Grief counseling is a form of therapy designed to help people deal with a devastating loss. In her eloquent work, Dr. Kubler-Ross explained the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally, acceptance. A grief counselor understands this process and can work with you during any one of these stages to help you recover from the shock and trauma of a life-changing loss. At the office of Atlanta Psychiatric Consultation Center, we provide compassionate and skilled therapy to help individuals cope with and recover from trauma and loss.
Grief counseling can be an effective and powerful technique, but it doesn’t resolve or address every problem you ever had. While your time in grief counseling can have far-reaching effects on your emotional well being, there are certain things it doesn’t do: it won't make you forget the deceased, nor will it allow you to bypass the pain of your loss. Moreover, grief counseling won't change the core of who you are, and won't gloss over how difficult it may be to move forward.
If the person you've lost was your primary support system, it's more than likely that you'll need to build up resources to meet the basic requirements of daily living. When you've been widowed, you instantly become responsible for many of the tasks that you once relied on your spouse to do. Although learning to do these tasks can seem daunting, grief counseling can help you meet these challenges.
One of the goals of grief counseling is to express your emotions in a way that promotes recovery and well-being. If you don't have a close relative or friend to share your grief with, a grief counselor provides that outlet. While some people can go months or even years before they permit themselves to experience their feelings of loss, they often feel numb and distant from others. At the same time, there are others who feel a jumble of emotions so intense that they can barely function.
It's important to keep in mind that each of us experiences a loss and grieves in our own way. By speaking with a professional about your pain can help you get through this sad time with the support you need.
At the office of Atlanta Psychiatric Consultation Center, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services we provide, give us a call today.