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3,067 people sought grief & loss counseling help in Maryland in the last year

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

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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 Bethesda, MD 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 Bethesda, MD 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?

The passing of a loved one can be, and often is, absolutely devastating. This loss can bring about difficult feelings: despair, emptiness, anger, hopelessness, confusion. It can cause one to question everything they know to be true. It can severely impact important areas of life, both personal and professional. And it can leave one wondering where to turn.

“Grief is like the ocean; it comes in waves, ebbing and flowing.

Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming.

All we can do is learn to swim.” –Vicki Harrison

If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, you can turn to a grief and loss therapist at Thriveworks Bethesda. They understand that losing a loved one is one of the most difficult challenges you can experience in your lifetime. And they have the expertise, experience, and training to help you work through it.

The professionals at Thriveworks Bethesda stand out from other mental health care providers. In addition to their skills and experience, they truly care about the wellbeing of their clients and they go above and beyond to help them live a better life. They can help you to process your loss, manage the harmful symptoms of grief, and learn to live a happy life again. Give us a call at (240) 513-3093 if you think you could benefit from grief therapy and are ready to schedule an appointment.

Am I Grieving? 5 Common Stages of Grief

There are five stages of grief, according to Psychologist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. The truth, however, is that the grief process can look different for every individual. They might enter every single one of these stages, or they might only enter several. That being said, the following are often experienced by those grieving the loss of a loved one:

  • Denial: When you’re in this stage, you refuse to believe that the individual is truly gone. You might feel confused, shocked, and scared.
  • Anger: In this stage, you are enraged by the loss. You might feel frustrated, irritated, or even anxious.
  • Bargaining: When in this stage, you focus on everything you “should have done.” You might think about the treatment the individual didn’t receive but should have.
  • Depression: In this stage, you are overwhelmed with despair as related to the loss of your loved one. You might feel hopeless, useless, or even hostile.
  • Acceptance: Here, you have accepted the loss and started to explore what your life looks like without the individual. This does not mean that you’ve forgotten about him or her.

Are you in one of the above stages right now? Do they sound familiar? If you have lost a loved one and you need help processing this loss as well as moving forward with your life, consider working with a grief and loss therapist at Thriveworks Bethesda.

What Are the Symptoms of Grief?

It might be easier for you to understand grief in terms of symptoms, rather than stages. Here are several common symptoms of grief:

  • Despair
  • Loneliness
  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • Anger
  • Hopelessness
  • Confusion
  • Numbness

These emotions can be expressed in different ways. You might withdraw from your loved ones as a result of your guilt or shame; another individual might cling to their loved ones. You might quit your job or stop showing up as a result of your despair or numbness; another individual might focus only on his work.

Whatever the case, a grief and loss therapist at Thriveworks Bethesda can help you to work through your symptoms and live a happy, healthy life again. It might feel impossible right now, but they can help you get there.

Schedule an Appointment for Grief Therapy at Thriveworks Bethesda

If you’ve recently lost a loved one, the grief therapists at Thriveworks Bethesda want to offer you their professional help and support. They will use their skills, knowledge, and experience to guide you through the grieving process.

When you are ready to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (240) 513-3093. One of our scheduling specialists will collect your information and then help you to set up a session with one of our grief therapists. You will have flexible options to choose from, including evening and weekend appointments. We look forward to hearing from you and, more importantly, helping you heal.

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 Bethesda therapists and counselors accept 22 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (MD) | BCBS

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (MD) Medicare Advantage

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Self-pay costs at Bethesda
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

5.0 Thriveworks Bethesda reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Carolina, is a caring and empathetic individual. I felt heard and understood since I walked in to see her. She is helping me grow as an individual l, and for that I am forever grateful.
Read more Carolina, is a caring and empathetic individual. I felt heard and understood since I walked in to see her. She is helping me grow as an individual l, and for that I am forever grateful.
Bethesda Mar 2020
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★★★★★
I am glad that I made the decision to work with Stacey Scott. She is an exceptional listener. Ms. Scott is committed to her clients. Stacey is intentional about ensuring her clients are successful and thrive. Stacey takes the the time to listen and helps with developing strategies that are effective. Stacey Scott is a professional. I am so glad I had an opportunity to talk with her and even happier that she listened.
Read more I am glad that I made the decision to work with Stacey Scott. She is an exceptional listener. Ms. Scott is committed to her clients. Stacey is intentional about ensuring her clients are successful and thrive. Stacey takes the the time to listen and helps with developing strategies that are effective. Stacey Scott is a professional. I am so glad I had an opportunity to talk with her and even happier that she listened.
Bethesda Oct 2019
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Bethesda is located at 4401 E W Hwy #504, Bethesda, MD 20814, near Bethesda Chevy Chase High School.

Phone number

(240) 647-5625

Languages spoken by MD providers

  • English
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