Bereavement counselling can help you find your way through an often confusing and distressing experience
Grief is a natural response to bereavement 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 common to feel in shock, disorientated, out of reality or numb, go through intense periods of emotional pain and distress, and have feelings of anger, guilt, loneliness, anxiety and depression.
Most people benefit from emotional support - whether that's from friends, family members, peers in a support group, a pastor or counsellor, and I'm here to support you as best I can.
I offer bereavement counselling for adults of all ages, including confidential sessions if you're affected by a loved one's disability, life-limiting or terminal illness, or struggling to cope with the death of a friend, family member, partner or child.
You may be thinking about bereavement counselling for yourself, as a couple or family, and I am someone you can turn to for genuine understanding and acceptance, and support in coping with, adjusting to and coming to terms with your experience.
I will provide you with a safe 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 baby or child, yet it can be traumatic and bring up intense feelings of sadness, guilt, anger, fear, and sometimes jealousy. You may also feel in crisis, depressed, or even suicidal.
This experience can unintentionally 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 or do.
I'm here for you if you've suffered the loss of a child of any age, yet I have received specialist training in baby loss - miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, sudden infant death.
I am here for you as a couple or individual, and if you're in a relationship, we can explore difficulties and differences in coping and communicating, so you can increase your support for one other. I can also provide family sessions to include support for a grandparent or grandparents or other family members.
Coping with grief as a family
A loved one's death, disability, life-limiting or terminal illness 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.
I can facilitate an environment where everyone can say how they feel and have their feelings respected, heard and understood, and help you find ways of coping together.
I can also help you support young children and teenagers through grief - they express their grief in a different way to adults, yet they also learn from you.
Other losses can affect you too, and counselling can help with that
Many people recognise and acknowledge the pain of bereavement, yet grief is a natural response to many life experiences, and it's okay to grieve losses, disappointments and setbacks in life.
As an experienced grief and bereavement counsellor, I offer a safe, understanding and non-judgemental space where you can work through any of the following personal experiences:
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've also trained with the Foundation for Infant Loss.
I am passionate about grief and 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.
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.