Bereavement counselling can enable you to cope and adjust after a loved one dies
The loss of a partner, child, family member or close friend can be truly devastating and distressing - I'm so sorry if you are going through this.
While grief is a natural response to bereavement, other life changes and loss, it can be challenging to make sense of and cope with - even if you have experienced it before or feel strong/resilient within yourself.
Grief can take you by surprise, feel confusing, intense, and overwhelming at times, and you may experience feelings and emotions such as:
There is no 'right' or 'wrong' way to feel, or any such thing as something you should or shouldn't be feeling - everyone is different, so your sense of loss and feelings of grief will be personal to you.
Grieving may take what feels like a 'long time', or certainly longer than you might expect, yet it is a necessary journey. By going through your grief at your pace, you learn to cope and adjust.
Support from others is often helpful, yet it's not always possible to talk to, grieve with or in the presence of those closest to you - friends, family, colleagues.
Sometimes, friends and family cannot support or assist you - counselling may feel more appropriate based on your experience or circumstances.
Many people come for and benefit from bereavement counselling. It offers a space to cope, adjust, and move beyond your pain and sadness.
As a bereavement counsellor, I can be alongside you as you are in your grief - free from judgement, any outside pressures or expectations.
I can offer a safe environment where you can explore your experiences, express your feelings and emotions, and adjust to the changes in your life.
I can offer expressive mediums such as journaling and art, which can be helpful if you find it hard to vocalise your thoughts and feelings or would prefer to engage in a creative form of counselling.
I can work with you to address the additional challenges of depression, increasing anxiety or post-traumatic stress or any concerns you may have about your mental health.
I can offer a quiet, reflective space where you can explore or create memories and keep going with them.
I have received further training in the issues surrounding baby loss - stillbirth, miscarriage, neonatal death, sudden infant death, yet can support you with the loss of a child of any age.
The loss of a child is devastating and can be deeply traumatic. It can bring up intense feelings of sadness, guilt, anger, fear, loss, and sometimes jealousy. You may feel depressed and even suicidal.
Family and couple relationships can change as a result of the experience. Sometimes, differences in grieving and coping evoke misunderstandings, feelings of tension and hurt.
As a bereavement counsellor, I can work sensitively with you as a parent or parents, for as long as you need.
If you are struggling to communicate and cope as a couple, please know that counselling can offer an opportunity for mutual support and healing.
Bereavement counselling can enable you to receive support with a loved one's 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 struggle to process what is happening, experience conflicting feelings and emotions, or find it difficult to express your worries and fears about the days, weeks or months ahead.
If you are a carer for your loved one, you may struggle to receive support for yourself or maintain contact and relationships with friends and family.
Counselling offers time and space just for you. Here you can share experiences without the fear of upsetting anyone or being judged and explore and release a range of feelings and emotions.
I am easy to talk to, and you can be yourself with me. Whatever you're feeling and experiencing, I can journey with you.
You can contact me to book an introductory session or to ask any questions you may have
I can offer online or phone sessions through Zoom, Facetime or Skype, or see you at Wessex House in Eastleigh, near to Winchester and Southampton.
If you would like to book an introductory session or ask questions before taking that step, please call 07729 193629 or submit the contact form on this website.