I have a unique skill set for helping teenagers that have a lost their parent. It is work that I have come across over the past few years and I feel deeply passionate about and rewarded by.
Grief is a natural human response to loss, but that doesn’t mean bereavement of a loved one isn’t an intense and at times desolate experience. Especially when you have lost a your mother or father during adolescence. While painful experiences are normal during this time, your emotions may feel trapped on a non-stop rollercoaster, with downs and deeper downs interspersed with periods of brief respite.
Loss is a very personal journey, with some finding it more difficult than others. While grieving for the same person can often foster compassion and connection among family and friends, it’s also common for the grieving to struggle with anger, conflict, a lack of understanding, or an inability to fully share your feelings with others. Grief and bereavement counseling offers a non judgmental and safe space for you to work through any issues you are unable to talk about with your other parent, siblings or grandparents.
I focus on helping teens learn to cope with their grieving experience. I can help you learn how to express what you are feeling and come to terms with the broad range of emotions involved in your grieving process, from those that you may expect — sadness, loneliness, exhaustion – to those that come as a surprise, such as relief, anger, and a sense of confusion.
Our work together can help you lessen the pain so you can function a little better in your post-loss life. I listen with empathy, discuss ways to deal with unhelpful and unhealthy thoughts and behaviors, and teach you techniques to manage distress and enable you to move forward. If you’d like me to show you how, please contact me today for an appointment.