Grief Therapists in Atlanta, GA

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Elizabeth Banerjee
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30326  (Online Only)
We all have times in our lives when we can use extra support, whether to build coping tools, keep healthy boundaries, or break old patterns that aren't working for us anymore. My primary focuses are anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief and loss, but I've worked with clients with a wide range of needs and backgrounds Whatever your identity is, you deserve a safe, judgment-free place to grow and heal.
We all have times in our lives when we can use extra support, whether to build coping tools, keep healthy boundaries, or break old patterns that aren't working for us anymore. My primary focuses are anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief and loss, but I've worked with clients with a wide range of needs and backgrounds Whatever your identity is, you deserve a safe, judgment-free place to grow and heal.
(470) 664-6816 View (470) 664-6816
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Dr. Kimberley Hundley
Counselor, MA, MDiv, DMin, ALPC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30314  (Online Only)
Whether you're navigating trauma, seeking addiction support, coping with grief or loss, surviving suicide, or in search of spiritual discernment, I am here for you.
Imagine waking up every morning with a profound understanding of your life's purpose and the strength to overcome unresolved trauma. That transformative journey can start with the support and guidance of Georgia's Embrace. I specialize in providing compassionate support to individuals navigating the complexities of life, particularly those grappling with grief, loss, abuse, spiritual crises, and cultural and sexual traumas. My focus extends to aiding those in recovery from addiction, supporting survivors of suicide, and addressing challenges related to Kinship Care. Let us embark on your path of healing and self-discovery together.
Whether you're navigating trauma, seeking addiction support, coping with grief or loss, surviving suicide, or in search of spiritual discernment, I am here for you.
Imagine waking up every morning with a profound understanding of your life's purpose and the strength to overcome unresolved trauma. That transformative journey can start with the support and guidance of Georgia's Embrace. I specialize in providing compassionate support to individuals navigating the complexities of life, particularly those grappling with grief, loss, abuse, spiritual crises, and cultural and sexual traumas. My focus extends to aiding those in recovery from addiction, supporting survivors of suicide, and addressing challenges related to Kinship Care. Let us embark on your path of healing and self-discovery together.
(470) 410-9038 View (470) 410-9038
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Monica Renae Brown
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30306  (Online Only)
Hey! I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor practicing with Love Therapy and Consulting, LLC. ​I strive to help those experiencing issues relating to Grief & Loss, LGBTQ+, spirituality, and identity. Those of us that exist outside of societal norms, expectations, and wherever else you may land on the hegemonic hierarchy deserve a space for healing and growth. Beginning therapy can be hard enough, it's important that you find the right fit. Getting the help of therapist can assist in navigating life, discovery, and overall healing.
Hey! I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor practicing with Love Therapy and Consulting, LLC. ​I strive to help those experiencing issues relating to Grief & Loss, LGBTQ+, spirituality, and identity. Those of us that exist outside of societal norms, expectations, and wherever else you may land on the hegemonic hierarchy deserve a space for healing and growth. Beginning therapy can be hard enough, it's important that you find the right fit. Getting the help of therapist can assist in navigating life, discovery, and overall healing.
(470) 748-6816 View (470) 748-6816
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LaDonna Stallworth
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30350
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia with close to 10 years of experience. I'm passionate about creating a safe space to help you work through traumatic experiences that may be holding you back. I also have experience in addiction, co-occurring disorders, life transitions, family conflict, and grief. I utilize a variety of treatment approaches including CBT and motivational interviewing.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia with close to 10 years of experience. I'm passionate about creating a safe space to help you work through traumatic experiences that may be holding you back. I also have experience in addiction, co-occurring disorders, life transitions, family conflict, and grief. I utilize a variety of treatment approaches including CBT and motivational interviewing.
(678) 403-6907 View (678) 403-6907
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Maggie Akstin
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30317
If you struggle with anxiety, have experienced a recent significant loss, are experiencing relationship difficulties, craving vocational change, face a harsh inner critic, struggle with perfectionism, or grapple with life's essential meaning or your sense of purpose - I invite you to contact me.
