Therapy for Grief and Loss
What To Expect From Our Therapy Sessions
Losing someone or something you love can be very difficult. Sometimes it feels like the sadness will never go away. There is no right or wrong way to grieve; however, there are healthy ways to handle it rather than destructive. There is no "right amount of time" for grieving. It's important to allow the grief process to unfold and to be patient.
In therapy, we will talk about the feelings surfacing and I will support you to work through the areas where you may feel "stuck" in grief. We will also cover the 5 stages of grief and I will teach you how to use these stages to grieve constructively.
Therapy for the 5 Stages of Grief (acronym DABDA)…
As the shock wears off, you may feel deep sorrow and pain. Some people feel guilt that they may somehow have caused this to happen or remorse over what they did or didn't do in the relationship. It is important to allow yourself to feel the pain and guilt and tell yourself it is normal and will pass. Do not avoid it or escape from it with drugs or alcohol.
You will start to look forward and actually plan things. Eventually, you will be able to think about your lost loved one without pain; sadness, yes, but the wrenching pain will be gone. You will once again anticipate some good times to come, and yes, even find joy again in the experience of living.
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Maria Lloyd is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist located in the Silicon Valley area— San Jose / Santa Clara County, California. Maria provides individual counseling for women for: depression and stress management, post-partum depression, anxiety and panic disorders, bipolar disorder, interpersonal relationship issues, self and identity issues, co-dependency, anger management, and managing grief and loss.