Facing the death of a cherished family member or close friend is one of life’s most challenging experiences. If you find it hard to recover after a loved one’s passing, Judy E. Vansiea, DNP, MA, MS, APRN, NPP, at Coping Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry Services, can help. At her Kansas and Uniondale, New York, practice, Dr. Vansiea provides expert grief counseling services. She can support you through your emotional pain and guide you to a successful recovery. Call Coping Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry Services today or book an appointment online to benefit from compassionate grief counseling. Telehealth appointments are available for those residing in Kansas and the boroughs of New York such as Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. Services continue to be available as well to Nassau and Suffolk Counties and all residents of the state of New York and Kansas; along with all college students needing services within New York and Kansas.
Grief counseling, also called bereavement therapy, helps you cope after losing a partner, family member, friend, or beloved pet. Grief consists of five stages:
It’s common for people to have difficulty accepting the news that someone they love has died. You might believe it must be a mistake and that your loved one will walk through the door any minute.
Anger can take over when you realize there’s been no mistake and the worst has happened. You might shout about the unfairness of the situation and want to find someone to blame.
Bargaining is where you pray or plead to your God or spiritual leader, promising you’ll do anything to get your loved one back.
Depression sets in when you know there’s nothing you can do to change what’s happened. This stage of the grieving process is where you feel overwhelmed by sadness and despair.
If you process your grief correctly, you can reach the acceptance stage and start recovering from the trauma of loss.
Everyone’s experience of coping with death is unique to them. But most people go through these five stages of grief, but for others, each stage can takes hours or days, sometimes months, even years.
It’s common to get stuck in a particular stage like anger or depression if you don’t benefit from expert grief counseling.
The death of someone you love causes severe emotional distress. It can affect your ability to function in everyday life. Grief counseling helps you get through your loss.
In the short term, grief counseling enables you to deal with practical issues like funeral arrangements and sorting your loved one’s financial affairs. Over an extended period, grief counseling helps you accept your loss and move forward.
Some of the grief counseling techniques Dr. Vansiea uses include:
ACT encourages you to recognize your loss and the feelings you’re experiencing. It helps you find healthy ways to overcome your grief without turning to alcohol, drugs, or food for comfort.
CBT helps you identify thinking that reinforces your grief. Dr. Vansiea shows you practical ways to challenge your thoughts and feelings to make daily life easier.
You might also benefit from group therapy, where you meet with other people who’ve also suffered a loss.
Call Coping Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry Services today or book an appointment online for compassionate grief counseling.