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Houston Grief, Loss, & Bereavement Counseling

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What is Grief & Loss Therapy?

Grief is a normal, universal response to loss in one's life. The more significant the experienced loss, the more severe the experience of grief may be. At The Resilience Center of Houston, we are here to help guide you through your experiences with our grief counseling, and loss and bereavement therapy in Houston.


What are a few Common Occurrences that Result in Grief & Loss?

Below are common occurrences that result in grief and loss.

  • death of a loved one

  • death of a pet

  • miscarriage

  • infertility

  • children leaving home

  • separation from friends or family

  • job loss

  • disability or chronic health condition


What are the Common Symptoms of Grief?

Grief often includes acute physiological distress, separation anxiety, obsessive dwelling on the past, and worries about the future. Below are common emotions associated with grief and loss:

  • Sadness

  • Relief

  • Yearning

  • Denial

  • Guilt

  • Numbness

  • Shock

  • Despair


What is Grief?

Grief is a process of learning that teaches us how to be in the world without something we love. We may be abruptly forced to operate under a new set of rules and make significant adjustments to our identity and sense of self. There is no set pattern to the grief process; everyone experiences grief uniquely and on a different timetable.


When Should I Consider Seeking Professional Help for Grief & Loss?

If you are unsure of when to seek grief, loss, and bereavement counseling or therapy, consider these occurrences:

  • When you lack a healthy support system in which to process your grief

  • When overwhelmed and unable to function daily (work, school, self-care, etc.)

  • When grief triggers a mental health condition, like depression or anxiety

  • When having thoughts of suicide

  • When grief persists more than 6-months after the loss


Approximately 1 in 10 grieving people develop Prolonged Grief Disorder. Without treatment, research shows the condition can persist indefinitely and result in other troubles, like chemical dependency, suicidality, sleep disorders, and a weakened immune system.


How can Grief & Loss Therapy Help Me?

Treatment of grief and loss can help and may address the below tasks.

  • Provide psychological education about the grief process

  • Identify and validate your thoughts and feelings

  • Address the impact of the loss on your life

  • Identify any negative coping skills

  • Develop positive coping skills

  • Help you build your support system

  • Set realistic goals

  • Plan to deal with setbacks


There are trained therapists at The Resilience Center of Houston who can walk with you on your grief journey. With empathy and expertise, we're here to provide you with grief counseling, and loss and bereavement therapy in Houston.

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Skilled therapists at The Resilience Center of Houston specialize in treating anxiety through evidenced-based therapies. With 4 locations and virtual sessions, counseling has never been more convenient. With dozens of in-network insurance companies and reasonable  private pay rates, counseling counseling has never been more affordable.

Is worry consuming your life?

Do you tend to jump to the worst-case scenario?

Do your thoughts feel uncontrollable?

Are you constantly on edge?

You are not alone.

Anxiety is a common mental health condition and highly treatable.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes in the body that is a normal reaction to stress.

How is anxiety different than fear?

Fear and anxiety may be used interchangeably but have distinct, key differences. Fear is the reaction to a current threat in the present. Anxiety is characterized by the anticipation of potential danger in the future.

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When can anxiety be helpful?

When faced with an important moment, like taking a test or making a big decision, anxiety can provide us with a boost of energy and help us focus. Anxiety is an adaptive emotion that works toward preventing a feared situation and readies us to tackle future problems.

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When is anxiety a problem?

Anxiety becomes problematic when the worry or concern we feel dominates our thoughts and keep us from joy, meaning, and peace in the present. No amount of anxiety helps us predict the future, control our lives, or prevent negative things from happening.

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What are Common Anxiety Symptoms?
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What are

anxiety disorders?

Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. A person may have an anxiety disorder  when their anxiety is out of proportion to the situation, leads them to avoid situations that trigger or worsen their symptoms, and hinders their ability to function normally.

How common are

anxiety disorders?

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health conditions with about 30% of adults experiencing an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. One in five American adults experience an anxiety disorder each year.

What are the different types of anxiety disorders?

