Being there, listening, reflecting, focusing and building rapport are all an essential part of effective counselling. Whilst at the moment, we can't physically be in the same room, we are working with our existing clients to offer support in other ways, through telephone calls and remote counselling.
We know that bereavement, loss and grief can cause us huge pain and sadness. It can leave us feeling alone, confused and fearful. It’s really important to remember that whilst grief and bereavement can impact our mental health, they are not mental illnesses. These feelings are entirely normal and are part of the healing and change process we all go through after experiencing a profound loss.
For the vast majority of people these feeling will become easier to live with as time goes by. Talking to family members, friends and colleagues about how we are feeling is one of the best things we can do to help make ourselves feel better and we know that sometimes this can be a long and slow journey. Organisations such as Cruse, Samaritans, Mind and NHS 111 also have helplines and resources that can help with grief, loss and wellbeing.
On rare occasions people may still be experiencing significant problems long after the bereavement has passed. In cases like these we know that expert, clinical support can make a difference and that’s where Teesside Hospice Bereavement Counselling Service focusses its work.
If your bereavement was over six months ago and you are still finding that you are having serious difficulties we are here to help. Our trained counsellors can help you to understand your feelings, how they are impacting you and develop tools and techniques that will reduce and alleviate their impact.
We have an online system that will allow you to refer yourself & gather some general information. If you meet the criteria for support one of our team will contact you to arrange an appointment.
We do our counselling face to face (when safe to do so), by video and phone. The referrals will ask for your NHS number. If you don’t know this, this link shows you where to look.
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