Loss and the resultant grief are both part of normal life. While the pain of bereavement fades over time, it can sometimes escalate into depression, impacting on a person’s well being.
CBT can help people recover from protracted periods of grief and depression triggered by bereavement.
Stages Of Grief
The therapist will work through the stages of grief including:
Acceptance of the reality of the loss
The emotional pain, guilt, suffering and anger the loss as triggered.
How to readjust to life.
Building connections and relationships with others.
Recognising the irreplaceable impact the lost loved one had, and creating ‘living memories’.
There is no one standardized programme of CBT for dealing with grief. Instead the therapist delivers a programme of therapy tailored to the needs of the individual.
During the first session assessments will be undertaken to identify symptoms of depression and anxiety. The therapist will also seek to uncover core-beliefs, thoughts and attitudes that are impacting on the person’s well being.
Effectiveness of CBT
CBT provides an effective framework for working with bereaved people as it helps take them through three steps integral to their recovery:
Helping them understand the loss they have experienced
Identifying any barriers they are experiencing
Learning to develop strategies that will increase their sense of control.
Long Term Focus
For many people undertaking CBT, the benefits go beyond helping them to deal with their most recent bereavement. Using the skills and techniques developed in their therapy sessions they will be able to enjoy an enhanced sense of well being in the long term in many aspects of their life.