Loss and Grief Counselling

Loss and Grief

I provide counselling for loss and grief to people who have experienced any loss from a change or transition in life.

Grief explained

Grief is the reaction to a loss. Internal and external grief reactions involve our thoughts, physical and emotional health, beliefs, social connections, behaviour, and actions. Grief may occur in death and non-death losses and may be anticipated, unexpected or a wish that never happened. All grief is unique. It doesn’t follow a timeline, stages or hierarchy. Nevertheless, it is essential to acknowledge your grief and honour your losses.

Grief counselling can be beneficial when during times of anticipatory loss. It can be overwhelming when we expect that change is well underway. For example, you may care for another with a terminal illness and find it difficult to confide in others. Other times you suspect that a relationship is changing or about to end. It may be an essential relationship to you, and you don’t want it to end.

It may be disenfranchised grief if you cannot express your sorrow. Some examples include the death of a beloved companion animal, death due to addictions or a relationship that others have not accepted.

If a death has just occurred, you may be experiencing acute grief, and grief is still very raw. Counselling can help normalise and validate the thoughts, emotions, and body sensations you may be experiencing. It can help to process what has happened and provide compassionate support. Private and confidential counselling offers a safe place to express your innermost thoughts and issues troubling you without making assumptions or judgements.

When should you seek help for your grief?

You may consider getting extra support when your feelings become unpleasant and overwhelming and start interfering with daily functioning. For example, grief counselling can help to deal more effectively with stressful or challenging life circumstances, painful thoughts, and feelings.

What is my approach?

I will work with you to explore and articulate your concerns without judgement and assumptions. As a result, you may understand the cause of your problems.

Together we can work on strategies, and I can teach you skills to help you:

  • come to terms with loss and grief
  • make healthy changes to your lifestyle
  • cope with daily hassles
  • manage the impact of loss and grief on your relationships
  • deal with painful thoughts, worries and fears
  • manage stress, anxiety, depression
  • find your place for this next chapter of your life.

Why seek support from Changes in Between?

I have a specialist focus on grief across the lifespan, including death and living losses. The focus includes dying, death and bereavement, companion animal loss, and life transitions (from every form of change and loss across the lifespan).

I am a Certified Thanatologist (Study of Dying, Death, and Bereavement) from the Association for Death Education and Counselling, which requires recertification every three years. I am a Certified Bereavement Practitioner with the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement, requiring recertification every two years. I continue to read, learn and develop in these areas. I belong to several professional associations and adhere to the Code of Ethics for each, including regular clinical supervision, insurance, first aid training and professional development requirements. I continue to have my coaching, mentoring, and therapy.

I have lived experience of bereavement as a young widow that experienced anticipatory grief, many living losses over the years and the bereavement of a beloved companion animal. But, most of all, I learn with my clients and know that everyone’s grief is unique.

It is never too early or too late for loss and grief counselling. You may want single-session counselling, followed by another at infrequent intervals. Home visits can be beneficial for loss and grief counselling. In addition, you may seek walk-and-talk sessions in nature or telehealth from the privacy of your own home. For further information please read How I work.

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.”
(C.S. Lewis, A grief observed, 1961).

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