Are you in the middle of grief for a great loss in your life?
Do you feel something has been snatched away from you beyond your control?
Is this causing great distress and you feel really depressed?
Would good professional counselling help you move forward?
Sometimes in life we suffer tragedies and losses. We may have been involved in an accident, mugged, suffer profound financial loss, held up at gun point or have someone important leave us or die, and we feel a terrible grief.
We might feel as if we have had the guts ripped out of us. We may feel alone, vulnerable and even angry with the world or others.
At these times our sense of self is threatened and we may feel we just cannot cope.
We may shake, cry, go into shock, and be unsure what to do next. We may become quiet and non-responsive to others and outside stimulants or we may decompress and let it all out and wail.
Some people go into ‘pretend’ mode and act as if nothing has happened. Inside you may feel empty but outside you cover up your grief.
In extreme cases some people may relive their trauma again and again inside their minds, leading to a condition called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This can be treated with a technique called Eye Movement Desensitization (EMD) and hypnotherapy.
Are you aware that going through the different stages of grief does not have to take years?
We go through different stages of grieving for what we have lost, no matter what that might be – whether it was a person, perception of security, wealth or health.
It is not good to keep those traumas inside.
Unprocessed trauma and grief can turn in on you physically, causing illness such as gastrointestinal disturbances, neurosis and cancer. We each have to go through the different stages of grief to resolve our losses in life and restore our ability to live well in everyday life.
In my Amazon number one bestselling self-help book Inspiration for Survive and Prosper: Personal Transformation Out of Crisis, I talk about the need to take action when you find yourself in a situation involving grief.
Some people get stuck in different stages of the grief cycle and never progress to moving on with their lives.
You may find yourself continually sad, breaking down, angry or giving up on life. You have got stuck in a loop and go around and around, sometime for years.
Getting professional help to move on is essential.
As an expert in trauma and crisis recovery I see so many people who have suffered grief for far longer than they ought to have. Sometimes their GPs have simply given them antidepressant and sent them away, which did not help.
Whilst the loss is real did you know spending time in therapy can help accelerate the helping process?
You are meant to experience grief and loss when something goes out of your life that you held most dear.
You bond with people, ideas and things and when they disappear it is natural to experience loss, often great loss.
However, there is a time and place when it is important to move on from that situation, frame of mind, emotions and move forward with your life.
Grief counselling provides a space where people can explore and talk through those issues safely.
You can restore your strength and independence.
As well as grief counselling, hypnotherapy can help you restore your sense of balance in life. You will also be taught how to maintain that yourself through self-hypnosis. Life is for living, isn’t it?
Book your appointment with Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH by calling 02 8021 6429 (Direct Patient Line Only).
Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH, BHSc, ND, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist. Counsellor, PACFA registered Mental Health Professional and Naturopath In Sydney. You can get help by booking an appointment with her at Australian Health & Education Centre.
DISCLAIMER: *Many factors will be important in determining your actual results and no guarantees are made that you will achieve results similar to anyone else’s. The nature of therapy requires each person entering therapy to actively engage in the session and to carry out any additional recommendations outside the session, so results vary according to the individual.