Grief is often associated with the loss of a loved one; but grief is not limited to death. That is why I offer counselling for a wide range of circumstances that can trigger grief. These can be…
- When a family member or friend has died
- Pregnancy loss/Miscarriage
- Loss of health (creating secondary losses such as independence)
- Anticipatory loss (anticipating a death or change) to cancer or life-limiting illness
- Support for survivors of suicide loss
- Transitional losses and life changes
- Separation and/or divorce
- Empty nest
- Pet loss
- Compassion fatigue / burnout
How counselling helps
Grief counselling helps you work through your grief so you can get to a place of acceptance. Together we will:
- Help identify feelings
- Help to plan life without the person or situation that’s been lost
- Help to separate emotionally from what you lost
- Work on a plan of action for important dates like anniversaries and birthdays
- Education around what grief is so you can understand it’s completely normal
- work on coping methods
- Establish a continuing relationship with the person who has died.
It’s often easier to open up about your pain, fear and anger with a counsellor than with family or friends. You may also find that you can be more honest about your anxieties or frustration since you don’t need to worry about a counsellors feelings.
What will we do?
During therapy, you will discuss the situation and identify your feelings. Through therapy you will learn that anger, guilt or other negative feelings can exist at the same time as more positive feelings about the person who has died or the situation that has changed.
Sometimes you may have a harder time with grief because you have uncompleted grief from an earlier loss. In therapy we will deal with any blockages you may have from other events so that you can fully process and accept the current situation.
Call me for a short consultation (250) 309-4849. This quick contact is usually all that is needed for you to decide if counselling is for you.