Grieving after losing a loved one is natural. Unfortunately, many people find that they don’t seem to be able to move forward from the negative thoughts and feelings which frequently form part of the grieving process.
It’s not just people that individuals may grieve for: lost relationships, deceased pets, a failed business and even previous ways of life (for example retiring from a much-loved career) can all result in feelings of anger, misery, hopelessness and sadness which may impact negatively on our quality of life. For some people, unresolved grief can become a long-lasting problem that holds them back from achieving their goals and can also negatively affect relationships with their friends and family. In such circumstances grief counselling may really make a difference.
DIPAC offers grief counselling services for the Canberra, Queanbeyan and ACT region from our offices at Level 1-18 The Realm, National Circuit, Barton, ACT, 2600. If you would like to see a grief counsellor in Canberra or just want to talk to someone, we can help. Call today on: 02 6198 3423 or complete our contact form.
When you use the DIPAC counselling service, you will be working with experienced therapists who have an excellent insight into the issues which bereaved individuals may face. DIPAC grief counsellors are be fully qualified and certified in a range of therapeutic approaches, enabling them to deliver a customised counselling service that’s specifically tailored to meet your individual requirements.
DIPAC counselling offers a holistic approach, allowing clients to not only explore the issues surrounding their grief, but also any other problems which may be affecting them adversely. In addition to grief counselling, Canberra counsellors at the DIPAC practice are also able to offer counselling for anxiety, relationship issues and marriage counselling and even pre-marriage counselling. Because grief often impacts on mental health and relationships, DIPAC’s cross-cutting approach equips clients with the tools they need to begin moving towards a happier life.
There are many reasons why grief counselling may be required. Grief can happen for many reasons; because people experience grief in different ways and for different reasons, it may be years after bereavement that individuals decide that counselling is needed in order to achieve some form of resolution. Typically, individuals may seek grief counselling because:
- The initial feelings relating to bereavement aren’t passing within what they feel to be a reasonable time
- Relationships, work and/or quality of life are being affected due to grief
- Individuals are beginning to adopt negative habits (for example drinking more or overeating) in an attempt to deal with the feelings of grief
- Grief is beginning to impact negatively on mental health: in some cases, grief can gradually change into depression, without individuals being fully aware of the change
Like any other form of counselling, grief counselling is adjusted to meet the goals of the individual concerned. Some people want very specific outcomes; others may be less clear, simply not wanting to feel as they do. Some advantages of grief counselling can be:
- A safe space in which to talk about their feelings of grief and about the deceased – often people “keep a stiff upper lip” or feel that they shouldn’t talk about the lost loved one in everyday conversation
- The presence of an empathetic individual who may well be able to offer some additional, useful insight
- Suggestions and tools to move forward through the grieving process in a time-scale that’s right for the client
Many people are pleasantly surprised by the positive difference which even a few sessions of grief counselling can make to their frame of mind and how they view the world. If you’re currently suffering from feelings of grief or are worried about a loved one’s grieving, why not give us a call today on: 02 6198 3423 or complete our contact form.
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