Grief Therapists in Milwaukee, WI

ONE9 Trauma & Behavioral Health Counseling Service
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW - Clinical Supervision, Trauma-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Client / Person Centered - Acceptance & Commitment (ACT), Grief Therapy, Moral Recognition & Domestic Violence (MRT/DV), Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) & Substance Abuse Therapy & Groups.
An ideal client is a person that is open to working on their mental health concerns. One that is willing to engage with the therapist, build a report, make sacrifices, and take the necessary risk to get better.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW - Clinical Supervision, Trauma-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Client / Person Centered - Acceptance & Commitment (ACT), Grief Therapy, Moral Recognition & Domestic Violence (MRT/DV), Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) & Substance Abuse Therapy & Groups.
An ideal client is a person that is open to working on their mental health concerns. One that is willing to engage with the therapist, build a report, make sacrifices, and take the necessary risk to get better.
(414) 420-0097 View (414) 420-0097
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Tessa Stevenson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Waitlist for new clients
I work with adults (18+) who are experiencing a wide variety of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, life transitions, interpersonal issues, and more. As a queer therapist, I am especially passionate about working with individuals who identify within the LGBTQ+ community. In my sessions, I help my clients explore how their own self-concept may be related to what they are experiencing, as well as understanding the external and internal influences that may be impacting your mental health.
I work with adults (18+) who are experiencing a wide variety of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, life transitions, interpersonal issues, and more. As a queer therapist, I am especially passionate about working with individuals who identify within the LGBTQ+ community. In my sessions, I help my clients explore how their own self-concept may be related to what they are experiencing, as well as understanding the external and internal influences that may be impacting your mental health.
(414) 348-0415 x502 View (414) 348-0415 x502
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Deva Murphy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Milwaukee, WI 53202
I have availability within one week for scheduling. Are you feeling unhappy or overwhelmed with yourself and your life? Do you wish that you felt more in control and empowered during your day? I specialize in working with anyone who is seeking peace with food and their body, including eating disorders, poor body image, or feeling a loss of control over food or your body. I am also drawn to help those who struggle with trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions, and those who want to find joy and meaning in their life.
I have availability within one week for scheduling. Are you feeling unhappy or overwhelmed with yourself and your life? Do you wish that you felt more in control and empowered during your day? I specialize in working with anyone who is seeking peace with food and their body, including eating disorders, poor body image, or feeling a loss of control over food or your body. I am also drawn to help those who struggle with trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions, and those who want to find joy and meaning in their life.
(414) 240-8526 View (414) 240-8526
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Jacquelyn Nasby
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53226  (Online Only)
Born and raised in the suburbs of Milwaukee, Jacquelyn obtained her Masters of Science in Community Psychology from Alverno College in 2015, interning in bereavement with a hospice organization.
Jacquelyn utilizes eclectic and collaborative methods in counseling, approaching clients’ needs from emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual lenses. With a passion for art and music, she encourages the use of creative expression in conjunction with cognitive behavioral therapy, providing an environment for clients to be heard on both verbal and non-verbal platforms. She takes a humanistic approach, working along with clients to engage them in treatment and create individualized plans to reach their goals.
Born and raised in the suburbs of Milwaukee, Jacquelyn obtained her Masters of Science in Community Psychology from Alverno College in 2015, interning in bereavement with a hospice organization.
Jacquelyn utilizes eclectic and collaborative methods in counseling, approaching clients’ needs from emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual lenses. With a passion for art and music, she encourages the use of creative expression in conjunction with cognitive behavioral therapy, providing an environment for clients to be heard on both verbal and non-verbal platforms. She takes a humanistic approach, working along with clients to engage them in treatment and create individualized plans to reach their goals.
(414) 667-7009 View (414) 667-7009
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Brice Boembeke
Pre-Licensed Professional, LPC-IT
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53207
I offer services to adults, couples, and children experiencing various presenting concerns, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief, trauma, life transitions, end-of-life concerns, neurodiversity, gender identity, and sexuality.
