Dealing with trauma or the loss of a loved one is about adaptation. Narmin Aliji, MD, with 360 Psychiatry in Santa Monica, California, works with patients to increase their resilience, adapting to new feelings and life-changing situations. Book an appointment online or by phone to start grief and trauma counseling as soon as possible.
Grief counseling is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on the feelings that come with loss. For most people, this means the loss of a loved one, but any major upset in your life can stimulate those same feelings of abandonment. For example, it might be the loss of a job, a divorce, or the loss of custody of a child that triggers grief.
Grief counseling with Dr. Aliji may teach you to look for healthy ways to resolve these feelings of loss and adapt to the new life scenario. It's a way to process those feelings and move on from them.
Trauma brings with it a diverse set of emotions — emotions that can be very similar to grief. The goal of trauma therapy is to learn to integrate who you were before the trauma with the person you became after the traumatic event. This unique form of psychotherapy supports you as you process through a complex group of feelings without becoming immobilized by them.
Grief and trauma counseling are sometimes grouped together. Grief counseling focuses on loss while trauma counseling is less specific, since many things can represent a trauma. People may not respond to these events in the same way. Symptoms of trauma may occur as a result of losing someone important, but it could also be from military service, a crime against a person, or perhaps an illness.
These two multi-faceted responses are complex and usually quite natural. It’s normal to feel a sense of loss when you lose something in life, whether it’s a person or something else you care about enough to mourn. It’s also very normal to experience some emotional shock after both trauma and loss. This is one reason these two forms of counseling can be similar.