Grief Therapists in Green Bay, VA

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Shannon Talley
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23235
With almost a decade of experience in the field of mental health, I offer treatment for Complex trauma, grief and loss, Depression, Anxiety, and Adjustment Disorders.
Have you ever heard someone tell you "Just get over it!"? When someone is struggling with a major life change, grief, or health challenge, this is not acceptable! Let's talk about your story, your journey, and your destination. My goal is for you to leave your appointment with a feeling of validation and direction. I love when my clients realize that they are capable and start reaching their goals. Partnering with me means that you will always have someone who is willing to walk alongside you in moments when you are feeling a little bit lost or alone. My passion is to see you find your direction and live your life to the fullest.
With almost a decade of experience in the field of mental health, I offer treatment for Complex trauma, grief and loss, Depression, Anxiety, and Adjustment Disorders.
Have you ever heard someone tell you "Just get over it!"? When someone is struggling with a major life change, grief, or health challenge, this is not acceptable! Let's talk about your story, your journey, and your destination. My goal is for you to leave your appointment with a feeling of validation and direction. I love when my clients realize that they are capable and start reaching their goals. Partnering with me means that you will always have someone who is willing to walk alongside you in moments when you are feeling a little bit lost or alone. My passion is to see you find your direction and live your life to the fullest.
(804) 395-6123 View (804) 395-6123
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Dianne Bachman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Throughout my 30 years of practice, I have gained much experience in working with issues unique to children, adults, families and couples, such as mood disorders, anxiety, grief, loss, conflict, identity, and stage of life issues.
As a psychotherapist, I believe that each of us holds the capacity to utilize our personal creativity to resolve life's challenges. I seek to assist the folks I work with to find their strengths. I utilize a number of therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, Interactive Guided Imagery, Ericksonian Hypnosis, and elements of Internal Family Systems and psychological astrology. Upon the initial therapy session, we will work together to determine the most beneficial modality for you, your family, or your child. In addition, I may suggest expressive arts as a vehicle to create life changes.
Throughout my 30 years of practice, I have gained much experience in working with issues unique to children, adults, families and couples, such as mood disorders, anxiety, grief, loss, conflict, identity, and stage of life issues.
As a psychotherapist, I believe that each of us holds the capacity to utilize our personal creativity to resolve life's challenges. I seek to assist the folks I work with to find their strengths. I utilize a number of therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, Interactive Guided Imagery, Ericksonian Hypnosis, and elements of Internal Family Systems and psychological astrology. Upon the initial therapy session, we will work together to determine the most beneficial modality for you, your family, or your child. In addition, I may suggest expressive arts as a vehicle to create life changes.
(540) 302-5806 View (540) 302-5806
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Helen Hope Dillard
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23185
I help clients find perspective and balance in their situations. Obstacles and challenges are really opportunities for personal growth. My specialties include working with addictions, grief/loss, couple's and family counseling, trauma and PTSD; and mood and anxiety disorders. I have a B.A. in Psychology and Master's in Counseling from the College of William and Mary. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor.
I help clients find perspective and balance in their situations. Obstacles and challenges are really opportunities for personal growth. My specialties include working with addictions, grief/loss, couple's and family counseling, trauma and PTSD; and mood and anxiety disorders. I have a B.A. in Psychology and Master's in Counseling from the College of William and Mary. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor.
(757) 345-2460 View (757) 345-2460
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Linda Zaffram
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Henrico, VA 23294
Do you suffer with depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief, perinatal mood disorders, fertility and/or have a birth trauma history? Do you want to find healing and find personal fulfillment in your life? By utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, strengths based, solution focused, psychodynamic, EMDR and a mindfulness perspective you can begin to make sense of your past and look forward to your future. Together we can build on your strengths, improve functioning, facilitate personal growth, deepen relationships and increase self esteem. My passion is helping others see the light through the darkness by healing one day at a time!
