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Grief and Loss Counseling & Therapy

Grief and loss counseling can help you cope after losing someone who was important to you. I use a variety of techniques and activities to help you process your feelings.
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You will likely experience loss at some time in your life. When that happens, grief and loss counseling can help you process your feelings and be able to resume living again.. Grief is the reaction to any type of loss, including the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, or even the loss of your old home or neighborhood. Grief can vary dramatically from one person to another and you can experience a range of emotions ranging from sadness to anger. Regardless of what you feel, grief and loss counseling can make a big difference. Many people who experience loss come to appreciate the benefits of psychotherapy.

Effective Therapeutic Interventions for Grief and Loss

Some people make it through the grieving process by drawing on the support of family and friends or talking to a spiritual leader but others need professional therapeutic interventions for grief and loss. Most people find that their feelings of grief go away eventually but some people experience prolonged mental anguish. This is known as complicated grief or persistent complex bereavement disorder. These individuals find it difficult to move on with their lives and therapy can help them to cope.

 

Even if you aren’t experiencing prolonged grief, therapeutic interventions for grief and loss can help you to work through your emotions. Your therapist may recommend grief and loss activities for adults.

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What May Happen During Grief and Loss Therapy

During grief and loss therapy, I can use a variety of techniques to help you. 

 

Options include:

 

  • Narrative therapy - This technique involves documenting your life before the loss occurred. It is based on the idea that focusing on the time you had with your loved one will help you to move on.  This therapy uses the power of personal stories to help clients discover their life purpose and meaning. 
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy - This can help if you are dwelling on the loss too much and engaging in self-defeating behaviors. CBT can be highly effective for people experiencing complicated grief.  
  • Expressive grief and loss counseling techniques - If you are naturally creative, your therapist may encourage you to express your feelings by journaling about your loss or writing letters to your loved one. This also gives you an opportunity to give words to the unexpressed and unfinished business of the relationships with the lost loved one.  It allows for you to process and accept the relationship for what it was, not for what it might have been. Finally, it allows you to see the relationship and the person from a more peaceful lens. 
  • Existential therapy: This therapy assists clients to examine who they are and the meaning of life.  It assumes that we are free to choose and are responsible for our choices. Therapists work with the client to discover and explore the choices that are available and to support the client’s right to self-determination. This therapy helps clients live fully in the moment.

It can be difficult to know when to seek professional help in dealing with grief. Most people can benefit from therapy but you should definitely seek assistance if you:

 

  • Wish you died along with your loved one 
  • Blame yourself for their death
  • Feel numb for more than a few weeks
  • Can’t carry out your normal daily activities

 

Contact Transformation Therapy at (303) 872-7899 if you need help in managing your grief and loss. I offer individual adult counseling and couples counseling to clients throughout Arvada, Golden, and Wheat Ridge, CO.