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Therapy for difficult life transitions with Empower Counseling: Grief Counseling.

Some challenges in life can be overwhelming, especially the loss of a loved one. 

There are common stages of grief but these stages do not always occur in order or even happen at all.

Every individual grieves differently. It is not uncommon to work through the stages and find yourself back at a stage you thought you completed. It is not a linear process. 

Empower Counseling uses therapy methods that work to ease you through your grief and help you through this difficult time of transition.

 ACT is a unique model of counseling and coaching. based on mindfulness and values that set you up for complete well-being. 


It is so difficult to imagine your life without your loved one in it. As we work through the stages of grief in the way you individually need to, we will begin to learn exactly what direction you want to take in your life. From there, you’ll understand the actions that will get you there. You will find clarity and move away from feeling scattered. Throughout this journey, you will move toward living with mindfulness, intention, and organization.

Here are the common stages of grief: Therapy for difficult life transitions with empower counseling


You may experience a numbness and thoughts of disbelief that the person you loved is no longer here.


Thinking and acting as if this event never happened. Maybe you keep on going as usual as if your loved one will soon return. 


Your anger could be based on logic-something that actually happened or it may be completely illogical. The anger could be directed at yourself for some contribution you think you made to the situation. Your anger might be directed toward a doctor you think was slow to diagnose or treat or another loved one you think could have done more.


This stage is all about the struggle to make meaning, why this happened.


Bereavement is a time in which we are all more susceptible to becoming depressed. The harder it is for us to see our lives without the loved one we lost, the more depressed we can become. 

That is one reason why Acceptance Commitment Therapy is so helpful for difficult life transitions like the loss of a loved one. ACT can help you accept what has happened to you, accept exactly how you are feeling about it, without judgement, but to also help you imagine what the next chapter of your life can look like. Acceptance Commitment Therapy has been proven in study after study to be effective in treating depression.


Generally after you have been through all other stages of grief, you come to acceptance. 

(For more about grief and what to say to someone who has lost a child: https://upjourney.com/what-to-say-to-someone-who-lost-a-child)

Through Acceptance Commitment Therapy with Empower Counseling, Kathryn can help you through your stages of grief and ease you into the next chapter of your life. 

Kathryn is here to walk with you, easing your burden, keeping your pace. Reaching out for help at this difficult time is a sign of strength, not weakness. It shows that you respect how deeply you cared for your loved one and the deep meaning of your relationship. It means that you do not have to go it alone. It means that you will have someone their every step of the way to help ensure that you progress at your own pace but do not get stuck along the way.

Reach out to Empower Counseling today for help with your most difficult life transitions. Kathryn will help you build resilience and gain the tools to cope with your pain in healthy ways.

Counseling for Difficult Life Transitions is not the only service Empower Counseling offers in our Birmingham area Counseling Clinic. Kathryn is advanced train in Acceptance Commitment therapy with is a proven effective anxiety treatment. We use ACT for anxiety and depression counseling with teens, college students, young adults, and professionals.

Call Empower Counseling today at 205-0730-6570.

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