Help Overcoming the Trauma and Pain of Loss

At North York Counselling Services your therapist understands the complicated nature of loss.  Find support as you process through the pain of a difficult transition or loss of a loved one.

Grief and Loss are present throughout Life

Grief and Loss

Grief is a natural response to any loss or significant change.  Throughout the span of an individuals life, some of these losses may be more painful than others.  Grief, of any kind, can involve complicated emotions which need to be processed and moved through in order to allow the grieving person to integrate the old with the new.  When Grief and Loss become overwhelming, it is important to tend to these feelings with the support of trusted friends and professionals.


The loss of a loved one can be a highly traumatic experience.  Many people feel disoriented and out of control as the worlds they knew and understood will never again be the same.  Processing the severe pain attached to grieving a spouse, child, parent, sibling, or friend can feel like a daunting and impossible task.  Being surrounded by a compassionate support system can be crucial in such times of transition and bereavement.

About Therapy for Grief, Loss, and Bereavement

In the time of difficult transitions or death of a loved one, surrounding one’s self with understanding support system can be crucial to one’s ability to move through the painful emotions associate with grief.

While friends and family may be well intended, often times individuals struggling with grief may feel misunderstood and disconnected from the people they were once very close with.



A significant transition can have the potential to change who we are at our core, which can make relating to family and friends a challenge.

After a loss, our minds, hearts, and bodies will need to readjust.  In times like these, having access to support from a professional who has no expectations from you, can allow for the space needed to process all that is involved with grief and bereavement.


Possible Themes to Explore in Therapy

Trauma and Loss

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Job Loss or Change

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Any transition involves an adjustment period, and the loss or change of a position can have significant effects on confidence levels, motivation, personal and professional relationships, and one’s overall sense of identity.  Being aware of these challenges can help support a more fluid transition.

Break Ups and Divorce

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The ending of any significant relationship can often trigger many challenging feelings such as betrayal, anger, abandonment, sadness, and grief.  Even when the end of the relationship is a good thing, there is often a period of transition which may be challenging as a break-up or divorce will call for physical, mental, and emotional re-organization in many areas of life.





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The death of loved one can evoke a multitude of  confusing and often scary emotions.   A bereaved person may feel out of control and unable to cope with a world and life without their friend, family member, spouse, or child.  Professional  support can often be helpful when exploring the complicated  and often overwhelming nature of bereavement.

Serious or Terminal Illness

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As humans, our health and abilities will change many times throughout our lives. Our sense of self is often tied to our physical bodies.  When we, or someone we love, are faced with a serious or terminal illness, the reality of our lives changes immediately and drastically. Working through the many emotions that arise alongside challenging diagnosis with a professional can help when navigating such a complicated and life altering experience.

Acceptance and Forgiveness

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With any loss, acceptance can be a very challenging notion.  While every individual will deal with their loss in their own way, finding a place of acceptance can be a necessary element of the healing process.  Exploring what it might mean to forgive and accept in the face of loss might be a difficult, but comforting, journey to embark on when one is ready.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a therapeutic intervention where talk and experiential techniques are used to aid individuals in understanding themselves more deeply while working through any number of specific challenges.

Is Psychotherapy covered by insurance?

Some insurance companies are beginning to include Psychotherapy under more advanced benefit plans.

If your insurance company does not currently cover psychotherapy, please visit the Registered Psychotherapists Insurance Committee for more information.

Who is a candidate for therapy?

Any person who feels as though they would benefit from speaking with a professional is a candidate for therapy.  If you are experiencing difficulties dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, life transitions, or any number of challenges, finding a professional to work with might be the right choice for you.

How do you choose a therapist?

There are a number of ways an individual might find a therapist.  Searching online will undoubtedly present a number of viable options. Referrals from medical professionals or friends are often useful when beginning a search for the right therapist.

While there are many factors you may want to consider, such as convenience, education, approach, etc., the most important consideration is how comfortable you feel with your therapist.  Following your instincts might be the most helpful tool in finding the right fit for you.

Talk to a therapist.

Your registered psychotherapist is committed to helping you work through your challenges.

You will have the opportunity and space to address your anxiety, depression, grief & loss, and mindfulness needs.

In a safe & supportive space.

Therapy offers you the opportunity to work through a number of problems you may be experiencing.

You will be provided with a safe and compassionate environment as you heal and grow.


With flexible appointment times.

Schedule an appointment by calling

(647)464-2091.  Alternatively, schedule online here

Sliding scale rates and flexible appointment times are available.

*Please ask if available times do not fit your schedule.  

(647) 729-7985

#2-1668 Avenue Road, North York, ON. M5M 3Y1