Grief Therapists in Homestead, PA

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Melinda Stupar Fedoris
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSEd, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Homestead, PA 15120  (Online Only)
I have specialized training in treating anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief, and trauma.
The scope of my practice encompasses treating those who experience Anxiety, Negative Beliefs about Self (worth, responsibility, power, choice, etc), Trauma, Body Image and Diet Culture, Life Stress, and Grief. Life can sometimes take hold of us and we feel like we have lost our grasp, I work to help those get a better hold on things again. My focus is on helping you find ways to heal and feel whole again. We often have a lot of unpacking we have to do to heal and feel lighter to move forward. I like to intertwine humor into the treatment experience.
I have specialized training in treating anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief, and trauma.
The scope of my practice encompasses treating those who experience Anxiety, Negative Beliefs about Self (worth, responsibility, power, choice, etc), Trauma, Body Image and Diet Culture, Life Stress, and Grief. Life can sometimes take hold of us and we feel like we have lost our grasp, I work to help those get a better hold on things again. My focus is on helping you find ways to heal and feel whole again. We often have a lot of unpacking we have to do to heal and feel lighter to move forward. I like to intertwine humor into the treatment experience.
(412) 754-7758 View (412) 754-7758
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Laura Bauder
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CAADC, ATR-BC, CCTP, EMDR-PT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Homestead, PA 15120  (Online Only)
She is passionate about empowering her clients to navigate anxiety, trauma, and grief through the lens of compassion and growth.
Overcome trauma through EMDR and/or art therapy/talk therapy.
She is passionate about empowering her clients to navigate anxiety, trauma, and grief through the lens of compassion and growth.
Overcome trauma through EMDR and/or art therapy/talk therapy.
(484) 991-4528 View (484) 991-4528
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Positive Pathways Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Homestead, PA 15120  (Online Only)
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. This is a quote by Dale Carnegie. It is what we truly believe to be true. Hope is always present even when you can't see it. We pride ourselves in helping others see the hope and courage they have inside of them.
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. This is a quote by Dale Carnegie. It is what we truly believe to be true. Hope is always present even when you can't see it. We pride ourselves in helping others see the hope and courage they have inside of them.
(412) 226-4823 View (412) 226-4823
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David Mente
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Homestead, PA 15120
I have been working as a psychotherapist for over 30 years. Having a respectful, productive working relationship with my clients is my first priority. This is true whether I am working with an adult individual, a couple, children, adolescents or families. I will encourage you to evaluate whether you are improving in the ways that you desire and will strive to provide you with treatment which suits you. I have intentionally worked in a wide variety of settings and with many different kinds of clients and problems. I welcome any questions you have and offer a free initial consultation.
I have been working as a psychotherapist for over 30 years. Having a respectful, productive working relationship with my clients is my first priority. This is true whether I am working with an adult individual, a couple, children, adolescents or families. I will encourage you to evaluate whether you are improving in the ways that you desire and will strive to provide you with treatment which suits you. I have intentionally worked in a wide variety of settings and with many different kinds of clients and problems. I welcome any questions you have and offer a free initial consultation.
(412) 532-1602 View (412) 532-1602
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Elizabeth Hammond
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Homestead, PA 15120
Immediate openings - Hello and welcome to my page! I am a therapist who is dedicated to helping individuals overcome mood disorders (depression, bipolar, cyclothymia, etc) but I also specialize in treating suicidal ideation. With over five years of clinical practice, I have developed a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding these conditions and their impact on one's overall well-being. My experience has taught me that no two individuals are the same, and I am committed to tailoring my approach to suit your unique circumstances. I offer a welcoming environment where we will tackle what is going on.
Immediate openings - Hello and welcome to my page! I am a therapist who is dedicated to helping individuals overcome mood disorders (depression, bipolar, cyclothymia, etc) but I also specialize in treating suicidal ideation. With over five years of clinical practice, I have developed a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding these conditions and their impact on one's overall well-being. My experience has taught me that no two individuals are the same, and I am committed to tailoring my approach to suit your unique circumstances. I offer a welcoming environment where we will tackle what is going on.
(412) 790-2191 View (412) 790-2191

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Hillary Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15122
You don't have to untangle all of your trauma or grief on your own.
