Online Grief Counseling in New Jersey | Mind By Design
ONLINE GRIEF COUNSELING
in New Jersey
trusted experts in grief counseling
Grief counseling stands as a beacon of support for numerous forms of grief. While the loss of a loved one is a common cause of sorrow, grief can also stem from a wide array of other life changes. This includes the end of a marriage or partnership, losing a job, facing health challenges, the loss of a cherished pet, and many other situations. It’s not uncommon to find yourself grappling with more than one type of grief simultaneously. Online grief counseling offers a space to understand and process your feelings, ensuring that whatever the source of your grief, you’re not navigating this journey alone.
The goal of grief therapy is not to confine your experience within a predetermined framework, but to assist you in finding your own path through the grieving process, one that honors your unique emotions and experiences.
Our online grief counselors will be with you through your grief process, helping to normalize and validate your feelings.
Grief counseling allows for clients to gain a better understanding of the emotions that surround grief, as they may range in intensity, duration and frequency.
Therapy will lead you to process grief in a safe and validating environment to help you to adjust and come to terms with your feelings of loss.
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Online grief counseling
Tailored to Your Needs
Personal beliefs, type of loss, cultural backgrounds, and spiritual practices influence individual grief experiences. Our online grief counseling focuses on the individual’s personal grief experience. Therapy for grief may look different for different needs and may include:
- Individual Psychotherapy:
- This is a one-on-one therapy session with a licensed therapist, focusing on the individual’s personal grief experience.
- Bereavement Groups:
- These are support groups specifically for people who are grieving. They provide a space to share experiences and feelings with others who have experienced a similar loss.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT):
- This type of therapy helps individuals identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviors related to their grief.
- Creative Art Therapy:
- Involves the use of creative techniques like drawing, painting, or sculpting to help express emotions and process grief.
- Meditative or Relaxation Techniques:
- These techniques, including mindfulness and meditation, help in managing the stress and anxiety that often accompany grief.
Grief is a path that doesn’t necessarily get easier, but with the right guidance, like online grief counseling, you can learn to navigate it with strength. Grief counselors are there to support you, helping you to understand and adapt to the changes in your life after a loss.
When to Reach out for Grief SUpport
Sometimes it’s hard to know when it’s time to find support and therapy for grief. If you’re encountering any of the following feelings or behaviors, it might be time to consult a healthcare professional or a qualified online grief counselor:
- Persistent longing for the person you’ve lost, even after a considerable amount of time has passed.
- Constantly revisiting and dwelling on the moment of their passing.
- Ongoing feelings of despair, loneliness, and sadness that don’t seem to fade.
- Finding it hard to believe or accept the reality of the loss.
- Struggling to engage in work, social activities, or even everyday tasks.
- Difficulty focusing or making decisions.
- Experiencing intense and persistent grief that feels overwhelming.
- Avoiding conversations about the person, or steering clear of places or things that remind you of them, as a way to dodge the pain.
- Feeling anger, being overly self-critical, or blaming yourself for the loss.
- Using substances like drugs or alcohol, overeating, gambling, or engaging in risky behaviors to mask the pain.
- Feeling guilty for moments when you’re not thinking about the person you’ve lost.
- Having thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
Reaching out to an experienced grief counselor who can provide empathy, compassion, and understanding is self-care. Mind by Design Counseling offers several therapy options through professional, licensed therapists equipped to address your needs.
Signs & Symptoms of Grief
Just as there are stages of grief common among many people, there are also common signs and symptoms of grief that we address in online grief counseling. We call these signs and symptoms “grief indicators”. Grief indicators are the common signs and symptoms people encounter through their grief journey. Accordingly, it is essential to remember that everyone feels different emotions and goes through their own experience. Moreover, our experienced therapist can help to identify your challenges and struggles. Therefore, this validating assistance can relieve your sense of being alone.
