Why consider counseling?
There are numerous types of mental health practitioners who have specialized skills and training to assist those working toward healing the emotional and psychological effects of grief and trauma. Qualified counselors go by many names: licensed professional counselor (LPC), licensed mental health counselor (LMHC), marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), psychologist, and psychiatrist. These practitioners have a master’s degree or PhD in their field of study, hundreds of hours of supervised clinical therapy experience, and a combination of modalities to assist clients. Counseling is an effective tool to use while moving through the various stages of healing grief and trauma.
How does counseling promote healing?
• By assisting in “old life” and “new life” integration
• By helping the mind and body restore balance and equilibrium
• By offering positive ways of processing grief, traumatic grief, and trauma
• By tailoring therapeutic options toward individual life experiences
• By providing a safe and welcome space for all thoughts, feelings, and emotions
- Ask friends and family for a well-known referral
- Search “Grief Therapist” in your area
- Search “Bereavement Counselor” in your area
- Contact your medical doctor and/or health insurance provider for referrals in your area
- Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies – CBT information, resources, and help locating a therapist in your area.
- Good Therapy – General counseling information and help locating a therapist in your area.
- EMDR Institute Inc. – Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing information and help
- Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute -SE information and help locating practitioners.