Have you experienced a life shattering event that changed the way you looked at yourself? Trauma impacts us in many ways & makes us feel disconnected from who we truly are and what we really want out of our lives. The World Health Organization recommends EMDR therapy as an effective treatment for trauma. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy that uses bilateral stimulation to process traumatic events in a more adaptive manner & can alleviate symptoms of post-traumatic stress, anxiety, etc.
You don't have to untangle all of your trauma or grief on your own.
Have you experienced a life shattering event that changed the way you looked at yourself? Trauma impacts us in many ways & makes us feel disconnected from who we truly are and what we really want out of our lives. The World Health Organization recommends EMDR therapy as an effective treatment for trauma. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy that uses bilateral stimulation to process traumatic events in a more adaptive manner & can alleviate symptoms of post-traumatic stress, anxiety, etc.
(724) 382-8266 View (724) 382-8266
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Wisdom Within Counseling, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MDiv, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
I have years of experience working with clients struggling with grief, trauma, and depression. I am a member of ASERVIC, with many years of experience and extensive graduate study in religion and spirituality and can integrate values connected with a client's preferred religions and spiritual emphases into all therapeutic approaches. Clients facing life-transitions have greatly benefited from this focussed approach to wellness at every stage of life. I work well with adults of all ages. Older adults have often especially appreciated my counseling orientation. I am also fluent in Spanish and Italian.
I have years of experience working with clients struggling with grief, trauma, and depression. I am a member of ASERVIC, with many years of experience and extensive graduate study in religion and spirituality and can integrate values connected with a client's preferred religions and spiritual emphases into all therapeutic approaches. Clients facing life-transitions have greatly benefited from this focussed approach to wellness at every stage of life. I work well with adults of all ages. Older adults have often especially appreciated my counseling orientation. I am also fluent in Spanish and Italian.
(412) 357-4197 View (412) 357-4197
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Cynthia L Marshall
PhD
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15122
Marshall is a certified spiritual, grief, loss, and trauma counselor.
The behaviors and emotions of grief, loss, and trauma are complex. Healing in mind, body, and spirit can be accomplished through traditional and spiritual counseling as well as guided meditation, spiritual structure, and goal setting. When clients are experiencing an inability to move forward, find it difficult to come to terms with life, cannot balance emotions and spirit, are enduring high levels of anxiety and stress, and are recognizing that their energy levels and physical body strength are at risk, the counseling of Dr. Marshall, an experienced counselor who uses Judeo-Christian and Buddhist principles can help heal.
Marshall is a certified spiritual, grief, loss, and trauma counselor.
The behaviors and emotions of grief, loss, and trauma are complex. Healing in mind, body, and spirit can be accomplished through traditional and spiritual counseling as well as guided meditation, spiritual structure, and goal setting. When clients are experiencing an inability to move forward, find it difficult to come to terms with life, cannot balance emotions and spirit, are enduring high levels of anxiety and stress, and are recognizing that their energy levels and physical body strength are at risk, the counseling of Dr. Marshall, an experienced counselor who uses Judeo-Christian and Buddhist principles can help heal.
(878) 205-0150 View (878) 205-0150
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Letecia M Garcia
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CISTT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15122  (Online Only)
The best days are yet to come. I am a liberation and embodiment-oriented healing companion, passionately empowering clients that are seeking a trauma-certified practitioner, are Queer/LGBTQ+ identified, as well as people exploring the spectrum of gender, sexuality, sexual expression as well as expansive relationship structures (poly, ethical non-monogamy, swinging, etc). I specialize in CPTSD, Sexual/Relational/Intergenerational Trauma, Gender Dysphoria, Grief, Anxiety, as well as treating and destigmatizing compulsive sexual and non-sexual behaviors of all types. Let's break cycles, challenge the status-quo and break free together.
The best days are yet to come. I am a liberation and embodiment-oriented healing companion, passionately empowering clients that are seeking a trauma-certified practitioner, are Queer/LGBTQ+ identified, as well as people exploring the spectrum of gender, sexuality, sexual expression as well as expansive relationship structures (poly, ethical non-monogamy, swinging, etc). I specialize in CPTSD, Sexual/Relational/Intergenerational Trauma, Gender Dysphoria, Grief, Anxiety, as well as treating and destigmatizing compulsive sexual and non-sexual behaviors of all types. Let's break cycles, challenge the status-quo and break free together.
