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Trauma and Grief Counseling

Grief and loss are a part of the human condition. When we think of grief we tend to think of someone suffering the loss of a loved one, but grief can also be triggered by any significant life-altering loss (such as a divorce or the loss of a job). Grief is a natural response to loss, but that doesn’t make it easy to deal with.  Symptoms of grief may include sadness, loneliness, anger, denial, depression, and a myriad of other thoughts and feelings.  There is no “normal” amount of time for grief to pass, but if you find that you continue to suffer the impacts of grief and see little improvement over time or that the feelings are interfering with your everyday life, you may want to consider seeking professional help. A qualified grief counselor can help you to cope with the physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and cognitive responses to loss. Reach out to Morgan Counseling & Wellbeing to find out about trauma and grief counseling today. 561-717-2900

Many people initially seek counseling for help coping with a recent traumatic event or loss. If in the area, they may seek out Grief Counseling from Boca Raton based therapists. Grief comes in many forms:

  • Death of a family member or loved one
  • Living with a chronic or terminal illness
  • Grief Counseling for job loss
  • Divorce
  • The abrupt ending of a relationship
  • Near-death experiences such as an automobile accident
  • Children and divorce
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics
  • Adult children of parental abandonment.

Studies show there are stages of grief. What does this mean?

Often when discussing grief, therapists refer to the Kubler-Ross Model of the stages of grief. This model applies in many situations in Grief Counseling. Following is the Kubler-Ross model from Wiki:


The first reaction is denial. In this stage, individuals believe the diagnosis is somehow mistaken, and cling to a false, preferable reality.


When the individual recognizes that denial cannot continue, it becomes frustrated, especially at proximate individuals. Certain psychological responses of a person undergoing this phase would be: “Why me? It’s not fair!”; “How can this happen to me?”; ‘” Who is to blame?”; “Why would this happen?”.


The third stage involves the hope that the individual can avoid a cause of grief. Usually, the negotiation for an extended life is made in exchange for a reformed lifestyle. People facing less serious trauma can bargain or seek compromise.


“I’m so sad, why bother with anything?”; “I’m going to die soon so what’s the point?”; “I miss my loved one, why go on?” During the fourth stage, the individual becomes saddened by the mathematical probability of death. In this state, the individual may become silent, refuse visitors and spend much of the time mournful and sullen.


“It’s going to be okay.”; “I can’t fight it, I may as well prepare for it.”; “Nothing is impossible.” In this last stage, individuals embrace mortality or inevitable future, or that of a loved one, or another tragic event. People dying may precede the survivors in this state.

The stages of grief don’t have to happen in this order. For example, one doesn’t move through the 5 stages then is done grieving. For example, as people struggle with denial they may alternate. Reach the bargaining stage, then become in denial again. This process is normal and natural. While going through these stages, clients may experience depression and anxiety. Morgan Center works with clients to provide supportive resources for dealing with the effects of trauma. 

Jody L. Morgan, LCSW, CCTP, ACHT knows that finding a therapist can be time-consuming, frustrating, and stressful. Effective therapy is about forming a relationship. This is important regardless of the technique or approaches a therapist may use. As you move forward in therapy, the therapeutic relationship becomes a dynamic “workspace” in which you can discuss, understand and resolve issues affecting you. This works if you have a therapist with whom you can connect and establish trust. Morgan Center provides a safe, confidential, and compassionate environment in which you will feel respected. There is no judgment here.

Many Morgan Center clients are located in Boca Raton and some are in the surrounding areas in South Florida. Morgan Center offers telehealth appointments for clients anywhere in the state of Florida. Because grief can manifest differently across cultural groups, it is also important that the therapist you choose has experience working with a wide variety of cultural groups. 

Reach out to Morgan Counseling & Wellbeing for any trauma and grief counseling needs today. 561-717-2900

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