My highest ambition in my work with clients is to help you to discover your own inherent strengths, resources, wisdom, and power, and to help you to cultivate compassion for yourself through mindfulness, radical self acceptance and self compassion. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, OCD, grief and loss, life transitions, family of origin issues, relationship challenges, sexual orientation and gender identity questions, vocational and existential concerns. I have training and experience working with LGBTIQ+ folk, as well as clients in non traditional relationships.
If you struggle with anxiety, have experienced a recent significant loss, are experiencing relationship difficulties, craving vocational change, face a harsh inner critic, struggle with perfectionism, or grapple with life's essential meaning or your sense of purpose - I invite you to contact me.
My highest ambition in my work with clients is to help you to discover your own inherent strengths, resources, wisdom, and power, and to help you to cultivate compassion for yourself through mindfulness, radical self acceptance and self compassion. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, OCD, grief and loss, life transitions, family of origin issues, relationship challenges, sexual orientation and gender identity questions, vocational and existential concerns. I have training and experience working with LGBTIQ+ folk, as well as clients in non traditional relationships.
(762) 200-1914 View (762) 200-1914
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Laura Carmody
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MS
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30328
My specialties are grief and loss, healing from toxic relationships, and self-esteem building.
Are you dealing with the loss of a loved one? You’re balancing caregiving, and feeling anxious. Your friends or family want to be supportive, but they don't know how. You want to feel prepared, but don’t know how? Maybe you’ve already lost someone you love- a family member, a friend, a partner, a pet? Are you struggling to find a new path forward? Or maybe you just received a cancer diagnosis? Alternatively, are you feeling stuck in a relationship with a family member, friend, or partner? Do you keep repeating toxic relationship patterns and you're not sure why? You're exhausted and looking for a new perspective?
My specialties are grief and loss, healing from toxic relationships, and self-esteem building.
Are you dealing with the loss of a loved one? You’re balancing caregiving, and feeling anxious. Your friends or family want to be supportive, but they don't know how. You want to feel prepared, but don’t know how? Maybe you’ve already lost someone you love- a family member, a friend, a partner, a pet? Are you struggling to find a new path forward? Or maybe you just received a cancer diagnosis? Alternatively, are you feeling stuck in a relationship with a family member, friend, or partner? Do you keep repeating toxic relationship patterns and you're not sure why? You're exhausted and looking for a new perspective?
(678) 501-7246 View (678) 501-7246
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Jocelyn Evans-Shaw
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30329
Hello, I am Jocelyn Evans-Shaw. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with adults and adolescents to assist them in achieving a sense of health and wholeness. I work with clients addressing issues including, but not limited to, trauma, relationship stressors, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief, and life transitions such as marriage, divorce, and career change. I utilize a variety of therapeutic interventions and techniques, and my primary philosophy of psychotherapy is an attachment-based approach emphasizing increased resilience and self-awareness.
Hello, I am Jocelyn Evans-Shaw. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with adults and adolescents to assist them in achieving a sense of health and wholeness. I work with clients addressing issues including, but not limited to, trauma, relationship stressors, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief, and life transitions such as marriage, divorce, and career change. I utilize a variety of therapeutic interventions and techniques, and my primary philosophy of psychotherapy is an attachment-based approach emphasizing increased resilience and self-awareness.
(470) 660-3236 View (470) 660-3236
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Monica Crumpler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30331
Life has a way of throwing many obstacles. There are moments we experience anxiety, depression, grief, and other emotional distress; however, it is important we learn skills that will help us navigate and cope with these times of distress. I can assist you with exploring your options and finding the coping methods that work best for you so that you are able to manage these feelings effectively. My experience includes working with children, adolescents, and adults with diverse backgrounds and various concerns. I have training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, EMDR, and Motivational Interviewing.
Life has a way of throwing many obstacles. There are moments we experience anxiety, depression, grief, and other emotional distress; however, it is important we learn skills that will help us navigate and cope with these times of distress. I can assist you with exploring your options and finding the coping methods that work best for you so that you are able to manage these feelings effectively. My experience includes working with children, adolescents, and adults with diverse backgrounds and various concerns. I have training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, EMDR, and Motivational Interviewing.
