Have you experienced a loss, such as the death of a loved one? Are you stricken with sadness or overwhelmed by heartache? Do you feel stuck, alone, or lost in a world without them?
You don’t have to do this alone.
I’m Laureen DiMattia, and I provide therapy for grief for people from all over Washington DC. I founded Seasons of Strength because no one should have to be alone in loss; no one should have to struggle in silence. You deserve support during this difficult time, and I want to be there for you.
If you are interested and ready to sign up, contact me today. To learn more about grief and how therapy can help, read on!
Do I need therapy for grief?
Grief is a healthy emotional reaction to loss, and everyone experiences grief in their own way.
We often feel grief when we lose a loved one or a pet. We feel sad, lonely, and hurt because of the love we had for them. In some cases, grief can happen with the loss of one’s identity – loss of a job, loss of good health, loss of parenthood or marriage, etc. We grieve over the life we imagined for ourselves, the future we planned out, or the life we once enjoyed. Sometimes, we don’t feel anything after the shock of the loss, only to have grief emerge later on. Sometimes, grief lasts a few days or weeks. Sometimes it hurts for months or even years.
Often, we are able to move forward from experiences of grief over time. But sometimes, grief gets in the way of living a happy, healthy life – also called unhealthy grief. Some common signs of unhealthy grief can include:
Difficulties such as these are particularly common when the loss was also traumatic in nature (to learn more, check out my page on therapy for trauma). In those cases, EMDR can be an incredibly helpful and healing therapy option for people with traumatic grief. Follow this link to learn more about my EMDR services.
If you or a loved one are struggling with unhealthy grief, seek professional help. Contact me today to get started.
How can therapy for grief help?
Therapy for grief isn’t about forgetting or “moving on.” It’s about healing from the hurt, finding peace, and moving forward with a life that matters. Therapy does this in three main ways:
First, therapy provides a safe, confidential space to feel seen and heard as you work through the pain of the loss. It’s common to experience mixed and confusing feelings related to grief, such as anger, resentment, guilt, or relief. You get a chance to feel validated without fear of shame or judgment.
Second, therapy offers a source of emotional support and care. You can rely on someone who gets what you are going through and supports you along the way, whether you are expecting or anticipating a loss, facing new grief, or continuing to grieve loss from the past. Your therapist acts as your guide on the grief journey, and you get to take things at your pace.
And third, therapy offers a chance to learn healthy coping and grieving strategies. Grief often makes us forget to take care of ourselves, especially when we need to take care of others. As a therapist, my job is to help you be your own support, take care of your mind and body, and begin living again. You get to learn new, personally tailored coping strategies for dealing with the pain of loss in a healthy manner.
As you progress on your grief journey, you can begin to feel better and live well again – you deserve nothing less.
What does therapy look like with Laureen DiMattia?
You don’t have to do this alone.
As a grief specialist, I have helped so many people just like you recover from loss – and I would love to work with you.
Each session is completely confidential and tailored to your needs. My approach to therapy is compassionate, caring, and evidence-based with the intent of providing you with an optimal therapy experience. I draw from a range of therapeutic modalities, such as psychodynamic, CBT, and DBT to help you make progress on your healing journey.
My therapy for grief and loss can help you:
- Use healthy coping strategies
- Feel seen, heard, and supported
- Reconnect with yourself and others
- Manage difficult, painful emotions
- Develop a new relationship with lost loved ones
I call my practice Seasons of Strength for a reason.
All of us experience hardship. All of us go through times where we feel helpless, defeated, and broken. All of us live through ups and downs, through misery and joy. I believe that, no matter what life has thrown your way, you have the power to make things better. You can find your source of strength, freedom, and control.
Together, we can make that happen.
Find Your Season of Strength
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