My approach to the therapeutic process is to walk alongside you and get to understand the heart of your primary concerns. Everyone heals at their own pace, and I aim to learn what bothers you or makes you feel stuck.
I offer services to adults, couples, and children experiencing various presenting concerns, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief, trauma, life transitions, end-of-life concerns, neurodiversity, gender identity, and sexuality.
My approach to the therapeutic process is to walk alongside you and get to understand the heart of your primary concerns. Everyone heals at their own pace, and I aim to learn what bothers you or makes you feel stuck.
(414) 409-5145 View (414) 409-5145
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Caitlin Walsh
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, ATR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Milwaukee, WI 53202
As an experienced anxiety, relationship, self esteem and grief therapist, I believe that opening up, getting support and facing your challenges can be transformational.
Do you find yourself anxious and worried no matter what you do? Challenges connecting in relationships? Getting stuck in negative thoughts about yourself? Feeling like your grief and pain might consume you? You may be at your limit with how anxiety, relationships, self esteem or grief are negatively impacting your life and maybe you feel powerless to change it. You might not remember a time when things felt better. One thing is for sure: you are ready for some relief. You are ready to not feel anxious all the time, to have connected relationships, feel positive about yourself and honor your grief in healthy ways.
As an experienced anxiety, relationship, self esteem and grief therapist, I believe that opening up, getting support and facing your challenges can be transformational.
Do you find yourself anxious and worried no matter what you do? Challenges connecting in relationships? Getting stuck in negative thoughts about yourself? Feeling like your grief and pain might consume you? You may be at your limit with how anxiety, relationships, self esteem or grief are negatively impacting your life and maybe you feel powerless to change it. You might not remember a time when things felt better. One thing is for sure: you are ready for some relief. You are ready to not feel anxious all the time, to have connected relationships, feel positive about yourself and honor your grief in healthy ways.
(414) 422-8593 View (414) 422-8593
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Melissa Harlow
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53202
I enjoy working with people who are undergoing life transitions, are processing grief and loss, and/or are working through past trauma.
We all have moments in life when we need a little extra support, care, and connection. I provide a space where people can feel safe to enter and unpack their innermost thoughts and experiences. I strive to learn about each client, their backgrounds, personality structures, and where they want to be. In my practice, I lead with curiosity to better understand the world dynamics that shape us, and help guide my clients through the process that will lead to lasting change.
I enjoy working with people who are undergoing life transitions, are processing grief and loss, and/or are working through past trauma.
We all have moments in life when we need a little extra support, care, and connection. I provide a space where people can feel safe to enter and unpack their innermost thoughts and experiences. I strive to learn about each client, their backgrounds, personality structures, and where they want to be. In my practice, I lead with curiosity to better understand the world dynamics that shape us, and help guide my clients through the process that will lead to lasting change.
(262) 239-7593 View (262) 239-7593
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Juliet Haas
Counselor, LMHC, LPC, R-DMT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Milwaukee, WI 53202
I enjoy working with 20 and 30 year old women experiencing anxiety/ burnout and/or grief/loss.
Do you find yourself stressed managing all that life throws your way? The worry, overwhelm, and panic feels never ending. The stress may be from external or internal pressure, a life transition, or the death of a loved one. On the outside you look like you have it all together but on the inside you're crumbling; not feeling like you. Living between these two worlds is exhausting and all you want is a moment of relief. In counseling we will work together to create lifelong change so that getting through the day is less exhausting and more energizing.
I enjoy working with 20 and 30 year old women experiencing anxiety/ burnout and/or grief/loss.
Do you find yourself stressed managing all that life throws your way? The worry, overwhelm, and panic feels never ending. The stress may be from external or internal pressure, a life transition, or the death of a loved one. On the outside you look like you have it all together but on the inside you're crumbling; not feeling like you. Living between these two worlds is exhausting and all you want is a moment of relief. In counseling we will work together to create lifelong change so that getting through the day is less exhausting and more energizing.
