Grief Therapists in San Diego, CA

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Jamie (Lydia) Shorthill
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CCTP, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92123  (Online Only)
Through rigorous training, certifications and professional experiences, I have developed specialties in the area of trauma, grief, anxiety and depression.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 20 years of helping clients, I strive to help each person come to a better place of understanding, fulfillment and peace. The quest to understand and conquer trauma, anxiety, mood difficulties, stress and grief in a safe and caring environment is possible. Each plan is tailored to the client and their specific needs and wants to help find relief from symptoms and feel more confident. Connecting through Telehealth and/or Video Therapy to begin the healing process.
Through rigorous training, certifications and professional experiences, I have developed specialties in the area of trauma, grief, anxiety and depression.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 20 years of helping clients, I strive to help each person come to a better place of understanding, fulfillment and peace. The quest to understand and conquer trauma, anxiety, mood difficulties, stress and grief in a safe and caring environment is possible. Each plan is tailored to the client and their specific needs and wants to help find relief from symptoms and feel more confident. Connecting through Telehealth and/or Video Therapy to begin the healing process.
(858) 914-2841 View (858) 914-2841
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Carson Jaffrey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92117
Are you feeling lost, overwhelmed, afraid, or alone? Are the waves of life crashing around you? If you or your loved ones are drowning in the suffering caused by relationship conflict, grief, depression, anxiety, trauma, problem gambling, or substance use, look no further. You are not alone and there is hope! Desperation and suffering brought me to the point of reaching out for help many years ago and soon the seas began to calm. As life came into balance and my spirit healed, guiding others out of the storm into peaceful waters became my mission.
Are you feeling lost, overwhelmed, afraid, or alone? Are the waves of life crashing around you? If you or your loved ones are drowning in the suffering caused by relationship conflict, grief, depression, anxiety, trauma, problem gambling, or substance use, look no further. You are not alone and there is hope! Desperation and suffering brought me to the point of reaching out for help many years ago and soon the seas began to calm. As life came into balance and my spirit healed, guiding others out of the storm into peaceful waters became my mission.
(858) 500-1830 View (858) 500-1830
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Diana Neuner, Certified EMDR Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92121  (Online Only)
As a certified EMDR therapist, I specialize in recovery from trauma, grief and loss, anxiety and depression.
Loss, trauma and other negative experiences impact us more than we realize. As we navigate life with such challenges, we may become overwhelmed and feel a variety of unwanted symptoms such as anxiety, fear, irritation, startled response, restlessness, confusion, guilt and sadness. In therapy, I will help you gain clarity of the situation and begin the process of eliminating the unwanted symptoms so you can discover empowerment, hope, motivation and healing.
As a certified EMDR therapist, I specialize in recovery from trauma, grief and loss, anxiety and depression.
Loss, trauma and other negative experiences impact us more than we realize. As we navigate life with such challenges, we may become overwhelmed and feel a variety of unwanted symptoms such as anxiety, fear, irritation, startled response, restlessness, confusion, guilt and sadness. In therapy, I will help you gain clarity of the situation and begin the process of eliminating the unwanted symptoms so you can discover empowerment, hope, motivation and healing.
(858) 609-8336 View (858) 609-8336
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Chye Hong Liew 刘彩虹
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92111  (Online Only)
I will support you in navigating the complexities of your grief, identifying compassionate ways to cope, and reconnecting to your community.
Do you wish to find healing after important losses, tame your inner critic, or seek self-compassion and personal growth? You may be in pain because important family members, friends, or pets died. You feel alone, question why you are still grieving, or worry about overwhelming others with your grief. Or you may be in pain because you blame yourself for being not good enough. Our inner critics are often voices we have internalized from family, friend, or society, especially when you have had to prove yourself as a person with marginalized identities (person of color, woman, immigrant or international students, LGBTQIA+, low income).
I will support you in navigating the complexities of your grief, identifying compassionate ways to cope, and reconnecting to your community.
Do you wish to find healing after important losses, tame your inner critic, or seek self-compassion and personal growth? You may be in pain because important family members, friends, or pets died. You feel alone, question why you are still grieving, or worry about overwhelming others with your grief. Or you may be in pain because you blame yourself for being not good enough. Our inner critics are often voices we have internalized from family, friend, or society, especially when you have had to prove yourself as a person with marginalized identities (person of color, woman, immigrant or international students, LGBTQIA+, low income).
