Grief Therapists in Los Angeles, CA

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Felicia Lepetri
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Grief and loss are often manifested in different ways, and I believe therapy is a collaborative experience which involves trust and compassion.
Life transitions and change often bring up feelings of uncertainty and worry. Although, these transitions are often expected or even decided by us, it can cause an overwhelming sense of doubt and sometimes feelings of grief. I work with clients who are experiencing challenges with life transitions, like motherhood, coming in or out of a relationship, and grief and loss. My approach is to make meaning of your losses and transitions, support you through your experience and identify strategies to help you feel grounded, connected and seen.
Grief and loss are often manifested in different ways, and I believe therapy is a collaborative experience which involves trust and compassion.
Life transitions and change often bring up feelings of uncertainty and worry. Although, these transitions are often expected or even decided by us, it can cause an overwhelming sense of doubt and sometimes feelings of grief. I work with clients who are experiencing challenges with life transitions, like motherhood, coming in or out of a relationship, and grief and loss. My approach is to make meaning of your losses and transitions, support you through your experience and identify strategies to help you feel grounded, connected and seen.
(310) 893-6819 View (310) 893-6819
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Singin' In The Rain Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90021
How would your life be different if you were more compassionate and accepting of yourself? Research shows a friendlier relationship with yourself is transformational. I specialize in all types of grief and loss as well as the symptoms that can continue after chronic stress in childhood. Sometimes therapy just needs to be simply a safe, private place to sort things out, talk through life decisions, and maybe learn new emotional or social skills to adjust your trajectory.
How would your life be different if you were more compassionate and accepting of yourself? Research shows a friendlier relationship with yourself is transformational. I specialize in all types of grief and loss as well as the symptoms that can continue after chronic stress in childhood. Sometimes therapy just needs to be simply a safe, private place to sort things out, talk through life decisions, and maybe learn new emotional or social skills to adjust your trajectory.
(213) 810-3275 View (213) 810-3275
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Ailsa M Long
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
5 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025  (Online Only)
I specialize in helping clients through depression, Trauma, anxiety and grief as well.
I believe we all have the desire for growth and increasing our positive outlook on life. I want to help my clients work through past traumas and challenges affecting them still and causing them hurt and a feeling of being stuck. Therapy is an important investment you can make in your own life and own happiness with all the current stressors in life. I provide a safe space for you to express yourself, work through challenges and gain perspective into what’s needed for growth and positive change.
I specialize in helping clients through depression, Trauma, anxiety and grief as well.
I believe we all have the desire for growth and increasing our positive outlook on life. I want to help my clients work through past traumas and challenges affecting them still and causing them hurt and a feeling of being stuck. Therapy is an important investment you can make in your own life and own happiness with all the current stressors in life. I provide a safe space for you to express yourself, work through challenges and gain perspective into what’s needed for growth and positive change.
(424) 407-8621 View (424) 407-8621
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Ivy Love Margulies
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90049
I am a specialist in grief, loss and trauma encompassing the entire spectrum of women's maternal mental health. I help women(and their partners) with healthy pregnancies, postpartum depression and anxiety, pregnancy loss, terminations and infertility - whether through stillbirth, miscarriage, late term loss, IVF/IUI failures, selective termination or pregnancy releases (aka abortion). Sadly, 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage and 1 in 8 will have trouble with conception. I blend psychology, ritual, spirituality, reiki, energy healing, guided meditations and more to help facilitate and support women, couples and families.
I am a specialist in grief, loss and trauma encompassing the entire spectrum of women's maternal mental health. I help women(and their partners) with healthy pregnancies, postpartum depression and anxiety, pregnancy loss, terminations and infertility - whether through stillbirth, miscarriage, late term loss, IVF/IUI failures, selective termination or pregnancy releases (aka abortion). Sadly, 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage and 1 in 8 will have trouble with conception. I blend psychology, ritual, spirituality, reiki, energy healing, guided meditations and more to help facilitate and support women, couples and families.
(424) 320-3249 View (424) 320-3249
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Emily Rued
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
5 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90029
I work with anxiety, depression, bereavement, relational conflict, low self-esteem, and issues of personal growth.
