Grief is as unique as our thumbprint. No two individuals grieve in the same way, not even those grieving the same loss. There are no timelines in grief. All too often the world wants the grieving person to "move on" or to "get over" their loss. In reality, we never "get over" a loss. Rather, we build around it and become more resilient in our own time. Therapy can be the connection we need in times of loss. Our loss story needs to be witnessed. A therapist can help provide the space to be listened to and supported.
When helping clients with grief, I incorporate the dual process model of grieving, that recognizes that after a loss, people need to both spend time in grief and away from grief. They will vacillate between the two. I work with clients on developing self awareness of their needs, creating a self care plan for their grief, and connecting them to additional supports when needed.
I also incorporate the stages model of grief to help my clients understand the various emotions they may visit throughout the grief process. However, as the Stages model creators , Elisabeth Kubler Ross and David Kessler, point out, these stages or emotions, are not meant to be experienced in any particular order nor will everyone visit each stage or emotion. Grief is a unique process with a unique timeline for each individual who experiences it.
Finally, for many clients experiencing loss, it is the connection they maintain with their deceased love one that is so very important to honor. In therapy, I work with clients on finding ways to honor their loved one.
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