(858) 808-2440 View (858) 808-2440
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Kelly Engleson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92103  (Online Only)
I help adults who are struggling with issues of infertility, bereavement, grief and loss and life transitions. My clients are those who are yearning to be parents, have endured loss, sadness and anxiety while utilizing assisted reproductive technology in efforts to conceive and those facing multiple challenges on their path to parenthood. I also work with adults who have endured many different types of losses (death of a loved one, divorce, job loss, losses due to chronic illness...) and struggle to find ways to move forward. I work with young adults who are navigating issues of purpose and identity.
I help adults who are struggling with issues of infertility, bereavement, grief and loss and life transitions. My clients are those who are yearning to be parents, have endured loss, sadness and anxiety while utilizing assisted reproductive technology in efforts to conceive and those facing multiple challenges on their path to parenthood. I also work with adults who have endured many different types of losses (death of a loved one, divorce, job loss, losses due to chronic illness...) and struggle to find ways to move forward. I work with young adults who are navigating issues of purpose and identity.
(619) 728-2537 View (619) 728-2537
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David Martin Hendrick
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92109
I offer a structured, short term grief recovery process to target specific as well as cumulative life losses.
I specialize in working with high functioning professionals seeking personal and professional growth and development. Issues of expertise include professional athletes, leadership development, grief, chronic stress, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, parenting, perfectionism, men's intimacy issues, patterns of addiction, professional burnout and integrating one's spirituality in day to day life. I work from a developmental, depth perspective customized to an individual's unique challenges and goals. I enjoy helping high achieving adults fulfill their personal, professional and relationship potential while creatively addressing areas of challenge.
I offer a structured, short term grief recovery process to target specific as well as cumulative life losses.
I specialize in working with high functioning professionals seeking personal and professional growth and development. Issues of expertise include professional athletes, leadership development, grief, chronic stress, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, parenting, perfectionism, men's intimacy issues, patterns of addiction, professional burnout and integrating one's spirituality in day to day life. I work from a developmental, depth perspective customized to an individual's unique challenges and goals. I enjoy helping high achieving adults fulfill their personal, professional and relationship potential while creatively addressing areas of challenge.
(858) 413-9107 x2 View (858) 413-9107 x2
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Nancy M Gordon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CLC
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92120  (Online Only)
As a loss and transformational grief specialist, I help pet parents navigate pet loss and heal the grief that follows, so they can transform loss into love and grief into growth, and the loss is then honored by the transformation it has inspired.
An ideal client may present issues related to ANY SOURCE of loss and grief, especially pet loss or chronic illness. Committed clients, who value investing in themselves to use coaching to go beyond just "getting through" a challenge/loss as springboards for personal growth and transformation through my unique methodology, 7 Powerful Practices to Manage Your Mind and Heal Your Heart™. Clients use individual sessions, group programs, transformational retreats. I use my Certification as a Life Coach, a COACHING model, and my methodology of the 7 Powerful Practices. ONLY Oregon clients also eligible for the "psychotherapy" model.
As a loss and transformational grief specialist, I help pet parents navigate pet loss and heal the grief that follows, so they can transform loss into love and grief into growth, and the loss is then honored by the transformation it has inspired.
An ideal client may present issues related to ANY SOURCE of loss and grief, especially pet loss or chronic illness. Committed clients, who value investing in themselves to use coaching to go beyond just "getting through" a challenge/loss as springboards for personal growth and transformation through my unique methodology, 7 Powerful Practices to Manage Your Mind and Heal Your Heart™. Clients use individual sessions, group programs, transformational retreats. I use my Certification as a Life Coach, a COACHING model, and my methodology of the 7 Powerful Practices. ONLY Oregon clients also eligible for the "psychotherapy" model.
(858) 952-0936 View (858) 952-0936
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Wendy Kessler
MSW, FT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92110
Grief is our natural response to loss. It is not a disorder, nor does typical grief necessitate therapeutic treatment. Grief is a normal human experience that needs to be felt and processed. But sometimes our grief becomes stalled or derailed because healthy grieving has not been modeled or taught. Grief is meant to be an active process, a life skill that can be learned - rather than a passive experience to be endured. I offer professional guidance that helps people struggling with loss to discover where or why their unique grief journey got off track, and find their way back to the path where they can move forward through loss.
