Grief & Loss counselling
Grief is an umbrella term used to describe a range of feelings evoked when circumstances happen to change one’s life against their choice. Often, the pain of loss can feel overwhelming. The more significant the loss, the more intense your grief will be.
Our life direction is often based on assumptions and hopes that things are going according to plan with loved ones in the picture. Sometimes life throws us a curve ball against our will such that our life circumstances change often times due to loss: loss of someone or something. This evokes:
- Shock: a difficulty processing what’s happened;
- Sadness: as it wasn’t wanted and this someone or something will be sorely missed;
- Anger: as it doesn’t feel fair, it wasn’t wanted;
- Guilt: as perhaps there was some way of avoiding this situation or one could do more to support the person who’s now gone;
- Confusion due to so many mixed feelings; and…
- Lastly, it’s suggested that Acceptance is a stage of grief: this takes time and counselling can help to process one’s loss as it’s an adjustment to the reality that one’s life has changed.
The pain of grief can also disrupt your physical health, making it difficult to sleep, eat, or even think straight.
Such loss, grief and adjustment distress can cause one to feel sad, teary, anxious, vulnerable, stressed, angry, irritable, confused, numb, guilty and overwhelmed. Co-occurring physiological symptoms might include rising panic, tightness of chest, shortness of breath, headache, fatigue, nausea and insomnia.
These are normal reactions to a significant loss. But while there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain that, in time, can ease your sadness and help you come to terms with your loss, find new meaning, and move on with your life.
Your psychologist will partner with you. Together they will share your troubles, explore options, discuss strategies, develop a plan, build support, elicit clarity and encourage your strengths. If you want to change your mind, to change your life, your psychologist will get the outcome you deserve.
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Grief and Loss can be treated
While many psychologists agree that people’s grief reactions can be dependent on the nature and circumstances of the loss, their culture, their support system, their religion their personality and temperament.
However, as a whole, grief counselling is highly recommended for any person who is struggling to deal with a grief, loss and adjustment concerns due to the feeling of being lost and are experiencing the destabilising effects and range of overwhelming volatile emotions.
At Counselling in Melbourne, our psychologists offer grief and loss counselling sessions in a caring and safe non-judgmental environment that allows you to untangle your mixed feelings, develop coping strategies and to explore their future direction. Counselling might draw upon the evidence-based principles used in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness strategies, and if desired Hypnotherapy, to help:
- untangle stresses
- provide clarity
- reframe life events
- alleviate anxiety and distress
- support more positive thinking
- inspire effective problem-solving
- rebuild self-confidence
- explore personal goals and life direction
- promote relaxation and mindfulness
- adjust to life’s changed situation
If you feel like you are need of immediate assistance, please dial 000 for emergency services or call Lifeline on 13 11 14.