Grief Therapists in San Antonio, TX

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Callie M Davis-Carr
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78210
My specialty has been pre-marriage and marriage counseling; and counseling in the areas of grief and loss, children's issues, women's issues, and relationship issues.
Are you feeling overwhelmed or heavy hearted due to the loss of a loved one? Are you dealing with heartache, despair, and frustration due to marital conflict and misunderstanding? Do you need help in dealing with relational matters? I'd like to help you if you are. I am more than willing to help lighten your emotional load, and offer help for today and hope for tomorrow. There is hope! I look forward to hearing from you.
My specialty has been pre-marriage and marriage counseling; and counseling in the areas of grief and loss, children's issues, women's issues, and relationship issues.
Are you feeling overwhelmed or heavy hearted due to the loss of a loved one? Are you dealing with heartache, despair, and frustration due to marital conflict and misunderstanding? Do you need help in dealing with relational matters? I'd like to help you if you are. I am more than willing to help lighten your emotional load, and offer help for today and hope for tomorrow. There is hope! I look forward to hearing from you.
(281) 940-3692 View (281) 940-3692
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Belinda Arriaga
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78230
Waitlist for new clients
I am a bi-iterate and bicultural psychotherapist that specializes on problems that affect the individual/couple/family when generations within the household have contrasting cultural understandings. When working with individuals, couples, and families, I explore cultural differences and values to find the strengths and the coping tools. I have also worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. I have experience in many areas, including trauma, depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, multigenerational family conflict, couples counseling, life transitions, chronic pain, and grief.
I am a bi-iterate and bicultural psychotherapist that specializes on problems that affect the individual/couple/family when generations within the household have contrasting cultural understandings. When working with individuals, couples, and families, I explore cultural differences and values to find the strengths and the coping tools. I have also worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. I have experience in many areas, including trauma, depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, multigenerational family conflict, couples counseling, life transitions, chronic pain, and grief.
(210) 941-4395 View (210) 941-4395
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Ingrid Vergara
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78216  (Online Only)
My specialties include working with individuals wanting to process: depression, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, life transitions, self-esteem, emotional issues, relationship issues, substance use/ addiction, and grief and loss.
Are you feeling lost and not sure what the next step is? I am here to process those thoughts and talk with you. It is not uncommon to lose connection with our voice and inner self. I am here to help you rebalance and re-discover how to connect with that piece of you. We all have the ability to heal ourselves; however, life challenges can throw that balance off. Though therapy, we can regain our strength and overcome barriers or strengthen areas where we want to grow by actively working on improvement and embracing the process of change.
My specialties include working with individuals wanting to process: depression, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, life transitions, self-esteem, emotional issues, relationship issues, substance use/ addiction, and grief and loss.
Are you feeling lost and not sure what the next step is? I am here to process those thoughts and talk with you. It is not uncommon to lose connection with our voice and inner self. I am here to help you rebalance and re-discover how to connect with that piece of you. We all have the ability to heal ourselves; however, life challenges can throw that balance off. Though therapy, we can regain our strength and overcome barriers or strengthen areas where we want to grow by actively working on improvement and embracing the process of change.
(210) 796-8620 View (210) 796-8620
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Ashley Jesse
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78217
Ashley Jesse is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor who is devoted to helping children and adults struggling with Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, and Grief to create and maintain healthy coping patterns and find a sense of relief from painful symptoms. She has over seventeen years of experience in settings including community mental health and non-profit agencies and received her Master of Arts degree in Psychological Counseling from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA in 2006.
Ashley Jesse is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor who is devoted to helping children and adults struggling with Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, and Grief to create and maintain healthy coping patterns and find a sense of relief from painful symptoms. She has over seventeen years of experience in settings including community mental health and non-profit agencies and received her Master of Arts degree in Psychological Counseling from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA in 2006.
(726) 268-1886 View (726) 268-1886
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Heather Shealy-Mawhirter
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258
Trauma, grief, abuse, foster care or adoption - all of these come with so much that is recognized and not recognized by society.
