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.

Get professional grief counselling,
online today.

We offer a free 15-minute initial consultation to match you with the right psychologist.

 

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:

  1. Denial

  2. Anger

  3. Bargaining

  4. Depression

  5. Acceptance

 

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:

  1. Forced social distancing which made e-health and online treatment the norm

  2. 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

  • Suicidal thoughts

Speaking to a professional and receiving grief counselling with Online Psychologists Australia is Medicare rebated, allowing you to focus on healing.

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How do we offer online grief and loss support?


At Online Psychologists Australia, all of our psychologists are expertly trained professionals with a history of success when supporting individuals processing loss and grief.

Speaking to a professional and receiving grief counselling with Online Psychologists Australia is Medicare rebated, allowing you to focus on healing.

Our psychologists never prescribe a one-size fits all approach to offering support with grief, but rather employ a host of evidence-based treatments and models proven to help you process grief in a healthy way, which will allow you in time to return to living a happy and content life.

No two individuals are the same, so counselling will differ based on your unique needs and preferences.
Some of the methods our team will use to help you process grief include:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Providing a safe space to speak and mourn freely
  • Providing small tasks to build on over time
  • Working through J W Worlden’s ‘Four Tasks of Mourning’




What are the benefits of receiving grief counselling online?


The fact that the treatment and counselling is available online means the barrier to engaging is much lower – this makes it much easier for individuals to take the first step and process overwhelming feelings of grief in a healthy way.

Other benefits of engaging in online grief counselling include:

  • Added flexibility around treatment times (after or even before regular working hours)
  • Reduced pressure or stress for the individual
  • Private and discreet sessions
  • Medicare rebated sessions
  • Patients often feel more comfortable engaging in counselling online, and this can actually speed up their healing process
  • Patients are more likely to keep up consistent sessions due to added convenience




What can you expect from online grief counselling?


Before you officially start your counselling – you’ll have a free 15-minute consultation so that we’re able to match you with a psychologist that best meets your unique needs, and your preferences.

Once you begin treatment, the psychologist treating you will take the time to understand you as an individual. You will find the conversation takes place in a completely safe, private and comforting manner – your highly skilled psychologist is there to help you overcome your loss.

Depending on your individual needs and circumstances, the psychologist supporting you can draw on a range of evidence-based methodologies to help you accept the loss and move forward with your life.





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.

Andy, 28

"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

Liz, 41

"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."

Amita, 22

"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.

Get professional grief counselling,
online today.

We offer a free 15-minute initial consultation to match you with the right psychologist.

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