As a therapist, I feel like I am constantly learning about new topics, diagnoses and issues that can affect clients. It never ceases to amaze me when this happens in a session, and I am always so grateful for it. Grief is one such process where I have always known that it affects so many people, but I used to underestimate how it can show up differently in every single person. I recently found the "Ball In A Box" analogy to describe grief, posted by Lauren Herschel. I am so moved by both the simplicity and accuracy of the description. I definitely suggest checking it out, as it could be a helpful technique to use in therapy (i.e. visualization). I learned about traumatic grief while working with a client several years ago. Without going into too much detail, I realized that there are major differences between grief and traumatic grief. One person may hear about the death of a loved one and experience sadness, depression, and denial. Yet another person may learn about the death of someone they love and be impacted quite differently. It is important to notice when an experience begins to impact functioning and daily living. The Trauma Survivors Network lists several symptoms of possible traumatic grief:
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Hi, I'm Kristin, the therapist behind this website. Sometimes I'll blog here and sometimes I'll post some really helpful videos and links. Everything here will be posted in an effort to offer a different perspective on therapy, provide educational information or simply link something interesting. Check back often for more content!