There is not an easy fix or a quick answer but there is a way passed what you're going through. Maybe you've asked your friends and family and you're not getting anywhere. Maybe you haven't talked to anyone about it at all. You're not broken, you're not too much, and your absolutely worth the work you can do in therapy. Sometimes you know something is wrong but don't know what or where to begin. Sometimes you know exactly what's wrong and fear there is no solution or the pain or shame or fear have convinced you not to seek the perspective and growth that can come from counseling. If now is the time for therapy, let's talk.
Trauma, grief, abuse, foster care or adoption - all of these come with so much that is recognized and not recognized by society.
There is not an easy fix or a quick answer but there is a way passed what you're going through. Maybe you've asked your friends and family and you're not getting anywhere. Maybe you haven't talked to anyone about it at all. You're not broken, you're not too much, and your absolutely worth the work you can do in therapy. Sometimes you know something is wrong but don't know what or where to begin. Sometimes you know exactly what's wrong and fear there is no solution or the pain or shame or fear have convinced you not to seek the perspective and growth that can come from counseling. If now is the time for therapy, let's talk.
(210) 899-6248 View (210) 899-6248
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Lisa Cantu
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78257
Lisa Cantu is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with 4 years of experience in the mental health field. Lisa is passionate about helping children, adolescents, and adults work through life's many obstacles so that they may be able to live functional, healthy lives. Lisa specializes in anxiety, depression, adjustment, grief, and trauma.
Lisa Cantu is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with 4 years of experience in the mental health field. Lisa is passionate about helping children, adolescents, and adults work through life's many obstacles so that they may be able to live functional, healthy lives. Lisa specializes in anxiety, depression, adjustment, grief, and trauma.
(210) 981-4396 View (210) 981-4396
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Michelle Morales
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78242  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with those who have experienced trauma and grief.
Life is difficult. There are so many things happening in the world right now. It can be hard to find someone who is free of burdens and turmoil in their own lives to talk to. Then there are those more specific things we may be dealing with that we cannot share with family or friends just yet. Counseling is a safe place to process and heal from most situations you may be facing right now whether it's relationship problems, job stress, time management or something more traumatic like domestic violence or a child who has experienced abuse. This is an opportunity to figure out how to start the healing process.
I specialize in working with those who have experienced trauma and grief.
Life is difficult. There are so many things happening in the world right now. It can be hard to find someone who is free of burdens and turmoil in their own lives to talk to. Then there are those more specific things we may be dealing with that we cannot share with family or friends just yet. Counseling is a safe place to process and heal from most situations you may be facing right now whether it's relationship problems, job stress, time management or something more traumatic like domestic violence or a child who has experienced abuse. This is an opportunity to figure out how to start the healing process.
(940) 326-7477 View (940) 326-7477
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Sarah E Fawcett
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78213
When I was a young woman, I chose to try counseling as a way of dealing with my problems. I was stuck and didn't know what else to do. Counseling changed my life. As a result, I became a counselor years later. I especially enjoy walking with clients through whatever life issues and challenges they have, whether it's a loss of joy, grief over the death of a loved one, a divorce or simply feeling overwhelmed with daily life. I'm a good listener. Hope you will contact me for an appointment.
When I was a young woman, I chose to try counseling as a way of dealing with my problems. I was stuck and didn't know what else to do. Counseling changed my life. As a result, I became a counselor years later. I especially enjoy walking with clients through whatever life issues and challenges they have, whether it's a loss of joy, grief over the death of a loved one, a divorce or simply feeling overwhelmed with daily life. I'm a good listener. Hope you will contact me for an appointment.
(830) 261-4691 View (830) 261-4691
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Nadja Hines
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78209
Nadja is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with over 8 years of experience in the mental health field. Her personality is flexible and agile, allowing swift adaptation to a range of clients. She has the ability to quickly analyze information and situations and, in turn, provide efficient solutions and relevant recommendations. Nadja is passionate about helping children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families address their unique challenges and live more fulfilled lives. She specializes in depression, anxiety, grief, trauma (PTSD), relationship issues, and major life transitions.
