Bedford counselling for grief and loss. Helping people to understand, to explore and manage their emotions and to build back a life that includes grief, but is not consumed by it.
Bereavement and grief affect people differently. There is no right or wrong way to feel and your emotions can alter quickly in a short space
of time. Bereavement is an emotionally traumatic and highly individual
experience. One of the frustrations of living with grief and learning to
cope with loss is understanding that the re-building process does not follow a predictable path and there is no normal timetable.
One step forward; two steps back is how some people describe
living with loss. The way I try to explain it is like this. Time does not
diminish the impact or scale of any loss. But time does allow you to build and grow a life around it, such that the new spaces you create provide room for fulfilment, while being able to manage the sense of loss which will never completely go away.
Intense feelings of anger, guilt, fear or relief can be hard to come to terms with. Grief can come in waves. Certain events or dates in the calendar may trigger an onset of strong emotions. Bereavement counselling may provide an opportunity to explore your emotional responses and help you manage your way through difficult times.
Types of bereavement
I also help third parties affected by a traumatic experience. For example, survivors of a road traffic accident or witnesses to a life-changing event. Survivor’s guilt is an acknowledged condition of people connected to a trauma and I can help here too.
How can you help yourself?
A lot of people I meet have tried to self-manage their way through bereavement and it is possible to do. There are several positive actions that you can take to help live with loss and these include:
Life brings many challenges, and it is understandable that at times we might look for support in facing them. As a counsellor my role is to provide space and guidance to help you on your journey of self-discovery; to enable you to examine your life and make new, meaningful choices within it.
I offer a chance to reflect on the difficulties or problems you are experiencing in a safe and confidential environment, with someone from outside your day-to-day life. Together we can explore your situation in a way that leads to fresh perspectives - and perhaps a new understanding of yourself. Counselling isn’t about giving you solutions or advice, but empowering you to make your own changes.
My approach to therapy is a person-centred one. This is a non-judgmental way of working, where the counsellor creates the right conditions to help someone increase their self-awareness; to move towards - and reach - their fullest potential.
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“The opportunity to express myself and explore my thoughts and feelings in a safe space was so valuable. It helped me better understand the place I was at emotionally, and to make a clear decision to move on from there.”
“I was nervous about starting counselling and a little scared at what might find myself saying! Jane was a supportive and understanding guide through therapy, and her trust and solidarity were very important. I would recommend her very highly as a counsellor.”
RICHARD, ONLINE COUNSELLING
“As a parent I think most people feel nothing is ever going to be perfect - we struggle on, day-to-day, as best we can. Talking to Jane I realise that there’s much more to it than this, current stresses and also past experiences that shape how I behave as a family member, and that I have the power to change the way I deal with those things. Thank you Jane for helping me get to this place of understanding.”
“Jane is a very warm and understanding counsellor. She helped me explore different aspects of my life and relationships without hurry, and let me take things at a pace I was comfortable with. I am so grateful for our work together, and for having her as a guide.”
©2021 Caroline Bygrave. Counsellor in Bedford.
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