Grief and Loss Counseling

Our clinicians understand that grief is not just sadness – healing is possible with the right tools and support

Some days, grief can feel like rage building up within you while on other days all you feel is a persistent numbness. Perhaps you feel fearful or even guilty as a result of what has happened. Maybe you feel a sense of dread anticipating a loss that will happen sometime in the near future.

Grief is a natural part of the human experience. It is normal to feel strong and painful emotions as a result of a loss.

People grieve for a limitless number of reasons, so intense emotions such as sadness, fear, guilt, emptiness, and anger may occur. Regardless of what emotions you experience and how challenging or easy different days seem, your grief process is unique to you.

The ups-and-downs of grieving a loss can feel like a rollercoaster. Some days, you might feel “okay,” while other days it might take everything you’ve got just to get through the day. When the intense feelings and hard days seem unbearable, it’s easy to slip into feeling hopeless. You do not have to stay in this space forever.

Are you starting to feel stuck in your grief? Does it seem like intense feelings are so persistent that you are struggling to find hope? With the right tools and support, healing can occur.

How do I know when it is time to get support?

Grief can occur before, during, and after a loss and every person responds differently. Some common instance of loss include:

  • death of a loved one
  • loss of a job
  • separation from a partner and/or divorce
  • loss of a friendship
  • diagnosed with a life-altering illness
  • serious illness of a loved one
  • loss of a pregnancy
  • loss of a particular way of life

If you have experienced a loss and are trying to cope with your grief, keep an eye out for these signs to know if it is time to seek help:

  • feeling that life is meaningless
  • excessive avoidance of others
  • difficulty experiencing any positive emotions
  • difficulties with functioning at work or at home

Grief can be a complicated journey, but the process can become one of hope and healing. Let us help you take your healing to the next level so that you can get back to living life in a way that feels meaningful and fulfilling.

We Can Help!

At Restorative Counseling, we will partner with you to assist in your grieving process to make sure that you feel well-supported, safe, and capable of exploring your loss. You do not have to face this journey alone. 

Whether you have just recently experienced a loss, you are trying to cope with a loss that happened sometime in the past, or you are anticipating a loss in the near future, we will provide an opportunity for you to gain the tools and skills that will help you navigate this trying time. 

Our team will assist you in processing your grief at a pace that feels right for you, ensuring that we maintain a focus on your personal goals for healing. While the grief you feel may seem insurmountable at times, there can be hope. 

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.

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Read some frequently asked questions about counseling and accepted insurance plans.

Your privacy is important to us, and confidentiality is an important piece of the therapeutic process. All your information is kept strictly confidential. However, there are specific exceptions:

  • With your signed permission, we may collaborate with other providers such as your psychiatrist or primary care physician
  • By law, we are required to break confidentiality and report to the appropriate authorities if we learn that you are a danger to yourself or others or if we learn of actual or threatened harm to those who are vulnerable such as children, elderly, or those with special needs.

Our paperwork details the limits of confidentiality, and we will discuss this more fully during our first appointment.

Often, people think they must be in crisis or that things must be “really bad” before they go to counseling. Counseling can help offer support and validation, determine if and how to make necessary changes, and achieve goals.

Maybe you worked with a counselor in the past but feel like things are becoming difficult again. This happens; life happens.

Just as with many things in life, we, too, may require ongoing maintenance to deal with new struggles or to continue managing ongoing stressors.

We work together to learn about your experience and determining what may be most useful for you.

We offer counseling services only, not medication management. However, we are happy to refer you to psychiatrist, or you can ask your primary care physician to assist you with medication management.

With your written consent, we can collaborate with your psychiatrist or physician regarding your mental health care.

We are in-network with a variety of insurance options. As an “in-network” provider, we have a contract with the insurance company so you are able to utilize your in-network health insurance benefits. There are many types of insurance plans within a network, so it is advised to call your insurance company to see if Restorative Counseling is covered in your network. A few of the many plans accepted by Restorative Counseling are:

  • Aetna
  • Aetna Student Health (Northwestern University students)
  • BlueChoice PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Golden Rule
  • Meritain (not Meridian)
  • Optum
  • Oxford
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Student Resources (for Loyola University Chicago students and University of Chicago students)
  • United Medical Resources (UMR)