Nadja is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with over 8 years of experience in the mental health field. Her personality is flexible and agile, allowing swift adaptation to a range of clients. She has the ability to quickly analyze information and situations and, in turn, provide efficient solutions and relevant recommendations. Nadja is passionate about helping children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families address their unique challenges and live more fulfilled lives. She specializes in depression, anxiety, grief, trauma (PTSD), relationship issues, and major life transitions.
(210) 934-7194 View (210) 934-7194
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Adriana Canales
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78240  (Online Only)
From the outside, you look like you have it all figured out, but inside you feel unsatisfied and highly critical of yourself & others. You find it difficult to fully relax because your mind wanders toward the endless list of things you “should” be doing. You often get caught up in thoughts comparing yourself to others. You may be struggling to feel fulfilled in your relationship with others, and more importantly, yourself. You’re driven, successful, & high-achieving. Everything feels great when things go as planned, but when things go awry, self-doubt creeps in and can show up as feelings of anxiety, depression, grief, & burnout.
From the outside, you look like you have it all figured out, but inside you feel unsatisfied and highly critical of yourself & others. You find it difficult to fully relax because your mind wanders toward the endless list of things you “should” be doing. You often get caught up in thoughts comparing yourself to others. You may be struggling to feel fulfilled in your relationship with others, and more importantly, yourself. You’re driven, successful, & high-achieving. Everything feels great when things go as planned, but when things go awry, self-doubt creeps in and can show up as feelings of anxiety, depression, grief, & burnout.
(210) 796-1353 View (210) 796-1353
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Alexcis Grushinski
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78252  (Online Only)
I am currently offering supportive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, grief recovery, and EMDR.
I am licensed in Minnesota and California. Currently taking private pay clients in both states. I can take Aetna and Optum in Minnesota. I can also take Aetna, Optum, and Cigna in California. Hello, I am Alexcis a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who helps people who long to feel stable and secure. Through my years of work, I have found that people want to live a well-rounded, healthy life. Unfortunately, barriers, keep them from moving forward and accomplishing their goals. Using supportive therapy and evidence-based practices I help people work through Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Grief, and Trauma.
I am currently offering supportive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, grief recovery, and EMDR.
I am licensed in Minnesota and California. Currently taking private pay clients in both states. I can take Aetna and Optum in Minnesota. I can also take Aetna, Optum, and Cigna in California. Hello, I am Alexcis a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who helps people who long to feel stable and secure. Through my years of work, I have found that people want to live a well-rounded, healthy life. Unfortunately, barriers, keep them from moving forward and accomplishing their goals. Using supportive therapy and evidence-based practices I help people work through Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Grief, and Trauma.
(210) 942-6842 View (210) 942-6842
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Norman Klaunig
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MA, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78212  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with grief, hopelessness, anxiety, relationship issues, and life in general and want to move toward purpose? Are you looking for a therapist who accepts you as you are, but also provides guidance where needed and is honest and authentic? Then, we might work well together. My ideal client is a person of any age, gender, abilities, race, heritage, sexual orientation, and belief system who is looking to heal from grief or trauma and wants to move from pain to purpose. I work holistically, use EMDR, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Tapping, IADC and parts work, and consider somatic aspects.
Are you struggling with grief, hopelessness, anxiety, relationship issues, and life in general and want to move toward purpose? Are you looking for a therapist who accepts you as you are, but also provides guidance where needed and is honest and authentic? Then, we might work well together. My ideal client is a person of any age, gender, abilities, race, heritage, sexual orientation, and belief system who is looking to heal from grief or trauma and wants to move from pain to purpose. I work holistically, use EMDR, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Tapping, IADC and parts work, and consider somatic aspects.
(210) 361-3066 View (210) 361-3066
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Lesley Esquivel
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78257  (Online Only)
I provide individual therapy to adults (18+) dealing with issues such as life adjustments/stress, relationship issues, self-esteem issues, anxiety, depression, and grief/loss.
