"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, know suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern.  Beautiful people do not just happen.            ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


Grief, Trauma and Loss Counseling for Roseville, Granite Bay and the greater Sacramento area.

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Bereavement and Loss

 

The death of a loved one can be the most stressful event in a person's life.  A wide array of emotions can be experienced, such as sadness, anger, anxiety, guilt and despair.

 

What is the correct way to grieve and how long will the grieving last?

 

There is no "right way" or  "wrong way" to grieve.  Each person experiences grief in his or her own way and at their own rate.  It is important to have a good support system immediately after the loss and especially for the several months thereafter.

 

Are there other types of loss?

 

There are many types of loss.  Not only do we experience loss from the death of a loved one, but we also experience loss through divorce, job loss, physical impairment, life changes and transitions, the launching of our children and many other ways.  Some losses can be more traumatic than others.

 

What is the difference between loss and trauma?

 

Although experiencing a traumatic event oftentimes involves loss, trauma is usually defined as having experienced a highly stressful and frightening experience or event which causes intense distress and a perceived sense of harm to the self.

 

Trauma treatment

Many people who have been exposed to a catastrophic event such as a car accident, natural disaster, rape or war-related incident experience both traumatic and post-traumatic stress reactions.  Most are able to survive and cope well.  A small percentage of people, however, will develop PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

 

Treatment for PTSD

 

There are a number of treatment options for PTSD? Some of the treatment options may include Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, Exposure Therapy, medication, anxiety managment training strategies such as relaxation and stress reduction and the technique of EMDR.

 

Are you an EMDR practitioner?

 

Yes, I am a Level II trained EMDR practitioner.  To learn more about this treatment process please contact me and I will be happy to explain it to you.

 

 

You don't have to do this alone.

 

 Take the first step. Contact Andrea.