What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

Generalized anxiety disorder involves excessive and persistent worry that interferes with daily life. Relentless worry results in physical symptoms, like restlessness, feeling on edge, difficulty concentrating, muscle tension, exhaustion, and sleep problems. Topics of worry typically center on everyday matters, like appointments, home repairs, work responsibilities, and family health.

What is Panic Disorder?

Panic Disorder is characterized by recurrent Panic Attacks. Panic attacks present with severe and overwhelming psychological and physical distress, involving some of the below symptoms.

What are the physical symptoms of Panic Disorder?

  • Rapid heartbeat

  • Shortness of breath

  • Muscle tension

  • Sweating

  • Shaking

  • Restlessness

  • Dizziness

  • Tightness in the chest

  • Numbness or tingling

What are the psychological symptoms of Panic Disorder?

  • Feeling like you’re having a heart attack

  • Feeling like you’re going to die

  • Feeling impending doom

  • Feeling like you’re going crazy

  • Feeling like you’re losing touch with reality

  • Fearing you’ll lose control of yourself

  • Constant worry about when you’ll have your next panic attack

  • Fear you’ll embarrass yourself

What are Phobias?

A specific phobia involves intense and persistent fear of a particular object, situation or activity that is generally not dangerous. The experienced distress is acute and leads sufferers to go to extreme lengths to avoid what they fear.

What are common phobias?

  • Fear of driving

  • Fear of flying

  • Fear of vomiting

  • Fear of needles

  • Fear of confined spaces

  • Fear of being alone

  • Fear of leaving the house

What is Agoraphobia?

Agoraphobia is characterized by the fear of being trapped or stuck in circumstances in which escape may be difficult or embarrassing, or help might not be easily available. The fear is acutely distressing and interferes with normal daily activities. The person typically avoids the situation, needs a companion, or experiences extreme anxiety.

What are common situations agoraphobics fear?

  • Trembling        

  • Crowds

  • Enclosed Spaces

  • Open Spaces

  • Public transportation

  • Leaving the home

What is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder ?

PTSD can develop after a severe physical or emotional trauma such as a sexual assault, natural disaster, or serious accident. Those with PTSD feel intensely upsetting thoughts and emotions connected to their traumatic experience that persist long after the situation happened.

What are PTSD symptoms?

The symptoms of PTSD can be categorized into four areas.

Intrusion – repeated, unwanted thoughts, nightmares, and flashbacks of the event

 

Avoidance – steering clear of people, places, activities, and objects that are associated with the event.

 

Changes in cognition and mood – loss of interest, distorted thinking, difficulties concentrating, loss of certain memories, negative emotions, hypervigilance, social withdrawal, and anhedonia.

Changes in behavior – social withdrawal, anger outbursts, recklessness, sensitive startle response, problems sleeping.

What is Social Anxiety Disorder?

Social Anxiety Disorder involves excessive discomfort in social situations and a fear of experiencing embarrassment, judgment, humiliation, condescension, or rejection in social situations that can negatively impact work, school, and other daily activities. People with this disorder will try to avoid social situations or endure them with great anxiety.

What are commonly feared situations for those with social anxiety?

Commonly feared situations include attending parties, interacting at work, eating in public, or engaging in unscripted interactions.

What are common Social Anxiety symptoms?

  • Trembling

  • Blushing

  • Sweating

  • Rapid heartbeat

  • Mind goes blank

  • Stomachache

  • Speaks very softly

  • Avoids eye contact

What is Separation Anxiety Disorder?

Separation Anxiety Disorder is is characterized by excessive fear of being away from those we are close to, who are also called attachment persons.

What are signs of Separation Anxiety Disorder?

  • Anticipation of potential separation causes mounting fear

  • Persistent worry about the negative consequences resulting from separation

  • Obsessive focus on the multitude of situations that could lead to separation

  • Interferes with attending important activities, like work or school

  • Fears of sleeping outside the home and away from attachment persons

  • Nightmares about separation

  • Headaches, nausea, or vomiting

What is Selective Mutism?

