COUNSELING GRIEF LOSS
If you feel that you need help coping with your grief, please go for some
Sometimes just a few sessions are all that is needed to
help you get "unstuck" in your grief. And if you find yourself in a true
clinical depression, treatment with a psychiatrist will be necessary, as
prescribed medication is often indicated.
Just remember this one caveat:
Do not allow yourself to be treated for grief
with anti-depressants. They will only mask the expected responses and delay the
inevitable. Anti-depressants are for true clinical depression only, not the
sadness and depressed feelings of uncomplicated bereavement.
Grief counseling without the need for medication can be provided by a clinical
social worker, psychologist, or licensed counselor. Try to find one experienced
in grief and loss therapy.
HOW TO FIND A GRIEF COUNSELOR
So how do you find a grief counselor?
- The best place to start is with your primary
care physician. He knows you and would best be able to recommend an appropriate
"partner" to help you uncomplicate your grief.
- Another possible lead would be
someone you know who was helped by a particular clinician. A recommendation of
this type should be very promising.
- You can also call your nearest hospice, cancer center, or funeral home to inquire if
they know of someone in your town experienced in grief counseling.
- If your
insurance doesn't cover psychotherapy, and you can't afford it, most counties
fund a mental health center that provides counseling on a sliding-fee based on
your income. Look in the yellow pages under "Mental Health".
Once you've attended your first session, don't hesitate to terminate the therapy
if he or she is not a comfortable "fit" for you. It may take a little trial and
error to find the right therapist. This is true with any psychological
counseling arrangement, but especially so for counseling grief loss.
Don't feel embarrassed that you sought help from a professional. Complicated or
chronic grief or major depression cannot be conquered alone. Asking for help is
a sign of wisdom, not weakness.
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