Counseling & Therapy for Grief, Loss & Trauma

I provide in-person services in Roseville, CA & serve surrounding communities throughout California (Granite Bay, Rocklin, Lincoln, Folsom & Sacramento).

Throughout the course of our years, we all experience a loss or traumatic event at some point in our lives. Experiencing grief, loss and trauma are not always associated with death, however, but commonly surface after a loss or crisis of some kind – whether it is the loss of a loved one, a severed relationship, a pregnancy, a pet, or a job. Trauma can occur following a crisis or a life-threatening event such as a serious health condition or injury, automobile accident, being victimized by or witnessing a crime and sudden loss of a loved one from suicide. Individuals in abusive relationships and survivors of  intimate partner violence, stalking or harassment may find themselves experiencing symptoms of trauma:

Intrusive memories

Symptoms of intrusive memories may include:

  • Recurrent, unwanted distressing memories of the traumatic event
  • Reliving the traumatic event as if it were happening again (flashbacks)
  • Upsetting dreams or nightmares about the traumatic event
  • Severe emotional distress or physical reactions to something that reminds you of the traumatic event


Symptoms of avoidance may include:

  • Trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event
  • Avoiding places, activities or people that remind you of the traumatic event

Negative changes in thinking and mood

Symptoms of negative changes in thinking and mood may include:

  • Negative thoughts about yourself, other people or the world
  • Hopelessness about the future
  • Memory problems, including not remembering important aspects of the traumatic event
  • Difficulty maintaining close relationships
  • Feeling detached from family and friends
  • Lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Difficulty experiencing positive emotions
  • Feeling emotionally numb

Changes in physical and emotional reactions

Symptoms of changes in physical and emotional reactions (also called arousal symptoms) may include:

  • Being easily startled or frightened
  • Always being on guard for danger
  • Self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much or driving too fast
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Irritability, angry outbursts or aggressive behavior
  • Overwhelming guilt or shame

When a person loses something or someone valuable to them, feelings of grief can be overbearing. Grief can leave a person feeling sad, hopeless, isolated, irritable, and numb by affecting them mentally, emotionally, and physically. It’s important to understand that healing from grief is a process and everyone copes with this emotion differently.

Many people don’t know what to say or do when a person is grieving or suffering from trauma, but be sure to have patience with the individual (including yourself) throughout the entire process.

An alternative treatment method includes psychotherapy. Through psychotherapy, a client may:

  • Improve self-care &coping skills
  • Reduce feelings of blame and guilt
  • Explore and process emotions
  • Reduce intensity & frequency of distressing symptoms

Consider seeking professional support if feelings of grief or symptoms of trauma worsen or do not ease over time.

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