Grief is our natural response to loss. It is not a disorder, nor does typical grief necessitate therapeutic treatment. Grief is a normal human experience that needs to be felt and processed. But sometimes our grief becomes stalled or derailed because healthy grieving has not been modeled or taught. Grief is meant to be an active process, a life skill that can be learned - rather than a passive experience to be endured. I offer professional guidance that helps people struggling with loss to discover where or why their unique grief journey got off track, and find their way back to the path where they can move forward through loss.
(619) 558-2845 View (619) 558-2845
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Kelly Hutton, Grief Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92102
Welcome! I imagine you have found my profile because you are going through grief, illness or tragedy. I am glad you are here taking the first steps towards support. I specialize in working with grief, loss, end of life issues and chronic illness. Grief therapy can look many different ways, and I tailor the experience of therapy to my clients unique needs. My top priority is that you feel safe in therapy and have space to feel and express your grief openly. I use many modalities to assist my clients in working through grief, including EMDR therapy (eye movement therapy) which is an evidence based treatment for trauma and grief.
Welcome! I imagine you have found my profile because you are going through grief, illness or tragedy. I am glad you are here taking the first steps towards support. I specialize in working with grief, loss, end of life issues and chronic illness. Grief therapy can look many different ways, and I tailor the experience of therapy to my clients unique needs. My top priority is that you feel safe in therapy and have space to feel and express your grief openly. I use many modalities to assist my clients in working through grief, including EMDR therapy (eye movement therapy) which is an evidence based treatment for trauma and grief.
(619) 745-1989 View (619) 745-1989
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Kathryn Christine & Calm Connections-Mental Health
Counselor, LPCC, MS, PPS
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92101  (Online Only)
I AM CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS-My passion in life is to provide therapeutic counseling support and interventions for adults, adolescents, and children whom are experiencing difficulty in some area of their life. I have over 17 years of experience treating clients struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, trauma, self esteem, behavior/anger management, eating disorders, weight management and provide family and marriage therapy. I am currently providing tele-health services to provide support to clients throughout California! Please email or call if interested in making an appointment.
I AM CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS-My passion in life is to provide therapeutic counseling support and interventions for adults, adolescents, and children whom are experiencing difficulty in some area of their life. I have over 17 years of experience treating clients struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, trauma, self esteem, behavior/anger management, eating disorders, weight management and provide family and marriage therapy. I am currently providing tele-health services to provide support to clients throughout California! Please email or call if interested in making an appointment.
(760) 705-1801 View (760) 705-1801
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Elizabeth Luna
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92101  (Online Only)
In my clinical role, I work with a broad range of mental performance and mental health concerns including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, identity issues, trauma, and sports-related mental performance concerns. I practice from a strength-based client-centered approach focusing on culturally informed evidence-based practice which attends to the unique diversity of the individual and the sociocultural environment in which the individual lives.
In my clinical role, I work with a broad range of mental performance and mental health concerns including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, identity issues, trauma, and sports-related mental performance concerns. I practice from a strength-based client-centered approach focusing on culturally informed evidence-based practice which attends to the unique diversity of the individual and the sociocultural environment in which the individual lives.
(510) 399-1093 View (510) 399-1093
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Christin Laufik
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92130
Extensive experience in grief and loss counseling.
Therapy is an opportunity for healing and transformation. You begin to feel better in your body and improve the quality of your life. Maybe you struggle with a painful loss, are overwhelmed by excessive worry, depression, trauma, or social anxiety. Maybe you are feeling stuck. Maybe you want a better marriage and more confidence in your parenting. You may feel shame and find that your ways of coping with avoidance, procrastination, or negative self-talk adds to your distress. I am passionate about helping you find a greater sense of connection, health, and meaning in your life. I know how to get you there!
Extensive experience in grief and loss counseling.
Therapy is an opportunity for healing and transformation. You begin to feel better in your body and improve the quality of your life. Maybe you struggle with a painful loss, are overwhelmed by excessive worry, depression, trauma, or social anxiety. Maybe you are feeling stuck. Maybe you want a better marriage and more confidence in your parenting. You may feel shame and find that your ways of coping with avoidance, procrastination, or negative self-talk adds to your distress. I am passionate about helping you find a greater sense of connection, health, and meaning in your life. I know how to get you there!
