Complicated Grief Therapy
Bereavement refers to the state of recovering from the death of a loved one, and grief is a reaction for any form of loss. Both encompass a wide range of emotions such as fear, anger and deep, deep sadness.
The process of adapting to a loss can dramatically change from person to person, depending on his or her background, beliefs, relationship to the person who’s passed, and other factors.
Although all grief is unique, there are some commonalities. Symptoms of grief can be emotional, cognitive, or behavioral.
A few common symptoms in these categories are:
- Feelings of sadness and yearning
- Feelings of worry or anger
- Feelings of frustration or guilt
- Preoccupation of thoughts about the deceased
- Disbelief or protest
- Imagining alternative scenarios
- Avoiding grief reminders or…
- Excessively finding ways to feel close to your loved one
Complicated Grief Disorder
Soon after the loss of a loved one, we are overcome by these feelings and emotions, thoughts, and behaviors, and they tend to dominate our lives. Over some time, our minds tend to naturally adapt: we learn to fully accept the loss, the feelings and thoughts “soften”, we find a different way of connecting with our lost loved one, and our sense of meaning and purpose is restored. Sometimes, due to emotions or thoughts being too intense to feel or experience, or due to certain behaviors, such as avoidance of emotions, or getting stuck on unhelpful thoughts, our grief doesn’t progress, and we become “stuck” in our grief. The grief continues to be disruptive and dominates our lives. This is Complcated Grief Disorder (CGD). Once complicated grief disorder takes over, it can become very difficult to adapt to the loss without help.
Complicated Grief Treatment
Complicated Grief Treatment (CGT) is the most evidence based grief treatment in the world. I use CGT to collaborate with you to understand what might be interfering with adaptation to your loss. I will provide guidance in addressing these obstacles, so that you can learn to fully accept the loss and the new relationship with your loved one, so you can restore a life full of satisfaction and meaning.
If you are experiencing grief-related thoughts, behaviors, or feelings that are distressing, or you feel stuck in your grief, please contact me today for a free consultation.