Grief and Loss - General Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

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.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Critical Incident Stress Management

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a psychological approach that deals with the way in which clients think about themselves, other people and the world. The outside world affects how we think and feel about ourselves and as a result, our behaviour. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help a person to change the way they think about thoughts and feelings, but it is not like other types of talk therapy.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy focuses on current issues and challenges that affect the client right now. It doesn't consider the past issues that caused distress, but rather looks for solutions that can improve the client's state of mind in the moment. Much of CBT involves looking at thought distortions that can affect mood and are affected by mood, and helps client examine and challenge distorted thinking patters.

CBT can help a range of problems, from OCD, PTSD, bulimia, stress, phobias and other issues that might seem overwhelming to the client, by breaking them down into smaller, more manageable chunks.

If you are looking for a therapist who offers Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, please browse our list of practitioners below..

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Jill Culver

M.S.W., RSW
I provide warm, collaborative and client-centered counselling services from my office located in the Gorge area of Victoria, and across Canada by phone or video chat. ​ I specialize in pregnancy and... Read more

Theo De Gagne

Ph.D., R.Psych
WORRY LESS, FEEL BETTER You’re a smart person who is likely quite successful in many aspects of your life. You’re the dependable person who never says no, but has difficulty making your own needs a... Read more

Suzanne Vardy

M.Ed., RCC
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Suzanne holds a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (RCC# 2141). She has been... Read more

Gerry Bock

M.A., RCC
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Gerry Bock earned his Masters degree in 1990. He has been practicing as a Registered Clinical Counsellor for over 20 years (since 1991). As part of this counselling network, you will have access to the expertise and... Read more

Lida Izadi

M.A., RCC
I am a bi-lingual and bi-cultural clinical counsellor, mental health clinician, and university instructor with extensive experience and remarkable results. My broad range of professional qualifications has enabled me to... Read more

Marilyn Chotem

Ed.D., R.Psych
Dr. Chotem is a Registered Psychologist who sees clients in her West Vancouver office. Her major areas of practice are eating disorders, addictions, attachment and relationship issues, child and family issues, as well... Read more

Claire Sutton

M.A., RCC
I help people who feel stuck. I help people who are angry and overwhelmed. I help people who are afraid of change, afraid of making the wrong decision and afraid that they might not be good enough.  I help... Read more

Ferma Ravn-Greenway

M.S.W., RSW
Parenting is the hardest job. All of us reach a stage in our children’s lives where we need guidance, reassurance, and support. For example, an unexpected transition can lead a child to become anxious and... Read more

Grace McDonald

MFT, RCC
As a Registered Marriage & Family Therapist and Clinical Counsellor, I am passionate about helping people to more positively perceive themselves, their lives, and their relationships. In particular, I provide... Read more

Gabriel Contreras

M.Couns., RCC
Gabriel Contreras MCP, RCC is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Adlerian psychotherapist, providing individual counselling, couples / relationship counselling, and sex therapy, with extensive additional training and... Read more

Eric Ochs

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Eric Ochs was awarded his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from McGill University in 2000. He was trained and worked for a number of years at the Royal Victoria Hospital (Montreal) in the Sex & Couple... Read more

Cynthia Ehl

MC, RCC
You're probably reading this because something you want some help with something (it could be spirituality, obesity, being overweight, anxiety, depression, grief, relationships, communication, or stress). You've... Read more

Stephanie Pugsley

M.A., RCC
I have over 20 years experience of working with individuals, couples, families and groups in private practice, the Health Service, the Social Services and voluntary organisations.  I am a registered Clinical... Read more

Elizabeth Anderson

M.S.W., RSW
Elizabeth Anderson has a Master of Social Work, is a Registered Social Worker with the BCCSW, and is a qualified Coach, recognized by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Elizabeth has over 18 years... Read more

Carole Gaato

Ph.D., R.Psych
With more than 20 years experience as a psychotherapist, I sometimes lose touch with just how daunting the task of finding your "right" therapist can be. Just so you know, as registered psychologists and... Read more

Heather Bach

M.A., CCC
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In response to COVID-19, we provide VIRTUAL COUNSELLING keeping you and the community safe. For over 20 years, Heather Bach of Bach Counselling Group brings clinical expertise to working with those who... Read more

Josh Slatkoff

Ph.D., R.Psych
COVID-19:  I will not be offering in-person sessions at this time.  If you an existing client, I will contact you about tele/video options. Dr. Josh Slatkoff is a Registered Psychologist (CPBC #1774) who... Read more

Joel Brass

M.A.Sc., RCC
Joel Brass, M.A.Sc., R.C.C. has been an individual, relationship and family therapist for the past 35 years. His areas of expertise and personal passion are the healing and growth of individuals and love... Read more

Curt DeWolff

M.Ed., CCC
In my counselling sessions I work to maintain and ensure a safe environment for my clients. I try to create a space where clients feel free of judgment or saying the "wrong" thing. I believe a strong... 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

Kristen Dowling

Ph.D., R.Psych
*NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS*   I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of BC. I use the effective and evidence-based method of Cognitive Behavioural ... Read more

Marja Kates

Ph.D., R.Psych
I am a Registered Psychologist (#1195) who has studied, trained, and worked with children for over 20 years. Children who have experienced or are experiencing anxiety, stress, grief, trauma, and/or illness need a gentle... Read more

Ginnie Cramer

MC, RCC
Ginnie Cramer is a BCACC Registered Clinical Counseller with a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology from City University of Seattle. Ginnie values each client as an individual and acknowledges his or her unique... Read more

Daria Shewchuk

Ph.D., R.Psych
I am a compassionate and well trained professional who values diversity. I have over 20 years of training and experience in the counselling field, working with adults and youths. I knows how vulnerable people can feel.... Read more

Terry Estrin

Ph.D., R.Psych
I am a Registered Psychologist in private practice with offices in Richmond and Vancouver. My areas of practice include psychotherapy and counselling for individuals (age 17 and up), relationship therapy for couples and... Read more

Kim Boivin

M.Ed., RCC
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Are you struggling with anxiety? Are you experiencing difficulties in your relationships?  Are you hard on yourself?  I can help.  I offer a compassionate and grounded approach with ... Read more

James Lowe

M.A., CCC
James is a counsellor who practices multicultural counselling in Vancouver, Richmond and Metro Vancouver, BC. James provides cross cultural counselling and therapy to a variety of ethnic and minority immigrants and... Read more

Gabriela Ionita

Ph.D., R.Psych
I am a Registered Psychologist providing therapy to children, youth, and their families in North Vancouver (at Nova Mental Health). My focus is on creating a warm, collaborative, and engaging atmosphere while... Read more

Lu Lam

M.Ed., CCC
I would like to gratefully acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples. It’s an honour to be living and working on their unceded home territories as a respectful visitor. I am truly... Read more

Anne Erlebach

Ph.D., CCC
Life can be full of challenges and problems that cause stress, confusion, anger, insecurity, indecision, shame, physical pain, illness, exhaustion and lethargy, frustration, worry, anxiety, guilt, regret, grief,... Read more