Grief and Loss - General Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Grief and Loss - General

Grief is a natural part of dealing with the loss of a loved one, or a situation, or a way in which we see ourselves. Loss requires that we change the way things used to be and find a new way to restructure our lives accordingly. It's common for people to fear change, particularly if a part of us, or a person we loved deeply, is no longer there. It leaves a gap that has to be filled, but nothing can replace the person who has left us behind.

People deal with loss in many different ways, but the desired end result is the same - trying to piece together the puzzle to the best of our ability, without the missing piece. We also go through the various stages of grief at varying speeds and intensities. Dealing with all the emotions that form part of grief is what makes support so very important.

Time is of the essence during the grieving period, and something we sometimes tend to rush. That's why it's so useful to speak to a therapist who does grief counselling during this time.

A therapist will help you understand that what you are feeling is completely normal and even expected. Medical professionals are aware of the wide range of natural responses to grief and loss and are generally reluctant to diagnose mental illness while a person is in a period of bereavement. However, if depression is present, medication is likely to be prescribed.

Grief therapy will help you to accept the loss and be able to talk about it without breaking down. You will learn to identify and express your emotions regarding the loss and learn to make decisions without your loved one.

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist does grief counselling to address your grief and loss you may want to search the directory to find a professional whose approach will suit you best.

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy encompasses a range of six principles that aim to help clients develop greater psychological flexibility. The six principles include:

1. Cognitive defusion help to reduce tendencies to regard thoughts, memories and emotions as real and concrete events.

2. Acceptance is about allowing the thoughts to surface and pass without the need to allow them to interfere with daily life.

3.  Being present means being aware of current existence and being involved with the now.

4. Self observation helps the client to be aware of the self and the unchanging consciousness.

5. Exploring values to discover those that are most important to the person.

6. Committed action involves setting goals based on the explored values, and setting actions in place to reach those goals.

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy is a form of cognitive behavioural therapy and is commonly used in therapy, and in it's sub-forms and helpful for a range of conditions, including OCD. If you require Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, have a look at the counsellors listed below.

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Josef Zaide

Ph.D., R.Psych
PLEASE NOTE:  AS OF MARCH 19, 2020 SESSIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED EXCLUSIVELY VIA TELEPHONE OR A TELEHEALTH PLATFORM.  I WILL PROVIDE DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT INTERNET CONNECTION PROCEDURES.... Read more

Karianne Axford

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Karianne Axford and Associates is currently offering online/virtual/video counselling during COVID-19. Dr. Axford has over two decades of experience providing counselling and... Read more

Alex Kwee

Psy.D., R.Psych
I am a Psychologist registered in British Columbia (CPBC #1903) and the State of Washington. Currently I am an Assistant Professor at Trinity Western University, where I serve as a core faculty member in the MA in... Read more

Barbara Larkin

M.S.W., RSW
  "Calm, Caring, Compassionate"  As a counsellor I help guide individuals to discover ways to adjust to loss, gain awareness of patterns of behaviour that are causing distress and create... Read more

Mila Skeeles

M.A., CCC
Like many people, I grew up in an environment where we didn’t talk about our struggles and emotions. From an early age, I learned to keep the difficult things inside and deal with my emotions on my own. Although I... Read more

Mary Munro

M.C., RCC
I can help. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor practicing in downtown Victoria.  Counselling can help you function better: to feel calmer and more effective, to give you insight, to help you meet challenges... Read more

Hajera Rostam

Ph.D., R.Psych
Please note that during the COVID-10 crisis, I am only able to provide clients virtual/phone counselling and consultation. Thank you!   As a registered psychologist, I believe in my clients’ resilience... Read more

Chelsie Pilon

M.A., RCC
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Tired of repeating the same hurtful patterns in your life? Does anxiety and/or depression feel like a constant battle for you? Maybe you feel stuck, confused and alone. My name is Chelsie Pilon and I am Registered... Read more

Jill Parker

M.Ed., RSW
***Due to the Covid-19 circumstances I will be doing telephone and video counselling only.  I will resume in-person sessions when the situation settles down.  Thanks for your understanding.  Warm regards... Read more

Jill Arnold

M.A., RCC
    • Blog on profile
Clients describe me as straightforward and kind while being practical, effective and patient. I am available to help you through a secure virtual platform or on the telephone. I want you to feel better. In... Read more