(858) 290-2684 View (858) 290-2684
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Josho R Malfavon
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92129  (Online Only)
I specialize in grief and grief trauma.
Life will consistently throw challenges at you. Most of them you get through on your own or with the help of your support system. Sometimes, challenges can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate. The good thing is you’re not alone. I am here as a companion on your journey to explore and resolve those sticky challenges. The journey can be painful and arduous. The choices on your journey are yours to make, but I will help you find clarity in uncertainty. I’m ready to start your journey when you are.
I specialize in grief and grief trauma.
Life will consistently throw challenges at you. Most of them you get through on your own or with the help of your support system. Sometimes, challenges can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate. The good thing is you’re not alone. I am here as a companion on your journey to explore and resolve those sticky challenges. The journey can be painful and arduous. The choices on your journey are yours to make, but I will help you find clarity in uncertainty. I’m ready to start your journey when you are.
(858) 345-4071 View (858) 345-4071
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Rachael Troxel Bowman @ Grow Through Life
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108
Welcome. I enjoy working with children, teens and families. I have experience working with all ages and treating depression, anxiety, grief, anger management, abuse, and trauma. I firmly believes therapy should be a collaborative process between the therapist and the client. We will set goals for treatment and work toward achieving those goals.
Welcome. I enjoy working with children, teens and families. I have experience working with all ages and treating depression, anxiety, grief, anger management, abuse, and trauma. I firmly believes therapy should be a collaborative process between the therapist and the client. We will set goals for treatment and work toward achieving those goals.
(858) 758-8135 View (858) 758-8135
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Traci Wilson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92106
I incorporate exploration of psycho-somatic connections, working through a variety of issues including grief, trauma, anxiety and life transitions.
Life experiences can impact us in surprising, often difficult, and even traumatic ways leaving us feeling out of touch with ourselves and those around us. We all have a desire to feel understood, and that journey often begins within ourselves. My goal in therapy is to create a space where you feel heard and safe while we explore deeper into who you are and begin to wrestle with the question “where do I go from here?”.
I incorporate exploration of psycho-somatic connections, working through a variety of issues including grief, trauma, anxiety and life transitions.
Life experiences can impact us in surprising, often difficult, and even traumatic ways leaving us feeling out of touch with ourselves and those around us. We all have a desire to feel understood, and that journey often begins within ourselves. My goal in therapy is to create a space where you feel heard and safe while we explore deeper into who you are and begin to wrestle with the question “where do I go from here?”.
(619) 639-4291 View (619) 639-4291
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Nancy Deutsch
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92103
In addition to EMDR I have special training in the area of trauma, grief and loss, working with parents of young children, families with children with special needs and helping parents become the best parents they can be.
Life can be challenging and we all have experienced loss, disappointments and trauma, both large and small. These may have caused us to feel depressed or anxious or lead to feeling of inadequacy. In order to overcome these self- defeating, life - limiting thoughts and feelings, and to grow emotionally, we all need a guiding hand to teach us how to heal and grow. My goal is to provide you with that guiding hand within a safe, respectful and nurturing environment, where you are free to express your feelings
In addition to EMDR I have special training in the area of trauma, grief and loss, working with parents of young children, families with children with special needs and helping parents become the best parents they can be.
Life can be challenging and we all have experienced loss, disappointments and trauma, both large and small. These may have caused us to feel depressed or anxious or lead to feeling of inadequacy. In order to overcome these self- defeating, life - limiting thoughts and feelings, and to grow emotionally, we all need a guiding hand to teach us how to heal and grow. My goal is to provide you with that guiding hand within a safe, respectful and nurturing environment, where you are free to express your feelings
(619) 295-1175 View (619) 295-1175
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Anna Barbara Dowd
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92116  (Online Only)
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I help families deal with grief and loss, depression, anxiety, and parenting issues.
I'm a first generation Polish-American. Learning a new language, adapting to a new country and establishing my identity taught me about resilience, embracing change, and working hard. Whatever issues you face, I know you are resilient. You have unique strengths with the ability to change and grow. My passion is counseling families, couples, children, adolescents and adults. My approach is holistic, which covers your total wellbeing - Physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. I'll help you use your own values, skills, and knowledge to heal troubling issues and live a much better life - One with greater meaning to it.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I help families deal with grief and loss, depression, anxiety, and parenting issues.
