Relationship Therapy Centre

Grief Therapy

Feel heard in your pain,
and supported in your journey.

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Recognize challenges, emotions and changes that come with grief and learn to express what you need to feel supported.

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Move Forward with Clarity

Learn to explore tones of what regret and/or guilt want you to know, become clearer on what is important to you and how to honour that. 

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Create a new normal

Rediscover a sense of purpose and hope in your life without feeling guilty or stuck in sadness. 

It can feel impossible to move on from the loss you’ve encountered.

Grieving a loss can feel like a roller coaster of emotions and one that you may feel stuck on with no end in sight.

Therapy for Grief and Loss provides a supportive and empathetic space to process grief, explore feelings, hear thoughts and retell memories to work through the impact of the loss felt in your life.

You may be struggling with grief if this sounds like you...

We offer grief therapy in Mississauga, Burlington and virtually. You don't need to carry this alone.

Grief Presents Differently For Everyone.

Navigating the complexities of grief can feel overwhelming, confusing and isolating. While grief is a natural response to loss, sometimes the weight of sorrow can become too much to endure alone. If you find yourself struggling to cope with the intensity of your emotions, feeling stuck in your grief journey, or experiencing difficulty in finding meaning or purpose in life after loss, it may be time to consider grief therapy. 

Signs and symptoms it may be helpful to seek grief therapy:

Grief can bring about several emotions including anger which can be directed inwardly to oneself, the deceased, to those perceived to be responsible for the loss, or the justice system. Anger often pairs with resentment and these emotions can make it challenging to cope effectively. 

By accessing grief therapy all underlying feelings and contributing thoughts can be identified, explored and better understood. We aim to tend to and release the pent up emotions. Grief therapy can also be a space where distorted/unhelpful thoughts are explored and challenged.

 

Denial is a common response to grief, where it presents as a barrier to processing, understanding and accepting the reality of the loss. While denial can feel to protect us from the emotions, impacts and effects of the loss, it ultimately gets in the way of our grieving process and experience of life. 

The aim of grief therapy when denial is present is to gradually come to terms with the reality of the loss. This can be done by exploring beliefs around death/loss/endings, offering psychoeducation, and engaging in therapeutic approaches such as narrative therapy, IFS and solution focused therapy to explore the way denial may serve and harm us. In grief therapy, we also work to establish supportive coping strategies to navigate the complexities of grief. 

 

Grief can be an isolating experience, leaving individuals feeling disconnected from themselves and the world around them as they try to navigate the loss. 

When accessing grief therapy, clients are provided with a safe and empathetic space to explore the underlying factors behind the isolation and withdrawal. Therapists work collaboratively with clients to identify underlying emotions, such as fear of burdening others or feeling misunderstood, and to address any barriers to seeking support. Through grief therapy, the history of how overwhelming and painful experiences were discussed and navigated can be unpacked. We can explore strategies for how to connect with loved ones, rebuild a support system, and find safety in their grief journey.

It is not uncommon for those who experience grief to describe feeling empty and as though a part of them is missing. Sadness is a natural and expected response to loss, but when it becomes overwhelming and persistent, it may indicate a need for additional support.

Grief therapy offers a compassionate space to explore the depths of the sadness. Therapists work collaboratively with clients to identify and validate emotions, identify triggers for the sadness, and explore healthy coping strategies. One of the goals of grief therapy when there is deep sadness is to gradually work through these feelings, find solace in shared experiences, and work towards a new normal.

Guilt is a common emotion in grief that stems from being pained about what was left unsaid or undone, or regrets about what they wish they hadn’t occurred. Sometimes it can convince us that we could have prevented such a loss. 

Grief therapy offers a safe, nonjudgmental space to explore feelings of guilt – what it wants us to believe, what it expects of us, how it is showing up and impacting us, and more. Therapists work collaboratively with clients to identify and gently challenge guilt thoughts in a compassionate manner. One of the goals of grief therapy when experiencing guilt is to increase self compassion and forgiveness and ultimately work towards acceptance and peace. 