The following are common responses to grief and loss:
- Shock, disbelief, numbness, and denial
- A profoundly intense sense of sadness
- Guilty feelings depending upon the situation of loss
- Anger and blame
- Fear, loss, and grief are often an unknown
- Physical pain
- Emotional distress and anxiety
- Disruptions in appetite and sleep habits
No "right way" to grieve
Everyone’s journey through grief is personal. For some, the clouds start to lift after six months, while for others, it might take a year or more to start feeling like themselves again. Grieving is about adapting to the emotional shifts and life changes that follow the loss of someone special or something important, like a job or a relationship. The intensity of your sorrow might lessen over time, but it’s natural to feel connected to what you’ve lost for years, especially if it played a significant role in your life.
FACTORS THAT SHAPE YOUR GRIEVING JOURNEY
- Your personality
- Your age
- Your beliefs
- Your support network
- The nature of the loss (for example, the sudden loss of a partner in an accident versus the passing of a cherished grandparent from old age)
No matter how your path unfolds, our team of grief counselors at Mind by Design Counseling are is committed to supporting you at every step.
The Process of Grief Counseling
the 5 Stages of Grief
While the concept of stages in grief has been widely accepted as a means to categorize and simplify the grieving process, we believe that this approach can sometimes diminish the deeply personal and intricate nature of grief. At Mind by Design, we advocate for an understanding of grief that transcends the conventional stage theories.
Carol Tavris, a respected social psychologist and author of “The Mismeasure of Woman” and co-author of “Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me),” points out that stage theories “impose order on chaos, offer predictability over uncertainty, and optimism over despair.” This insight suggests that stages are often about seeking patterns and creating narratives to comprehend our experiences, rather than fully experiencing and processing them.
In our therapeutic approach, we emphasize the importance of experiencing grief in its authentic, unstructured form.
Reasons to Seek Therapy for Grief
While personal coping strategies are valuable, having a professional validate and understand your grief is equally important. Grief therapy typically involves a three-phase process: establishing recovery goals, coping and sharing the loss, and reviewing progress while planning for the future.
In such challenging times, grief counseling can be a beacon of hope.
Your therapy may involve traditional individual or group sessions, as well as alternative methods to process your loss. If a family member has passed, engaging in couple or family counseling can be beneficial.
Consulting with a grief counselor or trauma therapist in New Jersey provides a compassionate and understanding environment. There are various stages of grief, and empathetic therapy can offer the support needed for healing. Grief therapy and counseling in New Jersey guide individuals through the shock, trauma, and acute distress, ensuring the grief doesn’t consume them. You likely still have loved ones depending on you, and during intense grief, you might find yourself emotionally unavailable to them. Grief counseling can help restore your capacity to connect and care for those around you
Online grief counseling assists individuals in navigating the complex emotions following the death of a loved one, helping them adjust to a new reality. While everyone’s journey through grief is distinct, many find solace and direction in either individual or group grief counseling.
Grief is a unique and individual journey that does not necessarily adhere to a linear path or a predefined sequence of stages. By moving beyond the limitations of stage theories, we create a space where grief can be more genuinely felt and processed.
As therapists, our role is to support you in navigating your grief in a manner that resonates with your personal experience. This involves acknowledging and validating all your emotions as they arise, without attempting to categorize them into specific stages. We aim to provide a safe and understanding environment where you can fully express your grief, in all its complexity and variability.
Together, we will explore your grief with compassion and depth, recognizing it as a natural and individual response to loss.
Individual Grief Therapy
1:1 sessions with a therapist who specializes in adolescent mental health and grief, focusing on the unique experiences and emotions of the teen.
Grief Counseling for Families
The entire family works to address grief & support each other through the grief process
Support groups consisting of other teenagers who are also experiencing grief, providing a sense of community & understanding among peers.
Creative Art Therapy for Grief
Utilizes creative expression as a tool for teens to explore and can be particularly effective for those who find it hard to articulate their emotions.
Mindfulness-Based Grief Therapy
Teaches teens how to use mindfulness & relaxation exercises to manage symptoms related to grief.
Traditional Talk Therapy
Helps teens identify and challenge negative thought patterns related to their grief and develop healthier coping mechanisms.
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FAQ's about online therapy in NJ
How do I get started as a new client?
What is your cancellation policy?
