Complicated Grief Counseling
Bereavement refers to the state of recovering from the death of a loved one, and grief is a reaction to any form of loss. Both encompass a wide range of emotions such as fear, anger, and deep, deep sadness. This includes beliefs, relationships with the person who’s passed, and other factors. The process of adapting to a loss can dramatically change from person to person, depending on his or her background. While all feelings of loss are unique, there are some commonalities. Additionally, symptoms of grief can be emotional, cognitive, or behavioral.
Common symptoms of grief
- Feelings of sadness and yearning
- Worry or anger
- Frustration or guilt
- The preoccupation with thoughts about the deceased
- Disbelief or protest
- Imagining alternative scenarios
- Avoiding grief reminders or…
- 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 ones, and our sense of meaning and purpose is restored. Moreover, due to emotions or thoughts being too intense to feel or experience, or due to certain behaviors. For example, avoidance of emotions, or getting stuck on unhelpful thoughts, our feelings of loss don’t progress, and we become “stuck” in our grief. This continues to be disruptive and can dominate our lives. This is Complicated Grief Disorder (CGD). Once complicated grief disorder takes over, it can become very difficult to adapt to the loss without help.
Complicated Grief Counseling
Complicated Grief Treatment (CGT) is the most evidence-based treatment in the world. And as a grief counselor, I use CGT to collaborate with you to understand what might be interfering with your adaptation to your loss. During sessions, 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. Finally, you can restore a life full of satisfaction and meaning.
Begin Grief Counseling in Erlanger, KY
Throughout my years as a grief counselor serving Kentucky and Ohio, I’ve seen individuals work through complex issues, develop skills and implement tools, and come out on the other side of hardship. If you are experiencing grief-related thoughts, behaviors, or feelings that are distressing, or you feel stuck in your loss, please contact me to get started with counseling sessions available online in Kentucky and Ohio. Follow the steps below to get started.
- Use the contact form to get connected.
- Start sessions with a compassionate online grief counselor.
- Find a way forward, honor your loved one, and reconnect with your joy.
Other Services at Kyle Linnemann Counseling
To assist you in your growth, I provide a few different services at my Erlanger, KY-based therapy practice. This includes complicated grief counseling along with individual therapy. Currently, my practice provides online therapy sessions to residents of Kentucky and Ohio. For more information about my practice, check out the blog, read the FAQs, and learn more about me. I know these issues can be difficult to work through, so don’t do it on your own. Reach out today to start your journey and put your best foot forward.