Grief Counselling Perth
Grief is a natural emotion centred on your feelings generated by loss, usually permanent loss, such as death. It is a process of mourning for whatever is the object of your grief and may take days, weeks, months or years to come to completion.
What Causes Grief
The loss of a special person or object can trigger your grief which can manifest as sadness, tears, emptiness, anger or numbness. The shock of your loss can cause you huge emotional trauma.
As the object or person of special attachment cannot generally be replaced then there is no “fix” for the grief. When you have found purpose in your attachment to that special object or person, then your grieving may be amplified and prolonged. You may struggle to re-establish meaning inside of yourself alone, or through attachment to other objects or persons.
What Are the Common Signs of Grief
Grief has many faces and is a natural process, and the common symptoms of grief may be summarised as:
- Denial that your loss occurred
- Temporary acceptance of your loss before collapsing again
- Withdrawal and isolation from social settings
- Bargaining over what happened
- Anger outbursts then tears
- Helplessness about your future
- Sleep loss
- Unable to concentrate
- Loss of appetite and interest in the world
- Wanting to live in the past
- Tears and crying
- Avoidance of grief through addictions, obsessions, workaholism
- Despair and suicidal ideation or fantasy
- Body reactions, aches and illnesses
What Are The Stages Of Grief
Some people appear to get over their grief apparently quickly whereas it may take longer for others to adjust. The attachment style you have with others is partly a factor in how you grieve someone or something.
The stages of a grief are classically seen to be:
- Shock and numbing
- Anger and blame
- Depression and helplessness or overwhelm
- Acceptance and mourning the loss
- Completion and moving on
What Are The Different Types Of Grief
Grief may be separated into different categories some of which include:
- Events or experiences including relationships
- Objects of meaning
- Identity or Meaning such as job or role
What Are The Grief Counselling Techniques We Use
Our Grief Counselling in Perth will help you understand that what is happening to you is a normal part of life that society does not generally accommodate or understand.
Our counselling for grief and loss will assist you in uncovering the blocks to grieving you may have due to your emotional defences or attachment styles. We will work with you to enact a clean and positive form of grieving, which respects your journey and relationship to your loss. This can be the start of a renewal and time of growth once you come to relative peace and completion within yourself.
We assist and facilitate what is a normal aspect of your human design rather than “fix” anything. Grieving is natural and a normal part of your physical and mental health.
How Can Counselling & Psychotherapy Help with Grief
Society fears death and aging, and has a stigma around failure, loss, or being vulnerable. Grieving is often something that can make others around you uncomfortable. Bereavement Counselling is specialised type of counselling that can support you if you feel overwhelmed by the loss of a loved one.
Our therapists at Energetics Institute in Perth will offer you a safe and compassionate space to explore all the aspects of your grief. You can discuss and emotionally express grief without judgement or shame. We can assist you in learning about grief and its role in your life and how to process your grief in a healthy and positive way.