Therapy San Francisco - Kirsten Beuthin, LMFT, 415-401-7180

San Francisco Grief Therapy and Counseling

Therapy for Bereavement, Loss, Grief and Depression

Are you mourning the death of someone close to you? Are you having difficulty adjusting to life without a loved one? Are you having problems recovering from the loss of a loved one? Do you feel like you should be over the loss of a loved one? Are you worried that you are depressed?

Grief over the loss of a loved one is a normal process. Working through the loss, or mourning, is a necessary part of grief and includes accepting the reality of the loss, working through the pain, adjusting to life without the loved one, and re-investing emotional energy to your life. 

Grieving is an individual process that can be very intense or mild, immediate or delayed, and can last a short- or long-time. Children's grief is based on several factors including the age and developmental stage of the child, and how much adult support is available.

Common feelings, thoughts and behaviors associated with grief are:

  • sadness
  • anger
  • guilt
  • anxiety
  • loneliness
  • fatigue
  • helplessness
  • shock
  • yearning
  • relief
  • numbness
  • disbelief
  • confusion
  • pre-occupation
  • sleep problems
  • appetite problems
  • absent-mindedness
  • social withdrawal
  • avoidance of reminders of deceased
  • sighing
  • crying
  • restlessness

What is the difference between grief and depression? The main difference between grief and depression concerns the presence or absence of self-esteem and guilt. When a person is experiencing depression, there is typically a loss of self-esteem and overall feeling of guilt. This can be somewhat complicated, as some people will experience guilt as a result of the loss of a loved one, but this type of guilt is specific to the event of loss. It is helpful to consider seeking help through counseling if you are unsure about your reactions to the loss or would like support through the mourning process.

I work with individuals, couples and families to facilitate the normal mourning process, and to evaluate whether your feelings are related to depression.

If you have questions or would like to set up an initial consultation session, please contact me at 415.401.7180.

Kirsten Beuthin, MS, LMFT footer