Empathy, trust, shared presence. My belief is the process of therapy helps bring self-awareness to the strengths that one may not realize they have. Being human, we all face challenges and obstacles, but with non-judgmental support and understanding, inner strengths may flourish to face life's stressors in healthier, productive ways.
I provide individual therapy to adults (18+) dealing with issues such as life adjustments/stress, relationship issues, self-esteem issues, anxiety, depression, and grief/loss.
Empathy, trust, shared presence. My belief is the process of therapy helps bring self-awareness to the strengths that one may not realize they have. Being human, we all face challenges and obstacles, but with non-judgmental support and understanding, inner strengths may flourish to face life's stressors in healthier, productive ways.
(210) 943-9272 View (210) 943-9272
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Elisabeth Zaragoza
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78245  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you struggling to hold yourself together emotionally after a loss? Whether that the is loss of a parent, spouse, child, relative, friend, relationship etc, it can be difficult to find a place to express those emotions. I help individuals who are grieving a loss regardless of the length of time the special person has passed away. I am a Grief Educator (taught by Grief expert David Kessler). I work with individuals who are navigating uncharted waters of grief. Grief can be overwhelming and difficult to know who to open up to and how much to share.
Do you feel like you struggling to hold yourself together emotionally after a loss? Whether that the is loss of a parent, spouse, child, relative, friend, relationship etc, it can be difficult to find a place to express those emotions. I help individuals who are grieving a loss regardless of the length of time the special person has passed away. I am a Grief Educator (taught by Grief expert David Kessler). I work with individuals who are navigating uncharted waters of grief. Grief can be overwhelming and difficult to know who to open up to and how much to share.
(210) 942-4810 View (210) 942-4810
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Jackie Hodges
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78240  (Online Only)
I work specifically with anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, anger management, bipolar disorder, grief and loss, anomalous experiences, religious trauma, pregnancy loss, infant loss, infertility, relationship struggles, active duty military, veterans, chronic illness, medical trauma, navigating divorce, and other areas of life that are overwhelming.
I’m a licensed counselor providing teletherapy to anyone looking for support from the comfort of their own home. We can work together to help make life feel a little better. I work with clients who may live in rural Texas, or clients who benefits from telehealth thearpy/virtual therapy. I have many years working with grief, loss, medical trauma, PTSD, anxiety, and depression. I like to get to know my clients and how they navigate their world so we can find practical skills to move through tough emotions. I look forward to meeting you!
I work specifically with anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, anger management, bipolar disorder, grief and loss, anomalous experiences, religious trauma, pregnancy loss, infant loss, infertility, relationship struggles, active duty military, veterans, chronic illness, medical trauma, navigating divorce, and other areas of life that are overwhelming.
I’m a licensed counselor providing teletherapy to anyone looking for support from the comfort of their own home. We can work together to help make life feel a little better. I work with clients who may live in rural Texas, or clients who benefits from telehealth thearpy/virtual therapy. I have many years working with grief, loss, medical trauma, PTSD, anxiety, and depression. I like to get to know my clients and how they navigate their world so we can find practical skills to move through tough emotions. I look forward to meeting you!
(210) 864-7577 View (210) 864-7577
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Fay H Green
Licensed Professional Counselor, MAC, LPC, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258
Life is a journey comprised of various relationships which are often challenged by change. Changes in relationships are often overwhelming and cause stress, anxiety, quilt, grief, or trauma. The diagnosis of a life-limiting illness, a death, being the caregiver for someone with a chronic illness, dealing with end-of-life issues, or divorce at times is overwhelming and frustrating. During these experiences, it is important to have someone who will listen to understand your experience. I have training and experience in companioning those who are navigating a stressful time in a relationship changed by loss or illness.
Life is a journey comprised of various relationships which are often challenged by change. Changes in relationships are often overwhelming and cause stress, anxiety, quilt, grief, or trauma. The diagnosis of a life-limiting illness, a death, being the caregiver for someone with a chronic illness, dealing with end-of-life issues, or divorce at times is overwhelming and frustrating. During these experiences, it is important to have someone who will listen to understand your experience. I have training and experience in companioning those who are navigating a stressful time in a relationship changed by loss or illness.
