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Grief Counseling

grief counseling norwalk connecticutAre You Overwhelmed With Grief Following A Significant Loss?

Do you feel profoundly sad or lonely after the loss of a loved one? Have you wondered if your grief is normal? Perhaps you are feeling angry, guilty, empty or numb. Does it feel like you have lost a part of your own life? If a loved one has passed away you may be adjusting to life without that person. And you might wonder why you still feel sorrow after a long period of mourning. Is it challenging for you to stay present and concentrate, making day-to-day functioning a struggle? Do you wish you could finally feel at peace with the loss you have experienced?

Everyone grieves in their own way and in their own time. Although the most common cause of grief is the loss of a family member, grief can be triggered by any loss big or small. The breakup of a relationship, the loss of one’s job or health can also produce strong feelings.

Often we feel we are on a roller coaster of emotions, feeling progress one day only to return the next day to feeling as if we have taken a step backwards. These changes can also cause daily activities to feel meaningless or mundane. You may also be experiencing physical symptoms, such as memory loss, a change in appetite or odd sleeping patterns. Absent-mindedness and difficulty concentrating are also common.

If you are a senior you may feel especially vulnerable. As an older individual, your spouse and many of your friends may have passed away making any type of loss more difficult to overcome. This may be a time when you most need the person you have lost. If you were a caretaker the loss may be even more complicated.

Loss Is A Part Of Life

We all experience loss in our lives. It is inevitable. However, everyone’s reaction is different in intensity and length. There is no right or wrong way to experience grief. Each experience is unique and personal. Sometimes, we may feel guilty for our emotions because our culture expects us to pull ourselves up and move on quickly. It is important to remember that your feelings of sadness, sorrow and confusion are normal. Thankfully, there is help and a safe space to work through your grief. Grief counseling can give you a space to talk about your emotions and begin to feel at peace with your loss.

You Can Find Peace Through Grief Counseling

Grief counseling can help you process your feelings while you are in mourning. Talking about loss, fears or regrets with a professional can help the healing process and alleviate some sadness. Group therapy can be helpful for those who find comfort in sharing thought and feelings with others.

During warm and collaborative sessions, I can help you understand your personal process of grieving. In initial sessions, I’ll explain what you can expect during the process as well as provide you with support for as long as you need.

Sometimes, the loss of a family member may force you to take on new responsibilities. During our time together we can discuss your new responsibilities and how they may be affecting you life. We will work together to find the best solution for you to adjust comfortably to life without your loved one.

If you find extreme emotions don’t subside, you may be experiencing complicated grief. During complicated grief, it is difficult to stop longing for the lost person and move on with life. In this case, it is very important to seek professional help to assist you in the healing process.

Other Losses

If your grief or anger has been triggered by another type of loss, such as the loss of a job or marriage, you may undergo a slightly altered grief process. These can be particularly painful experiences, which can be helped by counseling. In these instances, we will tailor our grief counseling sessions to focus on techniques that will specifically address your type of loss.

Since 1998, I have helped clients through the darkest moments of their grief. No matter what you have lost in life, you can find peace and adjust to a new life.

I believe I can benefit from grief counseling, but I still have some questions and concerns…

Everyone goes through loss. I shouldn’t be so upset.

Everyone experiences loss differently. While some individuals seem to easily bounce back from a tragic loss, others struggle for a longer time. You may not want to burden your friends or family and worry they will tire of listening to you. Whether you feel safe sharing your emotions with a group or you would rather speak with only me, counseling can help you feel at peace as you adjust to life after a loss. Depending on the kind of support you need, even a few sessions can be very helpful.

I feel weak seeking counseling for another kind of loss.

Strong emotions can be triggered by losses, such as the loss of a job, marriage, relationship or health. Losing almost anything in life can cause you to feel grief. Often, recent losses may bring up emotions from previous losses, causing you to re-experience the first loss. My grief counseling sessions will be tailored to your specific type of loss so you can start to feel relief as quickly as possible.

What if I am uncomfortable talking to a stranger about my loss?

It is very important that you feel comfortable talking about your deepest emotions. By starting the conversation slowly, you can better assess whether or not you and I will be a good fit. We can start with one or two sessions to ensure you feel comfortable enough to continue. If you decide that you are not comfortable with our counseling sessions, I can help you find another outlet that can ease you through the grieving process.

Take The Next Step Toward Peace

If you have suffered a loss I invite you to join me for a free 15-minute phone consultation to discuss your specific needs and answer any questions you may have about my practice.