Grief Therapists in Pleasant Hills, PA

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Heather Hoeke Abbruzzese
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Pleasant Hills, PA 15236
I have training and experience working with those hoping to find relief from anxiety and depression, unresolved traumatic experiences/PTSD, women's mental health, postpartum mood disorders, grief, parenting concerns, life adjustment and transitions, and general stress.
Are you feeling overwhelmed or frustrated with the demands being placed on you? Are you struggling with a disturbing event that is making it hard for you to live in the present? Are you ready to make meaningful change in your life? At times, we need a little extra support and guidance to get through the challenging seasons of our lives. I want to help you work through the difficult moments and to find the strength within to heal and to find peace. I offer a calm, supportive space without judgement where you can share your story, improve your ability to cope in the present, and set goals for the future.
I have training and experience working with those hoping to find relief from anxiety and depression, unresolved traumatic experiences/PTSD, women's mental health, postpartum mood disorders, grief, parenting concerns, life adjustment and transitions, and general stress.
Are you feeling overwhelmed or frustrated with the demands being placed on you? Are you struggling with a disturbing event that is making it hard for you to live in the present? Are you ready to make meaningful change in your life? At times, we need a little extra support and guidance to get through the challenging seasons of our lives. I want to help you work through the difficult moments and to find the strength within to heal and to find peace. I offer a calm, supportive space without judgement where you can share your story, improve your ability to cope in the present, and set goals for the future.
(878) 205-0616 View (878) 205-0616
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Diane Bauer, LCSW & Associates
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Pleasant Hills, PA 15236
Specialties: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Dissociative Disorders, Divorce/Dissolution LGBT issues, Grief/Loss, Mood Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parenting issues, Trauma, Relationship Issues, Self-esteem We provide counseling for children, teens, adults, families, and couples.
Are you "worrying" often? Do you feel uncomfortable in social settings? Feeling sad, frustrated/angry and having difficulty managing it? Are you a parent concerned about your child's behavior? Or in a relationship/marriage that is unfulfilling or not what it use to be? Is your family not accepting of your life choices? Counseling is a great opportunity to work through long standing concerns or just talk about what is going on in your life right now.
Specialties: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Dissociative Disorders, Divorce/Dissolution LGBT issues, Grief/Loss, Mood Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parenting issues, Trauma, Relationship Issues, Self-esteem We provide counseling for children, teens, adults, families, and couples.
Are you "worrying" often? Do you feel uncomfortable in social settings? Feeling sad, frustrated/angry and having difficulty managing it? Are you a parent concerned about your child's behavior? Or in a relationship/marriage that is unfulfilling or not what it use to be? Is your family not accepting of your life choices? Counseling is a great opportunity to work through long standing concerns or just talk about what is going on in your life right now.
(412) 532-1773 View (412) 532-1773
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Gina Niewodowski
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pleasant Hills, PA 15236  (Online Only)
For the past three decades, I have helped people manage anxiety, depression, recovery from divorce, abuse, job loss and grief.
We all have inner strength. Rollo May, a well known psychologist wrote, "Finding the center of strength within ourselves, is in the long run, the best contribution we can make to our fellow man". As a professional counselor, I want to help you find and use your strengths so you can live a healthy and purpose filled life.
For the past three decades, I have helped people manage anxiety, depression, recovery from divorce, abuse, job loss and grief.
We all have inner strength. Rollo May, a well known psychologist wrote, "Finding the center of strength within ourselves, is in the long run, the best contribution we can make to our fellow man". As a professional counselor, I want to help you find and use your strengths so you can live a healthy and purpose filled life.
(412) 727-8266 View (412) 727-8266
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Christie Wenner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Pleasant Hills, PA 15236
Not accepting new clients
I believe therapy is a relational process where the central focus of the work becomes the therapy relationship we co-create. From the foundation of our relationship we will approach your unique path to healing and improving the quality of your life in ways that are meaningful to you. I believe therapy is most successful when the relationship feels safe, secure, contained, and where boundaries and choices are made continually transparent. As an additional offering, I have advanced training and practice in the use of EMDR. At the right time in your recovery journey we can discuss how this modality might benefit your recovery.
