Grief Plan

Grief Plan

5 Sessions

Grief, whether it’s loss of a loved one, a pregnancy, or another kind, can come in waves - strong and sudden or slow and persistent. Cognitive behavior therapy meets you where you are to help you move through the moment and reconnect to your daily life.

The Grief Plan incorporates cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), psychoeducation and coping techniques. Our therapists use behavioral activation and self-care approaches in a sequential flow of evidence-based therapy designed for anyone—regardless of whether grief is fresh or long-lived. Learn how to discuss loss, reconnect with your social network, and live with intense emotions so you can re-engage with daily life and loved ones.

What is a grief (or prolonged grief) disorder?

Grief is a natural human reaction to the loss of a loved one. After a loved one dies, many people struggle with shock, emotional numbness, disbelief and difficulty re-engaging with the world around them. When someone suffers from prolonged grief disorder—and the intensity and duration of their feelings of loss do not lessen over time—loneliness and meaninglessness can be especially acute. Cognitive behavior therapy provides tactics and coping strategies to help you process loss and re-engage with daily life.

Why you might choose this plan
  • Disbelief or difficulty accepting that your loved one is gone
  • Persistent sadness or depression
  • Avoidance of emotions or reminders about death and loss
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty reintegrating into relationships and activities
  • Feelings of loneliness or meaninglessness
  • Intense emotional pain or numbness
What to expect

With this plan, you can learn to normalize the strong emotions around grief and loss. Your therapist will teach you how to monitor your thoughts and ruminations and how to work with them. You’ll learn how to integrate self-care strategies more actively in your daily life. And you’ll learn how to manage thoughts and memories related to trauma and begin to build behaviors to support your resilience as you make your way back to “normal” life.

In-person, telehealth or both

Your Therapy Lab therapist can deliver the Grief Plan through in-person visits, by telehealth or through a combination of the two.

How long does therapy take?

Depending on your personal situation and preferences, you will complete the plan in five sessions spaced over five to eight weeks. For Prolonged Grief Disorder, sixteen sessions may be recommended. Each session lasts 45 to 50 minutes.

About Therapy Lab therapists

Therapy Lab therapists are deeply trained in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based treatment modalities.

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