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1,994 people sought grief & loss counseling help at Charlotte in the last year

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Stress, Anxiety, Grief / Loss, Depression

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Stress, Anxiety, Grief / Loss, Depression, Trauma / PTSD

As a woman of color, I am familiar with identity, cultural diversity, inclusion/exclusion, and integration issues.

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Military / Veteran, LGBTQIA+, Anger, Men’s Issues, Women’s Issues, +7 more

I know how hard it can be to reach out and ask for help. My goal is to walk with you on your journey to create the life you want for yourself.

Robin Stitt

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What is your go-to approach for grief & loss counseling?

My go-to approach for helping people with their grief and loss is grief counseling. I find the best benefit in grief counseling because it is successful in helping individuals manage pain and process memories that they shared with the deceased.

What tools do you teach in grief & loss counseling?

I teach the following tools in grief and loss counseling:

  • Journaling: Writing letters to express unspoken feelings/emotions for closure
  • Role-playing: Reenacting hard emotional moments in order to understand (guilt, shame, resentment, anger, and other emotions)
  • “The Thankfulness Box”: Making notes of what they're thankful for in their relationship with the deceased and going back later to read their thoughts

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in grief & loss counseling?

I know a client is making meaningful progress in grief and loss counseling when they express or show value in having the relationship with the deceased by ridding themselves of the shame and guilt of what was lost.

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement grief & loss counseling?

Clients can supplement their time in grief and loss counseling with self-care activities and spending time with other family and friends.

What should someone do to prepare for starting grief & loss counseling?

To prepare for their first grief and loss counseling session, an individual can admit they have feelings about the death, whether they've accepted it or not, and be ready to discuss how they've felt since the loss.

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 Charlotte, NC 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 Charlotte, NC 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 beloved friend, relative, or pet passes away, it can feel like our whole world has been shaken. Often, we’re overwhelmed with difficult feelings like sadness, anger, guilt, regret, and confusion—a whole stew of feelings that we don’t know what to do with.

“Grief is not a disorder, a disease, or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical, and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love.” –Early Grollman

The grief counselors at Thriveworks Charlotte can help you address, understand, and accept these feelings. These professionals are equipped with everything they need to assist you during this difficult time: they have the experience, the training, and the dedicated care to truly help you heal. If you’re interested in grief and loss help, consider working with one of our counselors, or keep reading to learn more.

What Does Grief Look Like? Am I Grieving?

The truth is that we all grieve differently. In fact, the grieving process often depends on the nature of our loss, our current emotional state and wellbeing, as well as whether we have a reliable support system. All that said, there are five universal stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. If you’re suffering from a tough loss, you might experience any number of these stages:

  1. Denial/Seclusion

Nobody wants to hear that a relative or friend has passed. Instead of accepting this difficult truth, we often reject it—in hopes of avoiding those devastating feelings that often come with loss.

  1. Anger

Many of us also react with anger or other intense emotions: How could you leave me like this? Why are you doing this to me? This might be because it’s easier to lash out in anger than it is to feel the pain.

  1. Bargaining

Another emotion many of us feel after a devastating loss is guilt. We start to wonder how we could have prevented it from happening. Or what we should have done or said before it was too late.

  1. Depression

Eventually, all of those painful feelings come flooding in. And they often overshadow everything else going on in our life. It’s important that we lean on our loved ones for support during this time.

  1. Acceptance

And finally, we accept the loss and find the peace that we need to move forward. Once we reach this point in the grieving process, we don’t typically backtrack and reenter any of the other stages.

Do any of these stages sound or feel familiar? Are you grappling with a loss and you’re struggling to address all of those difficult emotions? Don’t worry—a counselor at Thriveworks Charlotte can offer you some direction during this hard time.

How Can a Grief Counselor Help? 

Grief counseling can help you work through all of the feelings related to grief and loss. Furthermore, this important process can ensure that you are dealing with the loss properly. Generally speaking, the main goals of grief counseling include:

Acknowledgment: First, a grief counselor can help you acknowledge, understand, and then reflect on the loss you’ve experienced. This is an important step toward healing and moving forward from the pain, and might include sorting through the following feelings:

  • Sadness
  • Anger
  • Guilt
  • Regret
  • Helplessness
  • Confusion
  • Abandon

 

Acceptance: Also, your grief counselor will assist you in accepting all that comes with this loss. As mentioned above, when you reach the point of acceptance, you have bright future ahead. However, it can take some time and some work to get here, as grief and loss are often grueling.

All of that said, grief counseling can look different for everybody, considering we all grieve differently. Where you start and what techniques your counselor uses are all depending on your state of being when you enter counseling. Your provider wants to make sure you’re getting effective care, and so they’ll assess you and then tailor your therapy experience to best help you.

Start Grief Counseling at Thriveworks Charlotte Today

If you are struggling to cope with a devastating loss, consider working with a counselor at Thriveworks Charlotte. You don’t have to go it alone—in fact, you shouldn’t. It’s important you lean on others for support during this difficult time, and a skilled, caring provider can prove to be the perfect person for the job. They will help you to address the anger, guilt, and/or sadness you may be feeling. And they will assist you in accepting the loss so that you can move forward and live a happy, healthy life again. To schedule an appointment with one of our providers, just call (704) 969-2597. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you heal.

