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Grief Counseling in Ohio. Our therapists are here for you if you have experienced a loss or death. We can help you get back to your best self.
Whenever you have suffered a loss, it is natural to grieve, and there is no correct way to process your grief. The death of a loved one or friend can leave us feeling lost with nowhere to turn. The loss of a job we loved, or the sale of our childhood home can also spark grief.
Your whole world can feel flipped upside down due to a major loss or death. Typically, with time we find a way to integrate the loss and continue our lives. But sometimes the grief can become emotionally and physically overwhelming and that is when it can be beneficial to seek professional help.
Our experienced licensed therapists offer counseling for grief, loss, and bereavement in Ohio including remote sessions from the comfort of your own home. We provide a safe non-judgmental space.
Grief is a strong, overwhelming emotion in reaction to loss or death. Bereavement refers specifically to the process of healing after the death of a loved one. Coping with the death of a loved one can be one of the most intensely painful grieving experiences.
Grief is not limited to emotional distress; you can experience physical symptoms due to grief. Often during acute grief, you can experience visual and auditory hallucinations of the deceased person.
You may have disturbances in your sleep or changes to your appetite. This means you can experience changes in weight, stomachaches, and headaches after a loss.
Typically, we associate grief with death, but grief can manifest after many types of loss. For example, you may grieve if you move away from home, sell your family home, graduate from college, or any other major life changes.
At some point in our lives, we all experience a loss or change whether that is the death of a loved one or pet, the ending of a relationship, or losing a job. This can lead you to feel a range of deep emotions including, but not limited to, sadness, emptiness, or anger. If you are experiencing intense emotional distress after a loss, it may be time to consider seeking the help of a therapist.
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross outlined the five stages of grief many of us are familiar with in her 1969 book, On Death and Dying.
According to Kübler-Ross, these are not formulaic stages, instead, they are emotional states and adaptive mechanisms that occur in various patterns.
Psychologist J. William Worden viewed healing from grief as a gradual process where we go through four main tasks, in no specific order, back and forth from one task to another over time.
The outward expression of grief is mourning.
After a loss, many symptoms of normal grief manifest, but will gradually fade over time. Symptoms of complicated grief will linger or grow worse over time.
Mourning is a difficult process and grief can make you feel isolated and alone, and talking with a mental health professional about your situation can help you better understand your own feelings. A therapist can help you become more aware of your grief response and develop healthy ways to cope.
After experiencing something painful or traumatic it is common to grieve. You may experience crying, sleep issues, changes in appetite, lack of energy, feeling lethargic/apathetic, difficulty concentrating, and more. You may never completely get over the loss or death, but over time you learn to cope and learn to establish a new normal in your life. This is called normal grief.
If the response to loss or death is not fading with time, you may be experiencing complicated grief. This can feel as if you are in a continuous, heightened state of mourning. Symptoms of complicated grief include problems accepting the reality of the loss, self-destructive behaviors, persistent anger or episodes of rage, and intense feelings of sadness, sorrow, pain, hopelessness, or emptiness.
There is no set date from a loss where normal grief becomes complicated grief. In general, if your symptoms of grief persist after six months and impact your functioning it may be time to being working with a grief therapist. But realize that the first year after a major loss or death can be difficult due to anniversaries, holidays, birthdays, and other significant dates that remind us of what we have lost. Only you know if you are ready for help. If you feel trapped in your grief as if things are stuck the same or growing worse that is a sign to seek help.
Many things can cause us stress and we all experience different stress triggers. You may feel stressed due to one event or situation or your stress may be a build-up of smaller things over time.
Prolonged exposure to stress that is not managed well can manifest into mental illness such as depression, anxiety, or a trauma disorder.
Some Events That Can Cause Stress:
Stress can interfere with your work, social life, family, and health. 55% of Americans say they are stressed during the day.
For the third straight year Cleveland, Ohio topped WalletHub’s Most Stressed Cities In America where they compare 180 cities across 40 key metrics. Two other cities in Ohio made the top twenty with Toledo at number ten and Akron at number sixteen.
If you are in any of these Ohio cities and are currently experiencing stress due to loss, Healing Without Limits is here to help you. Contact us below.
Grief is unique for each of us and there is no specific timeline for mourning. Working with a licensed therapist is important. At Healing Without Limits, you will experience warm, compassionate care in a safe space that allows you to explore the roots of your grief and develop skills to create lasting change.
Please contact us, we are waiting to hear from you!
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