(770) 691-6757 View (770) 691-6757
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Lori Fink
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30328
I have experience helping others with a variety of issues, including, trauma, anxiety, depression, boundaries, coping skills, grief and loss, and relationship issues.
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you someone who is questioning their faith? Do you need someone to help you in your journey? Most of us will experience challenging situations as we go through life. These situations can leave us with emotional wounds, unresolved trauma, or difficulty managing emotions. I would like to help you make sense of what has happened in your life and understand the meaning of it. By identifying the unhelpful patterns we have learned, we can then start a journey toward wholeness and healing. Together we can begin to identify and remove the obstacles that are keeping you from experiencing personal growth.
I have experience helping others with a variety of issues, including, trauma, anxiety, depression, boundaries, coping skills, grief and loss, and relationship issues.
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you someone who is questioning their faith? Do you need someone to help you in your journey? Most of us will experience challenging situations as we go through life. These situations can leave us with emotional wounds, unresolved trauma, or difficulty managing emotions. I would like to help you make sense of what has happened in your life and understand the meaning of it. By identifying the unhelpful patterns we have learned, we can then start a journey toward wholeness and healing. Together we can begin to identify and remove the obstacles that are keeping you from experiencing personal growth.
(678) 679-6851 View (678) 679-6851
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Dimy Mixon
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30305
I work with clients going through a wide range of emotional and relationship difficulties including grief, loss, trauma, anxiety, relationship problems, marital difficulty, divorce recovery, infidelity, life transitions, and the pain of growing up in a difficult parent/child relationship.
Thank you for your interest in my profile and congratulations on your decision to seek help. It is my belief that only the courageous seek counseling. Therapy is a process that provides the guidance and tools necessary to make changes; changes which can have a significant and lasting impact on one's life. As a therapist, my approach is to create an environment that is filled with acceptance, empathy, and support in order to help one discover one's strengths, to solve problems, and transform one's life. Just as every fingerprint is unique, so is one's life journey.
I work with clients going through a wide range of emotional and relationship difficulties including grief, loss, trauma, anxiety, relationship problems, marital difficulty, divorce recovery, infidelity, life transitions, and the pain of growing up in a difficult parent/child relationship.
Thank you for your interest in my profile and congratulations on your decision to seek help. It is my belief that only the courageous seek counseling. Therapy is a process that provides the guidance and tools necessary to make changes; changes which can have a significant and lasting impact on one's life. As a therapist, my approach is to create an environment that is filled with acceptance, empathy, and support in order to help one discover one's strengths, to solve problems, and transform one's life. Just as every fingerprint is unique, so is one's life journey.
(770) 712-6186 View (770) 712-6186
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Living Transformations, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CCTP-II, C-PD, CPCS, C-DBT
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30308  (Online Only)
As a mental health therapist I am committed to assisting my clients in developing self-awareness and their ability to manage their behaviors and emotions in a healthy, meaningful and appropriate way. I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), specializing in trauma therapy, anxiety disorders, grief/loss and Borderline Personality Disorder. It is my purpose to empower, educate and encourage my clients in their growth process so that they may manage life's challenges and struggles.
As a mental health therapist I am committed to assisting my clients in developing self-awareness and their ability to manage their behaviors and emotions in a healthy, meaningful and appropriate way. I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), specializing in trauma therapy, anxiety disorders, grief/loss and Borderline Personality Disorder. It is my purpose to empower, educate and encourage my clients in their growth process so that they may manage life's challenges and struggles.
(912) 417-3968 View (912) 417-3968
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Kecia West
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30312
Since the pandemic many clients are facing anxiety, depression, grief and hibernation fatigue.
My name is Kecia West and I am a licensed Professional Counselor based in the Augusta/Atlanta Georgia area. I counsel with clients across the state via tele-mental health. I work with individuals, couples, families with a specialty in trauma, anxiety, depression and complicated grief utilizing cognitive behavior therapy, solution-focused therapy and family systems. I feel that my style and nonjudgmental approach help me meet the need of the client.
