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Although the first year after a loss is the most difficult, waves of deep feeling can persist. Therapy can help you accept your loss and work through grief that may interfere with life in the present.
Grief can come in many forms–sadness, depression, guilt, even anger. You may feel isolated, terribly lonely, bereft, hopeless, numb. The pain of losing someone close to you is intense. Whether they died or left for other reasons–like a divorce or a relationship ending–it can feel unbearable.
Although the first year after a loss is often the most difficult, you may continue to be surprised by waves of deep feeling. These can come when you least expect them: in the middle of a meeting; at work, or during a family meal; or at more unexpected times, such as holidays or the anniversary of your loved one’s death.
Everybody grieves in their own way. There is no “time limit” for recovering from a loss. You might find after a few months that friends and family who were initially so supportive, are now urging you to “get over it,” long before you’re ready. In fact, you may continue to experience a need to talk about it months or even years later.
A therapist has the training and skill to be there to listen and provide support in the way you need. Therapy can help you address the grief and pain that has been interfering with your ability to experience joy and purpose, so that when you’re ready, you can re-engage with life again.