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23,045 people sought grief counseling help in Virginia in the last year

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

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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?

Losing a family member or beloved friend is often an excruciating experience. It forces the individual to confront difficult emotions—like sadness and fear—to let go of the loved one lost, and learn to live a relatively new life without them. Other losses can be painful and hard to accept too, like the death of a pet or the loss of a job. In these instances, you must let go and adapt to a new life, too.

“People in grief need someone to walk with them without judging them.” –Gail Sheehy

Fortunately, there are medical professionals who specialize in helping people through painful losses. Grief counselors help their clients to process their loss, deal with any trauma related to the loss, work through the buildup of emotions, and move on with their lives. Additionally, they allow their clients to talk openly about their loss without judgment or interruption. If you are going through a tough time after losing a loved one, a pet, or a job, consider working with a grief counselor at Thriveworks McLean. We can connect you with a grief counselor who will help you through the grief process. Give us a call at (571) 589-4042 if or when you are ready to schedule your appointment.

What Can I Get Out of Grief Counseling?

If you’re struggling after the loss of a loved one (as many of us do), you owe it to yourself to do everything in your power to heal. Consider working with a grief counselor and recognize just how beneficial it can be. Millions of people have found healing in grief counseling sessions. But in order to experience these benefits, you must take that first step and reach out for help.

While grief counseling won’t rid you of the difficult feelings you are experiencing, it can help you to better process your emotions and work through the stages of grief, of which the grief counselors at Thriveworks McLean know all about. Here are a few specific goals a grief counselor can help you achieve:

  1. Accepting the loss: Sometimes, we aren’t able to accept the reality of a difficult loss, or we refuse to. A grief counselor can help you to come to terms with your loss, as well as understand how it might affect your life moving forward.
  2. Dealing with trauma: Losing a loved one can be a traumatic experience, and therefore have a serious psychological impact on an individual. A grief counselor can help you to identify any trauma caused by your loss, such as witnessing their death. Then, describing this experience and discussing it with your grief counselor can help you move forward.
  3. Talking openly about your loss: It can be hard to talk to our friends and family about the death of a loved one or the loss of a beloved job. A grief counselor can provide that nonjudgmental, safe space for you to talk freely about your loss. Doing so can relieve you up any pent-up tension or emotions that you were harboring.

These are just a few goals that you can accomplish through work in grief counseling. To experience these benefits for yourself, reach out to Thriveworks McLean. We have grief counselors on staff who are ready and eager to help you accept the reality of your loss, deal with trauma, talk openly about your loss, and more.

Schedule a Session with a Grief Counselor at Thriveworks McLean

As you can see, grief counseling can offer many benefits and help you accomplish different goals during your grief process. Grief is often one of the hardest parts of life, and therefore, it often requires a little extra help and support. The grief counselors at Thriveworks McLean can help you to come to terms with your devastating loss, work through all of the emotions that are knocking on your door, and learn to live happily again.

Grief counseling can help anyone going through a painful loss. That said, some people seriously need the extra assistance and support. If you are working through grief and loss, consider working with a grief counselor at Thriveworks McLean. You don’t have to go through this alone. We can help you through it. Just give us a call at (571) 589-4042 to schedule your grief counseling appointment.

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 McLean therapists and counselors accept 26 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

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Self-pay costs at McLean
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

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My therapist is great. They aren't pushy and just ask questions that get me thinking. I feel like I am getting a little guidance to help me find my own path rather than being lead in a predetermined direction.
Read more My therapist is great. They aren't pushy and just ask questions that get me thinking. I feel like I am getting a little guidance to help me find my own path rather than being lead in a predetermined direction.
Benjamin Jan 2024
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★★★★★
Anna is incredibly respectful, professional, and compassionate. She has a strong dedication to operational and clinical excellence. Anna has proven successful outcomes for clients that she has treated. Anna is extremely knowledgeable with numerous clinics interventions and modalities. Her drive to help others is unmatched, and I believe she would make an excellent addition to the thrive works community.
Read more Anna is incredibly respectful, professional, and compassionate. She has a strong dedication to operational and clinical excellence. Anna has proven successful outcomes for clients that she has treated. Anna is extremely knowledgeable with numerous clinics interventions and modalities. Her drive to help others is unmatched, and I believe she would make an excellent addition to the thrive works community.
McLean Jan 2020
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★★★★★
Anna is wonderful! She brings her kindness, humor and tons of experience to her counseling relationships, and yet in her kind way she also knows when to call it how she sees it in a way that does not make you feel judged and makes you feel understood. Highly recommend.
Read more Anna is wonderful! She brings her kindness, humor and tons of experience to her counseling relationships, and yet in her kind way she also knows when to call it how she sees it in a way that does not make you feel judged and makes you feel understood. Highly recommend.
McLean Jan 2020
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★★★★★
As a colleague, I cannot recommend Anna enough to anyone looking for a therapist. I have worked with Anna for years and trust her completely. Anna is warm, welcoming, and professional. She also has a multitude of experience working with diverse populations and is eclectic in her approach, getting to know her clients and utilizing tools and skills that she know will work best for their situation.
Read more As a colleague, I cannot recommend Anna enough to anyone looking for a therapist. I have worked with Anna for years and trust her completely. Anna is warm, welcoming, and professional. She also has a multitude of experience working with diverse populations and is eclectic in her approach, getting to know her clients and utilizing tools and skills that she know will work best for their situation.
McLean Jan 2020
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Are you looking for an excellent therapist? I cannot recommend Anna Sihon enough. She's open, patient, non-judgemental, has a great sense of humor, and is extremely culturally competent (especially with the Latinx community).
Read more Are you looking for an excellent therapist? I cannot recommend Anna Sihon enough. She's open, patient, non-judgemental, has a great sense of humor, and is extremely culturally competent (especially with the Latinx community).
McLean Dec 2019
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I have worked with Dr. Jonies Thomas over the years in a professional capacity, and have only good things about her. She has an engaging and patient interpersonal style that resonated with our patients. She brings a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to any interaction, and it is clear that she is passionate about what she does.
Read more I have worked with Dr. Jonies Thomas over the years in a professional capacity, and have only good things about her. She has an engaging and patient interpersonal style that resonated with our patients. She brings a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to any interaction, and it is clear that she is passionate about what she does.
McLean Jul 2019
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry McLean is located off of Dolley Madison Blvd., at the intersection of Old Chain Bridge Rd and Fleetwood Rd., in Building A. We share a building with two real estate agents from Long and Foster Real Estate.

Phone number

(571) 200-5518

Languages spoken by VA providers

  • English
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