Since the pandemic many clients are facing anxiety, depression, grief and hibernation fatigue.
My name is Kecia West and I am a licensed Professional Counselor based in the Augusta/Atlanta Georgia area. I counsel with clients across the state via tele-mental health. I work with individuals, couples, families with a specialty in trauma, anxiety, depression and complicated grief utilizing cognitive behavior therapy, solution-focused therapy and family systems. I feel that my style and nonjudgmental approach help me meet the need of the client.
(229) 518-6296 View (229) 518-6296
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Erin Howse
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30306
I have experience working with individuals navigating; depression, anxiety, other mood disorders, ADHD, grief, and adjustment issues.
Through an integrative approach that includes behavioral and art techniques, I work collaboratively with clients to explore their beliefs, emotions, and patterns of behavior. I work with clients and their systems to identify goals, encouraging them to take an active role in their therapy. I received a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Furman University in 2009 and a Master's degree in Professional Counseling from Georgia State in 2011. I became a counselor to assist people in finding and using their voices; I'm motivated to help others feel seen and heard.
I have experience working with individuals navigating; depression, anxiety, other mood disorders, ADHD, grief, and adjustment issues.
Through an integrative approach that includes behavioral and art techniques, I work collaboratively with clients to explore their beliefs, emotions, and patterns of behavior. I work with clients and their systems to identify goals, encouraging them to take an active role in their therapy. I received a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Furman University in 2009 and a Master's degree in Professional Counseling from Georgia State in 2011. I became a counselor to assist people in finding and using their voices; I'm motivated to help others feel seen and heard.
(470) 516-1832 View (470) 516-1832
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Lauren Pierre
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MAC, CCTP, CPCS
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30308  (Online Only)
Seeking therapy can feel a little daunting, or maybe even embarrassing, but you're making the right choice. Have you been struggling with grief or loss? Do you find it hard to stay happy even though you have achieved a lot? Have you discovered an unresolved trauma that needs healing? Are you experiencing anxiety in unmanageable ways? Or do you just want help letting go of things that are keeping you "stuck?" I think I can help with that.
Seeking therapy can feel a little daunting, or maybe even embarrassing, but you're making the right choice. Have you been struggling with grief or loss? Do you find it hard to stay happy even though you have achieved a lot? Have you discovered an unresolved trauma that needs healing? Are you experiencing anxiety in unmanageable ways? Or do you just want help letting go of things that are keeping you "stuck?" I think I can help with that.
(470) 486-6840 View (470) 486-6840
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Lydia Johnson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30338
Additionally, I provide a healing space for individuals to explore the impact of grief and loss, challenging interpersonal relationships and difficulties with self-love and body image.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, my goal is to help individuals to understand how all parts of their life are interrelated and to facilitate their individual journey in the healing and growth process. My specialty areas include emerging adults that are struggling to understand how the developmental and cognitive changes that are taking place impact their social and emotional well-being, individuals whom are in the midst of transition and need additional support through life's "ups and downs" and exploring how past events influence our sense of self and our relationships with others.
Additionally, I provide a healing space for individuals to explore the impact of grief and loss, challenging interpersonal relationships and difficulties with self-love and body image.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, my goal is to help individuals to understand how all parts of their life are interrelated and to facilitate their individual journey in the healing and growth process. My specialty areas include emerging adults that are struggling to understand how the developmental and cognitive changes that are taking place impact their social and emotional well-being, individuals whom are in the midst of transition and need additional support through life's "ups and downs" and exploring how past events influence our sense of self and our relationships with others.
(678) 723-3864 View (678) 723-3864
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Mary Beth McLeod
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30324
Have you ever found yourself moving through life, disconnected from who you feel you are or confused about what step to take next in your journey? As a therapist, I work to provide a safe space to be heard and get back in touch with the deeper part of your authentic self. I have a passion for working with teens and adults of all ages navigating life transitions or new experiences, often under significant pressure. Whether your pain is anxiety, grief, or just general stress, I can walk with you along your path of healing.
