Grief is a type of sadness that stems from loss. You might have lost a loved one, a pet, or even your career. Grief can make you feel like your world is falling apart and that nothing makes sense. You might feel lonely, isolated, or even angry. Everyone experiences grief differently, but everyone needs compassionate support to get through grief and loss and learn to live in a new world.
What are the common signs of grief?
Grief can manifest as a variety of different mental, emotional, and physical symptoms, including:
- Sadness and hopelessness
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Lost appetite
- Reduced concentration and decision making
There is no prescribed amount of time that you should grieve. However, if you feel like your grief gets in the way of your life or that you’re ready to move on but can’t, an experienced and compassionate psychologist like Dr. Cole can help.
How can a psychologist help me with grief and loss?
Dr. Cole offers customized grief counseling services to help you cope and learn to live with grief. While some patients eventually reach the end of their grief, others always live with a degree of grief, and that’s okay. Dr. Cole can help you learn skills to manage your grief and maintain your quality of life.
What should I expect from grief counseling?
At Quandary Peak Counseling, Dr. Cole provides a caring and supportive environment where your feelings of loss are validated. He offers support and doesn’t put a time limit on how long you should feel grief.
You typically have weekly appointments that last approximately an hour. During your sessions, Dr. Cole allows you to explore the full range of feelings that stem from loss. In this safe, judgment-free environment, you can express yourself and learn to resolve and accept your feelings.
Dr. Cole can also teach you coping techniques that enable you to deal with your memories and emotions as you return to your regular activities. Over time, you usually reduce the frequency of your appointments.