Grief and Loss
Whilst grief is a normal response to a loss, it often involves a high level of emotional distress, and in many cases, enormous upheaval. It takes time for the distress associated with grief to reduce in its intensity, and to eventually cope with your loss. Grief can be more complicated in situations where you have had multiple losses or where a loss is sudden or unexpected. When you find that your grief is overwhelming and/or excessive and you are not coping, it is impacting on your ability to function, and you have limited social support, that is when it can be beneficial to seek psychological treatment.
Have you experienced any of the following grief issues:
- Grief associated with the loss of a loved one?
- Grief following the diagnosis of a terminal illness?
- Grief over the ending of a significant relationship?
- Grief related to taking on the role of a carer?
- Grief associated with the loss of employment?
- Grief related to the loss of a goal, meaning, purpose, or a significant belief?
In response to any of the above losses which can result in grief, do you feel:
- shocked, numb, disbelieving, or confused?
- sad, teary, angry, frustrated, or helpless?
- despairing, guilty, rejected, or a sense of shame?
- unsupported, or lonely?
Has your grief impacted on you in any of the following ways:
- have you withdrawn?
- are you yearning intensely for what 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?
Psychological Treatment for Grief and Loss
Treatment for grief is provided in a safe and supportive manner, utilising a range of interventions. An approach is used drawing on therapy modes such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and interpersonal therapy (amongst others).
Benefits of Psychological Treatment for Grief and Loss
We can help you to:
- express and process the range of distressing feelings you are experiencing
- overcome avoidant strategies (such as keeping yourself constantly busy, pushing away thoughts, memories or distressing emotions, or ‘self-medicating’ to numb your feelings)
- learn to deal and cope with the reactions associated with your grief
- change faulty thoughts and beliefs
- make necessary changes and gradually move towards an acceptance
- re-construct meaning
- view the future with more optimism and once again experience joy and hope.
How we can help
- learn how unresolved grief can affect you
- process distressing emotions
- reduce the intensity of your distress and cope better with grief reactions
- change faulty thoughts or beliefs
- gradually come to an acceptance of your loss
- attain more optimism and hope for the future
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Grief – Psychologist Adelaide
Contact us to commence effective treatment for grief, so that you can overcome the adverse effects of grief, come to terms with the loss, and improve the way you are feeling.