for adults – Grief is not a problem to be fixed. Grief is an extension of love, and is a normal reaction to loving and losing something. When someone we love dies, it may feel as if everything we once knew as true has changed. We may have difficulty remembering things, completing day-to-day tasks, getting out of bed, and going to work. Our emotions may be all over the place – moving between anger, and sadness, and relief, and confusion, and back again. We may have trouble seeing the importance in things that once occupied our lives. We may have trouble relating to others. Our bodies may ache. These are all normal expressions of grief. Grief therapy can provide a safe and supportive space that allows us to have the hard conversations, experience whatever our grief looks like today, and provide a collaborative and holistic approach to finding a way to honor ourselves and our loved one in our new reality. Grief therapy can support us in telling the story of what is, staying connected to what we have lost, and finding ways to reduce our suffering. We provide grief therapy from a non-pathological, non-medicalized perspective. Utilizing both mind and body approaches, we will collaborate with you to create a treatment plan specific to your needs.
for couples – When one or both parts of a couple have experienced a loss, the impact can affect the dynamics of the relationship. Partners may have trouble relating to each other and understanding the other’s point of view. We provide couples therapy from a non-pathological, non-medicalized, grief-informed perspective to provide support, psychoeducation on trauma and loss and its impacts on relationships, and to strengthen communication and coping skills within the relationship.
for families – If one family member or the family as a whole has experienced a loss, it will affect the dynamics of the family. Communication may become strained, family members may feel distant, or it may feel as if everyone is walking on eggshells. We provide family therapy from a non-pathological, non-medicalized, grief-informed perspective to provide support, psychoeducation on grief and loss and its impacts on the family system, and to strengthen communication and coping skills within the family unit.
for children – Children grieve too, and their grief can look different from an adult’s grief. Grief therapy can help young broken hearts to develop positive coping skills, normalize their thoughts and feelings, and find ways to memorialize their loved one in order to minimize maladaptive coping strategies further down the road. Grief therapy can help us learn how to adapt to our losses. We provide children’s grief therapy from a non-pathological, non-medicalized perspective
for groups – In the event of a death that has impacted a large group of people, such as a workplace or a large family, group grief processing can provide a safe and supportive place to acknowledge the death, the impact of the loss, and provide ways for each individual within the context of the group to define their own meaningful ways of grieving. Group grief processing can take place in an off-site location that is accessible and meaningful to the group.