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Lauren Damai
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53224
Lauren completed the CASE adoption competence training and also has extensive experience with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and loss, older adult issues and cross cultural issues.
Lauren Damai is a licensed clinical social worker who has been practicing in the Milwaukee community for 10 years. She holds a B.A. from Marquette University and an MSW from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a certificate in Applied Gerontology. Lauren enjoys working with individuals and families to find a resolution to life's challenges. She approaches treatment from a holistic perspective and uses strengths based modalities such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person-Centered treatment.
Lauren completed the CASE adoption competence training and also has extensive experience with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and loss, older adult issues and cross cultural issues.
Lauren Damai is a licensed clinical social worker who has been practicing in the Milwaukee community for 10 years. She holds a B.A. from Marquette University and an MSW from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a certificate in Applied Gerontology. Lauren enjoys working with individuals and families to find a resolution to life's challenges. She approaches treatment from a holistic perspective and uses strengths based modalities such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person-Centered treatment.
(262) 592-5046 View (262) 592-5046
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Nakisha Stewart
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53224
Nakisha's main area of focus include adults, mood disorders (anxiety, depression), adjustment disorders, and grief.
Nakisha Stewart is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who has been practicing since 2016. She graduated from Alverno College with a Master's Degree in Community Psychology. Nakisha utilizes a treatment approach of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy( CBT) as a way to help provide insight into how our thoughts influence our emotions ad how emotions influence behavioral reactions, in addition to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy ( DBT) with introduction of distress tolerance, emotion regulation, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness.
Nakisha's main area of focus include adults, mood disorders (anxiety, depression), adjustment disorders, and grief.
Nakisha Stewart is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who has been practicing since 2016. She graduated from Alverno College with a Master's Degree in Community Psychology. Nakisha utilizes a treatment approach of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy( CBT) as a way to help provide insight into how our thoughts influence our emotions ad how emotions influence behavioral reactions, in addition to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy ( DBT) with introduction of distress tolerance, emotion regulation, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness.
(262) 588-4316 View (262) 588-4316
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Madisen Stoler
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Guided by the belief that we all possess an inherent wisdom and intuition, my counseling approach incorporates Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Grief Counseling, Mindfulness, Existential Therapy, Mindful Self-Compassion, Trauma-informed counseling, and cultural sensitivity.
As a clinician, I am committed to helping people process the many pieces of themselves. Therapy is a place to grow and heal, which can feel painful, magical, and everything in between. I will be there with you through all parts of the change process, offering warmth, teamwork, and invitations to practice new ways of being. Our work together may include shedding unhelpful patterns, building a life of meaning and purpose, and practicing better ways of regulating emotions, making decisions, and communicating. My own commitment to continual growth as a person and practitioner allows me to better show up as your collaborator.
Guided by the belief that we all possess an inherent wisdom and intuition, my counseling approach incorporates Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Grief Counseling, Mindfulness, Existential Therapy, Mindful Self-Compassion, Trauma-informed counseling, and cultural sensitivity.
As a clinician, I am committed to helping people process the many pieces of themselves. Therapy is a place to grow and heal, which can feel painful, magical, and everything in between. I will be there with you through all parts of the change process, offering warmth, teamwork, and invitations to practice new ways of being. Our work together may include shedding unhelpful patterns, building a life of meaning and purpose, and practicing better ways of regulating emotions, making decisions, and communicating. My own commitment to continual growth as a person and practitioner allows me to better show up as your collaborator.
(414) 626-2723 View (414) 626-2723
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Gina Yauck
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53209
Gina Yauck is a Master's prepared Psychotherapist who received her degree from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a relationship therapist who works with adults, couples and families. Her areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, stress management, grief and self esteem issues. Gina enjoys working with women's issues throughout the lifespan including career counseling, dating and marriage, parenting, menopause and retirement.
