When we lose someone important to us, whether it is a partner, parent or friend, we can feel an enormous sense of emptiness as we try adjust to life without them. The way we react to the loss can depend on many things, including the nature and length of the relationship and the way in which they died. Feelings of guilt and anger can be as common as feelings of sadness and heartbreak as we struggle to come to terms with what has happened and go forward without them.
Bereavement counselling is designed to help people cope more effectively with the death of a loved one, to be open about our feelings, both good and bad, as a way of admitting them and beginning the process of adjusting to a new life with all its changes. It can help people through the stages of grief, from coming to terms with the death of a loved one, accepting their loss really happened, addressing possible issues of depression or suicidal thoughts and the pain that comes with grief, trying to adjust to life without the person who died and finding a new place to channel emotional energy to help you to find a new sense of self.
As an integrative psychotherapist, I offer a range of therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Relaxation and Behaviour Therapy that help people to come to terms with their grief. I start by talking to people about their needs, the way therapy works and the individual therapy of combination of therapies that may be suitable for them. If they decide to go forward with therapy, there is no set minimum or maximum number of sessions they have to agree to, as there is no right amount of time to come to terms with loss and begin to live your life again.
My fees are based on an ethical position of not wishing money to be a barrier to therapy so there is a fee scale guideline depending on your income and you place yourself at the level of your income.