Counselling and Support Service
There are few events in life more distressing than receiving a life-changing or life-limiting diagnosis or being told that someone close to you has died. Grief relates to the period of time after we have experienced such distressing events and describes how we adjust to the significant amount of change that usually follows.
Counselling can help you to make sense of what you are experiencing, regain a sense of control, express your emotions, and empower you to make the changes you want to see in your life.
WHAT IS GRIEF?
Grief is typically associated with bereavement, but it can also be triggered by significant life events, such as loss of health, the end of a relationship, losing a pet, retirement, or job loss. Sometimes people experience ‘anticipatory grief’, which is the grief we feel before a bereavement, or when someone we love is seriously ill. The intense range of emotions felt when we experience grief can often affect us most profoundly and will affect each person differently. There is no right or wrong way to feel, and no timeframe for dealing with your loss.
Bereavement or Grief counselling is advised if you are struggling to come to terms with your loss, especially if you believe the mental and emotional effects of a person’s death, or the impact of your life-changing or life-limiting illness, is affecting your ability to function during the day.
NEXT STEPS offers a range of support services for anyone who is struggling with the impact of bereavement, grief, significant loss, or life-limiting illness.
These services include:
- Support groups
- Workshops and talks
- Information and resources
- Training and supervision (for trainee and qualified therapists)
As each person’s experience is unique, we offer a flexible, creative and individually tailored approach to end-of-life, grief and loss support. Our therapy sessions are available in both indoor (clinic-based) and outdoor (nature-based) locations.
Outdoor sessions take full advantage of Devon’s beautiful natural environment, and can facilitate deeply transformative therapeutic work. Indoor sessions can be equally transformative, with sand tray therapy, art therapy and somatic therapy creatively supporting your therapeutic grieving process. We also offer online and telephone sessions.
OUR SUPPORT SERVICES
- Living with Dying
- Pre-Bereavement support
- Bereavement support
- Practical End-of-Life Care Skills
- Creating Personal Rituals
- Advance Care Planning
- Self-Care Techniques
- Managing Stress, Anxiety and Pain
The NEXT STEPS team of therapists and group facilitators follows a pluralistic or integrative approach, drawing from a broad range of therapy modalities to help you navigate your feelings.
Therapeutic approaches include:
Person-Centred, Gestalt, CBT, EFT, NLP, Trauma-Informed, Solution-Focused and Ecotherapy. Mindfulness meditation, breath work, somatic therapy techniques and trauma-informed yoga are also available (either 1-to-1 or small groups).