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Grief Counseling in Philadelphia, PA

Grief is a natural part of the human experience, healthy even. But sometimes, it can be hard to let go of the grief. Philadelphia grief counseling can help you move through the bereavement process.

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Signs You May Need Grief Counseling

Lifebulb’s grief counseling in Philadelphia, PA helps you rebuild your life after a loss and move through the stages of grief in a way that honors and memorializes your loved ones. Grieving doesn’t mean forgetting. Our grief and loss counselors are in the Philadelphia area and can offer in-person or online grief counseling sessions, so you can start healing from wherever you’re at.

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Why Do We Grieve?

Grief is powerful, and can change your life in alarming ways. As painful as grieving can be, it is still an important, healthy function. The goal of grief therapy isn’t just to decrease your symptoms, but to help your grief come to a natural end. What you’re feeling makes sense. During grief, your brain is trying to:
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The brain wraps its sense of self around another person. When we say “sibling”, “friend”, or “parent”, we’re implying two people. So if it feels like you lost a part of yourself, it’s because your brain is actively trying to figure out how to exist without that person.

Grief is a learning process. Your brain is relearning how it can interact with the world now that your person isn’t in it. Like all learning processes, this takes time.

Grief amps up the emotional intensity to things. If you’ve ever experienced a normal life event and found yourself having a disproportionate emotional reaction, that’s grief trying to cope with your new reality.

Grief takes up your entire brain. Neuroimages (pictures of our brain’s activity) show that multiple parts of the brain are involved in the grieving process. So everything from memory to empathy to regulating our heart rate is impacted by grief.

The Five Stages of Grief

Most grief passes through five basic stages. Some people, however, get stuck in one of these stages of grief and are unable to let go of their loss, a mental health issue called complicated grief. The five stages of grief are:

  • Shock and Denial—The truth begins to sink in. You might feel numb, confused, or disoriented.
  • Anger—You realize how unfair the situation is. Anger could be directed at yourself, your loved ones, your loss, or any number of people.
  • Depression—When the anger fades and you’re left with the empty understanding that something is lost that you will never get back.
  • Bargaining—You might start reaching out to loved ones, telling your story, and fight to find a meaning in what happened.
  • Acceptance—The return to normal, balanced functioning. You start a new, adjusted life

When Should I Reach Out to Grief Counseling Services?

If grieving is normal, when do you know you’ve hit complicated grief and should reach out? The expert grief counselors in Philadelphia recommend reaching out to an in-person or online grief counseling session if you are experiencing:

  • Feeling numb or cut off from life
  • Being unable to focus on little else other than your loss
  • Intense yearning for what life was like before
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Depressed mood
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Isolation and social withdrawal
  • Suicidal thoughts or ideations

What Does Grief Counseling Look Like?

Grieving is a deeply personal process where everyone copes at their own speed and in their own way. Modern models of grief even say it's not a straightforward, one-way street, but rather a complex, fluid journey. In Philadelphia, our grief counselors believe in customizing each therapy session to your unique needs. They often use these methods:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

In grief counseling with CBT in Philadelphia, a grief counselor will help you recognize persistent negative thoughts and decide if they have value. If not, they will teach you ways to dismantle that thinking pattern. This technique proves especially beneficial for those struggling with complicated grief and individuals who feel trapped in their mourning journey.

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Interpersonal Relationship Therapy

Grief can pull you away from your loved ones and isolate yourself. But being around a support group is one of the most powerful ways to heal from complicated grief. Interpersonal relationship therapy for grief counseling helps you strengthen your relationships and lean on them for support.

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Grief Support Group in Philadelphia

Grief is a universal experience, and it can help to talk to others who understand. Lifebulb’s grief support groups in Philadelphia are for anyone who is grieving. You don’t need to be receiving individual grief counseling sessions to attend. Give us a call for more information and join a grief support group in Philadelphia today.

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Grief counseling for kids

Children aren't immune to grief, although they do process it differently. Helping your child grieve healthily is important to their development, and grief therapy for kids in Philadelphia can support you. Grief therapy for kids uses techniques like art therapy and play therapy that connect with your child on their level.

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What Does the First Online Therapy Session Look Like?

Your first therapy session might seem a bit nerve-wracking, but at Lifebulb, our skilled grief and loss counselors are here to guide you. The initial meeting aims to build trust with your therapist in Philadelphia. You'll chat about your background, why you're seeking therapy, and your goals. It's absolutely fine if you don't have all the answers – that's what therapy is all about! If you have any worries or need help getting ready for your first session, our team is always here to lend a hand.
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Meet our Team of Licensed Grief and Loss Therapists

Our team of licensed grief and loss counselors provide expert grief counseling to the Philadelphia area. We offer affordable, expert counseling so you can always reach the help you need. Find your grief counselor and start healing today.