Do you love your craft but find the business side of things can be hard on your mental health? I've been there and I can help. There is so much out of your control, no wonder anxiety and depression are common experiences for creatives. Therapy will help you gain a better understanding of who you are, where you come from, and how to cope with and respond to challenges. I offer a personalized approach to therapy designed to help you discover new insights into yourself and your relationships. I work to create a space where you have the freedom to express yourself without judgment and leave having felt heard and understood.
I work with anxiety, depression, bereavement, relational conflict, low self-esteem, and issues of personal growth.
Do you love your craft but find the business side of things can be hard on your mental health? I've been there and I can help. There is so much out of your control, no wonder anxiety and depression are common experiences for creatives. Therapy will help you gain a better understanding of who you are, where you come from, and how to cope with and respond to challenges. I offer a personalized approach to therapy designed to help you discover new insights into yourself and your relationships. I work to create a space where you have the freedom to express yourself without judgment and leave having felt heard and understood.
(323) 999-5214 View (323) 999-5214
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Tiffany A Wright
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
4 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90008
The demands of today often have folks feeling lost, confused, overwhelmed, and stuck. How does one perform well, manage your relationships, and take care of oneself? Do you need help with coping strategies to regulate the stress associated with family, trauma, relationships, and social pressures? Are you feeling disconnected from yourself or lost? Not feeling worthy? Are you in search of someone to help you get out of the darkness and lift the weight you're experiencing from loss, new transitions, your past, or relationships? Let's connect to help you connect with yourself & your strengths.
The demands of today often have folks feeling lost, confused, overwhelmed, and stuck. How does one perform well, manage your relationships, and take care of oneself? Do you need help with coping strategies to regulate the stress associated with family, trauma, relationships, and social pressures? Are you feeling disconnected from yourself or lost? Not feeling worthy? Are you in search of someone to help you get out of the darkness and lift the weight you're experiencing from loss, new transitions, your past, or relationships? Let's connect to help you connect with yourself & your strengths.
(424) 704-9525 View (424) 704-9525
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Ilana Bar-Din Giannini
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90024
I came to the practice of psychotherapy because I believe life's crises, however painful, also provide opportunities for profound change and growth. Therapy should be a safe space for patients to assess what is meaningful and what has been outgrown, what has been lost and what can be gained by working through that loss.
I came to the practice of psychotherapy because I believe life's crises, however painful, also provide opportunities for profound change and growth. Therapy should be a safe space for patients to assess what is meaningful and what has been outgrown, what has been lost and what can be gained by working through that loss.
(310) 254-2353 View (310) 254-2353
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Anna Baumgartner
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Thank you for visiting my website. I am passionate about helping my clients meet their best potential in life! Some of my areas of expertise include medical psychology, pain management, phase of life issues, stress management, academic/work pressures, ADHD, ASD, and grief processing. My treatment is focused on symptom reduction (i.e., anxiety, depression, impulsivity, etc.), positive coping skills, and improvement in overall functioning based on your own personal values. Clients that are best suited for my interventions desire change, respect consistency in the sessions, and learn to be active participants in their plan of care.
Thank you for visiting my website. I am passionate about helping my clients meet their best potential in life! Some of my areas of expertise include medical psychology, pain management, phase of life issues, stress management, academic/work pressures, ADHD, ASD, and grief processing. My treatment is focused on symptom reduction (i.e., anxiety, depression, impulsivity, etc.), positive coping skills, and improvement in overall functioning based on your own personal values. Clients that are best suited for my interventions desire change, respect consistency in the sessions, and learn to be active participants in their plan of care.
(424) 888-6460 View (424) 888-6460
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Macy Ragole
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90024
I specialize in therapy for adults aged 18 to early 30s, supporting all the emotions, thoughts, and desires during life changes, grief, identity development, and relationship challenges. Whether navigating career entry, college challenges, break-ups, or embracing your true self, I offer a secure space for exploration. I also support in coping with grief and navigating needs in challenging relationships. Beyond immediate needs, if you're ready for therapy to explore self and relationships, I am here to help you understand and navigate your world and your true self. Alongside private practice, I work as a psychotherapist at UCLA.
