Grief and Loss - General Counsellors

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.

Note: You may narrow your search by selecting more than one filter below.

Amy Rappaport

M.S.W., RSW
We are living in tough times; times that demand a lot of us. A stressful life event, life change, or a recent loss can make it feel like your bottom has fallen out from under you.  Your world, once familiar to... Read more

Brett Maletic

M.S.W., RSW
Relevant and effective therapeutic coaching for those who are looking for increased clarity, honest introspection, and rigorous developmental growth.   As we continue to traverse the cyclical seasons... Read more

Alex Klassen

M.S.W., RSW
    • Online booking
In my practice, I help clients reduce or eliminate their chronic pain utilizing Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT) and other mind-body approaches. Neuroplastic pain (also called TMS or Mind-Body Syndrome) is a common form... Read more

Julie Burk

M.S.W., RSW
    • Online booking
Julie is a Registered Social Worker (13631) who after working with high risk youth for many years, obtained her Masters in Social Work and immediately began working doing clinical social work with palliative and... Read more

Carolyn Jarvis

B.S.W., RSW
If one thing is true about life, it will throw us unexpected curve balls. I offer counselling to people experiencing sudden or unwanted change, or who are going through a challenging life transition. I... Read more

Carol Whaley

M.S.W., RSW
We are all on our own individual, unique personal journey through life. There is no one right way to heal or one single approach to therapy. There are various issues that come up in life, from every day life... Read more

Michael Boyle

M.S.W., RSW
I am a graduate of the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary. I am a Registered Social Worker with the British Columbia College of Social Workers. My counselling experience is in the area of... Read more

Johanna Abraham

M.S.W., RSW
I have a Masters Degree in Social Work and 25 years of professional experience helping individuals, couples and families from a range of backgrounds deal with a variety challenges. As well as providing counseling... Read more

Andrea Johnson

M.S.W., RSW
I work with primarily with couples. I have advanced training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.  In couples therapy we learn to improve communication, identify previous emotional injuries, talk about... Read more

Virginia McConchie

M.S.W., RSW
    • Online booking
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS. NO REFERRAL NECESSARY.   My name is Virginia and I am a Registered Social Worker and Therapist. I work with individuals over the age of 18 who may be struggling with trauma,... Read more

Heather Whalen

M.S.W., RSW
Hi, I'm Heather ! I have been practicing as a mental health therapist for 13 years and I am passionate about supporting individuals on their journey of self-discovery and personal growth. First, I would like to... Read more

Vanessa Melle

M.S.W., RSW
    • Online booking
Has illness taken away the activities that give your life meaning? Have you had traumatizing encounters with the medical system? Do you find yourself doubting your own experience of your body? Do you feel lazy when you... Read more

Jenna Reed-Cote

M.S.W., RSW
“It could be worse” “At least this isn’t as bad as what ____________ is going through” “You’re not tired, you’re lazy.” “I’ve been in worse... Read more

Norma Hoeppner

M.S.W., RSW
In private practice since 2007, Norma has been a dynamic clinical therapist across diverse health settings since 1989. Currently she practices with Clear Counselling Inc. in Vancouver, as well as an office through... Read more

Stephanie Smith

M.S.W., RSW
    • Online booking
I currently offer virtual counselling sessions for those who prefer to meet in the comfort of their home or I offer in-person sessions in my home office. I have a Master Degree of Social Work from the University of... Read more

Jill Parker

M.Ed., RSW
***My practice is currently full.  If you would like to be on my waitlist please e-mail me.*** "I like how you help me to see myself as powerful and capable..." and "I didn't know counseling... Read more

Matty Devenish

M.S.W., RSW
Many people express feeling stuck with the issue or problem they are facing. In fact, many people's lives are completely consumed by the issue they are facing. Having worked in the counselling field since 2006, I... Read more

Sheri Johnson

M.S.W., RSW
    • Online booking
Using cutting edge neuroscience approaches and over 12 years experience practicing clinical social work, an online session with me offers effective, results-oriented therapy in a non-judgemental, compassionate... Read more

Viviane Houle

M.S.W., RSW
Viviane Houle is a Registered Social Worker (#10977) with the British Columbia College of Social Workers, an EMDR and Integrative Voicework Therapist, and a Certified NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback Trainer.... Read more

Edie Reiman

M.S.W., RSW
*****Edie Reiman MSW, RSW is a Psychotherapist, Life Coach and Presenter. Private Practice located in South Surrey/White Rock, BC.  Video and Tele-Counselling/Coaching with clients in Vancouver,... Read more

Ayesha Sackey

M.S.W., RSW
Does your mind consistently race? Do you feel unsafe or wish you had more confidence? Do you feel like you simply can’t control what’s going around you? Do you feel like you must keep busy all the time for... Read more

May Mikhail

M.S.W., RSW
May believes that all people, regardless of their personal struggles come to therapy with inherent strength and capacity and that through the therapy process, these strengths can be mobilized into positive action. May... Read more

Sarah Siddiqui

M.S.W., RSW
    • Online booking
*Now Accepting Clients.  Virtual Only.   For insurance purposes: please note I am an RSW and RCC* Whether trying therapy has been an unfulfilled new year’s resolution for the past number of years... Read more

Rachel Braund

M.S.W., RSW
    • Online booking
WAITLIST FOR NEW CLIENTS.  Feel like you are crumbling on the inside, trying to hold it all together, meanwhile you feel tense or just "off". Have you worked hard, “done the right thing,... Read more

Jona Ombao-Appadu

M.S.W., RSW
    • Online booking
I believe in the power of your unique story in your healing process. My aim is to support individuals, families and couples through a safe, non-judgmental and warm environment, to process life and healing... Read more

Gwen Bevan

M.S.W., RSW
Gwen Bevan has been counselling individuals, couples and families for over 25 years. In addition to providing counselling, Gwen provides clinical supervision for private therapists (see below for more information... Read more

Clara Morgan

M.S.W., RSW
Clara is an RSW and an RCC.  She is a therapist who provides a safe, non-judgmental, and LGBTQIA2S+ space for her clients to share and explore their stories. She is compassionate and understanding, yet... Read more

Susan McConnell

M.S.W., RSW
I have been in private practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist for over 20 years. During that time I have had the privilege of being able to connect with people and help them achieve their personal goals, create... Read more

Laura Vander Steen

M.S.W., RSW
    • Online booking
Your body and mind communicate clearly when something has been overwhelming. A toxic relationship, a job loss, a serious accident, or even a lonely childhood. So many experiences can knock us off kilter and make it hard... Read more

Shauna Cheney

M.S.W., RSW
If you want to change your life, therapy is a great way to start. I help people develop coping skills to manage complicated thoughts and emotions. With 22 years of experience, I provide a supportive and... Read more