Grief and loss are universal experiences that touch the lives of every individual. Regardless of age, culture, or background, we all encounter moments of profound sadness and mourning. Whether it is the loss of a loved one, a cherished relationship, a job, or a dream, grief can manifest in various ways and impact us deeply. It is a natural response to the pain of separation and the adjustments required to navigate life without what was once familiar and comforting. While the intensity and duration of grief may vary from person to person, it is an undeniable part of the human experience that reminds us of our capacity to love and connect.
Grief and loss therapy is a type of counseling that helps individuals cope with the emotional pain and challenges associated with the loss of a loved one. It provides a safe and supportive space for people to express their feelings, process their grief, and navigate through the various stages of mourning. Grief and loss therapy aims to help individuals understand their emotions, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and find ways to honor the memory of their loved one while also moving forward with their lives. This therapy can be particularly beneficial for those experiencing prolonged grief, where intense feelings of longing and memories of the deceased significantly impact their daily functioning.
Complicated grief, also known as prolonged grief disorder, refers to intense and persistent grief that significantly interferes with a person’s daily life. It is characterized by an overwhelming sense of yearning or longing for the loss of a loved one, along with persistent thoughts and memories that hinder the ability to move forward and find meaning in life. Prolonged Grief Disorder Therapy (PGDT) is an evidence-based approach that aims to address the complexities of grief and strengthen an individual’s natural adaptive capacity. Through 16 weekly sessions, PGDT helps individuals understand and manage their emotions, envision the future, rebuild relationships, confront the reality of death, and access living memories. This therapy has shown significant improvement in around 70% of individuals who undergo the treatment. At STG Health, we offer individual PGDT sessions to support those experiencing complicated grief and loss.
At STG, we firmly believe that no one should be pressured to decide whether or not they want to work with a therapist before meeting them. A therapist will see you (or you and your child) at no charge in an online secure session to ensure a good fit for each other. Every therapist works uniquely, so we want you (or you and your child) to be sure to feel comfortable with how we work. The initial meeting is not a therapy session; it’s designed to be low-key and low-pressure.