I specialize in therapy for adults aged 18 to early 30s, supporting all the emotions, thoughts, and desires during life changes, grief, identity development, and relationship challenges. Whether navigating career entry, college challenges, break-ups, or embracing your true self, I offer a secure space for exploration. I also support in coping with grief and navigating needs in challenging relationships. Beyond immediate needs, if you're ready for therapy to explore self and relationships, I am here to help you understand and navigate your world and your true self. Alongside private practice, I work as a psychotherapist at UCLA.
(310) 868-0775 View (310) 868-0775
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Kevin Brody
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, GC-C
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90042  (Online Only)
My specialties/clinical interests include: depression, self-compassion, trauma, grief (death and loss), identity, adult ADHD, relationship difficultes, and existential issues.
21st-century life is complex. Our shared world buzzes with relentless motion and change while oppressive systems often feel fixed and difficult to budge. However you got here and whatever you’re carrying, I’m glad you made it. I believe therapy should be a collaborative, empowering experience that allows space for folks to explore themselves, their minds and hearts, and our shared often disheartening world. You are worthy of care and healing. If you’re interested in a therapist who shows up authentically, provides heartfelt warmth and empathy, and doesn’t mind using humor or the occasional curse word when appropriate, let’s connect!
My specialties/clinical interests include: depression, self-compassion, trauma, grief (death and loss), identity, adult ADHD, relationship difficultes, and existential issues.
21st-century life is complex. Our shared world buzzes with relentless motion and change while oppressive systems often feel fixed and difficult to budge. However you got here and whatever you’re carrying, I’m glad you made it. I believe therapy should be a collaborative, empowering experience that allows space for folks to explore themselves, their minds and hearts, and our shared often disheartening world. You are worthy of care and healing. If you’re interested in a therapist who shows up authentically, provides heartfelt warmth and empathy, and doesn’t mind using humor or the occasional curse word when appropriate, let’s connect!
(310) 776-6087 View (310) 776-6087
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Deborah C Weisberg
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPCC
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90035
I offer a warm, honest partnership for anyone who is struggling emotionally. People come in feeling alone in some way: overwhelmed, unfulfilled, blocked creatively or convinced that everyone else in the world is different from them. Or, maybe you are grieving the break-up of a relationship, marriage, or the death of someone close. Feeling alone in your pain is often the worst part.
I offer a warm, honest partnership for anyone who is struggling emotionally. People come in feeling alone in some way: overwhelmed, unfulfilled, blocked creatively or convinced that everyone else in the world is different from them. Or, maybe you are grieving the break-up of a relationship, marriage, or the death of someone close. Feeling alone in your pain is often the worst part.
(310) 321-4639 View (310) 321-4639
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Carolyn Jean Christ
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90042  (Online Only)
I have special training and experience working with trauma and with grieving children and teens, and I am trained in Trauma & Grief Component Therapy (TGCT) for adolescents.
A meaningful therapeutic relationship can be a nurturing and generative environment for growth and empowerment. In an accepting and loving space, hopes, fears, anxiety, depression, and trauma can be safely explored and harnessed as agents of change. I am passionate about the possibilities for healing and radical self-acceptance within each unique client and therapist relationship. Our work together will be collaborative, containing, and non-judgmental, exploring the past and present, as well as hopes for the future. I work from a place of warmth, curiosity, humor, and deep reverence for your unique life experience.
I have special training and experience working with trauma and with grieving children and teens, and I am trained in Trauma & Grief Component Therapy (TGCT) for adolescents.
A meaningful therapeutic relationship can be a nurturing and generative environment for growth and empowerment. In an accepting and loving space, hopes, fears, anxiety, depression, and trauma can be safely explored and harnessed as agents of change. I am passionate about the possibilities for healing and radical self-acceptance within each unique client and therapist relationship. Our work together will be collaborative, containing, and non-judgmental, exploring the past and present, as well as hopes for the future. I work from a place of warmth, curiosity, humor, and deep reverence for your unique life experience.
(818) 308-1356 View (818) 308-1356
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Megan Burford
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
4 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90064
It can be hard to find places where we are seen, and can see ourselves, with accuracy and empathy. I would be honored to provide you with that space and to walk alongside you as we explore your most important concerns. If you are a couple, I can help you break your negative cycles of communication to reach a more compassionate understanding of one another. If you are a young adult facing the stressors of adulthood for the first time, I can help you find clarity and direction. And if you are grieving, whether it be the ending of a relationship, a death or a major life transition, I can support you and help you to make sense of it.