I believe therapy is a relational process where the central focus of the work becomes the therapy relationship we co-create. From the foundation of our relationship we will approach your unique path to healing and improving the quality of your life in ways that are meaningful to you. I believe therapy is most successful when the relationship feels safe, secure, contained, and where boundaries and choices are made continually transparent. As an additional offering, I have advanced training and practice in the use of EMDR. At the right time in your recovery journey we can discuss how this modality might benefit your recovery.
(412) 223-3056 View (412) 223-3056
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Leann E. Romitti
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, NCC, CMHNCS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pleasant Hills, PA 15236  (Online Only)
“I don’t know who I am anymore”. “I used to be so happy”. “Why is being healthy so hard right now”. “When did it become so hard to get out of bed”. Some days you find yourself asking these questions. You don’t know when it happened, but you barely recognize the person in the mirror. You don’t feel like yourself. You feel lost, stuck and overwhelmed by the little things. You feel guilty because you struggle to be present at your job, with your partner, or your children and family. You want to stop "just getting through another day". You are ready to take your life back. You are ready to thrive.
“I don’t know who I am anymore”. “I used to be so happy”. “Why is being healthy so hard right now”. “When did it become so hard to get out of bed”. Some days you find yourself asking these questions. You don’t know when it happened, but you barely recognize the person in the mirror. You don’t feel like yourself. You feel lost, stuck and overwhelmed by the little things. You feel guilty because you struggle to be present at your job, with your partner, or your children and family. You want to stop "just getting through another day". You are ready to take your life back. You are ready to thrive.
(412) 324-3175 View (412) 324-3175

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Nathaniel Rigby
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15227
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in treating emotional difficulties (e.g., depression, anxiety, anger), complicated grief, relationship issues, and problems with motivation. I provide high quality, meaningful psychotherapy informed by many years of education, training and experience. Your first impression is likely to be that I am patient, warm, and knowledgeable with a lighthearted sense of humor. As we get to know each other, you will find that I am devoted to helping you feel better and I am committed to being straightforward with you so you can be challenged and grow.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in treating emotional difficulties (e.g., depression, anxiety, anger), complicated grief, relationship issues, and problems with motivation. I provide high quality, meaningful psychotherapy informed by many years of education, training and experience. Your first impression is likely to be that I am patient, warm, and knowledgeable with a lighthearted sense of humor. As we get to know each other, you will find that I am devoted to helping you feel better and I am committed to being straightforward with you so you can be challenged and grow.
(412) 253-2588 View (412) 253-2588
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Martine Saul (Sheherhers)
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSCP, LPC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
Martine Saul is a licensed professional counselor with a B.A. in Psychology from Point Park University and a M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University. Her graduate field placements all took place within hospice and palliative care facilities, and she therefore, has experience and interest working with hospice patients as well doing bereavement, grief and loss counseling with those patients and their loved ones. Martine currently works full-time as a therapist in Private Practice. She has earned her certificate in Gerontology from the University of Pittsburgh. She is also trained in EMDR for trauma-informed care.
Martine Saul is a licensed professional counselor with a B.A. in Psychology from Point Park University and a M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University. Her graduate field placements all took place within hospice and palliative care facilities, and she therefore, has experience and interest working with hospice patients as well doing bereavement, grief and loss counseling with those patients and their loved ones. Martine currently works full-time as a therapist in Private Practice. She has earned her certificate in Gerontology from the University of Pittsburgh. She is also trained in EMDR for trauma-informed care.
(412) 532-4602 View (412) 532-4602
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Jan Sciulli
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
Are you grieving the loss of a loved one? Devastated by a traumatic event in your life? I am dedicated to helping you through your journey of bereavement and healing. I have worked with individuals and families who have experienced traumatic sudden loss resulting from incidences such as gun violence; suicide; divorce; job loss; vision loss; physical changes; progressive and terminal illness.