Gina Yauck is a Master's prepared Psychotherapist who received her degree from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a relationship therapist who works with adults, couples and families. Her areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, stress management, grief and self esteem issues. Gina enjoys working with women's issues throughout the lifespan including career counseling, dating and marriage, parenting, menopause and retirement.
(414) 348-5626 View (414) 348-5626
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Kathy Schaetzke
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, MBA
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53202
I work with a broad range of mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, anger, grief and loss.
I know from my own experience how difficult it is to take the first step toward getting help. Once you've done that, you must face the difficult task of choosing a therapist. This is a very important and personal decision since the success of treatment is dependent on the client/therapist relationship. I believe the therapist/client relationship should be a collaborative one where we work as a team toward your goals.
I work with a broad range of mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, anger, grief and loss.
I know from my own experience how difficult it is to take the first step toward getting help. Once you've done that, you must face the difficult task of choosing a therapist. This is a very important and personal decision since the success of treatment is dependent on the client/therapist relationship. I believe the therapist/client relationship should be a collaborative one where we work as a team toward your goals.
(414) 795-9390 View (414) 795-9390
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Healing Minds MKE
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53202  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you are struggling in the darkness of depression, grief or trauma? Do you feel stuck, lost or numb? Is anger affecting your relationships, work or other aspects of your life? Do you regularly feel anxious or unsettled? We are passionate about supporting others in finding the path towards mental wellness. This includes creating a safe space to explore your feelings, process past traumatic experiences and develop healthy, helpful coping tools. You don’t have to do this alone. We want to help you find light in the darkness and restore the hope you’ve lost.
Do you feel like you are struggling in the darkness of depression, grief or trauma? Do you feel stuck, lost or numb? Is anger affecting your relationships, work or other aspects of your life? Do you regularly feel anxious or unsettled? We are passionate about supporting others in finding the path towards mental wellness. This includes creating a safe space to explore your feelings, process past traumatic experiences and develop healthy, helpful coping tools. You don’t have to do this alone. We want to help you find light in the darkness and restore the hope you’ve lost.
(920) 626-3521 View (920) 626-3521
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Theoni Calvert
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53217
Those include depression, anxiety, stress, grief/loss, and life transitions.
Dr. Theoni Calvert is a psychologist who has been practicing since 2006. She received her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and her Bachelor's of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Calvert focuses her clinical practice on providing psychotherapy to adults and adolescents. She uses various evidence-based approaches, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), in treating clients with a range of emotional, behavioral and adjustment problems.
Those include depression, anxiety, stress, grief/loss, and life transitions.
Dr. Theoni Calvert is a psychologist who has been practicing since 2006. She received her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and her Bachelor's of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Calvert focuses her clinical practice on providing psychotherapy to adults and adolescents. She uses various evidence-based approaches, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), in treating clients with a range of emotional, behavioral and adjustment problems.
(262) 710-2603 View (262) 710-2603
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Sarayu Meraki
Pre-Licensed Professional, LPC-IT
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53221
Waitlist for new clients
Are you struggling through a loss or life transition, or hoping for healing and connection with yourself and others? Maybe you have unresolved trauma that's making you feel stuck? Or maybe you're in a relationship and want something different together. As humans, we want to experience connection and find a place of belonging and love. It's so important to create space to slow down, discover ways to hold life's complexity differently, and be compassionately curious about what’s getting in the way of what we truly want. It's never too late to explore being comfortable in your own skin and move toward growth and aliveness.
Are you struggling through a loss or life transition, or hoping for healing and connection with yourself and others? Maybe you have unresolved trauma that's making you feel stuck? Or maybe you're in a relationship and want something different together. As humans, we want to experience connection and find a place of belonging and love. It's so important to create space to slow down, discover ways to hold life's complexity differently, and be compassionately curious about what’s getting in the way of what we truly want. It's never too late to explore being comfortable in your own skin and move toward growth and aliveness.