Tips for Healthy Grieving

Grief is all-encompassing, and our grief counselors in Philadelphia want to make sure you have the tools to stay afloat in the currents of grief or complicated grief. While therapy is always a helpful and useful tool, it’s important to practice good coping mechanisms as well. If you are grieving, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Talk about it—It can be easy to shut everything away and deal with it quietly. But talking about it can help you process what happened and what life is now.
  • Let yourself feel—Remember that the five stages of grief are healthy and normal. You experienced a great loss and will have strong emotions; try not to stop these emotions and allow yourself to feel everything you need to.
  • Take care of your physical well being—When you’re lost in the haze of grief it can be easy to forget to take care of your physical health. As much as you can, keep eating, sleeping, and exercising. Grief is as much a physical process as a mental one, and your body will thank you.
  • Integrate yourself into a community—The urge to withdraw and self isolate is strong when you’re grieving. Try to be present in a community even if you can’t always actively participate.
  • When you’re ready, find the little joys—Don’t push this right away (allow yourself the space to fully grieve), but take small steps towards noticing the small joys in life. Maybe even celebrate the life of your loved one.
  • Utilize grief counseling in Philadelphia—You don’t have to grieve alone. The grief counselors in Philadelphia are trained in grief and loss, and can help you find acceptance and healing today.
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Insurance We Accept

Our commitment is to ensure that therapy is within reach for all Philadelphia residents. We gladly accept most major commercial insurance plans, and if yours isn't listed, we'd be happy to verify your benefits for potential coverage. If that's not possible, we offer a cost-effective self-payment alternative.

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I recommend Lifebulb Counseling & Therepy to anyone and everyone. This is a great place to get help and improve your life!

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Easy to use website to find exactly the counselor I’m looking for. Plenty of available appointments and they take most insurance! Therapy and counseling are so important, and finding quality care easily has been such a relief!

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I highly recommend Lifebulb. This resource helps connect people to professional counselors which is so helpful especially in days like these. Its so incredibly important to have a good counselor to talk with. A good counselor will connect with you and talk you through lifes problems and situations as they arise. A good counselor will also help you process and understand things from a healthy perspective. Its so helpful to have a professional insight and not just biased personal opinions like what family and friends sometimes offer. Its so important to process our thoughts in a healthy way, talking things out and putting all the peices together so we can have a clear picture, a goal and more targeted communication which helps all our relationships. Wishing all reading this review you find someone you can connect with and learn from and grow into your best you.

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Life can be so very hard, but you don’t have to do it alone. The people at Lifebulb genuinely care. It helps to know you will always have someone at Lifebulb who will come alongside you and walk with you in support and encouragement. Needing help is human and when you reach out and ask for it, there is strength and healing to be found. Thank you Lifebulb.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Mental health is just as important as physical health, and seeking professional help can sometimes be necessary to tackle life's challenges. Lifebulb Therapy & Counseling in Philadelphia, PA offers a wide range of mental health services to help individuals overcome their struggles. Our services include but not limited to:

If you are searching for a supportive and empathetic counseling team, look no further than Lifebulb Counseling.

There are several options to book an appointment for counseling in Philadelphia. You can call our office and talk to a team member who will find a licensed therapist for you. We’ll look over your insurance information and go over a few simple policies before emailing you a confirmation of your session date and time. Or, you can review our list of expert therapists in Philadelphia to find one that you think would be best for you and then you can select a session time all from our website. We will reach out shortly to confirm your appointment details.

Taking the step to reach out to a therapist takes courage, and it can be disheartening to take that leap and then spend weeks or months on a waitlist. We believe in connecting you with a therapist quickly, so we’ve made the process as easy as possible. If you know what you’re looking for, you can browse our Philadelphia therapists’ bios to find the right fit for you and schedule a session for teletherapy all through our website. Or, you can call our office and a team member will make sure you’re matched with the right therapist for you and your goals. Choosing the right therapist is important—they’ll be the ones to come up with an individualized treatment plan and help you reach your mental healthcare goals.

For all mental health emergencies, please call 911. Lifebulb is not a crisis center and our therapists and counselors do not provide emergency services. However, we understand that urgent, non emergency matters happen. All clients are given direct email and phone access to their Philadelphia therapist, who will do their best to respond as quickly as possible. If your treatment plan requires more frequent interactions, your therapist can provide you with outside resources.

We have a flexible cancellation policy. Call our office or reach out to your therapist at least 24 hours before your therapy session time to cancel or reschedule any appointment at no cost.

Maintaining your privacy is a serious matter. Lifebulb is considered a covered entity under HIPAA guidelines, which means we are subject to all HIPAA rules and regulations. If you have any questions (or recommendations) about our privacy and security practices, we want to help. Contact us at privacy@lifebulb.com.

No, Lifebulb never records online therapy sessions and always uses a secure line.

Yes! Lifebulb believes in affordable therapy. We accept most major commercial insurance plans and offer an affordable self-pay rate. For more information, call our team.

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