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 Charlotte therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Caresource

  • Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

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Self-pay costs at Charlotte
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

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

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$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

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5.0 Thriveworks Charlotte reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Dr. Patricia will be an awesome addition to the Thriveworks team. I have worked alongside Dr. Patricia is several different settings and in all of them she represents the agency with a professional posture. Her strength comes from the value, integrity and dignity with which she gives to her work - Congratulations to Thriveworks!
Read more Dr. Patricia will be an awesome addition to the Thriveworks team. I have worked alongside Dr. Patricia is several different settings and in all of them she represents the agency with a professional posture. Her strength comes from the value, integrity and dignity with which she gives to her work - Congratulations to Thriveworks!
Charlotte Sep 2022
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★★★★★
It is obvious from working with Dr. Patricia Krikorian that counseling is not a career for her as much as it is a calling. She is compassionate, professional, non-judgmental, and supportive. Her ability to get to the root of the problem and provide helpful and personal counseling solutions is a testament to her years of counseling experience. I highly recommend Dr. Krikorian!! She is passionate about helping others!
Read more It is obvious from working with Dr. Patricia Krikorian that counseling is not a career for her as much as it is a calling. She is compassionate, professional, non-judgmental, and supportive. Her ability to get to the root of the problem and provide helpful and personal counseling solutions is a testament to her years of counseling experience. I highly recommend Dr. Krikorian!! She is passionate about helping others!
Charlotte Sep 2022
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★★★★★
I have known Dr. Patricia (Dr. Pat) for over 8 years and she has over 25+ years of experience in dealing with youth and adults in various clinical settings. Dr. Patrica is culturally and professionally competent in Counseling, Therapy, Addictions, Teaching, and Clinical Social Work as well as knowing how to deliver services to all ethnicities. Dr. Patricia uses various Therapy modalities such as Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, Family, Group, Individual, behavioral, Marriage and family therapy, and DBT, where she incorporates mindfulness, self-awareness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal communication into one's treatment plan. Dr. Patricia is the BEST!!!!
Read more I have known Dr. Patricia (Dr. Pat) for over 8 years and she has over 25+ years of experience in dealing with youth and adults in various clinical settings. Dr. Patrica is culturally and professionally competent in Counseling, Therapy, Addictions, Teaching, and Clinical Social Work as well as knowing how to deliver services to all ethnicities. Dr. Patricia uses various Therapy modalities such as Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, Family, Group, Individual, behavioral, Marriage and family therapy, and DBT, where she incorporates mindfulness, self-awareness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal communication into one's treatment plan. Dr. Patricia is the BEST!!!!
Charlotte Aug 2022
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★★★★★
Dr. Krikorian is a great and wonderful person that I've been blessed to have known her for over 3 years. In that short amount of time, she has been honest, kind, sharing, and compassionate about others. She is a great addition!
Read more Dr. Krikorian is a great and wonderful person that I've been blessed to have known her for over 3 years. In that short amount of time, she has been honest, kind, sharing, and compassionate about others. She is a great addition!
Charlotte Aug 2022
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★★★★★
Professionalism in a way that is teachable. Dr. Patricia Krikorian can teach or assist through any situation for both Singles and Families. She is kind and compassionate about others.
Read more Professionalism in a way that is teachable. Dr. Patricia Krikorian can teach or assist through any situation for both Singles and Families. She is kind and compassionate about others.
Charlotte Aug 2022
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★★★★★
You've got a winner in Dr. Patricia Krikorian. I have known her for years as my internship director, supervisor and ultimately mentor. She has guided me all the way and continues to do so with care and compassion. She is an expert in the mental health field and operates in excellence. She thoroughly enjoys what she does and results is her goal.
Read more You've got a winner in Dr. Patricia Krikorian. I have known her for years as my internship director, supervisor and ultimately mentor. She has guided me all the way and continues to do so with care and compassion. She is an expert in the mental health field and operates in excellence. She thoroughly enjoys what she does and results is her goal.
Charlotte Aug 2022
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★★★★★
I just wanted to say that Dr. Patricia Krikorian is a gem! She was my college professor and taught my Counseling class. She required us to be students of excellence because she is a woman of excellence. She passionately cares about helping anyone who needs guidance on how to navigate through life difficulties. She has many years of experience in her craft and takes pride in helping many throughout her career. She is by no means a novice and is well-respected by me and others.
Read more I just wanted to say that Dr. Patricia Krikorian is a gem! She was my college professor and taught my Counseling class. She required us to be students of excellence because she is a woman of excellence. She passionately cares about helping anyone who needs guidance on how to navigate through life difficulties. She has many years of experience in her craft and takes pride in helping many throughout her career. She is by no means a novice and is well-respected by me and others.
Charlotte Aug 2022
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★★★★★
Congratulations to Thriveworks for adding Dr. Patricia Krikorian to their TEAM! I have known Patricia for many years in various clinical settings and not only does she have the education and expertise to support clients, but the style and grace to put them at ease. She will make a great addition to the Thriveworks family!
Read more Congratulations to Thriveworks for adding Dr. Patricia Krikorian to their TEAM! I have known Patricia for many years in various clinical settings and not only does she have the education and expertise to support clients, but the style and grace to put them at ease. She will make a great addition to the Thriveworks family!
Charlotte Aug 2022
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Charlotte is located in the Belle Grove Business Center off of Springbank Ln, near the intersection of Providence Rd. and Pineville-Matthews Rd. We’re surrounded by several other health facilities, including Family Spine Center, Kleinheinz Dentistry, Signature Wellness, Vascular Solutions, and Clark Pediatric Dentistry.

Phone number

(704) 325-5881

Languages spoken by NC providers

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