Grief

You’re tired of feeling like you can’t move on. 

It feels like regardless of the time that passes, the wound is still fresh. You’ve tried everything you can think of to move on from the loss you’ve experienced. But, nothing seems to help. You keep hearing that “time heals all wounds.” However, waiting for time to heal this wound seems like it will take a lifetime. You can’t help but to notice that other people experience a loss, and seem to move on without any issues. Why is this not the case for you? 

Loss of Experiences in 2020

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Grief is often associated with the loss of a loved one due to death. But, people can experience grief with other life experiences that have nothing to do with death. The world’s current life circumstances exemplify this. 

To say that 2020 has been unpredictable is the understatement of the century. We’ve experienced the peak of racial tension and systematic oppression. Acts of violence have been and are continuing to remain an unfortunate topic that we cannot ignore. In addition, we’re in the midst of a global health crisis (COVID-19) that will likely change the trajectory of our foreseeable future. The outcome of this combination is a universal loss. Most of us have lost something. For some of us, it’s been the loss of a loved one. For others, it’s the loss of the experiences 2020 was supposed to bring us. Perhaps we had plans for a dream vacation that was going to be the highlight of our year. Now, those plans are canceled, and we might not have gotten all of our money back. Or maybe we were planning our special day with the person we’re sharing our life with. But our “dream wedding” is looking much different than we wanted it to. Let’s not forget our children not being able to do the “normal” things kids do. Sleepovers, birthday parties, and sleepaway camps look entirely different this year and years to come. 

You don’t have to struggle with life after loss alone anymore. 

We’ve all experienced loss this year. And, we’re all navigating it differently. There might not be an answer to dealing with the grief that 2020 has brought us, but we don’t have to cope with the events of this year alone. 

We Are Here To Support You

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We get it. Losing someone or something significant is extremely difficult to navigate. When people are experiencing grief, they often search the internet for “grief counselors” or “grief counseling” to help them move through their sadness.  Experiencing grief often feels like a road with no end. Many times, it feels like a portion of our joy has been taken and we’re unsure if it will be given back. In addition, many facets of our life can be affected by experiencing a loss and dealing with grief.  Often, it impacts areas of our life that don’t seem to be related to the loss. However, we can’t establish this separation. 

Grief Counseling in Phoenix, AZ Can Help

The days of dealing with grief in Phoenix, AZ in isolation are over. Grief counseling in Phoenix, AZ is the answer you’ve been looking for. Our grief counselors are highly trained and knowledgeable in assisting you in dealing with grief. Grief counseling can serve as a space to explore the loss and assess how the symptoms of grief are affecting you. Our grief counselors will assist you on the path to navigating your symptoms of grief and how to continue to move forward. Grief counseling can help you take the first step towards navigating life after loss in Phoenix, AZ.

Symptoms of Grief

We all have unique experiences that impact the way we react to different situations. So, we all have some individualized reactions to grief. With this in mind, our grief counselors have seen a few common reactions to grief in grief counseling. It’s important to remember that these are only a few reactions to grief one can experience. Here are some common reactions to grief that our grief counselors have seen in grief counseling:

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Overwhelming guilt
Difficulty feeling positive emotions
Sleep disturbances
Trouble regulating emotions

Stages of Grief

Although early research suggested that everyone goes through very distinct and orderly stages of grief, we now know that this is not the case. Grief is messy. The process is unpredictable and scattered. It can feel very confusing. It is painful. Although the grief process can have some similar components, there is no predictable pattern of how people move through these stages. Sometimes, when you think you have already moved through one stage, you might find yourself back in it after some time. Interestingly, we will all spend a different amount of time in each stage. Below are stages that some people experience as part of their grief reaction:

Denial.

During this stage of grief, we have a hard time accepting the reality of the situation. Depression looks different in each of us. In this stage of grief, we find ourselves thinking the loss just can’t be real

Anger.

During this stage of grief, we often feel vexed or resentful. It’s common to feel as if we’ve been wronged during this stage of grief.

Bargaining.

In this stage of grief, it’s common to want to trade things or make promises to bring back what we’ve lost. Often, people will feel compelled to make promises of “being a better person.” Other times, we promise to “turn our life around,” in the hopes of bringing back what we’ve lost.

Depression.

This stage of grief is characterized by experiencing symptoms associated with the diagnosis of depression. This can include intense sadness, despair, and regret.

Acceptance.

This stage is when we start to pick up the pieces. In this stage of grief, we begin to navigate life after loss in a more adaptive way. While we haven’t forgotten about what has been lost, we are now able to go through life with a bit more ease. 

Our Approach to Grief Counseling in Phoenix, AZ

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The professional grief counselors with Sentience Psychological Services can assist you in dealing with grief. Through grief counseling, our grief counselors can help you navigate your way through the grief process. Our grief counselors know that this loss can be a traumatic experience. In addition, they will provide you with the tools you need to deal with life after loss. Counseling for grief in Phoenix, AZ offers you a space to explore the intricate emotions that can arise after a loss. In grief counseling, our grief counselors will work with you to create therapeutic goals to create the structure for your work together. Altogether, our grief counselors will walk down the path of healing with you until you reach your destination. 

Begin Grief Counseling in Phoenix, AZ

Dealing with grief and loss is messy and complicated. But, you’re not alone. From our Phoenix, AZ therapy practice, professional grief counselors can help provide you the tools to overcome this hardship. When you’re ready to begin grief counseling, follow these steps:

Send us an email and let us know what’s going on.
Get to know our team of grief counselors.
Make steps towards healthy healing.

Other Mental Health Support Offered at Sentience Psychological Services

We provide many services in addition to grief counseling in our Phoenix-based therapy practice. In fact, we can see clients throughout the state with online therapy in Arizona. We offer a variety of psychological evaluations, including personality assessment, intelligence testing, forensic evaluation, diagnostic evaluation, and neuropsychological testing. In addition, we offer depression treatment, anxiety counseling, counseling for bipolar, and trauma therapy. We look forward to our work together.