Grief and Loss
Grief and Loss – are you struggling to cope with your grief and feeling overwhelmed?
Have you experienced any of the following losses:
- The death of a child, partner, immediate family member, relative or friend?
- The death of a pet?
- Living with a chronic illness or a degenerative condition, or having a terminal illness?
- A loved one being diagnosed with dementia or a loved one going through the terminal stages of an illness?
- The ending of a significant relationship?
- A separation or a divorce?
- Caring for someone with a chronic illness or a disability?
- Loss of employment?
- Loss of meaning or purpose in life?
- Loss associated with a goal, a dream, or a significant belief?
- Coming to terms with infertility or having a miscarriage?
In response to any of the above losses, do you feel:
- shocked, numb, disbelieving, or confused?
- sad, teary, angry, frustrated, or helpless?
- despairing, guilty, rejected, or a sense of shame?
- unsupported, lost, or lonely?
- depressed, anxious or fearful?
Has your loss impacted on you in any of the following ways:
- have you retreated from the world and not participating in life?
- are your personal relationships suffering?
- are you yearning intensely for the person (or pet) you have lost?
- are you having difficulty adapting to the reality of the change and the loss?
- are you having difficulty in functioning and carrying out your daily tasks?
- are you engaging in self-blame (for example, where a death has been due to suicide)?
- are you over-using alcohol or drugs?
Psychological Treatment for Grief and Loss
Whilst grief is a normal response to a loss, it often involves a high level of emotional pain and distress, and in many cases, enormous upheaval. It takes time for the pain and distress to reduce in its intensity, and to eventually learn to live with your loss. In situations where you have experienced multiple losses, where a death is sudden or unexpected, traumatic, or due to suicide, then the grief can be even more complicated. When you find that your grief is overwhelming and/or excessive, it is interferring significantly with your daily life, or you find yourself struggling to cope or have limited social support, that is when it can be beneficial to seek the help of a Clinical Psychologist such as myself, who has substantial experience in working with grief and loss.
I provide psychological therapy for grief in a safe, supportive and caring environment, utilising a range of evidence-based therapeutic interventions tailored to suit your specific needs. I use an integrative approach and draw on therapy models such as Cognitive Behavioural, Person Centered, Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Emotion Focussed, Trauma Focussed, Interpersonal, Narrative, and Mindfulness (amongst others).
Benefits of Psychology Treatment for Grief and Loss
I can help you to:
- express and work through the range of painful and distressing feelings you are experiencing
- overcome avoidant strategies (such as keeping yourself constantly busy, pushing away thoughts, memories or distressing emotions, or using alcohol or drugs to numb your pain)
- learn to deal and cope with the physical and emotional reactions associated with your grief – face what has happened and mourn your loss or losses
- change negative thoughts and beliefs which are keeping you ‘stuck’
- make necessary changes and gradually move towards an acceptance of the loss
- re-construct meaning in your life following the loss
- re-build and re-organise your life following the loss
- view the future with more optimism and once again experience joy and hope.
How we can help
- learn how unresolved grief can affect your overall wellbeing
- process painful and distressing emotions in a supportive and caring environment
- reduce the intensity of your distress and cope better with grief reactions
- change negative thoughts, beliefs or behaviours which keep you ‘stuck’
- re-build and re-organise your life following loss
- gradually come to an acceptance of your loss
- reconnect with life with more optimism and hope for the future
Call 0409 415 323
PENNY JANIS – GRIEF AND LOSS PSYCHOLOGIST
Contact me to begin working through your grief, coming to terms with your loss, and moving towards a more peaceful state of being.