Have you ever found yourself moving through life, disconnected from who you feel you are or confused about what step to take next in your journey? As a therapist, I work to provide a safe space to be heard and get back in touch with the deeper part of your authentic self. I have a passion for working with teens and adults of all ages navigating life transitions or new experiences, often under significant pressure. Whether your pain is anxiety, grief, or just general stress, I can walk with you along your path of healing.
(470) 524-7159 View (470) 524-7159
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Stephanie Foxman
Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30324
Having led a weekly grief group for 5 years, I now assist individual clients through experiences of significant loss.
At times we all feel distressed or discouraged -- disconnected from ourselves, from others, or from the world around us. I provide an environment that will empower you to reconnect with your true self, better integrate your mind and body, enhance your coping skills, and move forward in meaningful directions.
Having led a weekly grief group for 5 years, I now assist individual clients through experiences of significant loss.
At times we all feel distressed or discouraged -- disconnected from ourselves, from others, or from the world around us. I provide an environment that will empower you to reconnect with your true self, better integrate your mind and body, enhance your coping skills, and move forward in meaningful directions.
(404) 620-3551 View (404) 620-3551
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Carolyn Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30326  (Online Only)
I have worked with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, grief and suffering, terminal illness diagnoses, and relationship issues.
My name is Carolyn Elaine Smith. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensed in the state of Georgia with 12 years of experience. My theoretical approach includes a Person-centered base along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing. These modalities have worked together to help clients uproot hidden issues that may be causing irrational thinking, communication problems, and behavioral problems. My mission is to educate, counsel, and empower clients to live a more quality life, to identify triggers, and use coping skills to manage problems on their own.
I have worked with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, grief and suffering, terminal illness diagnoses, and relationship issues.
My name is Carolyn Elaine Smith. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensed in the state of Georgia with 12 years of experience. My theoretical approach includes a Person-centered base along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing. These modalities have worked together to help clients uproot hidden issues that may be causing irrational thinking, communication problems, and behavioral problems. My mission is to educate, counsel, and empower clients to live a more quality life, to identify triggers, and use coping skills to manage problems on their own.
(470) 785-8544 View (470) 785-8544
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Bernesha Parks
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30318
I have found that my approach is a good fit for adults who may be experiencing stress due to challenges with life transitions, work stress, self-criticism, grief, parenting, family issues, and trauma.
My name is Bernesha Parks and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia; I work with clients statewide via Telehealth. I work with adults and specialize in anxiety, stress, parenting challenges, depression, and work/life balance. My approach is to understand the needs of each client and work together to create a therapy plan. I often use Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive behavioral therapy, and Dialectical behavioral therapy to help clients cope with stressors and challenges.
I have found that my approach is a good fit for adults who may be experiencing stress due to challenges with life transitions, work stress, self-criticism, grief, parenting, family issues, and trauma.
My name is Bernesha Parks and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia; I work with clients statewide via Telehealth. I work with adults and specialize in anxiety, stress, parenting challenges, depression, and work/life balance. My approach is to understand the needs of each client and work together to create a therapy plan. I often use Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive behavioral therapy, and Dialectical behavioral therapy to help clients cope with stressors and challenges.
(470) 837-3097 View (470) 837-3097
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Mara B. Collins
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30344  (Online Only)
We as individuals may face situations that can result in anxiety, grief and trauma.
Are you or a loved one: Dealing with issues of coming out or gender transition? A couple looking to adopt or blend a family? The parent of a child dealing with their sexuality? Coping with grief or trauma? Working through past or present abuse? Affected by substance use? I can help. For over 15 years, I have worked with individuals, couples and families seeking answers to questions like these. Your concerns are important. You deserve a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who understands them from day one.
We as individuals may face situations that can result in anxiety, grief and trauma.
Are you or a loved one: Dealing with issues of coming out or gender transition? A couple looking to adopt or blend a family? The parent of a child dealing with their sexuality? Coping with grief or trauma? Working through past or present abuse? Affected by substance use? I can help. For over 15 years, I have worked with individuals, couples and families seeking answers to questions like these. Your concerns are important. You deserve a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who understands them from day one.
(678) 918-4118 View (678) 918-4118
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.