It can be hard to find places where we are seen, and can see ourselves, with accuracy and empathy. I would be honored to provide you with that space and to walk alongside you as we explore your most important concerns. If you are a couple, I can help you break your negative cycles of communication to reach a more compassionate understanding of one another. If you are a young adult facing the stressors of adulthood for the first time, I can help you find clarity and direction. And if you are grieving, whether it be the ending of a relationship, a death or a major life transition, I can support you and help you to make sense of it.
(941) 269-2212 View (941) 269-2212
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Sara Tousi
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90023
I often work with individuals that struggle with anxiety, depression, and mood disorders, and with individuals that are experiencing grief and loss, trauma, PTSD, and relationship and work stressors.
My name is Sara Tousi, and I am an LCSW. As a clinical social worker, supporting clients to overcome barriers to their various treatments is an important aspect and an integral part of my social work practice. I have over 15 years of experience working with clients from various backgrounds. I have vast experience working with individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, and mood disorders and as well as with individuals that are experiencing grief and loss, trauma, PTSD, and relationship and work stressors. I utilize a variety of therapy modalities in order to support clients in meeting their treatment goals.
I often work with individuals that struggle with anxiety, depression, and mood disorders, and with individuals that are experiencing grief and loss, trauma, PTSD, and relationship and work stressors.
My name is Sara Tousi, and I am an LCSW. As a clinical social worker, supporting clients to overcome barriers to their various treatments is an important aspect and an integral part of my social work practice. I have over 15 years of experience working with clients from various backgrounds. I have vast experience working with individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, and mood disorders and as well as with individuals that are experiencing grief and loss, trauma, PTSD, and relationship and work stressors. I utilize a variety of therapy modalities in order to support clients in meeting their treatment goals.
(323) 205-7791 View (323) 205-7791
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Roberta L Goodman-Rosenberg
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90048
I have an holistic approach to mental health. As a trauma and resiliency trained LMFT, I incorporate a variety of interventions which address the mind, body, and emotions, including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), TRM (Trauma Resiliency Model), somatic awareness, mindfulness, and meditation. In addition to helping people experience relief from trauma, I work with individuals, couples, and families who are struggling with anxiety or depression, looking to improve their relationships, process grief and loss, and cope more effectively with the challenges of caring for aging parents while raising children.
I have an holistic approach to mental health. As a trauma and resiliency trained LMFT, I incorporate a variety of interventions which address the mind, body, and emotions, including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), TRM (Trauma Resiliency Model), somatic awareness, mindfulness, and meditation. In addition to helping people experience relief from trauma, I work with individuals, couples, and families who are struggling with anxiety or depression, looking to improve their relationships, process grief and loss, and cope more effectively with the challenges of caring for aging parents while raising children.
(424) 361-0912 View (424) 361-0912
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Allyson Byers
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
6 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90036  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing grief and loss? Are you navigating health challenges or chronic illness? Do you have parts of yourself that are difficult to share with others? Have you experienced medical or relational/attachment trauma? You've come to the right place. As a queer therapist with chronic illness, I draw from both professional and lived experiences. I believe that therapy can be a reparative experience and that the relationship between a therapist and client can foster immense change and growth. I see clients both via telehealth or outdoors at a local park.
Are you experiencing grief and loss? Are you navigating health challenges or chronic illness? Do you have parts of yourself that are difficult to share with others? Have you experienced medical or relational/attachment trauma? You've come to the right place. As a queer therapist with chronic illness, I draw from both professional and lived experiences. I believe that therapy can be a reparative experience and that the relationship between a therapist and client can foster immense change and growth. I see clients both via telehealth or outdoors at a local park.
(323) 643-6104 View (323) 643-6104
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Melanie J Chitwood
Counselor, MA, LPCC, MBPsS
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025
My specialties include grief & loss; relationship struggles; rebuilding identity after a break-up or divorce; healing from discrimination; adjusting to culture/reverse culture shock; navigating life with processing differences such as ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia or ASD; as well as, coping with self-doubt, and vertical/social mobility adjustment.
