London based clinical psychologist Emma Smith examines the wide range of emotions that someone may experience during bereavement and considers the point when therapy can be beneficial. Chelsea Psychology Clinic are a group of London psychologists and psychiatrists offering private psychological therapy and psychiatry treatment from their premises across central London and Chelsea. The private therapy sessions cover the following areas: – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Cognitive Analytic Therapy – Cognitive-behavioural Therapy – Couples Therapy – Dialectical-behaviour Therapy – Mentalisation Based Treatment – Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – Schema Therapy https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com
The first task is to actually accept that this is the reality, that we have lost someone important to us, and that they’re not going to be there anymore. I think a really common experience when you lose someone special is to imagine you’re going to bump into them, imagine that you’re going to see them around the corner. And that’s a very ordinary response to loss, that it can be hard to actually accept someone’s really gone. Following that, the next task is to actually experience the emotions attached to the loss, so to let yourself feel the sadness, the loneliness, the despair, the anger, and sometimes the guilt that might come following the loss of someone really special to you, and to accept that that is going to happen. Oftentimes, if you find yourself wanting to cut off from those emotions, to use alcohol or drugs or workaholism, to try and cut off from those feelings, that might be a sign that it’s time to actually have a little think about therapy, to try and allow yourself to process some of the feelings.