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Grief Counseling & Therapy NYC

What is Grief?

Grief is a natural part of life and the human experience. If you have ever lost someone you loved, a family member or a friend, you must have experienced a period of time when you felt sad, lethargic, and depressed. Maybe you had trouble sleeping, lost your appetite, and did not socialize or enjoyed some things you normally would. These are all very common signs of grief. Even though we normally associate grief with death, you can also experience grief as a result of losing a beloved pet, losing a job, getting seriously ill, or getting divorced.
Grief is a natural process that eventually passes if you allow yourself to go through it. Sometimes, if grief becomes prolonged, it can interfere with you life for years.

If you find yourself stuck after losing someone, if you experience depression, hopelessness, lack of focus, sadness, isolation, sleeplessness for an extended period of time, finding someone who can help you move on and find a way to live a fully functioning life can be crucial.

How Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Can Help with Grief

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) has been shown to effectively treat complicated grief. Warm, caring, professionals can offer CBT in a comfortable setting at New York Behavioral Health, which is conveniently located on Madison Avenue at 42nd Street. Our compassionate staff have been extensively trained in scientifically supported techniques to efficiently reduce your suffering and begin to get you living the life you want.

We know it is not easy to get started, but we can help to begin to reduce your suffering. For information about grief therapy, please email or call New York Behavioral Health, and a staff member will be there to answer your questions. Your privacy and comfort are a priority, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about grief and its treatment.

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Grief Description

Natural responses to significant loss in one’s life are known as grief.  These responses are a natural part of life and are a necessity in returning to a normal level of functioning.  Depression, loss of appetite, sleeping problems, are a few of the symptoms of grief, but grief is only considered a problem if it becomes prolonged.  There is no set timeframe for what is considered a normal grieving time, but if these problems last years, it is safe to say this is going beyond healthy grieving.  Losing a loved one, job, or marriage are a few of the situations which could elicit these symptoms.  How grief is viewed and the steps taken to overcome it vary from culture to culture.  If not treated properly, grief can be detrimental to a person’s functioning and in some cases leave them debilitated. Physical illness and hallucinations can occur in a person experiencing prolonged grief.  The best treatments are cognitive behavioral therapy and support groups.  By using these treatments a person can successfully move past the loss and learn to get on with a fully functioning life.