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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 Dover, DE 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 Dover, DE 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?

“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. The only cure for grief is to grieve.” -Earl Grollman

There is little that compares to the pain of losing a loved one. The emotions are so intense and mixed, it can feel like you’ll explode. Or maybe you don’t feel much of anything, just an icy numbness and the resignation that everything has changed.

Grief doesn’t have to be because of a death, although that is common. Any form of loss of someone you held close to you can be devastating. Thriveworks Dover is here for you during this time of pain, trauma, and loneliness. You don’t have to heal from this alone.

What is Grief and Loss Therapy?

Although painful, grieving is natural and healthy. It gets difficult when it spirals out of control. When it does, a Dover counselor can be of help. Many researchers believe there are 5 stages of grief, although they can vary slightly based on the unique person:

  1. Denial
  2. Anger
  3. Bargaining
  4. Depression
  5. Acceptance

These are less than flattering descriptions, we know. But Thriveworks Dover stresses that it is ok to be angry about a loss and slipping into a depressive phase does not make you weak. You lost someone who means a lot to you, and grieving can be a way to honor their memory while we shift into our new way of life.

Easier said than done. Many grieving people get “stuck” on that shift. They find they can’t move past one or more of the stages of grief and therefore never fully heal. It’s ok to have trouble moving on, and it’s ok to reach out for professional help to get to that place of health and love where you can remember your loved one with fondness and a gentle smile.

Thriveworks Dover does not want to make you forget your loved one, our focus is on getting you to a healthy mental and emotional state so we can properly honor and treasure their memory. Some strategies we will use together to get there include:

  • Art and music therapy
  • Exercise therapy
  • Adapting to a new role
  • Managing changes in behavior or schedule
  • Developing new relationships or rekindling old ones with friends and family
  • Cultivating a new way of life if necessary
  • Talk therapy

Of course, these are only a few of the options we can explore. Thriveworks Dover believes in a client-first practice, where you will be the focus and everything we do is engineered to your unique personality, goals, and experiences.

Do I Need Grief Therapy?

Losing someone will hurt regardless of who you lost, how you lost them, or if you get stuck in the grieving process. So, in a process where tumultuous and high emotions are normal, how do you know it’s time to seek professional help? It’s a hard question, that’s for sure. Know that there is never a problem that is too small or big for our Dover counselors. If you aren’t happy with your life, we want to provide the professional guidance that will help you get to where you do want to be. Here are some signs that you might need help:

  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Unrelentless depression
  • Inability to find joy in activities and people you previously did
  • A small or weak support system
  • Avoiding friends or family
  • Fear or apprehension over forming new relationships
  • Numbness of emotion
  • Finding more things to keep yourself busy and distracted
  • Sudden changes in behavior (like anger, sleep or eating patterns)
  • Inability to move on- if it’s been months and you still feel this way, it may be time to seek relief through professional counseling

It’s a scary and hard action to pick up the phone and call a counselor, and we thank you for your strength and courage to do so. When you are ready, Thriveworks Dover is here to walk beside you towards healing and health.

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 Dover therapists and counselors accept 22 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth Administrators

  • AmeriHealth New Jersey

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware | PPO HMO

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Dover
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

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I have had nothing but a great results seeing Emily! She has helped me walk through my problems and try different ways to work through them. She is a wonderful listener and person. I would highly reccomend Emily. I look forward to her help with my problems.
Read more I have had nothing but a great results seeing Emily! She has helped me walk through my problems and try different ways to work through them. She is a wonderful listener and person. I would highly reccomend Emily. I look forward to her help with my problems.
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I’ve been searching for the right fit. Had almost given up after 2 unsuccessful relationships with other counselors in the last year. Thriveworks makes scheduling easy, takes my insurance (Aetna), and offers quality, invested care. For the first time, I look forward to counseling sessions and feel so much better after! Hend Salah is helping me see things differently and get my life back on track.
Read more I’ve been searching for the right fit. Had almost given up after 2 unsuccessful relationships with other counselors in the last year. Thriveworks makes scheduling easy, takes my insurance (Aetna), and offers quality, invested care. For the first time, I look forward to counseling sessions and feel so much better after! Hend Salah is helping me see things differently and get my life back on track.
Dover Feb 2020
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Thriveworks is a very significant business for many families around the world the new location is beautiful and the staff is extremely professional and very helpful..A plus grade all day
Read more Thriveworks is a very significant business for many families around the world the new location is beautiful and the staff is extremely professional and very helpful..A plus grade all day
Dover Aug 2019
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Very Professional Staff!...Very Clean offices...and I appreciate the coffee.
Dover Aug 2019
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I am very pleased with Thrive Counseling. The staff there are super helpful and make for a pleasant experience.
Read more I am very pleased with Thrive Counseling. The staff there are super helpful and make for a pleasant experience.
Dover Aug 2019
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Thriveworks is amazing. The owners are such caring and amazing people, always going out of their way to help. The online portal is the best . I highly recommend Thriveworks
Read more Thriveworks is amazing. The owners are such caring and amazing people, always going out of their way to help. The online portal is the best . I highly recommend Thriveworks
Dover May 2019
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I love Thriveworks and was so excited to see this new location in Dover. When I called the number to get info I spoke directly to the owner and she was so sweet and helpful. So much so I felt I needed to leave a review. Cant wait until they open.
Read more I love Thriveworks and was so excited to see this new location in Dover. When I called the number to get info I spoke directly to the owner and she was so sweet and helpful. So much so I felt I needed to leave a review. Cant wait until they open.
Dover May 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Dover is located at 1326 S Governors Ave Suite A, Dover, DE 19904, at the intersection of Fiddlers Green.

Phone number

(302) 365-8761

Languages spoken by DE providers

  • English
  • French
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