Finding the right therapist can be a daunting process, yet it is one that really matters. It is understandable to feel out of sorts, isolated, or misunderstood when experiencing relationship, family, peer, academic, or workplace stress, during a life transition, or when recovering from trauma. You may also be struggling with a death, the end of a relationship, a relocation from another state or country, an adjustment to a health issue of yourself or a loved one, or being in an environment in which you feel you don't fit. It can be painful to experience these feelings and to try to find a way forward. You don't have to do this alone.
My specialties include grief & loss; relationship struggles; rebuilding identity after a break-up or divorce; healing from discrimination; adjusting to culture/reverse culture shock; navigating life with processing differences such as ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia or ASD; as well as, coping with self-doubt, and vertical/social mobility adjustment.
Finding the right therapist can be a daunting process, yet it is one that really matters. It is understandable to feel out of sorts, isolated, or misunderstood when experiencing relationship, family, peer, academic, or workplace stress, during a life transition, or when recovering from trauma. You may also be struggling with a death, the end of a relationship, a relocation from another state or country, an adjustment to a health issue of yourself or a loved one, or being in an environment in which you feel you don't fit. It can be painful to experience these feelings and to try to find a way forward. You don't have to do this alone.
(424) 348-4677 View (424) 348-4677
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Brian Stefan
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90048  (Online Only)
I believe people can suffer less in their grief journey and that none of us have to walk alone if we don't want to.
You are tired of grieving alone, and there's so much you want to express but it’s hard to talk with many friends, family, or others. You go back and forth between fear and anger, and often feel stuck in your grief. Sometimes you prefer to feel numb to it and other times you wish you could burrow into your grief. You know the answer is not to "move on" but you struggle with how to "move forward" in a way that is right for you. It makes you wonder if you are doing all this “correctly.” It seems like you are finally ready to reach out.
I believe people can suffer less in their grief journey and that none of us have to walk alone if we don't want to.
You are tired of grieving alone, and there's so much you want to express but it’s hard to talk with many friends, family, or others. You go back and forth between fear and anger, and often feel stuck in your grief. Sometimes you prefer to feel numb to it and other times you wish you could burrow into your grief. You know the answer is not to "move on" but you struggle with how to "move forward" in a way that is right for you. It makes you wonder if you are doing all this “correctly.” It seems like you are finally ready to reach out.
(310) 596-4111 View (310) 596-4111
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Laura Bloomberg
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90066  (Online Only)
Sometimes, life can be a bit daunting. Between big life decisions, tragedies, and even days when nothing seems to go right, it's easy to get down, anxious, and feel overwhelmed. I work with adults and adolescents who struggle with anxiety, depression, grief, addiction, life's transitions, or need a space of their own to share openly free from bias or judgement.
Sometimes, life can be a bit daunting. Between big life decisions, tragedies, and even days when nothing seems to go right, it's easy to get down, anxious, and feel overwhelmed. I work with adults and adolescents who struggle with anxiety, depression, grief, addiction, life's transitions, or need a space of their own to share openly free from bias or judgement.
(424) 955-4709 View (424) 955-4709
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Anna Kim
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
4 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90042
I work to support people through their individual process of growth and change while embracing hope, mistakes, joy, loss, humor, and confusion.
Being alive is infinitely complicated. It's wonderful, embarrassing, scary, and exciting. Aliveness can mean so many different things to each person based on their past experiences of self, family, relationships, and systems. In my therapeutic practice, I hold space for this infinite variance, and the struggle to know and communicate it to others. I also maintain a fundamental belief in the possibility and power of connection. Connection allows people to inhabit themselves and their relationships in new ways. It allows for exploration of emotions and desires, and a growing capacity for self-awareness and self-integration.
I work to support people through their individual process of growth and change while embracing hope, mistakes, joy, loss, humor, and confusion.
Being alive is infinitely complicated. It's wonderful, embarrassing, scary, and exciting. Aliveness can mean so many different things to each person based on their past experiences of self, family, relationships, and systems. In my therapeutic practice, I hold space for this infinite variance, and the struggle to know and communicate it to others. I also maintain a fundamental belief in the possibility and power of connection. Connection allows people to inhabit themselves and their relationships in new ways. It allows for exploration of emotions and desires, and a growing capacity for self-awareness and self-integration.
(213) 463-5187 View (213) 463-5187

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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.