Grief is a hard process that we as humans will unfortunately go through as some point in our lives. But each individual has their own healing process. Some are able to bounce back quite easily, but some take more time, and some simply avoid it. We can’t imagine what you are going through, whether it’s disruption in your daily routine, causing conflict within relationships or emotionally unbearable. We are here to sit down with you and allow you to begin your journey of healing. Having a therapist who will listen, who wants to know how you are feeling, is a hopeful first step to take with the grief you are currently dealing with.
What is Grief?
Grief is the response to loss, particularly to the loss of someone or something, to which a bond or affection was formed. Although conventionally focused on the emotional response to loss, it also has physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, cultural, spiritual and philosophical dimensions.
While it may be obvious to some that they are grieving over a loss, it might be less obvious to people who are experiencing grief related to other areas of their lives. There are many signs and symptoms related to grief, and many of these symptoms manifest themselves in a physical way.
- Infant loss
- Death of a child
- Death of a loved one
- Serious illness of a loved one
- Loss of a pet
- Loss of job/career
- Major life changes
- Life transitions
- Ending of a relationship
- Traumatic loss or stress
- Chronic pain
What are Physical, Emotional, Social and Behavioral Symptoms of Grief?
- Increased fatigue
- Change in appetite and weight
- Sleeping problems
- Trouble breathing, especially when triggers are present
- Feelings of emptiness
- Overly sensitive
- Lack of interest
- Searching for the loss
- Dreams of what was lost
- Retelling the story repeatedly and the desire to
- Body aches and pains including headache, leg pain, chest pain, back pain
- Increased or new anxiety
- Increased risks for stress-related illnesses
- Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD): formerly known as complicated grief disorder (CGD), is a pathological reaction to loss representing a cluster of empirically derived symptoms that have been associated with long-term physical and psycho-social dysfunction. Individuals with PGD experience severe grief symptoms for at least six months and are stuck in a maladaptive state.
Treatment for Grief
It is important to recognize when grief has turned into something more serious, thus mandating contacting a licensed professional. Grief can result in depression and/or alcohol- and drug-abuse and, if left untreated, it can become severe enough to impact daily living. Treatment includes talk therapy in conjunction with your local community support group. These two together can begin the healing process and give you the tools and skills needed to move forward with your life.
What Grief Treatment is Available for You?
Individual counseling is helpful for those who are comfortable sharing in a private, one-on-one environment with their trusted grief therapist. Family and couples grief counseling is beneficial for those that have experienced loss as a unit. This counseling focuses on how each individual in the unit is affected by the loss.
Our therapists, support and assist clients to connect with their authentic self and learn to love, not hate, themselves. Also, behaviors will be evaluated that are not currently working for them. We utilize multiple therapy modalities based on the client’s personality and problem. The therapy modalities are all research-based and are showing success based on the particular problems and the client.
Our greatest desire at Therapy for Families is to help each individual feel comfortable and hopeful about their therapy process. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. We also offer a free consultation to help assess how therapy can benefit you and help you to feel peace and happiness again. Meet our compassionate Christian grief counselors.
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