Are you grieving the loss of a loved one? Devastated by a traumatic event in your life? I am dedicated to helping you through your journey of bereavement and healing. I have worked with individuals and families who have experienced traumatic sudden loss resulting from incidences such as gun violence; suicide; divorce; job loss; vision loss; physical changes; progressive and terminal illness.
(412) 866-1191 View (412) 866-1191
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Claire Barber
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bethel Park, PA 15102  (Online Only)
Life presents us with light, darkness, and everything in between. It can be difficult to untangle life's complexities while maintaining the everyday responsibilities we expect of ourselves, especially when difficult circumstances act as obstacles to our growth and wellbeing. Your obstacles don't have to be a one-person battle. There is strength in seeking help and acknowledging you are worthy of it. Grief, depression, anxiety, and other issues are one part of your whole story. I'll take a holistic perspective into who you are and collaborate on a plan for us to work together by using integrated therapeutic approaches.
Life presents us with light, darkness, and everything in between. It can be difficult to untangle life's complexities while maintaining the everyday responsibilities we expect of ourselves, especially when difficult circumstances act as obstacles to our growth and wellbeing. Your obstacles don't have to be a one-person battle. There is strength in seeking help and acknowledging you are worthy of it. Grief, depression, anxiety, and other issues are one part of your whole story. I'll take a holistic perspective into who you are and collaborate on a plan for us to work together by using integrated therapeutic approaches.
(724) 948-1573 View (724) 948-1573
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Marissa Adamczyk
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15227  (Online Only)
Welcome! My name is Marissa. I have experience helping those struggling with anxiety, grief, navigating relationship challenges, and more. Maybe you are looking to get to know yourself a bit better, to strengthen your relationships, or to find ways to better manage the challenges you're facing. Emotions play a huge part in our daily lives and tell us what we need or are missing. Together, we can discover these. We will work together to discover your values, goals, and how we can achieve them.
Welcome! My name is Marissa. I have experience helping those struggling with anxiety, grief, navigating relationship challenges, and more. Maybe you are looking to get to know yourself a bit better, to strengthen your relationships, or to find ways to better manage the challenges you're facing. Emotions play a huge part in our daily lives and tell us what we need or are missing. Together, we can discover these. We will work together to discover your values, goals, and how we can achieve them.
(267) 377-4539 View (267) 377-4539
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Kathleen D Hays
Licensed Professional Counselor, BA, MS, CCTP, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15227
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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Dr. Dana Matta
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15236  (Online Only)
A wise person once said, "You can't laugh all your laughter till you cry all your tears." Sometimes life presents us with difficult challenges or situations that can be overwhelming or unfair. The death of a loved one, the breakup of a relationship. health issues, family conflicts, depression and anxiety just to name a few. The decision to enter therapy is seldom made lightly. I believe it is important to provide a safe and confidential space for my clients to share their feelings and speak their truth. It is only by sharing the pain and sadness that humans can cry their tears and move on to the laughter again.
A wise person once said, "You can't laugh all your laughter till you cry all your tears." Sometimes life presents us with difficult challenges or situations that can be overwhelming or unfair. The death of a loved one, the breakup of a relationship. health issues, family conflicts, depression and anxiety just to name a few. The decision to enter therapy is seldom made lightly. I believe it is important to provide a safe and confidential space for my clients to share their feelings and speak their truth. It is only by sharing the pain and sadness that humans can cry their tears and move on to the laughter again.
(724) 585-8830 View (724) 585-8830
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Sarah Heitzenrater
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
As a National Certified and Licensed Professional Counselor I aim to create a safe, inclusive and affirming space for every one of my clients. I prioritize the therapeutic relationships that I build with each client and acknowledge the importance of having a trusting and supportive environment. I have a special interest in diverse LGBTQ+ issues, as well as, experience working with anxiety, various mood disorders, trauma, grief and loss, and addiction.
As a National Certified and Licensed Professional Counselor I aim to create a safe, inclusive and affirming space for every one of my clients. I prioritize the therapeutic relationships that I build with each client and acknowledge the importance of having a trusting and supportive environment. I have a special interest in diverse LGBTQ+ issues, as well as, experience working with anxiety, various mood disorders, trauma, grief and loss, and addiction.
