerment and “yes!” are within reach. I work with women who feel even just a slight spark of knowing that this path might be available. We may start with mindfulness & how to cope with the effects of trauma and depression so you can thrive.
(925) 291-5873 View (925) 291-5873
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Margaret Dodson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
El Cerrito, CA 94530
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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Catherine Cavette
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
El Cerrito, CA 94530  (Online Only)
Therapy is many levels of psychological work from resolving conflicts, to understanding the secrets we keep from ourselves and how they impact our lives. In addition to joy and success, many of us also experience trauma, grief, fear, anxiety, depression, anger, guilt, and shame, as well as physical illness. Fortunately, these challenges are a portal to self-knowledge that allows us to grow and to learn. Therapy is working together in a collaborative process tailored to meet your needs. It leads to profound understanding about how you make sense of yourself and others in your life, and how to change the ways you impact your world.
Therapy is many levels of psychological work from resolving conflicts, to understanding the secrets we keep from ourselves and how they impact our lives. In addition to joy and success, many of us also experience trauma, grief, fear, anxiety, depression, anger, guilt, and shame, as well as physical illness. Fortunately, these challenges are a portal to self-knowledge that allows us to grow and to learn. Therapy is working together in a collaborative process tailored to meet your needs. It leads to profound understanding about how you make sense of yourself and others in your life, and how to change the ways you impact your world.
(510) 661-3034 View (510) 661-3034
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Barbara Howell
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
El Cerrito, CA 94530
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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Jody Roberts
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, 37412
Verified Verified
El Cerrito, CA 94530  (Online Only)
I use several therapeutic approaches to address life transitions, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, confusion, anger, or fear including: Cognitive Behavioral strategies, mindfulness and stress reduction, exposure/response prevention for anxiety, problem solving, coaching for effective life and communication skills, and expressive arts when appropriate.
I custom-tailor the therapeutic process to suit your individual needs. Together, we will set goals for your healing. I will encourage you to draw upon your own strengths and life experience by learning to trust yourself and your intuition.
I use several therapeutic approaches to address life transitions, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, confusion, anger, or fear including: Cognitive Behavioral strategies, mindfulness and stress reduction, exposure/response prevention for anxiety, problem solving, coaching for effective life and communication skills, and expressive arts when appropriate.
I custom-tailor the therapeutic process to suit your individual needs. Together, we will set goals for your healing. I will encourage you to draw upon your own strengths and life experience by learning to trust yourself and your intuition.
(510) 417-4209 View (510) 417-4209
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Megan MacMillan
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
El Cerrito, CA 94530
In my practice I see adults seeking help with a variety of issues including: Relationship difficulties; Loss, grief, and trauma; Addiction; Anxiety and Depression; Infertility/Miscarriage/Adoption; Life Transitions; and Professional and/or Creative Blocks.
I've been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1994. I work with adults who are facing a variety of challenges. As a therapist, I see my role as a helper in the process of exploring and expanding self awareness. This is necessary to increase one's range of choices in life that are more aligned with one's values and dreams. My work is informed by each client's personal history and culture; mindfulness techniques; and contemporary psychodynamic and relational theories. I work with adult individuals age 18 and older.
In my practice I see adults seeking help with a variety of issues including: Relationship difficulties; Loss, grief, and trauma; Addiction; Anxiety and Depression; Infertility/Miscarriage/Adoption; Life Transitions; and Professional and/or Creative Blocks.
I've been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1994. I work with adults who are facing a variety of challenges. As a therapist, I see my role as a helper in the process of exploring and expanding self awareness. This is necessary to increase one's range of choices in life that are more aligned with one's values and dreams. My work is informed by each client's personal history and culture; mindfulness techniques; and contemporary psychodynamic and relational theories. I work with adult individuals age 18 and older.
(510) 289-8930 View (510) 289-8930
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Rosalie Stillford
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
El Cerrito, CA 94530
I am a trauma-informed, somatic therapist passionate about supporting and empowering adults, teens, and children through therapy. I have a special interest in working with adults and teens on: complex & acute trauma, emotion regulation, anxiety, relationships, self-esteem, grief, and life transitions. With children, I treat: anger, traumatic events, adjusting to change, general/social/separation anxiety, friendship, bullying, frequent arguing, school-based issues, OCD, and PANS/PANDAS, and more. I am affirming of those who are queer, gender-nonconforming, kink, and in poly/ENM/non-traditional relationship structures.
I am a trauma-informed, somatic therapist passionate about supporting and empowering adults, teens, and children through therapy. I have a special interest in working with adults and teens on: complex & acute trauma, emotion regulation, anxiety, relationships, self-esteem, grief, and life transitions. With children, I treat: anger, traumatic events, adjusting to change, general/social/separation anxiety, friendship, bullying, frequent arguing, school-based issues, OCD, and PANS/PANDAS, and more. I am affirming of those who are queer, gender-nonconforming, kink, and in poly/ENM/non-traditional relationship structures.
(510) 279-4533 View (510) 279-4533
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Melissa Murphy
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, JD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Whether you or your child struggle with depression, anxiety, phobias, trauma, grief, life transitions, addiction or other conditions, I would be honored to accompany you or your loved ones on your healing journey. Our work will focus on creating the safety and acceptance that allows for change. Because our lives are shaped by the culture in which we live, we can also consider the social forces that may have shaped you, including racial, gender, and class biases.
Whether you or your child struggle with depression, anxiety, phobias, trauma, grief, life transitions, addiction or other conditions, I would be honored to accompany you or your loved ones on your healing journey. Our work will focus on creating the safety and acceptance that allows for change. Because our lives are shaped by the culture in which we live, we can also consider the social forces that may have shaped you, including racial, gender, and class biases.
(415) 792-0372 View (415) 792-0372
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.