(610) 569-0726 View (610) 569-0726
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Adrienne Bernardina
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Swissvale, PA 15218
I have experience working with individual adults, adolescents and children, couples and families. I provide a safe and comfortable environment in which you can explore your feelings and develop self-awareness of your perspectives and insight into your motives and fears. I help you with feelings of depression and anxiety due to relationship issues-between individuals or within a family, life changes or loss. Together we can uncover unresolved issues from past experiences or trauma which often impact present behaviors and feelings.
I have experience working with individual adults, adolescents and children, couples and families. I provide a safe and comfortable environment in which you can explore your feelings and develop self-awareness of your perspectives and insight into your motives and fears. I help you with feelings of depression and anxiety due to relationship issues-between individuals or within a family, life changes or loss. Together we can uncover unresolved issues from past experiences or trauma which often impact present behaviors and feelings.
(412) 228-0368 View (412) 228-0368
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Michelle Landau
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSA, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Swissvale, PA 15218
My therapeutic areas of interest include living with chronic physical illnesses, grief and loss issues, anxiety, depression, life transitions, moving beyond fear in one's life, and providing support during and after pregnancy.
I help clients learn to listen to and hear themselves; my interest is in helping you to develop the confidence to recognize and honor your own wisdom and thereby make more effective choices in your life. My clinical experiences have afforded me the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients, including but not limited to those with major depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, bi-polar disorder, and grief. If you are interested in gaining insight into your problems and concerns in order to make changes in your life, then our work together will be rewarding for you.
My therapeutic areas of interest include living with chronic physical illnesses, grief and loss issues, anxiety, depression, life transitions, moving beyond fear in one's life, and providing support during and after pregnancy.
I help clients learn to listen to and hear themselves; my interest is in helping you to develop the confidence to recognize and honor your own wisdom and thereby make more effective choices in your life. My clinical experiences have afforded me the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients, including but not limited to those with major depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, bi-polar disorder, and grief. If you are interested in gaining insight into your problems and concerns in order to make changes in your life, then our work together will be rewarding for you.
(412) 253-6173 View (412) 253-6173
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Kathleen D Hays
Licensed Professional Counselor, BA, MS, CCTP, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Munhall, PA 15120
Waitlist for new clients
Counseling services available for anxiety, depression, grief & loss, stress & transition, trauma and PTSD, marriage and relationship, parent, blended/step-family, and crisis assessment & management.
When stress, trauma, mental health disorders and life crises become too much to handle, we owe it to ourselves and to those we care about to get help. I provide hope and healing to individuals, couples and families through professional counseling and informative educational programs. Clients are empowered to achieve spiritual, emotional and physical well-being. I can help you to gain the skills to process through painful challenges and live a healthy, fulfilling life. I am committed to helping you become your best self!
Counseling services available for anxiety, depression, grief & loss, stress & transition, trauma and PTSD, marriage and relationship, parent, blended/step-family, and crisis assessment & management.
When stress, trauma, mental health disorders and life crises become too much to handle, we owe it to ourselves and to those we care about to get help. I provide hope and healing to individuals, couples and families through professional counseling and informative educational programs. Clients are empowered to achieve spiritual, emotional and physical well-being. I can help you to gain the skills to process through painful challenges and live a healthy, fulfilling life. I am committed to helping you become your best self!
(412) 743-9894 View (412) 743-9894
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Dorothy Cashore
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15217  (Online Only)
I bring over a decade of experience to my practice, where I work with a wide range of struggles. I bring special expertise to self-image/self-esteem issues, trauma, and grief. As a holistic practitioner, I don’t limit my focus to treating symptoms or replacing behaviors. I work with body, spirit, heart, and gut, offering a space where you can step into a transformed relationship with yourself. I go underneath strategies and tools to help you develop inner resources, listen to your body and nervous system, let go of what no longer serves you, and bring new energy and clarity to your most important connections.
