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Starting Grief & loss counseling

What type of counseling is needed when a person cannot get over the grief of losing a loved one?

Grief and loss 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. Theriveworks grief therapists in Alexandria, VA have specific experience, training, and skills that enable them to best support grieving individuals.

How does grief and loss counseling work?

Grief and loss 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 provider at Thriveworks in Alexandria, VA will design your treatment plan around your unique needs and goals for therapy, applying the counseling techniques that best support them.

Signs I should seek grief counseling

If you have recently experienced an event like the death of a loved one, a breakup or divorce, the loss of a job, or another major life change, then you may want to seek grief and loss counseling. Grief can be caused by many experiences and events, so if you feel that you are having trouble moving on from a certain event or find that it is still impacting your life and functioning, grief and loss counseling can help you process it more effectively so that you can move on and once again find fulfillment and satisfaction in your life.

What counseling theory is best for grief?

There are many counseling theories for treating grief, one of the most frequently used being the dual process model of grief which helps people acknowledge who or what they've lost through rumination while also adjusting to the new roles and identities that this loss has now placed on them. There are also many commonly used therapy approaches used in grief and loss counseling, including Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and traumatic grief therapy.

Is grief counseling conducted in person or online?

Grief & loss counseling at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does grief counseling last?

For many, grief and loss 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 close family member or friend passes, the loss can feel absolutely devastating. It might feel like a deep emptiness; it might present itself as intense anger; or it might completely rip you apart. Many people who experience a difficult loss feel as if life will never be the same again—as if they couldn’t possibly continue life without the lost individual. But in reality, they can still live a happy, fulfilled life despite the devastating loss. It just might take the help of a professional.

“The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again, but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same. Nor would you want to.” –Elisabeth Kubler-Ross & David Kessler

A skilled, experienced grief counselor or therapist can help people to confront their loss and grieve properly. They have the training and expertise to assist their clients in talking about how this person and the loss of this person has affected their life, sorting through the range of emotions they are likely experiencing, and going on to live happily again.

The grief counselors at Thriveworks Alexandria understand that the loss of a loved one can shake someone to the core and change life as they know it. They also know that people can work through their grief and come out on the other side a happy individual again. If you’re struggling with grief and loss, consider working with one of our providers. They’ll help you manage the harmful symptoms of grief and find happiness again.

What Does Grief Look Like?

While there are different stages of grief, as identified by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, the truth is that grief is highly individual and personal. We might experience emotions like:

  • Sadness
  • Loneliness
  • Guilt or shame
  • Anger
  • Numbness
  • Hopelessness

These emotions are often expressed differently. One individual may withdraw from their loved ones after losing a close friend, while another might cling to them; one individual may quit their job or stop showing up, while another might throw himself into his work to keep his mind occupied.

Whatever the case may be, a grief counselor at Thriveworks Alexandria can help. They will assess your specific presentation of grief and assist you based on your needs.

The Negative Effects of Grief and Loss

Grief can become unhealthy, especially if the individual lets their grief fester without confronting the loss and all of the difficult emotions that come with it. Here are a few results of grief and loss that can prove troubling:

  • Shock or denial
  • Fear
  • Anxiety, panic attacks
  • Irrational thinking
  • Difficult sleeping
  • Changes in appetite
  • Significant changes in weight
  • Obsessive/compulsive thoughts
  • Confusion
  • Disassociation

The good news is that a grief counselor can step in and make all the difference if you let them. Working with a grief counselor will likely involve talking about your loss, the emotions related to your loss, and determining how you can move forward from it. Don’t worry, you don’t have to go through this alone. You can work with a skilled, experienced mental health professional at Thriveworks Alexandria.

Schedule a Grief Counseling Appointment at Thriveworks Alexandria

The grief counselors at Thriveworks Alexandria are ready to help you find health and happiness again. If you think you might benefit from working with one of our specialists, reach out today. We want to make a meaningful difference in your life.

When you call us to schedule your session, a scheduling specialist will assist you. They’ll help you book a quick, flexible appointment, which includes evening and weekend appointments. Keep in mind that we work with many different insurances as well, to ensure we can help as many people as possible.

Ready to get started? Us too. Give Thriveworks Alexandria a call. 

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Alexandria therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS HMO

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS PPO

  • 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
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Talk therapy

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

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$1

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Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

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$1

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$1

Hear from our clients

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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

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Alexandria is located off Colvin St between Sweeley St and Roth St. We are located next door to the Alexandria Police Association and across the street from NACCAS (National Accrediting Commision of Career Arts and Sciences).

Phone number

(703) 936-6214

Languages spoken by VA providers

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Korean
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