Life Transition and Grief Counseling
Have you lost a dear one...or a dream? Are you in the midst of a major life transition?
During times like these, words can't always describe how you feel.
You could be experiencing a constant emotional barrage. You never quite know from one day to the next (or one hour to the next) how you’ll be feeling. And you worry that you have no control, because it seems like it could overtake you at any moment.
Maybe you’re struggling with unanswered questions too. Or feelings of self-blame and guilt. You might even find it difficult to think about it. Sometimes you wish you could just push it aside and move on.
Grief counseling offers a safe place to find your way through this.
These days, we know a lot more about grief and loss than we used to.
For instance, we know that there are many different kinds of losses. And we know that there are many different reactions to loss. So one size doesn't fit all when it comes to helping you through your loss.
Thankfully, there are a variety of creative processes and approaches to support you during this time, no matter what you’re feeling right now.
Loss and grief may leave you feeling isolated, alone and detached.
Life goes on all around you. But you feel disconnected, like a piece of you is missing. Or you’re not exactly sure who you are anymore. And things that used to be second nature, such as getting up in the morning and getting on with your day, might seem overwhelming now.
You could even be wondering if you’re doing it 'right.' You’ve heard about the stages of grief and loss. But you're not sure you’re getting through them like you should be.
Grief counseling can help you create a personal pathway through your loss.
Your experience of loss is unique to you. So there’s absolutely no right or wrong way to do it.
In fact, you might be surprised to learn that modern day grief counseling doesn’t focus on stages. Instead, the emphasis is on discovering and honoring your individual style of grief. And then, helping you heal and create personal meaning from the experience.
We also know now that people feel emotional pain and experience loss during all kinds of life transitions. And it’s okay if you need to grieve and work through them, even if you haven’t experienced a death.
You may even experience emotional pain during a life transition that you wanted and planned for.
Therapy for grief and life transition can help when you’re dealing with any of these...
- Relationship changes: separation, break up, divorce, outgrowing friendships
- Death of a loved one: spouse, partner, parent, sibling, child, friend or pet
- Women’s reproductive losses: infertility, miscarriage, abortion, menopause
- Periods of uncertainty and questioning your core beliefs and values
- Relocation, selling a home or unexpected changes in your home life
- Job loss, unexpected career changes or financial losses
- Unfulfilled life dreams, expectations or life roles
- Life stage transitions: marriage, birth, caregiving, empty nest, retirement
- Illness and health changes in yourself or someone you care about
- Regret about time passing or past choices you’ve made
- Aging, facing your body’s changes and your mortality
You don’t have to go through this alone.
As your counselor, I’ll meet you right where you are and join you on the journey. I’ll also encourage you to take especially good care of yourself during this time.
I’ve learned from personal experience how important it is to create positive strategies for coping and self care during times of loss and and life transition.
As a Certified Grief Support Specialist, I’ve been through loss and life transition myself.
One of the earliest was the loss of my mother during my second year of college. It was a huge blow.
Over the years I've developed great respect for the impact that all kinds of losses and transitions have had on my life. Even things like relocating to a new city, making career changes, losing dear pets and dealing with the end of friendships can really throw you for a loop.
But that's the thing about loss and life transition. They're shape shifters. You never quite know what form they're going to take.
So if you're walking through any kind of grief, loss or life transition, I'd be honored to be by your side and support you.
Grief Counseling FAQ
I'll always remember my time with you as soothing, insightful, and very precious. I've been awed by how you do your work. Thank you for being there. You made a big difference to me.
-Unsolicited email from a client, used with permission
You can find healing, hope and self-renewal during a loss or life transition.
I offer a free consultation so you can explore whether working together would be a good fit for you right now. You can meet with me by telephone or at my Santa Rosa therapy office.
PLEASE NOTE: I'm currently booked through the summer, and will start taking new clients in September.
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You’ll also get a free guided meditation: Coming Home to Your Deepest Wisdom.