I bring over a decade of experience to my practice, where I work with a wide range of struggles. I bring special expertise to self-image/self-esteem issues, trauma, and grief. As a holistic practitioner, I don’t limit my focus to treating symptoms or replacing behaviors. I work with body, spirit, heart, and gut, offering a space where you can step into a transformed relationship with yourself. I go underneath strategies and tools to help you develop inner resources, listen to your body and nervous system, let go of what no longer serves you, and bring new energy and clarity to your most important connections.
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Christina M. Riga, PhD
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, ACS, NCC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
In more than 25 years in the profession, I've specialized in working with adolescents, young adults, and families who struggle with trauma, substance abuse, grief and loss, lack of self-esteem, self-assertiveness, and anxiety/depression.
Disappointment, stress, and trauma can make us forget who we really are: inherently good beings, capable of giving and receiving love in a balanced, healthy way. I can help you to remember, by providing a safe, warm, and welcoming space where you can share your experiences. We'll explore your story together and, along the way, take a look at your strengths, your potential, and what stands between you and strong, healthy connections with yourself and others. I have a deep understanding of how essential - and fragile - trust can be.
In more than 25 years in the profession, I've specialized in working with adolescents, young adults, and families who struggle with trauma, substance abuse, grief and loss, lack of self-esteem, self-assertiveness, and anxiety/depression.
Disappointment, stress, and trauma can make us forget who we really are: inherently good beings, capable of giving and receiving love in a balanced, healthy way. I can help you to remember, by providing a safe, warm, and welcoming space where you can share your experiences. We'll explore your story together and, along the way, take a look at your strengths, your potential, and what stands between you and strong, healthy connections with yourself and others. I have a deep understanding of how essential - and fragile - trust can be.
(412) 376-4036 View (412) 376-4036
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Jan Lee Hypnosis
RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
My clients sometimes don't know what else to do. They may have tried traditional interventions. They have anxiety, grief, pain, phobias, addictions, eating disorders. They may have heard about hypnosis but aren't sure what it is. They may be LGBTQ & find a society that won't embrace who they are. Most often, my clients feels lost, out of sync and want to feel better, think better and live better. They want to know how to take this tool of Hypnosis out of their "toolbox" & use it for life. They believe in mind over matter. They have the courage to ask for help.
My clients sometimes don't know what else to do. They may have tried traditional interventions. They have anxiety, grief, pain, phobias, addictions, eating disorders. They may have heard about hypnosis but aren't sure what it is. They may be LGBTQ & find a society that won't embrace who they are. Most often, my clients feels lost, out of sync and want to feel better, think better and live better. They want to know how to take this tool of Hypnosis out of their "toolbox" & use it for life. They believe in mind over matter. They have the courage to ask for help.
(878) 216-0080 View (878) 216-0080
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Sabrina E Grebner
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Mifflin, PA 15122
Waitlist for new clients
I have helped people help themselves through many different challenges in life including anxiety, traumatic events, living with HIV, grief and loss, coping with symptoms of schizophrenia, body image issues, depression, hurtful family dynamics, toxic work environments, co-dependency and avoidance.
My approach in therapy is to work as a team with you to make the discomfort you are going through become more manageable. Your discomfort may not disappear, but I can help you navigate these feelings. I aim to empower you to feel more in control of your response to the struggles of life. I am very solutions focused. In order to feel different, we have to try something different. I offer psychoeducation, suggest different coping skills and will point out the patterns of behavior/choices in your life and how they are impacting you. I really enjoy helping those who struggle with perfectionism and people pleasing behaviors.
I have helped people help themselves through many different challenges in life including anxiety, traumatic events, living with HIV, grief and loss, coping with symptoms of schizophrenia, body image issues, depression, hurtful family dynamics, toxic work environments, co-dependency and avoidance.
My approach in therapy is to work as a team with you to make the discomfort you are going through become more manageable. Your discomfort may not disappear, but I can help you navigate these feelings. I aim to empower you to feel more in control of your response to the struggles of life. I am very solutions focused. In order to feel different, we have to try something different. I offer psychoeducation, suggest different coping skills and will point out the patterns of behavior/choices in your life and how they are impacting you. I really enjoy helping those who struggle with perfectionism and people pleasing behaviors.
