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Grief hurts, and many people want to push away or bury the pain of loss. Processing grief is best for us and our relationships in the long run.
Emotions and Grief
Traumatic grief can arise from a traumatic or unexpected event surrounding the loss of a loved one or friend. Sometimes grief may be compounded by flashbacks and the re-experiencing of events. It can cause attempts to avoid reminders of the death, emotional detachment, anger, or denial. In addition, traumatic grief can sometimes cause an inability to see and plan for the future. If your grief is causing suffering of any type, there is help. Our therapists can help you to cope and recover in a safe and supportive way. Grief is already filled with difficult emotions and memories, as well as anxiety about the future. Fortunately, EMDR therapy is well-suited to relieve symptoms of complicated and traumatic grief.
Signs You May Need to See a Therapist
- You are having suicidal thoughts
- Experiencing unrelenting depression
- Uncontrollable crying
- Loss of appetite
- Problems sleeping
- Panic attacks
- Trouble completing daily tasks
- Increased irritability and anger
- Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
- Avoided people or places that remind you of the departed
- Addictive behaviors, drinking more or gambling
- Trouble believing that your loved one is dead
- Feeling a loss of identity
- Others expressing concern for you
- Withdrawing from social interactions
- Intrusive thoughts
- A lack of a support system
- A constant reliving of the death
- Unexplained illnesses such as headaches and/or stomachaches
EMDR Therapy Encourages Release of “Locked-In” Grief
The primary aim of EMDR therapy is to help you get “unstuck” after a difficult loss. EMDR allows the memories and circumstances to remain with you forever, but moves you through them with less pain and negative impact. After EMDR Therapy, our clients are able to think of their loved ones with normal grief and also with joyful feelings that are connected with past positive memories. If you are feeling a sense of guilt related to the loss, EMDR can help you. Regardless of how or when the loss occurred, this therapist-led approach is customized and compassionate. It hones in on the stuck places in your mind and addresses your mental and emotional needs specifically.
Therapy Supports Your Ability to Cope and Process the Hurt
The relationship you establish with your therapist creates a safe, comfortable therapeutic environment for working through your grief. You will always have a voice in the process and we will never tell you to “get over your grief”. Alongside EMDR Therapy, you will work with your therapist to learn coping skills and relaxation techniques. Soon, intrusive thoughts are recognized, addressed, and processed painlessly. Maladaptive coping declines and grief becomes more meaningful, productive, and progressive. Working with your therapist will reveal that healing after a loss is possible.