Bereavement counselling can help you cope and adjust after a loved one dies and feel a sense of hope for the future
The death of a beloved partner, child, family member or friend is a confusing, distressing and life-changing experience, and a sense of loss and feelings of grief can come and go for a long time - certainly longer than you might expect.
Grief is a natural, personal response to bereavement and other life changes, yet it can affect your whole being.
You may feel in shock, disorientated, out of reality or numb, and experience feelings of deep sadness, fear, apathy, anger, guilt, loneliness, anxiety and depression.
You may need to revisit things over and over in your mind, yet find it challenging to be patient with and kind to yourself.
There is no 'right' or 'wrong' way to feel or grieve, yet receiving emotional support from others is often helpful.
Bereavement counselling is a specialist form of counselling. It's about being alongside you in a safe and supportive way. You can share, reflect, and express how you are feeling - without worry, fear, any outside pressures or expectations.
I offer bereavement counselling for adults of all ages and from all backgrounds, and you can get in touch by phone or email.
I can offer 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 the loss of a child
I have received further specialist training in the issues surrounding baby loss (miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, sudden infant death), yet can help if you've suffered the loss of a child of any age and by any circumstance.
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 result in misunderstandings, feelings of tension and hurt.
As a bereavement counsellor, I can work sensitively with you as a couple or individual, and for as long as you need.
If you are struggling as a couple, counselling can offer an opportunity for mutual healing and growth.
Bereavement counselling can help you cope and come to terms with a loved one's life-limiting illness
When a loved one receives a diagnosis of end-stage cancer, or other 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, cope with conflicting feelings and emotions, or express your worries and fears about the days, weeks or months ahead.
If you're caring for your loved one, you may struggle to maintain contact and relationships with friends and family and get support for yourself.
Talking to a counsellor can help, including relieving the feelings of stress, depression and anxiety. 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 provide online or phone sessions through Zoom, Facetime or Skype, or see you at my private practice in Eastleigh, which is easy to get to from Winchester and Southampton.
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.