Do you suffer with depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief, perinatal mood disorders, fertility and/or have a birth trauma history? Do you want to find healing and find personal fulfillment in your life? By utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, strengths based, solution focused, psychodynamic, EMDR and a mindfulness perspective you can begin to make sense of your past and look forward to your future. Together we can build on your strengths, improve functioning, facilitate personal growth, deepen relationships and increase self esteem. My passion is helping others see the light through the darkness by healing one day at a time!
(804) 299-5410 View (804) 299-5410
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Kathryn Nevin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Hello, I'm Kathryn Nevin, LCSW, CCTP. It's wonderful to see you seeking support and making strides to connect here! I'm here to assist with various challenges like anxiety, depression, anger, grief and loss, self-harm, and personality disorders. My focus lies particularly in trauma therapy. In our first session, I'll tailor our approach to suit your needs and optimize outcomes.
Hello, I'm Kathryn Nevin, LCSW, CCTP. It's wonderful to see you seeking support and making strides to connect here! I'm here to assist with various challenges like anxiety, depression, anger, grief and loss, self-harm, and personality disorders. My focus lies particularly in trauma therapy. In our first session, I'll tailor our approach to suit your needs and optimize outcomes.
(703) 952-3499 View (703) 952-3499
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Dominique Agypt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23225  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with clients with PTSD, complex PTSD, recovery from childhood abuse, dissociative disorders, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, hopelessness, helplessness, self-harm, grief and loss, family of origin issues, attachment, and relationship difficulties.
As a fellow truth seeker and meaning maker, I know firsthand how challenges in life can seem inescapable at times. I also personally understand the layered impact that a history of trauma has on our physical, emotional, and spiritual selves. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker passionate about supporting women to learn to connect, cultivate, and honor their deepest sense of self, from the inside out, and what I like to think of as on a soul level. I want to support you to learn how to own all parts of yourself - mindfully, without judgment, and to honor your soul.
I specialize in working with clients with PTSD, complex PTSD, recovery from childhood abuse, dissociative disorders, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, hopelessness, helplessness, self-harm, grief and loss, family of origin issues, attachment, and relationship difficulties.
As a fellow truth seeker and meaning maker, I know firsthand how challenges in life can seem inescapable at times. I also personally understand the layered impact that a history of trauma has on our physical, emotional, and spiritual selves. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker passionate about supporting women to learn to connect, cultivate, and honor their deepest sense of self, from the inside out, and what I like to think of as on a soul level. I want to support you to learn how to own all parts of yourself - mindfully, without judgment, and to honor your soul.
(512) 714-9112 View (512) 714-9112
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Jayne Epaloose
Pre-Licensed Professional, RC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Williamsburg, VA 23188  (Online Only)
Understanding that any life change can cause difficulty, I meet clients where they are. Anxiety and depression can feel overwhelming, and sometimes it helps to have someone to listen and help organize thoughts that seem jumbled. I love to work with children and adults, and have experience in grief, trauma, transition and military life events. I want to work alongside clients who are seeking to further define their purpose...to see and to be seen in a safe space.
Understanding that any life change can cause difficulty, I meet clients where they are. Anxiety and depression can feel overwhelming, and sometimes it helps to have someone to listen and help organize thoughts that seem jumbled. I love to work with children and adults, and have experience in grief, trauma, transition and military life events. I want to work alongside clients who are seeking to further define their purpose...to see and to be seen in a safe space.
(757) 908-6937 View (757) 908-6937
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Beverly Loftin Cobbs
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, SUPLCSW, MSW, MTS, QHMP AC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gretna, VA 24557
I am currently a Supervisee of Social Work with over 21 years of experience working with adults, children and couples. I have a vast knowledge of mental health as it relates to individuals, disadvantaged populations, groups and couples. My specialty also surrounds social work, child protective services, Foster care juvenile justice systems and special education. My Job is My Passion, My Ministry. I too have experienced difficult life situations, trauma and grief. I didn’t start my life with all of these titles. I had to work hard for each one of them. Through every challenge, every struggle, every stumbling block, and every failure.
