Bereavement counselling can help you cope and adjust after someone close to you dies
The death of someone important to you - friend, family member, partner, child, is a confusing, distressing and life-changing experience, and a sense of loss and feelings of grief can come and go for months or years.
Grief will always surface - it's just a matter of when. It's a natural response to the death of a loved one and other life experiences, yet it can affect your whole being, including your thoughts, feelings, behaviour and self-esteem.
While everyone experiences grief differently, it's natural to feel in shock, disorientated, out of reality or numb, and have feelings of deep sadness, anger, guilt, loneliness, anxiety and depression. Whatever you're feeling is 'normal' for you.
Grief is personal just as much as it's universal, so you'll work through it at your pace. While your feelings and emotions may come and go for months or years, you can move beyond your loss and find your healing and inner peace.
Bereavement counselling offers a safe space to be as you are without worry or fear. I offer bereavement counselling for adults of all ages and backgrounds, and you can get in touch by phone or email.
You may be thinking about bereavement counselling for yourself, as a couple or family, and I am someone you can turn to for genuine acceptance and understanding, and support in coping with, adjusting to and coming to terms with your experience.
I can provide an environment where you can explore and reflect upon your experiences, express your feelings and emotions, work through increasing anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress, share or make memories, and adjust to changes in your life.
Coping with grief after the loss of a child
Not everyone will experience the devastating loss of a child, yet it can be traumatic and bring up intense feelings of sadness, guilt, anger, fear, loss, and sometimes jealousy. You may feel in crisis, depressed, or even suicidal.
This experience can put a strain on couple and family relationships, yet also leave you feeling unsupported by people outside of the family - especially if they say things that feel insensitive or unhelpful or stop making contact with you because they don't know what to say.
I'm here for you if you've suffered the loss of a child of any age, yet I have received specialist training in the issues surrounding baby loss - miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, sudden infant death.
I can see you as a couple, individual or family. Couples sessions offer a space to explore difficulties and differences in coping and communicating, so you feel able to comfort one another, talk more openly about your loss and feelings, and move forward together. Family sessions can include support for a grandparent or grandparents or other adult family members.
Bereavement counselling can help you come to terms with a loved one's diagnosis of a life-limiting or terminal illness
When a loved one receives a diagnosis of a life-limiting or terminal illness, it can be devastating and scary - you may feel like your whole world has come crashing down on you or a sense of being in crisis.
You may find it difficult to process what is happening, to open up to those around you, or express your worries and fears about what might happen in the days, weeks or months ahead.
Talking to a counsellor can help, including relieving the feelings of stress, depression and anxiety. I'm easy to talk to, and you can be yourself with me. Whatever you're feeling, I can journey with you.
Facing a loved one's diagnosis of terminal cancer
Cancer is a harsh disease that touches many peoples' lives, and it's devastating when someone you love is going to die. Time may feel more precious than ever.
If you're facing a loved one's diagnosis of terminal cancer, counselling sessions offer a space to explore your sense of personal loss, express your feelings and emotions, and receive support in coming to terms with the diagnosis.
Genuine warmth, acceptance, understanding and hope for the future, are just some of the qualities that I bring to this work, and I offer a safe environment where you can work at your pace, for as long as you need.
Coping with grief as a family
Loss through a loved one's illness or death can be devastating for the whole family, yet responses and emotions will be different, sometimes making it difficult for you to be there for one another - perhaps in the way that you hoped or would like.
In family sessions, I offer space for everyone to say how they feel, have their feelings accepted, heard and understood, and explore ways of coping together. I can also help you support teenagers and children through grief - they grieve differently, yet will look to you for guidance.
I have supported bereaved and grieving adults for over a decade
I have supported bereaved and grieving adults for over a decade, and my previous roles include bereavement support volunteer for Cruse Bereavement Care and bereavement services officer within Local Authority.
In addition to my core counselling qualifications, I hold a Certificate in Grief and Bereavement Counselling (advanced level) and Certificate in Couple and Family Counselling. I have also trained with the Foundation for Infant Loss.
I am passionate about bereavement counselling - not only because I know it helps, yet because I get to witness the strengths people have within themselves - even when they don't believe it at first.
You can contact me to book an introductory session or to ask any questions you may have
If you feel you're struggling to cope or need a safe person to talk to, please contact me to arrange an introductory session or to ask questions about the counselling I can offer you. You can call 07729 193629 or submit the contact form on this website.