Grief and Loss Counselling
How to know if you are experiencing grief and loss
Grief and loss counselling can be helpful when dealing with a wide range of life experiences. We experience grief and loss as a result of change, or at the ending of many things in our lives. For example:
- chronic or serious illness – in yourself or significant others,
- loss of ability – physical or mental,
- change or loss of a role – your sense of identity,
- significant changes in your habits or routines,
- relationship breakdowns,
- relocation or displacement, and of course
- the death of someone you care about – expected or sudden.
These situations can be incredibly distressing, confusing, and downright scary.
Common grief and loss symptoms
When you experience loss or grief it has the potential to invade all aspects of your life, overriding your emotions, thoughts, behaviour, and affecting your values and beliefs, physical and mental health, and relationships.
Grief and loss counselling is helpful if you are experiencing symptoms such as:
- sadness and crying,
- anger, irritability or moodiness,
- anxiety or panic,
- disbelief or denial,
- uncontrollable or intrusive thoughts,
- feeling lost, confused, or mentally unstable,
- affected sleep and diet,
- headaches, nausea, and physical pain,
- relief, guilt or shame.
Everyone experiences grief and loss differently – it is an extremely personal and unique experience. When dealing with grief and loss some people will try to keep busy, while others will feel unable to do anything. Some people will want to talk about what has happened and how they’re feeling, others will not.
There is no right or wrong way to grieve, so it is important to respect how someone else is grieving even if you don’t understand.
If you are experiencing persistent and physical symptoms you should consult a doctor for medical advice.
You can find more information about grief and loss at healthdirect: an online gateway to trusted mental health resources and content from Australia’s leading health organisations.
How I can help you
As a qualified and experienced Social Worker, I provide grief and loss counselling to help you:
- cope with day to day life through the grieving process,
- learn ways to manage grief and loss symptoms,
- practice self-care and self-compassion,
- control and reframe negative or intrusive thoughts,
- find peace and acceptance over time.
I provide a variety of approaches in the way I work and the activities we might use to help you cope with the symptoms of grief and loss. Some of the ways I can provide relief for your grief and loss symptoms include:
- providing a safe and empathic space for you to talk,
- listening and offering emotional support,
- helping you to identify and action self-care strategies,
- developing your coping skills and building resilience,
- supporting you to adjust negative thought and behaviour patterns if required.
Your sessions with me
You can book your sessions with me by starting right here on the website simply by using the Contact form. My session times are flexible so you can fit them in around your other commitments.
Our sessions will be online by video chat, or over the phone. You decide what best suits you. And you can switch between the two depending what you feel like on any given day. If you want to chat with me on the phone while sitting in your pj’s from the comfort of your couch because that’s all you can manage right now – that’s perfectly ok.
Working online or by phone means your sessions are accessible from wherever you are so long as you have access to a phone or computer. This is especially helpful if you don’t feel up to going out, making your way to a physical office for therapy, and having to deal with or see ‘people’. I get it.
We will get you though this difficult process – together. You are not alone.