I am currently a Supervisee of Social Work with over 21 years of experience working with adults, children and couples. I have a vast knowledge of mental health as it relates to individuals, disadvantaged populations, groups and couples. My specialty also surrounds social work, child protective services, Foster care juvenile justice systems and special education. My Job is My Passion, My Ministry. I too have experienced difficult life situations, trauma and grief. I didn’t start my life with all of these titles. I had to work hard for each one of them. Through every challenge, every struggle, every stumbling block, and every failure.
(434) 722-3315 View (434) 722-3315
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Rashell Gamble
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23188  (Online Only)
I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and certified grief counselor.
I understand that looking for, and finding, a therapist that you connect with, can feel overwhelming. Trying to manage the things that worry or challenge you can be pushed aside for countless reasons, yet when issues aren't addressed, they can affect every part of your life. Regardless of what led you to seek counseling, I will offer you support, practical feedback, and a little bit of humor, to help you resolve the current or long-standing concerns in your life. Whether you are struggling with a situation, relationship, or change in your life, we will navigate the path of growth and wellness together.
I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and certified grief counselor.
I understand that looking for, and finding, a therapist that you connect with, can feel overwhelming. Trying to manage the things that worry or challenge you can be pushed aside for countless reasons, yet when issues aren't addressed, they can affect every part of your life. Regardless of what led you to seek counseling, I will offer you support, practical feedback, and a little bit of humor, to help you resolve the current or long-standing concerns in your life. Whether you are struggling with a situation, relationship, or change in your life, we will navigate the path of growth and wellness together.
(757) 260-3179 View (757) 260-3179
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Tracey A Dorsey
LPC Intern, BS, MA, LMHP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Allen, VA 23060  (Online Only)
The services provided include thought processing, positive behavioral change, mood management, grief management and more.
My aim is to assist individuals in obtaining their peaceful life; reaching their goals in an optimum state of emotional and mental awareness. Through a collaborative counseling relationship, clients and I will work toward identifiying strategies and techniques that facilitate empowerment and create positive enriching change.
The services provided include thought processing, positive behavioral change, mood management, grief management and more.
My aim is to assist individuals in obtaining their peaceful life; reaching their goals in an optimum state of emotional and mental awareness. Through a collaborative counseling relationship, clients and I will work toward identifiying strategies and techniques that facilitate empowerment and create positive enriching change.
(804) 395-6733 View (804) 395-6733
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Carrie Meyer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Chesterfield, VA 23832  (Online Only)
Areas of specialty and experience include anxiety, depression, mood disorders, personality disorders, marital and relationship issues, post partum depression and pregnancy loss, Certified Bariatric Counselor/bariatric surgery counseling, substance abuse, LBGTQ+ issues, poly/kink/sex workers/metaphysical/energy worker aligned.
Teletherapy services offered in the states of Virginia and New Hampshire. If you strip away all the buzz phrases and five dollar words, at the end of the day, therapy boils down to a conversation about what is meaningful to you in life at this exact moment in time. As a seasoned therapist with over twenty five years of mental health experience, I seek to offer insight, support, and alliance with you as we explore what brings you to therapy and help you find your own answers. With a balance of straight forward observation and compassion, we will collaborate together to help you gain a sense of control and serenity in your life.
Areas of specialty and experience include anxiety, depression, mood disorders, personality disorders, marital and relationship issues, post partum depression and pregnancy loss, Certified Bariatric Counselor/bariatric surgery counseling, substance abuse, LBGTQ+ issues, poly/kink/sex workers/metaphysical/energy worker aligned.
Teletherapy services offered in the states of Virginia and New Hampshire. If you strip away all the buzz phrases and five dollar words, at the end of the day, therapy boils down to a conversation about what is meaningful to you in life at this exact moment in time. As a seasoned therapist with over twenty five years of mental health experience, I seek to offer insight, support, and alliance with you as we explore what brings you to therapy and help you find your own answers. With a balance of straight forward observation and compassion, we will collaborate together to help you gain a sense of control and serenity in your life.