Tanya Ward

M.A., RCC
About Me: I have a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology and am a registered clinical counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. I have over 15 years of experience and have... Read more

Heike Dumke

Ph.D. (cand), RCC
    • Online booking
Individual as well as caregiver counselling to help you regain your footing in life: Depression Anxiety Stress Management Acquired Brain Injury Brain Health & Aging Caregiver support Heike's... Read more

Joachim Sehrbrock

Ph.D., R.Psych
NOTE: During the COVID-19 pandemic, I provide 100% online therapy services, which include both phone as well as video (Zoom) appointments.  When we feel overwhelmed, stressed, or bogged down by difficult... Read more

Monique Wong

M.Ed., RCC
No one needs to be alone and feel isolated during difficult times. Let’s have a conversation to work together to explore and practice different coping strategies and get the support you need.  Monique is a... Read more

Jeff Ross

M.A., RCC
 Feel good about the possibilities that life has to offer.Are you seeing life clearly?Do you tell your family and friends “I’m fine” even though you know you are not?Do you feel physically,... Read more

Leanne Fessler

M.A., RCC
Leanne works from the understanding that we all experience challenging life situations - and challenges dealing with them (counsellors included)!   Clients seeking Leanne's assistance often... Read more

Geraldine Brooks

Ph.D., R.Psych
My counselling is holistic, informed by scientific advances in psychology and neurology as well as Transpersonal, Jungian (the theories of C.G. Jung) and Energy Psychologies. I address a wide variety of client concerns... Read more

Judy Zhu

M.Ed., RCC
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, or feeling stressed out? Are you also experiencing health issues such as digestion problems, poor sleep, pain and fatigue? I am a registered clinical... Read more

Nina Hopmeier

M.Couns., RCC
Have you been feeling overwhelmed lately by your emotions and life demands? Do you sometimes feel like you have exhausted your coping resources and no longer know how to move forward? If so, do not worry or judge... Read more

Kimberly Stringer

Psy.D., R.Psych
Life is inherently complex and challenging. Sometimes these challenges feel overwhelming and this is where psychology can help. In an environment of understanding and acceptance, psychologists can help you better... Read more

Colette Mrazek

M.Ed., RCC
    • Online booking
My counselling career began over 20 years ago and since then, I have worked in a variety of settings with many different populations, such as youth at risk, children who have been orphaned, young parents,... Read more

Andrew Herfst

M.A., RCC
*I am providing Online / Telephone counselling during the COVID-19 crisis* I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with... Read more

Mary Gillis

M.A., RCC
Mary Gillis is a registered clinical counsellor who sees clients at her Vancouver office, located West Broadway, near Yew St. Mary brings years of experience to her therapy practice. She... Read more

Julia Somody

M.A., R.Psych
I am passionate about helping people and organizations change and thrive. I am a non-judgmental, compassionate therapist who provides assistance with a variety of issues, including anxiety and stress management,... Read more

Carly Goodfellow

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
*Due to the current health crisis I am pleased to offer online Videoconferencing and TeleHealth options for counselling and hypnotherapy appointments. As we all maneuver through this unprecedented... Read more

Laurissa Kowalchuk

M.Ed., RCC
Our work together will allow us to explore both your internal and external experiences to shed the light of awareness on what may be contributing to the places that feel stuck and confusing, as well as those that... Read more

Ashley Phillips

M.Ed., CCC
Ashley Phillips is a clinical counsellor & psychotherapist in Kelowna and has an online practice to help clients throughout Canada. She specializes in: Anxiety & Panic Attacks Disordered Eating Binge... Read more

Derek Swain

Ed.D., R.Psych
    • Article(s) on profile
Dr. Swain became a Registered Psychologist (#1006) in 1991. His education includes the following degrees: Bachelor or Arts (1970); Teaching Certificate (1973); Master of Physical Education (1977); and Doctor of... Read more

Dr Joti Samra

Ph.D., R.Psych
Life is not always easy, and it is a core belief that all of us – if we live long enough and go through enough life experiences – will struggle with psychological health difficulties at some point in our... Read more

Nadine Jans

M.A.Sc., RCC
Free 45 min in person or video session.  Dementia, Negative thoughts (like self-loathing), Depression, Anxiety, Grief, Emotional eating, Shame, Guilt and Self-esteem issues are the areas in which I have... Read more