Grief Counseling San Diego, CA
Are you struggling due to a loss in your life?
Grief counseling and therapy can help you work through and overcome the pain and obstacles you are experiencing, and find more peace in your life
Grief is a human response to losing something you care about, and you are not alone
Seeing a Grief Counselor Can Help!
Grief issues impact the big and the small things in our lives and in ourselves. It can change how we view ourselves, those around us, or even life as a whole. What makes matters worse is how easily grief can creep up on us and create negative change that we don’t even register until it’s too late. Seeing a grief counselor can help you process and validate the heavy emotions that you are experiencing as a result of a loss in your life, and develop techniques and patterns that honor you and what you have lost. From there, we can begin developing strategies that can lead to the life you deserve.
What Does Grief Therapy Look Like?
In grief therapy I utilize various approaches that promote emotional processing, growth and empowerment. I start by getting to know you, so that I can provide the space and safety for you to share whatever it is that you are experiencing as a result of your grief and loss. Together, we will explore your feelings around your loss and identify what prevents you from overcoming your grief and whatever patterns that are not serving you. Through this, I will be there every step of the way as you begin to process the difficult feelings that are causing these negative patterns, so that you can find peace and meaning in your life. By processing and honoring your loss, we will be able to develop and implement improved patterns that are both empowering and authentic to you and your experience.
Why Book a Grief Therapy Session with Me?
With Positive Therapy and Humanistic Therapy as my primary therapeutic approaches, my style is specifically geared toward being supportive and understanding to whatever it is that you are experiencing. No shame. No judgement. Just the safety and space needed to not only heal, but figure out how you even feel in the first place. At your pace. As two of the newer approaches in grief therapy, I focus on empowering you and identifying strengths that you can use to help yourself get through these difficult times. Through providing productive mindsets and honoring the human experience, I have helped dozens work through and overcome their grief and loss; and go on to live more fulfilling lives than they thought possible… I would love to continue this trend with you.
Are you ready to stop feeling stuck in your grief?
Contact me to schedule a 15 minute phone consultation and see if Grief Counseling in San Diego is right for you!
MY STANDARD RATE IS $200 PER SESSION (50 MINUTES)
Prefer a longer session time? Just ask for details!
I do not accept insurance but I do offer Superbills that can be presented to insurance companies for reimbursement. Learn more about my rates and insurance.
Typical questions about seeing a grief therapist...
What is the normal grief process?
Before I answer this, it is important to clarify that there is no such thing as “normal grief”. Everyone grieves in their own way. The term “normal grief” is more of an umbrella term for responses that are more common and, therefore, more predictable. Grief can hit you emotionally, mentally, physically, spiritually… you name it! As a result, “normal grief” can include, but is not limited to: longing for, dreaming about, or being preoccupied with your loss, sadness, depression, crying, anger, fatigue, guilt, loss of interest in once pleasurable things, denial, despair, emotional reactivity, insomnia, confusion and disorganization, inability to concentrate, meaninglessness, withdrawal, avoidance, overreacting, numbness, relief, fear, shame, loneliness, helplessness, hopelessness, emptiness, loss of appetite, weight gain, passing hallucinations and more. Honestly, the only thing “normal” in grief is that it can impact in any amount of ways and last for any amount of time. However, it is also important to note that “normal grief” gradually makes its way toward acceptance and a general return to living an everyday life.
What are the stages of grief?
The most commonly reported stages of grief (in order) are shock, denial, anger, bargaining, guilt, depression, acceptance, and finding meaning. However, although this is the most commonly reported order of stages, grief does not tend to be linear. Instead of going from one stage to another in a fixed loop, people tend to go patterns that are inconsistent and specific to the individual’s loss. Over time, when fully processed and effective strategies are locked in, the idea is to get to a point where essentially all of your time is spent in the “acceptance” and “finding meaning” stages.
What is complicated grief?
Those who struggle with complicated grief truly struggle to overcome and recover from their loss. Sometimes called persistent complex bereavement disorder, complicated grief responses to loss are debilitating, long lasting, and/or impair their ability to engage in daily activities.
What is anticipatory grief? Will grief counseling help?
As the name suggests, anticipatory grief is grief you can see coming ahead of time; such as when a loved one is diagnosed with a terminal illness, or a couple that knows their relationship will have to end when summer is over. Although the loss hasn’t actually happened yet, once we understand (and accept) that we will lose something, the grieving process begins… Grief counseling can help regardless of if your currently experiencing grief from a loss or anticipatory grief leading up to a loss.
Are grief and bereavement the same thing?
In short, yes… but no. Although often used synonymously with grief, bereavement is more accurately the time period that someone experiences grief. Grief is the emotional response that someone has when faced with a loss in their life of something or someone of importance.
Methods I Use in Grief Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Grief Counseling in San Diego, CA
If you’re ready to overcome your grief and loss, and learn more about my grief counseling and therapy services, please use the button above or call (858) 634-0502 for a free 15 minute phone consultation.
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