Grief/Loss and Trauma

My specialties include Grief and Loss and Trauma Recovery. I also help those coping with depression, anxiety and general life challenges.  

Grief and Loss

  • Are you concerned with layoffs?
  • Has someone close to you passed away? 
  • Are you caring for an ill family member/friend?
  • Have you been diagnosed with an illness that has changed your life?
  • Are you experiencing a divorce, end of a relationship or close friendship? 
  • Have you lost your support system?

If you answer YES to any of these questions above, you may be experiencing feelings associated with grief and loss. 

Life- changing events are challenging and stressful. Grief and loss is more than experiencing the loss of a loved one, it is experiencing a loss of life as you once knew it. This includes loss of economic stability, employment, divorce, break-ups, and more.  When feelings associated with grief are not addressed, you can experience depression. Depression can be debilitating, adding extra stress on you emotionally, mentally, and physically.  


When you experience grief and loss, you may also experience conflicting emotions. These emotions can make your every day life difficult.


Dr. Kubler-Ross identified five stages of loss: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. You can experience these stages a number of ways. Grief becomes complicated when you get stuck in the stage of anger or depression. This also increases your risk of developing major depression.

Therapy provides the support and teaches you the coping skills to manage through loss and other challenges you will face throughout your life.



Trauma 

Have you experienced any of the following?

  • Natural disaster
  • House fire
  • Major car accident
  • Violence (either a witness or a victim)
  • Sexual abuse/assault

These experiences are only a few that trigger symptoms that change the way you see and live your life. Experiencing these symptoms for long periods of time can be debilitating, increasing stress and increasing your risk for illness and disease. 

You don’t have to live with the symptoms and you don’t have to cope with this alone. Therapy can provide you a place to heal and reduce the symptoms that can be debilitating.

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