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707 people sought grief counseling help at Alexandria in the last year

Discover how starting grief counseling can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS, Carelon, +20 more
LGBTQIA+, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, +11 more

As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my priority is to help break down the stigma around mental health and create a comfortable-safe env... As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my priority is to help break down the stigma around mental health and create a comfortable-safe environment for you to share. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS, Carelon, +20 more
Stress, Life Transition, Relationships, Anxiety, Grief / Loss, +2 more

As a Nurse Practitioner who specializes in psychiatric and mental health care, I engage in a partnership with individuals to provide person centered c... As a Nurse Practitioner who specializes in psychiatric and mental health care, I engage in a partnership with individuals to provide person centered care. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS, Carelon, +19 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Stress, ADHD, OCD / Obsessive-Compulsive, +5 more

As a woman of color who is part of the LBGTQIA+ community, I am no stranger to complications and emotional trauma.

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Aetna, CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS, Carelon, +19 more
LGBTQIA+, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, +14 more

I am curious to listen to assess factors that contribute to the diagnosis, to establish priorities, discuss treatments, and provide education and opti... I am curious to listen to assess factors that contribute to the diagnosis, to establish priorities, discuss treatments, and provide education and options in a holistic manner. Read more

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Aetna, CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS, Carelon, +20 more
Military / Veteran, Anger, Coping Skills, Infidelity, Men’s Issues, +11 more

My job is to help you find the version of better you are seeking.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS, Cigna | Evernorth, +5 more
Coping Skills, Infidelity, Self Esteem, Stress, Women’s Issues, +8 more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS, Carelon, +20 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, +9 more

As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner who holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from George Mason Un... As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner who holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from George Mason University, Virginia, I understand the need to assess and treat each individual based on evidence. Read more

Starting Grief counseling

What is Grief counseling?

Grief counseling helps people grieve difficult losses including the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, or the end of a relationship. It helps people navigate their grief process and eventually accept, understand, and move forward from their loss. Grief counselors have specific experience, training, and skills that enable them to best-support grieving individuals.

How does Grief counseling work?

Grief counseling isn't one-size-fits-all, but it involves sharing about your loss and then working with your counselor to acknowledge and accept your new reality in its wake. Your Thriveworks grief counselor will design your treatment plan around your unique needs and goals for therapy, applying the counseling techniques that best support them. It may take place as individual-counseling or a form of group therapy such as Family therapy.

Is Grief counseling conducted in person or online?

Grief counseling at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and via Online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Grief counseling last?

For many, grief counseling lasts for about 6 months. For others, it may last shorter or longer, depending on the severity of their loss and their grief.

Need more help deciding?

When a loved one passes away, the whole world can feel turned upside down. In an instant, everything changes. The grief often feels overwhelming and intense. Often, people feel isolated and alone, just when they need support the most.

Dan understands. During a horrible accident, his world changed forever as he lost his son. One moment, Dan and his son were looking at which college he might attend. The next moment, Dan and his wife were looking at a future without him. Friends and family, of course, mean well and try to say comforting things, but Dan cannot shake the feeling that no one understands. While he still loves his friends and family, these relationships have changed for Dan.

Dan, like many others, is going through grief, a normal reaction to losing someone or something they love. Grief often overwhelms people because it is a complex, even bizarre, experience, and many people find that grief therapy has helped them cope with their bereavement and rebuild a meaningful life after experiencing a loss.

Loss, unfortunately, is a normal part of the human experience, but everybody processes loss differently. Thriveworks Alexandria, VA (Franconia) grief counselors and psychologists understand. We have shepherded many clients as they find healing and rebuild a fulfilling life.

Understanding Grief

People often associate grief with the loss of a loved one, but grief can be triggered by any kind of loss. Unfortunately, loss is a normal human experience and very common. Every person experiences loss of something or someone they love. Some of the reasons clients have sought grief counseling at Thriveworks Alexandria include …

  • Loss of a pet
  • Break-up or Divorce
  • Chronic pain or health challenges
  • A disability (permanent or temporary)
  • Life transitions
  • Death of a loved one
  • Loss of independence (especially with age)
  • Job loss

Misunderstandings about Grief

Unfortunately, there are a lot of misunderstandings about grief. Well-meaning people may offer thoughts that are intended to help a loved one who is grieving, but often, these misunderstandings can be useless (at best) or hurtful (at worst).

“With time, the pain will ease.”
Healing does require time, but it also requires work and often, a grief therapist. Minimizing emotions, hoping they will go away without processing them may be easier in the short-term, but in the long-term, these feelings will resurface.

“The quicker you just get over this, the better.”
Grief is not something to “just get over.” Moving passed grief means moving through grief. An experienced grief counselor can often guide the bereaved on how to process their feelings in a healthy way.

What Is Grief Therapy?

Misunderstanding about grief are everywhere, but what does healthy grief therapy involve?

The particulars of grief counseling will look different for each person because no one experiences grief in the same way as anyone else. However, generally speaking, the goals of grief therapy are acknowledgment and acceptance:

1) Acknowledgment
In order to move ahead, people may need to step back first. With guidance from a grief therapist, people can reflect upon the loss, what the loss means to them, specify what was lost, and sort through their emotions.