We ask that clients provide at least 24 hours notice in the event that they need to cancel to avoid the 50% cancellation fee. we understand that life happens and do our best to be flexible & reschedule.
Does my insurance cover my visits?
Do you offer traditional talk therapy?
Is Online Therapy As Effective As In-Person Therapy?
Online therapy is essentially face-to-face counseling, just conducted remotely. Studies show that teletherapy is as effective as traditional counseling. Professional organizations and state governments recognize its benefits and have set regulations for it. However, like any therapy, its success in achieving your goals isn’t guaranteed. It’s important to discuss with your therapist whether teletherapy is working for you.
Can I Change Therapists If I'm Not Happy?
Yes, you can switch therapists to another provider within the practice, or we can provide you a referral if preferred. We want to ensure that your time and effort are well spent, and that you are getting the relief you need, that’s why we work collaboratively with each other in the practice, as well as outside therapists who we know and trust.
How Do I Know If Therapy Is Helping?
You should feel like you’re making progress. Signs it’s working include:
Feeling comfortable talking to your therapist
Your therapist respects boundaries
You’re moving towards your goals
You feel listened to
You’re doing better in life
Your self-esteem is getting better
Is Online Therapy Easy to Use for Non-Tech-Savvy People?
Yes, it’s pretty simple to access sessions. You’ll need basic internet skills, such as opening and visiting the patient link sent to you via email. It’s similar to video chatting like Facetime or Zoom. We can also walk you through it on the phone the first time to ensure a strong connection
What Questions Should I Ask My New Therapist?
Feel free to ask anything. Some good questions are:
- How often will we meet?
- What do you specialize in?
- What experience do you have with my issue?
- What outcomes can I expect?
- How will I know I’m progressing?
- How long do you usually work with clients?
- How will we set my treatment goals?
How Should I Prepare for My First Session?
Showing up is all that you need to do! But if you really want to get the most out of session, it could help to take some time to think about what you want from therapy. It helps to write down your goals, questions you have or things that you feel are important to share.
What is the difference between associate therapists & fully licensed therapists?
Our founder, Rebecca Sidoti, is a highly qualified, state-licensed therapist and supervisor with extensive training in anxiety related disorders and innovative treatment such as Ketamine Therapy. Mind by Design Counseling adheres to standards set by the our governing counseling boards.
To see each providers credentials, training and licenses, visit our “Meet the Therapists” Page to learn more.
- LAC/LSW are therapists who may practice clinical work under the supervision of a fully licensed therapist.
- LPC/LCSW are therapists who have completed the necessary clinical hours post-graduation under supervision and can practice clinical work independently.
What Geographic Areas Are Served?
Currently, we serve clients in New Jersey and are expanding to other states as telehealth laws evolve. While telehealth offers the convenience of attending sessions from anywhere, state laws require clients to be in-state during their session.
Is Virtual Counseling Suitable for Everyone?
Online therapy might not be as effective for individuals with chronic suicidal thoughts, severe trauma, significant mental health history, or those recently in intensive care. Such cases often benefit more from traditional, in-person counseling. We’ll help you decide if our online services are right for you during your intake and evaluation.
What Equipment is Needed for Online Therapy?
To join a session, log in using the credentials we provide. No downloads are needed. Our platform, compatible with both individual and group sessions, requires:
A computer or mobile device with a webcam and internet access.
We’ll help you test your setup before your first appointment to ensure a reliable connection. iOS users should use the Safari browser for mobile and tablet sessions.
What Questions Will Therapists Ask Me?
It depends on your goals. Expect questions about your thoughts, feelings, relationships, work, school, and health. They’ll ask to understand your therapy goals.
How Do You Keep Client Information Secure?
Security and Confidentiality of Sessions:
Your privacy is crucial to us. We use TherapyNotes, a HIPAA-compliant platform, ensuring secure and confidential teletherapy sessions. This platform’s security features include encrypted video connections, secure data transfers, and encrypted databases, ensuring your information is safe at all times.
What is VRT used for?
VRT not only helps with exposure therapy for phobias, but is great for ADHD, mindfulness, PTSD and social anxiety.