grief & loss

Therapy for Grief & Loss

in New York & Georgia

It hurts. You feel like you're hurting alone, but you know it's just not true. You feel like you're responsible in some way, but you know you're not. Everyday, you try to stop but you can't help but worry and distress over questions like "Why?" and "What if...?". You've lost someone before, but not like this. Losing someone feels intense because it is. You're still alive, and maybe even that alone makes you feel guilty - especially if you're a survivor of suicide loss.

On the outside, you're steady while you groove in and out of each day. Wearing a mask to reduce our risk of exposure to COVID-19 is one thing, but wearing the mask you live in to hide our emotions is harmful. Its personally & socially injurious, AND we avoid emotions because that's what many traditional ideals of masculinity have socialized us to do.

Grief is a natural and multicultural experience regardless of the reasons for loss - aging & end of life, medical conditions, bereavement, divorce, separation, rejection, competition, elections, everyday losses, and even the range of losses - big, small, and everything in between - that were suffered by millions of people around the world since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Experiences of grief may vary although it's common to experience "The Five Stages of Grief" like Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance. "The Sixth Stage of Grief" - Finding Meaning - "can transform grief into a more peaceful and hopeful experience".

We want to help, and we can understand why you'd rather avoid it. Inhibitory emotions like shame, guilt, and anxiety get in the way and interfere with our core emotions like anger, fear, sadness, disgust, joy, excitement, and sexual excitement. Frequently, we try to defend our Self somehow (e.g. depression) from all of the big, overwhelming emotions.

Working with a mindful and inclusive therapist can give you the safe space, outlet & sounding board, and therapeutic support that you need. Therapy for Grief & Loss can help you unburden the parts of you that need attentive time and space to be seen, heard, and understood.

what to expect:

FIRST: Free 15 Minute Phone Consultation. This is the first opportunity for you and the therapist to ask each other questions. We discuss reasons why you're getting started in therapy, your needs and your therapeutic goals, and schedule availability. Mostly, we want to figure out if you and the therapist could be a good fit to work together. If so, then we schedule an intake appointment and you receive a Welcome Email to the Client Portal, where you can complete the required consent forms and book future appointments online.

SECOND: The Initial Intake Appointment. This is the next best opportunity for you to share as much about you and your life story as you can in order to help the therapist better understand you and what you need moving forward. Assessment & Evaluation of your mental health will guide discussion that is also focused on recent and remote history of many parts of you and your life like family, education, employment, self-care, and social relationships. We discuss a lot in this first appointment while we also make sure that the pace of our process helps you feel seen, heard, and understood. Finally, we identify specific therapeutic goals, discuss your treatment options, and create your personalized plan for therapy.

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THIRD: First Follow Up Appointment. Assessment & Evaluation, Treatment Planning, and Discharge Planning will continue to show up as frequent topics of discussion throughout the course of treatment - they're not just discussed once in the first session and then never again mentioned. Now that you have had a chance to create a personalized plan for your therapy, we start working it into action. Mostly, we keep building rapport because the therapeutic relationship drives the work.

GOING FORWARD: Follow Up Appointments. Therapeutic process moves at your pace. Safely guiding clients through their own personalized treatment plan tops the agenda for each and every therapy session. Feedback Loops will help us monitor and modify how we work with each other in order to ensure that you get the return on your investment in therapy that you need because that is what matters to us most. Eventually, therapy will end and you will continue to build a life worth living.​

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