Types of Grief Therapy
This type of therapy utilizes different types of animals to help individuals with emotional and psychological healing. This is often used for children and you may have heard of it being used for adults with PTSD or individuals with Autism. Think therapy dog or horse.
This type of therapy utilizes different types of creative supplies to help individuals with emotional and psychological healing. This may include coloring, painting, using clay, or other arts and crafts.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
This type of therapy allows individuals to explore the relationships between their patterns of thinking, feelings, and specific behaviors. Think of this as a sort of cause and effect process- what you are thinking leads you to feel a certain way, which in turn causes you to act a certain way. This is often used to treat depression and symptoms that are similar to grief.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EDMR)
This type of therapy assists with healing from distressing images and body sensations associated with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). This is often used for veterans or civilians dealing with a particular traumatic experience or set of experiences. The therapist will use eye movements to help desensitize and reprocess the trauma experience. The goal with this type of therapy is to make it harder to retrieve traumatic images and feelings, storing them in a less accessible place of the brain.
This type of therapy helps reframe a person’s life story and purpose by exploring how a challenging experience may be helpful rather than hurtful. The focus is on honoring what your life was before your loss, but envisioning and accepting what your life will now look like.
This type of therapy allows a child to communicate through play instead of asking them to talk about their feelings directly. The goal of this therapy is to assist the child in coping, processing, and expressing feelings that result from difficult life situations. This may include toys, art supplies, sand trays, dolls and play houses, theater, and other games.
This type of therapy uses symbolic imagery to allow individuals to connect something physical with their unconscious feelings in order to process grief and traumatic experiences. This involves creating scenes in a tray of sand with miniature trinkets, symbols and figurines. Often, the therapist will give you a bin of objects and ask you to choose a few of them at the beginning of the session.
Somatic Experiencing (SE)
This type of therapy is similar to EDMR in that it is also used to help individuals with PTSD. The therapist will help the individual release physical tension in the body that causes traumatic feelings and images to remain in your mind. The theory of this type of therapy is that negative energy has been locked into your body and disrupts the nervous system and that releasing the physical tension will help release some of the trauma.