Selective Mutism is a rare and debilitating childhood condition that involves a failure to speak in certain situations in which there is a natural expectation to speak. A child may talk at home, for example, and be nonverbal at school. The absence of spoken communication can significantly interfere with the child’s academic achievement and can stunt their social development and the formation of relationships with others. It is theorized that Selective Mutism may be an early and specific manifestation of Social Anxiety Disorder.

What are behaviors associated with Selective Mutism?

  • Clinginess

  • Temper Tantrums

  • Excessive Shyness

  • Social Isolation

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Do you feel controlled by your anxiety?

Are you constantly plagued by what-if thinking?

Does uncertainty feel overwhelming?

Is your avoidance getting in the way of living your life?

What are the impacts of anxiety?

Anxiety may disrupt many areas of a person's life.

  • Emotional well-being

  • Relationships with others

  • Health

  • Career or School

  • Identity

  • Unhealthy coping behavior

Will anxiety go away on its own?

Anxiety may go away when the distressing event ends, or it may lead to an anxiety disorder when their is chronic stress, irrational thinking, or maladaptive coping.

What happens if anxiety is left untreated?

If you’re living with an anxiety disorder, ignoring your symptoms may make them worse. If left untreated, anxiety disorders can worsen and substantially disrupt your life.

Can anxiety be treated?

The good news is that anxiety disorders are some of the most treatable mental health conditions. Most disorders are treated through psychotherapy, medications, or a combination of the two. Research shows that most people that receive therapy for anxiety  conditions get better with therapy. The course of treatment depends on the type of anxiety disorder, its severity, the person's age, and the duration of symptoms.

How can I help my anxiety?

A licensed mental health professional can help you walk through the process of finding the therapy that is right for you.

What are some successful treatments for anxiety?

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

CBT is a type of psychotherapy or counseling approach that is often used to treat anxiety. Amble scientific evidence shows that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is effective in treating anxiety disorders and improves the person’s functioning and quality of life.

How does CBT counseling help with anxiety?

CBT is based on the fundamental idea that mental health conditions are in part caused by unhelpful ways of thinking, and maladaptive patterns of behavior. CBT therapists work to help clients learn healthier coping strategies through challenging thought patterns and altering behavioral patterns.

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Exposure Response Prevention

What is Exposure Response Prevention?

ERP is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that allows those with anxiety to gradually face their fears in a safe environment with a skilled helping professional. Individuals learn that exposure to their fears does not actually lead to the outcomes they dread. They build confidence in their ability to cope with triggers without resorting to avoidance, rituals, or unhealthy coping skills.

How does ERP counseling help with anxiety?

Through a habituation process, individuals systematically engage with thoughts, circumstances, and objects they fear. The person is desensitized, little by little, and the triggerd stimuli becomes less and less psychologically distressing.

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Acceptance Commitment

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What is Acceptance Commitment Therapy?

Stemming from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, ACT is an action-centered therapeutic approach that seeks to grow psychological flexibility and emotional openness.

How does ACT counseling help with anxiety?

ACT believes that controlling painful emotions is counterproductive, with suppression of these feelings leading to more distress. Clients learn that vulnerable and uncomfortable emotions are not to be avoided or denied. These feelings are adaptive responses to situations and should be accepted and experienced in the present with mindful awareness. Clients set goals based on their values and commit to making necessary changes in their lives, regardless of their emotional responses.

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How do I get counseling

for my anxiety?

You don't have to suffer alone. The Resilience Center of Houston can help. With multiple locations in greater Houston and online virtual therapy, getting the care you need has never been easier.

Skilled therapists are ready to assist you in breaking the cycle of your anxiety.

Therapy has never been more affordable. With dozens of in-network insurance and EAP companies and reasonable  private pay rates, mental healthcare doesn't have to cost a lot of money.

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Make an investment in yourself and start your wellness journey today.

Our experienced scheduling team are happy to answer your questions and get you started with counseling this week. Call us or request an appointment today.

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