Professional Grief Counselling Online
Professional grief and loss counselling, online via telehealth.
Grief is a naturally occurring and normal human emotion normally onset through the loss of a loved one or of something deeply important or significant, such as the end of a marriage or long-term relationship, miscarriage, or job loss.
Grief can be incredibly painful and difficult to live through and move past.
As often is the case, grief is accompanied by other intense emotions such as anger, sadness, guilt and disbelief – which can cause what may feel like an exhausting, unshakeable depression.
It’s common for those experiencing grief to assign responsibility for the loss – often putting unnecessary blame upon themselves or others which can cause further issues personally or with relationships.
For a considerable period of time, it was widely believed that humans process grief by moving through five stages – you may have even heard the ‘Five Stages of Grief’ model developed by Swiss American psychiatrist Elizabeth Kübler-Ross in 1969.
This model suggests we move through five distinct stages:
There is now new research and a consensus that while this model is helpful in understanding grief processing – all humans experience their emotions differently.
Also, the grief we experience is very contextual and most psychologists have a better understanding how other existing mental health struggles will impact how we respond to loss or grief.
Online grief counselling delivered via telehealth is not a new concept and was already growing at a steady rate prior to 2020.
However, during the global pandemic two factors at play greatly accelerated the adoption of online grief treatment:
Forced social distancing which made e-health and online treatment the norm
Increased feelings of loss such as sudden passing of otherwise healthy loved ones, the loss of previously stable employment and that many relationships struggled during extended periods of lockdown.
At Online Psychologists Australia, our dedicated and professional team help patients of all ages, genders and backgrounds deal with and process their grief using empathy and understanding alongside evidence-based methods proven to help unpack and experience grief in a normal and healthy way.
Medicare rebated grief counselling with a caring and experienced Australian psychologist.
One of the misconceptions with online grief counselling when compared to face-to-face support is that it’s not rebated under Medicare or as part of a Mental Health Care Plan – this is not the case.
At Online Psychologists Australia our sessions are rebated through Medicare.
You’ll be individually matched with an expert psychologist that best meets your unique needs and preferences so your online grief counselling can be as effective as possible.
Coping with grief and loss
Everybody’s experience with grief and loss is different, however there are several common or consistent responses we frequently see when helping individuals process grief, these include:
Intense feelings of sadness
Trouble maintaining a normal, healthy routine
An inability to stop blaming yourself (or others)
Self-isolation or withdrawal from support systems
Issues with focus which can impact school or work performance
Self-destructive behaviours such as excessive drinking or substance abuse
Feeling numb or detached from the emotion
In some circumstances, known as complicated grief, the emotions around the loss can become very intense, signs of those experiencing this type of grief include:
The inability to enjoy life or experience any positive emotions
The feeling that life is not worth living
Deep unshakeable sadness and sorrow
Speaking to a professional and receiving grief counselling with Online Psychologists Australia is Medicare rebated, allowing you to focus on healing.
What are the common symptoms of depression we encounter?It is important to remember that we all experience symptoms of depression from time to time, and that may not necessarily mean you are depressed. Everybody suffers from depression in their own unique way and no two experiences are identical, however, there are a number of common symptoms we encounter, which are often summarised by feeling down, miserable, sad or hopeless – the loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities you may enjoy. Symptoms can include: Withdrawing from friends and family Restlessness Feeling perpetually tired and fatigued Inability to concentrate or focus on one task Issues with sleep Mood swings Loss or change of appetite Relying on alcohol or sedatives Feeling overwhelmed, unhappy, irritable and sad Thoughts of worthlessness or hopelessness
How do we treat depression?All of our psychologists are highly trained professionals with a history of success when treating patients suffering from symptoms of depression. Our psychologists don’t prescribe a one-size fits all approach to treating depression, but rather employ a host of evidence-based treatments and therapies proven to help alleviate the symptoms of depression. Your dedicated and personally matched psychologists may use any number of the following techniques: Schema Focused Therapy Assertiveness Training Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Solution Focused Brief Therapy Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy Compassion Focused Therapy Behavioural Therapy Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
What are the benefits of seeking help?The upsides of seeking and receiving help for depression are immense. The experienced and professional team at Online Psychologists Australia have seen hundreds of patients experience benefits such as: Improved relationships and friendships Improved physical health Improved sleep and rest Improved feelings of happiness and a restoration of energy Feelings of a burden being lifted Sharper thinking and a better memory A healthier lifestyle A lower risk of future depression, as patients are often better equipped to deal with depressive periods
Get online grief counselling with a professional psychologist today
Reaching out and accessing support for grief can be tough, however the benefits of doing so can be lifechanging.
Our warm, empathetic and understanding team of professionals are ready to help.
At Online Psychologists Australia, we offer a free, no obligation 15-minute consultation where we’ll personally match you with a psychologist that best meets your unique needs.
All of our sessions are claimable through Medicare.
Get the help you need today.
"The privacy and comfort of having sessions online, but still face-to-face over Zoom made me feel so much more at ease. I was able to open-up much quicker and felt like I was making progress after just my first session."
What our clients are saying
"Being able to book in appointments that work around my schedule has been incredible. Speaking to Rob has had the most positive impact on my mental wellbeing given the isolation I experienced in 2020."
"The fact I was able to get medicare rebate on my sessions made the whole process so much easier. I've already recommended Online Psychologists Australia to a few friends that have been struggling lately.
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