Feeling preoccupied or distressed by existential thoughts or questions about the meaning of life, death, and existence following the loss of a loved one can be an indicator that grief therapy may be beneficial. The profound nature of loss often brings existential concerns to the forefront of one’s mind, leading to feelings of uncertainty abd confusion

When accessing grief therapy, a supportive and reflective space can be offered to explore existential questions with effort to find meaning in the grief. Our therapists may utilize existential questioning to identify and further understand life values, purpose, and beliefs.Grief therapy aims to facilitate a deeper understanding of self and what this means for their place in the world.

Longing for a loved one can present as a deep yearning for the return of the deceased or for circumstances to be different. Bargaining on the other hand involves efforts to make a deal or seek ways to reverse the loss.

Grief therapy provides a safe and compassionate space to explore both of these counter-intuitive protective mechanisms. Therapists work collaboratively with clients to better identify and validate emotions and assist them in finding healthier ways to cope. 

You don't have to carry the grief alone.

In-person grief therapy in Mississauga & Burlington. Online sessions across Ontario, BC, & Alberta.

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Why Work With Us

As humans, we have two fundamental needs; to be connected with ourselves, and to experience belonging with others.

When we shift our perspective from criticism, internally or externally, and turn to curiosity, we begin to create space for compassion, accountability, change, and growth.

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Our Approach to grief Therapy in Mississauga, Burlington & Online

How Grief Therapy Works With Us

At Relationship Therapy Centre, we aim to get to know you before we get to know the problem. We believe in the power of human connection as much as we believe and invest in evidence based interventions. Our diverse team of grief therapists work from a range of therapeutic approaches including but not limited to Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and more. 

Ultimately, the goal of grief therapy is to provide compassionate support in learning from you, what your desired outcome is for grief therapy. Your therapist will walk along side you in this journey, supporting you in finding meaning, healing, and peace in the aftermath of loss.

We Connect

The factor that most influences the success and outcome of therapy is the relationship established between therapist and client. We are trained and well versed in asking you questions to get to know you in a meaningful way. We want to get to know you, your relationship with who you lost, and what life has felt like for you.

We Collaborate

Everyone's grief journey is unique. Together, we create goals with considerations of how you prefer to think, feel, behave, relate to others and experience life and process your loss.. This will allow us to establish an informed treatment plan with integration of impactful tools and strategies discussed along the way.

We Grow

We work with you in identifying, challenging and redirecting the well intended but harmful patterns and cycles that may otherwise keep you stuck. We hold an intentional lens to notice, celebrate, and launch off of the small but not insignificant shifts you will experience, keeping you connected to your loved ones without sacrificing your quality of life.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Therapy for grief and loss can help provide you with personalized support where you can speak freely about how you are managing in the grief process. 

You can expect to receive psychoeducation and resources pertaining to grief and loss, establish an understanding of and practice in different coping strategies and processing techniques. Your therapist will aim to support you in identifying and processing your emotions and establish clarity and direction on what this loss means for you and your life. 

Yes, therapy can be beneficial to help navigate unresolved trauma related to your loss by understanding the complexity of grief, processing trauma, identifying coping strategies, addressing underlying issues, and helping you move forward. It offers validation, guidance and healing opportunities as you work through this journey.  

Therapy is beneficial to start at any stage of the grieving process as grief can change over time. However, the decision to start is personal and based on your individual needs, experiences and readiness to explore and work through your grief with the support of a therapist. If your experience of grief is impacting your life in a way that feels overwhelming, it may be time to start.

Signs of grief can range depending on each individual and their unique situation. However, some common signs of grief are intense emotions this can include experiencing overwhelming anger, sadness, upset and/or guilt. There can also be experiences of fatigue, changes in appetite, withdrawal from relationships and responsibilities and more. 

If you are contemplating the possibility that you or someone you love is experiencing challenges in their grieving process, you can connect with one of our therapists for a free phone consultation. 

The length of grief varies and there is no fixed timeline for when it ends. While for some people grief may lessen over time, for others it may not be such a linear process. Grief is not something that can simply end or go away completely but instead its impact changes over timeTherapy can support in navigating this process and finding healthy and meaningful ways to carry the grief, rather than getting rid of it.

What You Can Expect from Grief Therapy:

How To Get Started

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Offering in-person therapy in Mississauga and Burlington. Virtual therapy sessions are available in Ontario, BC, and Alberta.

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