(412) 275-5556 View (412) 275-5556
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Mary Anne Fisher
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, , ACSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Castle Shannon, PA 15234
For 3 decades, I have gained expertise in addressing issues of anxiety, depression, loss/grief, trauma, and relationship conflicts.
For the past 40 years, I have had the privilege of working with, and helping individuals, families and couples. Whether dealing with change, conflict, loss, a crisis or a concern, support is crucial. I provide knowledge and supportive guidance to help each person work through challenges and move forward on their path in life.
For 3 decades, I have gained expertise in addressing issues of anxiety, depression, loss/grief, trauma, and relationship conflicts.
For the past 40 years, I have had the privilege of working with, and helping individuals, families and couples. Whether dealing with change, conflict, loss, a crisis or a concern, support is crucial. I provide knowledge and supportive guidance to help each person work through challenges and move forward on their path in life.
(412) 214-8520 View (412) 214-8520
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Jess Silbermann
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
It has been said that, “change is the only constant in life” (Heraclitus). This statement may ring true for you, and it may even have led you here. Change can be exciting, AND it can also be daunting, anxiety-inducing and downright paralyzing at times. We experience many moments of transition and new stages in life, and I’m here to help you navigate these waters. I specialize in working with teens, especially those with perfectionism, young professionals, and new parents. My areas of expertise include childhood and adult trauma, perinatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, grief, and supporting parents of anxious children.
It has been said that, “change is the only constant in life” (Heraclitus). This statement may ring true for you, and it may even have led you here. Change can be exciting, AND it can also be daunting, anxiety-inducing and downright paralyzing at times. We experience many moments of transition and new stages in life, and I’m here to help you navigate these waters. I specialize in working with teens, especially those with perfectionism, young professionals, and new parents. My areas of expertise include childhood and adult trauma, perinatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, grief, and supporting parents of anxious children.
(412) 873-4587 View (412) 873-4587
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Rachel Diaz
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, ATR-BC, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
If you are feeling lost and out of control, or if you want to learn better ways to manage your emotions and behaviors, I can provide you with the help you need! I work with those suffering from addiction, dual diagnosis, stress-related disorders, eating disorders, OCD, anxiety, depression, adult ADHD, life transitions, trauma, grief, and mood disorders.
I am currently accepting new clients, please contact me via EMAIL ONLY. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Board-Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC). My goal is to provide you with a safe and trusting environment where you can feel fully heard and validated. I will help you learn how to create goals, process emotions, build effective coping skills, and develop the strength necessary to face and defeat your obstacles. I will support you while you create meaning out of the things you once thought you'd never overcome.
If you are feeling lost and out of control, or if you want to learn better ways to manage your emotions and behaviors, I can provide you with the help you need! I work with those suffering from addiction, dual diagnosis, stress-related disorders, eating disorders, OCD, anxiety, depression, adult ADHD, life transitions, trauma, grief, and mood disorders.
I am currently accepting new clients, please contact me via EMAIL ONLY. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Board-Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC). My goal is to provide you with a safe and trusting environment where you can feel fully heard and validated. I will help you learn how to create goals, process emotions, build effective coping skills, and develop the strength necessary to face and defeat your obstacles. I will support you while you create meaning out of the things you once thought you'd never overcome.
(878) 444-2920 View (878) 444-2920
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Diana Lynne Shaban
Psychologist, M Ed
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Not accepting new clients
I believe in the resilience of the human condition and facilitate that journey inward to help you help your SELF! Trauma, loss, isolation, wounds from childhood, parenting, addictions and more.
Are you in need of support? Do you have disturbing thoughts? Do you 'what if" constantly? Are you too angry? Are you confused? Are you struggling with getting out of bed? Are you not yourself? Are loved ones concerned about you? Do you have 'brain fog? Forgetfulness? problems sleeping? Do you have body image issues? Are you self medicating? Do you need someone to talk to without judgement? Life is challenging and sometimes unfair. There is a path out of suffering. Despite a sense of helplessness, anxiety, depression, trauma and fears; there is a way out and I can help you, help your SELF through your challenges.
