Grief & Loss Specialist

The Soho Center for Mental Health Counseling

Psychotherapy Services located in New York City, NY

There are few certainties in life; unfortunately, loss is one of them. Whether it’s the loss of a loved one or something you cared about immensely, the grief that comes with loss can be overwhelming. At the Soho Center for Mental Health Counseling & Clinical Supervision, Kate Engstrom, LCSW, Kelley Hershman, LMHC, Anthony Freire, LMHC, NCC, CCMHC, and their team help their patients in Greenwich Village of New York City cope with loss in order to get back to living. To learn more about grief and loss counseling, call or use the online scheduler.

Grief and Loss Q & A

What is grief or loss?

While the answer to this question may seem obvious, loss is an extremely personal issue. Death is often the first thing that comes to mind, and given that there are 2.6 million deaths each year in the United States, it’s a considerable source of grief and loss that touches many lives in some small or large way.

But grief and loss are not only limited to the death of a loved one. Grief can come at the hands of a broken relationship, the loss of a job, the death of a pet, or a disabling injury or disease. The bottom line is that if you’ve lost someone or something that was an important part of your life, you may experience debilitating grief as a result.

What are the symptoms of grief and loss?

There’s no handbook for how someone should grieve and everyone does so differently after a loss. While some bottle it up, others are paralyzed by the onslaught of grief, making it difficult for them to function on a daily basis.

That said, there are some common displays of the grieving process, including:

  • Feeling depressed
  • Frequent crying
  • Numbness or shock
  • Loneliness and isolating behaviors
  • Guilt
  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Increased drug or alcohol use
  • Loss of interest in activities you once used to enjoy

Many components of grief often mimic depression and can turn into a depressive episode if left unresolved.

How does therapy help with grief and loss?

People often talk about “processing” when it comes to grief and loss. This means working through your emotions. The therapists at The Soho Center for Mental Health Counseling & Clinical Supervision accomplish this through psychotherapy that not only helps you deal with the grief that can come on the heels of loss; they also help you move forward through acceptance, letting go, or reframing the loss. For example, instead of a memory creating a feeling of loss, your therapist helps you remember the person or thing fondly.

During your one-on-one therapy sessions, your therapist discusses any feelings or emotions you may have and suggests ways to better deal with them in order to restore your life to normal. While there’s nothing that can make up for the loss, how you deal with it moving forward is where therapy is most helpful.

To learn more about therapy for grief and loss, call the office or request a consultation using the online scheduling tool.