(804) 375-4940 View (804) 375-4940
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Lee Archard
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Bon Air, VA 23235
I've practiced for over 25 years in Richmond and the Northern Neck, working with adults and teens (12+). I help clients with grief, anxiety, stress, depression, difficult life changes, parenting, relationships, aging, and work/life balance.
I've practiced for over 25 years in Richmond and the Northern Neck, working with adults and teens (12+). I help clients with grief, anxiety, stress, depression, difficult life changes, parenting, relationships, aging, and work/life balance.
(804) 635-3641 View (804) 635-3641
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Faye N Whaley
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Charlottesville, VA 22906  (Online Only)
Specialities include marital/couples therapy, separation/divorce, grief/loss issues, domestic violence/abuse, life transitions and growth, Anxiety/Panic Disorder, Depression, Bi-Polar Disorder, Social Disorder.
With over 25 years professionally, I have assisted many individuals and couples to gain insight into their life, reactions and decision making that is creating difficulty in relationships. The focus of Cognitive Behavorial Therapy (CBT) ( the cornerstone of my approach) is to empower clients to improve their lives through an understanding of individual control over thinking, responses and behaviors. A CBT approach in therapy offers change while highlighting client strength and diversity. My expertise, life experiences and guidance offers an open, accepting environment that creates results. With commitment to the process, Your life will change in a positive way!
Specialities include marital/couples therapy, separation/divorce, grief/loss issues, domestic violence/abuse, life transitions and growth, Anxiety/Panic Disorder, Depression, Bi-Polar Disorder, Social Disorder.
With over 25 years professionally, I have assisted many individuals and couples to gain insight into their life, reactions and decision making that is creating difficulty in relationships. The focus of Cognitive Behavorial Therapy (CBT) ( the cornerstone of my approach) is to empower clients to improve their lives through an understanding of individual control over thinking, responses and behaviors. A CBT approach in therapy offers change while highlighting client strength and diversity. My expertise, life experiences and guidance offers an open, accepting environment that creates results. With commitment to the process, Your life will change in a positive way!
(912) 416-9186 View (912) 416-9186
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Jacob Sitton
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Lynchburg, VA 24504
Jacob Sitton is a Resident in Counseling who has experience working with adults of all age groups and in individual, couple, and group contexts. Jacob has worked with clients experiencing a variety of issues and conditions, and most consistently finds himself counseling individuals struggling with chronic anxiety, depression and suicidality, low self-esteem, grief, and relational difficulty. He has had the privilege of working with clients who are overcoming trauma, battling addiction, or living with borderline personality disorder. Jacob completed his master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Liberty University.
Jacob Sitton is a Resident in Counseling who has experience working with adults of all age groups and in individual, couple, and group contexts. Jacob has worked with clients experiencing a variety of issues and conditions, and most consistently finds himself counseling individuals struggling with chronic anxiety, depression and suicidality, low self-esteem, grief, and relational difficulty. He has had the privilege of working with clients who are overcoming trauma, battling addiction, or living with borderline personality disorder. Jacob completed his master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Liberty University.
(434) 595-4490 View (434) 595-4490
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R. Mike Anderson
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, LPC, ACS
Verified Verified
Lynchburg, VA 24502
If you are in need of help during the most difficult times of a significant loss, feeling stuck in life, having trouble with a family member, work relationships or just need coaching and guidance through the stresses of daily living, allow me to help you navigate and chart a path to get your energy and zest in life back!.
Hello, As a clinical director, I understand the importance of understanding and honoring the needs of my clients. My Life experience and clinical understanding inspires me to co-create change with and for my clients. My faith and family have helped me stay balanced and energized for service. I love helping clients uncover facts that were hidden from view. I love seeing a person's eyes light up when they uncover unconscious truths that emerge during counseling. I love seeing the smile and life come back into a person who had begun to doubt whether solutions could be found. It’s exciting! I love my job!
If you are in need of help during the most difficult times of a significant loss, feeling stuck in life, having trouble with a family member, work relationships or just need coaching and guidance through the stresses of daily living, allow me to help you navigate and chart a path to get your energy and zest in life back!.