(262) 300-8265 View (262) 300-8265
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Laurie Shawger
Counselor, MS, LPC-IT, NCC, GC-C
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53224
I work with with children, adolescents, and adults living with depression, anxiety, grief, loss, and lifespan transitions.
Feeling down and overwhelmed? Anxious, constant dread? Getting worked up about small things? Or... feeling nothing, blank, disconnected…
I work with with children, adolescents, and adults living with depression, anxiety, grief, loss, and lifespan transitions.
Feeling down and overwhelmed? Anxious, constant dread? Getting worked up about small things? Or... feeling nothing, blank, disconnected…
(262) 235-5630 View (262) 235-5630
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Jeanne Denney
MA, CCE
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Waitlist for new clients
I counsel with a whole life perspective developed from working extensively in hospice and eldercare, with illness, death, and grief.
Would you like to transform your life issues into growth and have a deeper connection to your body, health and purpose? I listen with compassion, offer insight, and support you in finding practical solutions for your life issues: depression, anxiety, anger, relationship problems or something else. Over time I will expose you to body-based methods for physical and emotional renewal. Our work might include mindfulness, breath, movement or other body based techniques, which increases self-awareness and empowerment. Finding an understanding of these changes in the context of spirituality is supported if you find this useful.
I counsel with a whole life perspective developed from working extensively in hospice and eldercare, with illness, death, and grief.
Would you like to transform your life issues into growth and have a deeper connection to your body, health and purpose? I listen with compassion, offer insight, and support you in finding practical solutions for your life issues: depression, anxiety, anger, relationship problems or something else. Over time I will expose you to body-based methods for physical and emotional renewal. Our work might include mindfulness, breath, movement or other body based techniques, which increases self-awareness and empowerment. Finding an understanding of these changes in the context of spirituality is supported if you find this useful.
(262) 383-3680 View (262) 383-3680
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Sarah Haskins
Pre-Licensed Professional, BA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Milwaukee, WI 53201
I am passionate about working with: Individuals coping with enduring grief & loss, those who struggle with shame and cycles of self-sabotage, and individuals navigating life transitions (ex.
Are you seeking meaningful change and healing in your life? Whether you’re struggling with grief or feeling overwhelmed by life transitions, I’m here to help. I offer more than just a listening ear, I provide practical tools to facilitate profound transformation. I am currently pursuing my master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Chicago State University. I work under the guidance of a LCPC, ATR supervisor. I utilize narrative and existential frameworks to help you build awareness and understanding of your own thoughts and emotions.
I am passionate about working with: Individuals coping with enduring grief & loss, those who struggle with shame and cycles of self-sabotage, and individuals navigating life transitions (ex.
Are you seeking meaningful change and healing in your life? Whether you’re struggling with grief or feeling overwhelmed by life transitions, I’m here to help. I offer more than just a listening ear, I provide practical tools to facilitate profound transformation. I am currently pursuing my master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Chicago State University. I work under the guidance of a LCPC, ATR supervisor. I utilize narrative and existential frameworks to help you build awareness and understanding of your own thoughts and emotions.
(872) 239-3978 View (872) 239-3978
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Sarah M. Luecke
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT-IT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Milwaukee, WI 53226  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Sarah Luecke. I have lived all over Wisconsin, from small farming communities to the Milwaukee metro area. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Wisconsin – Stout. I provide tele-therapy service from the comfort and convenience of your home to individuals, couples, and families for the entire state. My focus is on family systems and I have extensive experience in grief and loss. I am also an approved provider for the Wisconsin Farmer Wellness program.
Hello, my name is Sarah Luecke. I have lived all over Wisconsin, from small farming communities to the Milwaukee metro area. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Wisconsin – Stout. I provide tele-therapy service from the comfort and convenience of your home to individuals, couples, and families for the entire state. My focus is on family systems and I have extensive experience in grief and loss. I am also an approved provider for the Wisconsin Farmer Wellness program.
(262) 394-8498 View (262) 394-8498
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.