I believe in the resilience of the human condition and facilitate that journey inward to help you help your SELF! Trauma, loss, isolation, wounds from childhood, parenting, addictions and more.
Are you in need of support? Do you have disturbing thoughts? Do you 'what if" constantly? Are you too angry? Are you confused? Are you struggling with getting out of bed? Are you not yourself? Are loved ones concerned about you? Do you have 'brain fog? Forgetfulness? problems sleeping? Do you have body image issues? Are you self medicating? Do you need someone to talk to without judgement? Life is challenging and sometimes unfair. There is a path out of suffering. Despite a sense of helplessness, anxiety, depression, trauma and fears; there is a way out and I can help you, help your SELF through your challenges.
(878) 900-4134 View (878) 900-4134
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Grace Wellness Center
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, MSEd, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
Bethel Park, PA 15102
We are a group of Christian Counselors who treat clients of all ages through Biblical truth and the healing power of God's grace. We integrate the best from the discipline of psychology with Christian counseling to help people find peace and contentment. We have counselors who specialize in addictions, attachment and trauma issues, grief, relationships, children, parenting, depression, anxiety and most other issues. Our organization has several centers throughout western PA. Please visit our website to see if we have a location that will meet your needs. www.thegracewellnesscenter.com
We are a group of Christian Counselors who treat clients of all ages through Biblical truth and the healing power of God's grace. We integrate the best from the discipline of psychology with Christian counseling to help people find peace and contentment. We have counselors who specialize in addictions, attachment and trauma issues, grief, relationships, children, parenting, depression, anxiety and most other issues. Our organization has several centers throughout western PA. Please visit our website to see if we have a location that will meet your needs. www.thegracewellnesscenter.com
(724) 987-5363 View (724) 987-5363
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Nelsery De Leon
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Brentwood, PA 15227
I work with those from all walks of life experiencing loss, intense emotions, family estrangement, and trauma. Healing is rooted in the understanding that experiences with systematic oppression have hurful effects on personal well-being, interpersonal relationships, and physical health. If you are experiencing doubt, fear, or lack of connection in your life, I can help. I utilize non-traditional approaches to explore connections between how cultural experiences affect dynamics between family members and within the community.
I work with those from all walks of life experiencing loss, intense emotions, family estrangement, and trauma. Healing is rooted in the understanding that experiences with systematic oppression have hurful effects on personal well-being, interpersonal relationships, and physical health. If you are experiencing doubt, fear, or lack of connection in your life, I can help. I utilize non-traditional approaches to explore connections between how cultural experiences affect dynamics between family members and within the community.
(215) 883-4530 View (215) 883-4530
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Rachael French
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MSCP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Castle Shannon, PA 15234
My clients face a range of life’s challenges: depression, anxiety, peer conflict, communication, transition to college/work, enhancing self-awareness, identity, relationship/family dynamics (separation/divorce), grief, and autism or attention deficit/executive functioning challenges.
Many of my clients are making exciting but often daunting transitions - from Jr High to High School or High School to College, ending or beginning new relationships and careers. Change is so often viewed with anxiety and negativity. Yet, change is happening all around us every day. How can we make change a positive experience in our lives? How can we choose to change something that is not working? How can we learn and grow from a challenging experience? As a counselor, I believe my job is to create a space where clients can explore these and other topics, in a way that ultimately positively impacts their day to day lives.
My clients face a range of life’s challenges: depression, anxiety, peer conflict, communication, transition to college/work, enhancing self-awareness, identity, relationship/family dynamics (separation/divorce), grief, and autism or attention deficit/executive functioning challenges.
Many of my clients are making exciting but often daunting transitions - from Jr High to High School or High School to College, ending or beginning new relationships and careers. Change is so often viewed with anxiety and negativity. Yet, change is happening all around us every day. How can we make change a positive experience in our lives? How can we choose to change something that is not working? How can we learn and grow from a challenging experience? As a counselor, I believe my job is to create a space where clients can explore these and other topics, in a way that ultimately positively impacts their day to day lives.
(878) 313-2170 View (878) 313-2170

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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.