Hello, As a clinical director, I understand the importance of understanding and honoring the needs of my clients. My Life experience and clinical understanding inspires me to co-create change with and for my clients. My faith and family have helped me stay balanced and energized for service. I love helping clients uncover facts that were hidden from view. I love seeing a person's eyes light up when they uncover unconscious truths that emerge during counseling. I love seeing the smile and life come back into a person who had begun to doubt whether solutions could be found. It’s exciting! I love my job!
(434) 478-0743 x201 View (434) 478-0743 x201
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Doris Dodson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Doris Dodson (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who uses a strengths-based approach to treat clients dealing with depression, anxiety, life transitions, adoption, grief/loss, and relationship issues. She believes clients are the experts on themselves and she has worked collaboratively with children, adolescents, and adults to overcome challenges. Doris has a wide range of experience including teaching social work students in higher education, leading anger management and batterers intervention groups, and training mental health clinicians in providing therapeutic services to clients impacted by foster care and adoption.
Doris Dodson (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who uses a strengths-based approach to treat clients dealing with depression, anxiety, life transitions, adoption, grief/loss, and relationship issues. She believes clients are the experts on themselves and she has worked collaboratively with children, adolescents, and adults to overcome challenges. Doris has a wide range of experience including teaching social work students in higher education, leading anger management and batterers intervention groups, and training mental health clinicians in providing therapeutic services to clients impacted by foster care and adoption.
(434) 577-6786 View (434) 577-6786
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Ramona Peters
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Midlothian, VA 23112
Hi, I’m Ramona - a mother of two with over 7 years of experience as a social worker and 4 years working in private practice. My areas of clinical focus include anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, relationship concerns, stress management, and life/role transitions. I welcome and affirm LGBTQIA+ clients.
Hi, I’m Ramona - a mother of two with over 7 years of experience as a social worker and 4 years working in private practice. My areas of clinical focus include anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, relationship concerns, stress management, and life/role transitions. I welcome and affirm LGBTQIA+ clients.
(804) 369-8754 View (804) 369-8754
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Cory Groman
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23236
He has worked with various populations, including adolescents, children, couples, and adults. He has experience with a broad spectrum of conditions/issues, including (but not limited to): addictions, crises of meaning, career advancement/discernment, depression, anxiety, social anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, anger management, mood issues, relational issues, parent/child issues, Christian issues, decision making, identifying purpose and ADHD. Theoretical perspectives include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused, Narrative, and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.
He has worked with various populations, including adolescents, children, couples, and adults. He has experience with a broad spectrum of conditions/issues, including (but not limited to): addictions, crises of meaning, career advancement/discernment, depression, anxiety, social anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, anger management, mood issues, relational issues, parent/child issues, Christian issues, decision making, identifying purpose and ADHD. Theoretical perspectives include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused, Narrative, and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.
(804) 626-5510 View (804) 626-5510
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Jesse Dice
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Crozet, VA 22932
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia with 12 years of experience. I enjoy working with people at many stages of life, from teenagers to older adults. My goal as your therapist is to help you understand and gain the tools necessary to work through what you are experiencing be it depression, anxiety, grief, or stressful life transitions. I provide warmth, humor, advocacy and encouragement within the therapeutic relationship.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia with 12 years of experience. I enjoy working with people at many stages of life, from teenagers to older adults. My goal as your therapist is to help you understand and gain the tools necessary to work through what you are experiencing be it depression, anxiety, grief, or stressful life transitions. I provide warmth, humor, advocacy and encouragement within the therapeutic relationship.
(434) 202-4080 View (434) 202-4080
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Cynthia Palmaz
Marriage & Family Therapist, LPC, LMFT, LSATP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Williamsburg, VA 23188  (Online Only)
I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for depression and grief counseling to parenting support, couples counseling and beyond.
As a solution-focused therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling life. You may be looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you might be ready to move in a new direction in your life.
I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for depression and grief counseling to parenting support, couples counseling and beyond.
As a solution-focused therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling life. You may be looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you might be ready to move in a new direction in your life.
(757) 263-4341 View (757) 263-4341

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.