I'm a first generation Polish-American. Learning a new language, adapting to a new country and establishing my identity taught me about resilience, embracing change, and working hard. Whatever issues you face, I know you are resilient. You have unique strengths with the ability to change and grow. My passion is counseling families, couples, children, adolescents and adults. My approach is holistic, which covers your total wellbeing - Physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. I'll help you use your own values, skills, and knowledge to heal troubling issues and live a much better life - One with greater meaning to it.
(619) 374-8898 x1 View (619) 374-8898 x1
Hearthomes Healing
RN, CGSS, CT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92116  (Online Only)
We are currently accepting private clients for individual grief support sessions. We offer a range of support topics including substance-use disorder loss, anticipatory grief related to illness, accident, and substance use, and disenfranchised loss related to murder, suicide, or substance use. In addition, we offer support for other types of loss that may not be recognized by traditional therapies, such as the loss of a pet, job, co-worker, or dear friend. Sessions are ongoing and are offered via phone or Zoom. For Individual sessions, we work on a sliding scale fee. For more information: hearthomeshealing.gmail.com
We are currently accepting private clients for individual grief support sessions. We offer a range of support topics including substance-use disorder loss, anticipatory grief related to illness, accident, and substance use, and disenfranchised loss related to murder, suicide, or substance use. In addition, we offer support for other types of loss that may not be recognized by traditional therapies, such as the loss of a pet, job, co-worker, or dear friend. Sessions are ongoing and are offered via phone or Zoom. For Individual sessions, we work on a sliding scale fee. For more information: hearthomeshealing.gmail.com
(619) 777-5431 View (619) 777-5431
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Mark Veldkamp
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92110
I can help with the following: work stress and burnout, relationship issues, grief and loss, traumatic life events, loss of drive and motivation, lack of life direction, managing anger, and dealing with life crises.
Are you overwhelmed by stress, worry, or loss? Has your job taken over your life? Do you feel stuck, lost, or unsure where to turn? My name is Mark Veldkamp. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor based in San Diego, California offering in person and virtual sessions to California residents with a variety emotional and mental health needs. I started my practice because I believe that no one should have to face life’s challenges alone and that everyone deserves support. No matter how bad things might seem, no matter how helpless you feel, there is hope. You deserve a life filled with joy and meaning.
I can help with the following: work stress and burnout, relationship issues, grief and loss, traumatic life events, loss of drive and motivation, lack of life direction, managing anger, and dealing with life crises.
Are you overwhelmed by stress, worry, or loss? Has your job taken over your life? Do you feel stuck, lost, or unsure where to turn? My name is Mark Veldkamp. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor based in San Diego, California offering in person and virtual sessions to California residents with a variety emotional and mental health needs. I started my practice because I believe that no one should have to face life’s challenges alone and that everyone deserves support. No matter how bad things might seem, no matter how helpless you feel, there is hope. You deserve a life filled with joy and meaning.
(424) 332-0496 View (424) 332-0496
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Gray Whale Marriage and Family Therapy
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, APCC, NCC
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92123  (Online Only)
I have experience working with clients of diverse backgrounds and areas of struggle (substance use, grief, trauma, etc).
Welcome! My name is Sydnie, and I have a passion for helping persons of all backgrounds and walks of life. I specifically love working with clients during their perinatal, postnatal, and infertility periods. I am here to help you on your wellness journey by lending a non-judgemental, brave space where we can discuss your experiences and empower you within the therapy space and beyond. Therapy can be a harmonious experience where you are able to discuss the difficulties and triumphs of life freely with someone invested in your well-being and success.
I have experience working with clients of diverse backgrounds and areas of struggle (substance use, grief, trauma, etc).
Welcome! My name is Sydnie, and I have a passion for helping persons of all backgrounds and walks of life. I specifically love working with clients during their perinatal, postnatal, and infertility periods. I am here to help you on your wellness journey by lending a non-judgemental, brave space where we can discuss your experiences and empower you within the therapy space and beyond. Therapy can be a harmonious experience where you are able to discuss the difficulties and triumphs of life freely with someone invested in your well-being and success.
(858) 358-5260 View (858) 358-5260

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.