How is grief counseling or therapy different from grief coaching?
Grief counseling or psychotherapy
focuses on emotional and behavioral issues with the goal of bringing
the client to normal functioning.
In therapy, the therapist is
considered a hired expert. Therapy often begins as a result of a crisis.
Therapy most often takes place in-person. Therapists are limited to
practicing within the state or states they are licensed in. The services
of a therapist may be especially helpful for complicated grief when
there are multiple losses or severe hindrances to normal life
functioning as a result of loss.
Coaching is a
collaborative partnership for a journey toward greater
fulfillment in life. The goal of coaching is to help you move from where
are now to where you want to be. You have an active role in describing
the purposeful and fruitful life that you are aiming for.
coaching, your coach will ask you questions that are rooted in the
belief that ultimately you know what is best for yourself and your
future. Your coach will help you explore what blocks these goals and
give you support in choosing alternatives. Grief coaching does not see grief
as a dysfunction, but rather as a normal human response to loss.
How can I know if Grief Recovery is right for me?
We encourage you to read The
Grief Recovery Handbook, 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition: The Action
Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses including
Health, Career, and Faith by John W. James and Russell Friedman. It
may be that you will have someone already in your life who can help you
take many of the steps needed for grief recovery. However, for some
people, isolation is a natural reaction to their loss. If you find it
difficult to find someone you trust enough to unburden your heart to,
grief counseling may be just what you need.