Grief support becomes necessary when a person is so disabled by their grief and so overwhelmed by their loss that their normal coping processes are disabled or shut down. Grief counseling facilitates expression emotion and thought about the loss, including their feeling sad, anxious, angry, lonely, guilty, relieved, isolated, confused, or numb.
Grief support includes thinking creatively about the challenges that follow loss and coping with concurrent changes in their lives. Often people feel disorganized, tired, have trouble concentrating, sleep poorly and have vivid dreams, and they may experience the change in appetite. These too are addressed.
The worst thing that can happen to any parent is the loss of a child, regardless of the age of the child. People are uneasy and reluctant to talk about death and certainly not about the death of a child. Many people will pull away from a family that has suffered the death of a child as though somehow having a child die is contagious.
By connecting with a treatment provider who will help you explore your memories, feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, you can come to more fully express and understand your experiences while creating strategies for coping in meaningful ways. Surrounded by deep, compassionate support, you can find reconciliation and reconnection with the world around you and create a new foundation for ongoing growth and wellness.
In couples’ therapy, a couple seeks the assistance of a therapist to address relationship challenges. A counselor helps the couple and provides tools and techniques to learn to communicate and connect with one another while resolving through the difficulties that are affecting the marriage. It may seem that the relationship is the “client” as you move through the therapeutic process. A counselor will provide together sessions as well as individual sessions.
Individual life coaching services are a one on one, face-to-face session, rather by phone, email or facetime. A counselor may use many therapeutic approaches they have been trained in, or they may stick to one approach they identify with and help the individual see themselves through the context of that therapy approaching change through self-discovery.
With family therapy, the family is looked at as a unit rather than a group of individuals. As with couples’ therapy, the therapist may see individual family members separately in conjunction with the family. There are numerous modalities from which the therapist may approach the issues, but the important thing to remember is that whatever modality your therapist uses you can address identified difficulties and elicit change.