Grief is a natural and normal response to loss, and it can take many forms, such as emotional, physical, cognitive, and behavioral reactions. Grief can be experienced after the loss of a loved one, a significant relationship, a pet, a job, or any other important aspect of life.
Ambiguous loss refers to a type of loss that is not clearly defined or acknowledged, such as when a person goes missing or when a loved one has a chronic illness that affects their identity or cognitive abilities. This type of loss can be particularly challenging because it can create uncertainty, confusion, and a lack of closure, which can prolong the grieving process and complicate the healing process.
Therapy can be helpful for individuals who are experiencing grief or ambiguous loss. A therapist can provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals to explore their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors related to their loss. Therapeutic approaches may include grief counseling, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based interventions, or other evidence-based interventions that are tailored to the individual’s needs and circumstances.
Therapy can help individuals process their emotions, gain insight into their experiences, and develop coping strategies for managing their grief. Therapy can also provide individuals with tools and techniques to help them adjust to their new reality, find meaning and purpose in their lives, and build resilience and hope for the future. We will work through the various stages of grief with you (Denial, Anger, Bargaining/Negotiating, Sadness, and Acceptance), processing and healing as we make our way towards the acceptance stage while also equipping you with the skills and toolsets needed to support the emotional toll grieving can have in your everyday life.