The feelings that may arise during bereavement are usually intense. Grief is not a singular emotion, but it is a complex of feelings wove together. There is no normal emotion to feel during grief, so whatever you may be feeling, it’s ok. Anyone who has lost something or someone they love, may be feeling …

  • Sadness
  • Anger
  • Helpless
  • Loneliness
  • Regret
  • Apathy
  • Fatigue
  • Relief
  • Shock
  • Confusion
  • Guilt
  • Impatient
  • Yearning
  • Disoriented
  • Restless

Acknowledging these emotions and processing them is a big step toward healing. With a grief counselor’s expertise, many people are able to discern what they are feeling and why.

2) Acceptance
The finality of loss is one of the most painful aspects of grief. Accepting reality takes courage, as does building a future in the loss’ reality. Re-establishing a normal life after loss scares many people. Thriveworks grief therapists understand this fear and have helped many clients navigate it and find a new, fulfilling life.

Grief therapy does not offer any magical solution or silver bullets, but many who have journeyed through grief are glad they had a caring and experienced guide who could help them navigate its challenges.

Appointments for Grief Counseling at Thriveworks Alexandria, VA (Franconia)

Would you like help and guidance on your grief journey? The counselors and psychologists at Thriveworks Alexandria, VA (Franconia) are ready to get started.

When people are grieving, everything feels harder, so we have worked to make scheduling grief therapy as convenient as possible. When calling to schedule an appointment, you will speak to a person who will take your information with sensitivity. Our clients can often schedule an appointment within 24 hours of their call. We also offer evening and weekend sessions and work with major insurance providers.

Do you want to process your grief and build a happier tomorrow? If so, the grief therapists at Thriveworks Alexandria, VA are too. Let’s get started.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Alexandria therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Behavioral Health Systems

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Alexandria
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

4.9 Learn about verified reviews
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I was very satisfied with first session/consultation with my therapist. I feel confident she will address my needs and look forward to working with her.
Read more I was very satisfied with first session/consultation with my therapist. I feel confident she will address my needs and look forward to working with her.
Marjorie Feb 2024
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★★★★★
At 75 years old and still learning is wonderful. My counselor is simply an outstanding individual and human being. The "bank is closed", I understand more clearly by my counselor who, have been instrumental in " breaking down some walls" in my forward motion and healing from the pain
Read more At 75 years old and still learning is wonderful. My counselor is simply an outstanding individual and human being. The "bank is closed", I understand more clearly by my counselor who, have been instrumental in " breaking down some walls" in my forward motion and healing from the pain
Horace Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Bank closure is fundamentally when a financial institution goes bankrupt; however, parents can't go into bank closure for their children, family, and friends. Nevertheless, parents do close their bank (hearth) to minimize disrespect, abuse, and abundant misuse of LOVE. So I closed my life to abuse, disrespect, and misuse of ❤️
Read more Bank closure is fundamentally when a financial institution goes bankrupt; however, parents can't go into bank closure for their children, family, and friends. Nevertheless, parents do close their bank (hearth) to minimize disrespect, abuse, and abundant misuse of LOVE. So I closed my life to abuse, disrespect, and misuse of ❤️
Horace Jan 2024
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★★★★
I am very happy with my therapist, I would give him 5 Stars but I am handicapped and the facility I go to has No Handicap access, No ramp or elevator and is on the third floor of a three story building.
Read more I am very happy with my therapist, I would give him 5 Stars but I am handicapped and the facility I go to has No Handicap access, No ramp or elevator and is on the third floor of a three story building.
Ed Jan 2024
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★★★★★
My therapist, Dee Jacobi Edwards, continues to help me deal with my individual struggles in life so that I can achieve peace in dealing with life situations. She is a wonderful therapist.
Read more My therapist, Dee Jacobi Edwards, continues to help me deal with my individual struggles in life so that I can achieve peace in dealing with life situations. She is a wonderful therapist.
Louisa Dec 2023
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★★★★
Love our therapist.
Heidi Dec 2023
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★★★★★
My daughter's dad and I had a few sessions with Dee Jacobi-Edwards and she was great. She was very neutral and honest with both of us when it came to our disagreements and downfalls. She was also extremely patient with us throughout our sessions. I would absolutely recommend Dee.
Read more My daughter's dad and I had a few sessions with Dee Jacobi-Edwards and she was great. She was very neutral and honest with both of us when it came to our disagreements and downfalls. She was also extremely patient with us throughout our sessions. I would absolutely recommend Dee.
Alexandria Mar 2021
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★★★★★
I have been battling anxiety and depression for years, and Mary Alice Fields has helped me finally find some relief. She is dedicated to helping her clients live their best possible life, and she has helped me gain some peace in my life. I know she has help countless others, and I would highly recommend her to anyone who suffers from depression or anxiety issues.
Read more I have been battling anxiety and depression for years, and Mary Alice Fields has helped me finally find some relief. She is dedicated to helping her clients live their best possible life, and she has helped me gain some peace in my life. I know she has help countless others, and I would highly recommend her to anyone who suffers from depression or anxiety issues.
Alexandria Jan 2021
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Alexandria is located off of Franconia Rd., just behind Oak Tree Plaza. We share a building with MRM Associates. Right next door to us is a MakeSpace, and the closest bus stop is at Franconia Rd. & Beulah St.

Phone number

(703) 454-8246

Languages spoken by VA providers

  • Portuguese
  • English
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