Grief counseling can be effective for a number of losses. These may include death, divorce or relationship loss, miscarriage, inability to have a child, terminal illness in a loved one and job loss. Grief during difficult experiences like these is natural and healthy, but sometimes grief can become all-consuming and gravely interfere with a person’s ability to function in everyday life. Grief can be significantly debilitating for people who already struggle with mental health disorders like depression or anxiety. It can also lead to or worsen unhealthy coping mechanisms like drug and alcohol abuse.
Grief counseling can be helpful for normal, natural grief, but is particularly critical for those who are stuck in the grieving cycle and experience any of the below symptoms:
- Feelings of hopelessness or meaninglessness; depression
- Withdrawal from normal activities
- Neglect of family, work or personal responsibilities
- Suicidal thoughts
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Physical symptoms like severe weight gain, weight loss or physical manifestations of emotional pain
- Obsessive thoughts of the person or situation related to the grief
- Insomnia or excessive sleep
What to Expect in Grief and Loss Counseling
In grief treatment, a specially trained therapist helps clients address the complex emotions surrounding grief. These often include regret, guilt, anger, sadness, relief, shock, denial, shame, numbness and despair. The therapist holds a therapeutic, accepting space for the client to safely express these emotions. They’ll process difficult feelings and learn to accept them without judgement.
Grief therapists have expert knowledge of attachment theories, family dynamics and trauma. They may draw upon a number of approaches such as role playing, cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma-focused therapies like EMDR to help clients overcome emotional blocks and move forward in the grieving process.
Overwhelmed by Grief?
If you’re feeling stuck in emotional pain from a loss, we can help. Promises Austin drug rehab offers grief counseling and a number of approaches that address physical, emotional and spiritual wounds. We’ll help you learn how to manage grief, stop destructive coping methods like drug and alcohol abuse, and move on with your life while honoring the loss you’ve endured.
Call today for a free, confidential consultation: 844-876-1784