(412) 903-9744 View (412) 903-9744
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Paige Beckwith
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Squirrel Hill, PA 15217
Change is an inevitable part of life that can sometimes be scary, anxiety inducing, and difficult to cope with. Because change is often fraught with unknowns, I believe a strong therapeutic relationship – one that is built on trust, empathy, compassion, and non-judgement – is essential to the healing process. My focuses include working with adults of all ages to address a variety of concerns, such as anxiety, depression, life transitions, self-esteem, and grief and loss. I also have experience working with individuals diagnosed with chronic or terminal illnesses, as well as their family members and caregivers.
Change is an inevitable part of life that can sometimes be scary, anxiety inducing, and difficult to cope with. Because change is often fraught with unknowns, I believe a strong therapeutic relationship – one that is built on trust, empathy, compassion, and non-judgement – is essential to the healing process. My focuses include working with adults of all ages to address a variety of concerns, such as anxiety, depression, life transitions, self-esteem, and grief and loss. I also have experience working with individuals diagnosed with chronic or terminal illnesses, as well as their family members and caregivers.
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Dolores A Justice
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Munhall, PA 15120
I believe everyone has the need to be seen and heard- everyone has a story to tell. I can support you with finding and using your voice. Maybe you are questioning past or present decisions or have “unfinished business.” Feeling overwhelmed with sadness due to a death or loss of a relationship, pet, job, or health and feeling stuck and alone. Feeling anxious because of excessive worry- feeling frozen in fear. Maybe you realize the ways you try to cope no longer serve you. Together we can collaborate, identify ways for you to self-support and develop a plan to mobilize so that you can begin healing and live a more fulfilling life.
I believe everyone has the need to be seen and heard- everyone has a story to tell. I can support you with finding and using your voice. Maybe you are questioning past or present decisions or have “unfinished business.” Feeling overwhelmed with sadness due to a death or loss of a relationship, pet, job, or health and feeling stuck and alone. Feeling anxious because of excessive worry- feeling frozen in fear. Maybe you realize the ways you try to cope no longer serve you. Together we can collaborate, identify ways for you to self-support and develop a plan to mobilize so that you can begin healing and live a more fulfilling life.
(412) 324-6738 View (412) 324-6738
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Gerald Welsh
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15122
Are you struggling with trauma, grief, relationship difficulties, spiritual concerns, anxiety, or depression? My ideal client is someone ready to heal and grow. You need a compassionate, judgment-free space to process your experiences and find solutions. Your goals might include overcoming past pain, improving relationships, or finding spiritual peace. Together, we'll work towards your overall well-being, using proven techniques to empower and support you. If you're ready to take the first step towards a brighter, healthier future, reach out today. Let's embark on this transformative journey together.
Are you struggling with trauma, grief, relationship difficulties, spiritual concerns, anxiety, or depression? My ideal client is someone ready to heal and grow. You need a compassionate, judgment-free space to process your experiences and find solutions. Your goals might include overcoming past pain, improving relationships, or finding spiritual peace. Together, we'll work towards your overall well-being, using proven techniques to empower and support you. If you're ready to take the first step towards a brighter, healthier future, reach out today. Let's embark on this transformative journey together.
(484) 372-4734 View (484) 372-4734
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Jim LoPresti
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Mifflin, PA 15122  (Online Only)
My focus tends to be on treating anxiety/panic disorders, depression, grief and loss, family and peer relationships, life transitions, stress, trauma, autism spectrum, children, teens, and social skills.
I feel as if I have a sworn duty to listen to those who wish to share their experiences, issues, thoughts, and feelings with me. I see these individual therapy sessions as a journey through the past, present, and future where I help you find the answers within yourself. Answers that you never knew you had all along as you are your own expert.
My focus tends to be on treating anxiety/panic disorders, depression, grief and loss, family and peer relationships, life transitions, stress, trauma, autism spectrum, children, teens, and social skills.
I feel as if I have a sworn duty to listen to those who wish to share their experiences, issues, thoughts, and feelings with me. I see these individual therapy sessions as a journey through the past, present, and future where I help you find the answers within yourself. Answers that you never knew you had all along as you are your own expert.
(724) 538-7478 View (724) 538-7478

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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.