(210) 468-1309 View (210) 468-1309
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Frank (Pancho) Davis
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MS, LPC-A, NCC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78249
I see teenagers and adults and I have experience working anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, OCD, and relationship issues.
Whether it is past experiences or present circumstances that you are working through, it can be helpful to have someone walk with you on that journey. I seek to make a connection and create a relationship with clients that is built on trust, empathy, curiosity, and respect in a safe and judgement free environment. My hope is that through our time together you are able to gain further insight into who you are, gain an understanding into the nature of your difficulties, and together find ways to overcome your current struggles.
I see teenagers and adults and I have experience working anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, OCD, and relationship issues.
Whether it is past experiences or present circumstances that you are working through, it can be helpful to have someone walk with you on that journey. I seek to make a connection and create a relationship with clients that is built on trust, empathy, curiosity, and respect in a safe and judgement free environment. My hope is that through our time together you are able to gain further insight into who you are, gain an understanding into the nature of your difficulties, and together find ways to overcome your current struggles.
(210) 942-7649 View (210) 942-7649
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Arsahy Alvizo
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78253  (Online Only)
Arsy has experience working with both teens and adults with varying issues such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief, PTSD, chronic pain, and many more.
Arsy is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas (81619). She graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio with her Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling. She provides a warm and welcoming environment in order for you to feel safe and open throughout the counseling process. She will work alongside you to navigate the presenting issues and find solutions that are authentic to you. Arsy employs a person-centered and CBT approach that focuses on helping the client identify and change thinking patterns that have a negative influence on their behavior and their emotional being.
Arsy has experience working with both teens and adults with varying issues such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief, PTSD, chronic pain, and many more.
Arsy is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas (81619). She graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio with her Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling. She provides a warm and welcoming environment in order for you to feel safe and open throughout the counseling process. She will work alongside you to navigate the presenting issues and find solutions that are authentic to you. Arsy employs a person-centered and CBT approach that focuses on helping the client identify and change thinking patterns that have a negative influence on their behavior and their emotional being.
(210) 791-6239 View (210) 791-6239
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Anna Billingsley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78212  (Online Only)
I specialize in trauma-informed therapeutic interventions, grief therapy, and adolescent mental health.
My intent within my practice is create a safe space for all of your experiences. I have been dedicated to providing community mental health interventions for the past 10 years. I have extensive training and experience in cognitive-behavioral therapy, stage-based trauma therapy, LGBTQIA-affirmative therapy, and couples and family therapy. I provide an integrative theoretical approach and I believe in utilizing creative modalities for my clients. For those in the San Antonio area, I do offer walk and talk in person sessions. Please feel free to email me for a consult to learn more about this modality.
I specialize in trauma-informed therapeutic interventions, grief therapy, and adolescent mental health.
My intent within my practice is create a safe space for all of your experiences. I have been dedicated to providing community mental health interventions for the past 10 years. I have extensive training and experience in cognitive-behavioral therapy, stage-based trauma therapy, LGBTQIA-affirmative therapy, and couples and family therapy. I provide an integrative theoretical approach and I believe in utilizing creative modalities for my clients. For those in the San Antonio area, I do offer walk and talk in person sessions. Please feel free to email me for a consult to learn more about this modality.
(210) 864-7275 View (210) 864-7275
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Trina Bolden
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC , LCDC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78253
With an understanding that you can't do it on your own, you’ve decided to seek help. If the weight of anxiety, grief or health concerns are becoming too much, I'd like to work with you to help you become your best self. If you are beginning to feel overwhelmed with life's challenges and don't know where to start, perhaps we can partner to develop personalized goals that meet your needs.
With an understanding that you can't do it on your own, you’ve decided to seek help. If the weight of anxiety, grief or health concerns are becoming too much, I'd like to work with you to help you become your best self. If you are beginning to feel overwhelmed with life's challenges and don't know where to start, perhaps we can partner to develop personalized goals that meet your needs.
(210) 405-6911 View (210) 405-6911

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.