Grief and Loss
My other area of specialty is grief and loss. It is at that moment of heartbreak, bereavement or deep disappointment that we truly get in touch with what is important to us. I have been privileged to provide a safe place for many clients to express all the complicated emotions that come with loss. I have compassionate strategies to help you adjust to new situations, honour the special memories and move forward with your life.
It is too easy for us and others to mistake the intensity of grief reactions as pathology. Did you start to think you are going crazy or start to panic that the tears or numbness would never stop? It is so important to have a safe place to talk about your loss with a qualified professional outside the family. I am a Clinical Psychologist. She can give you a general road map of what to expect in those first awful days, weeks and then some in helping managing the roller coaster of emotions which can follow on anniversaries and other “firsts”–events or holidays following your loss.
It is so important to be able to tell the story of your loss, to make sense of what has happened and to find ways to adjust to a new normal. Many clients feel as if they have become members of a special club, the club of the bereaved. It isn’t a club they ever wanted to join. They hate that feeling and do not want to talk about it. Often they do not want to burden their friends and become more and more isolated.