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Should I Hand My Crying Client a Tissue?

Reading Between the Tears, Permission-Giving, and More

Psychotherapy Networker

When clients cry in therapy, should you pass the tissues? And what do you say? One clinician worries his clients might interpret passing tissues as him rushing them through whatever they're feeling. To tissue, or not to tissue? Five therapists share how they usually respond.

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How Therapists Can Support Parents and Children Impacted by Mass Shootings

Dafna Lender

When senseless tragedy turns a child's world upside down, parents are looking for mental health support for the whole family.

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A Script for Male Dementia Caregivers

Helping a Husband Be More Than a 'Pillar of Strength'

Barry Jacobs

Many spousal dementia caregivers struggle emotionally watching their life partners slowly decline. But I also knew that male caregivers, especially spouses, tend to be stoical, avoiding expressions of negative feelings, and often declining other’s help.

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Wartime Trauma Treatment

Reflections from a Therapist Treating Ukrainian Survivors

Elaine Miller-Karas

A therapist specializing in trauma treatment in the wake of human-made and natural disasters shares what she's seeing in her work with survivors of the war in Ukraine.

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Is There Meaning in Loss? (Part 2)

Four More Therapists Weigh In

Psychotherapy Networker

Our last Clinician’s Quandary on helping clients—and ourselves—navigate grief work received an overwhelming number of responses. So many, in fact, that we’ve decided to make it a two-parter. Here are four more of our top responses.

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COVID Trauma

The Invisible Pandemic

Judith Markey

What can we do in the face of our current crisis? There are no clear answers or easy fixes. As providers, we must endeavor to do what we teach our patients: in an out-of-control situation that we cannot change, we can only control how we respond to our own fear and trauma, and, for us therapists, that also means the secondary trauma we experience as a result of our work.

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Is There Meaning in Loss?

Helping Our Clients and Ourselves Navigate Grief Work

Psychotherapy Networker

Many grief specialists talk about helping clients finding meaning after loss. But often, loss feels meaningless. One therapist working with grieving clients isn't sure how to help them conceptualize loss or work through it. Here, five therapists offer advice, explaining how they do grief work—with themselves and their clients.

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The Grieving Therapist

Take a Break, or Keep Going?

Psychotherapy Networker

What practical guidance can you offer a therapist whose personal grief is so deep that she's finding it hard to stay present for clients? Six clinicians weigh in.

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Grief Anniversaries

Acknowledging Loss a Year Later

Margaret Wehrenberg

It’s critical for clinicians to recognize anniversary reactions. When clients describe their experiences as depression, we naturally think of solutions like prescribing medication, talking about relationships, or finding ways to raise energy and reframe negative thoughts. But those methods to lift mood won’t be productive when the suffering is mourning. Grief requires a different process than depression: reflecting on the loss, which is real and should be honored as significant.

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The Year of Canceled Plans

Coping with Loss as Disappointment

Margaret Wehrenberg

As all of us in the United States move into the coming months, a full year into COVID life, our personal losses will come into focus. If we don’t process them, they’ll be magnified. As therapists, we can be on the lookout for symptoms of anniversary reactions in our clients, and with our help, our clients can both recognize what they’ve lost and what they can still share with their friends and family.

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