Grief is a natural response to loss and coping with loss looks different for each individual person. For example, some of us may use denial, become anxious, feel depressed, engage in risky behavior, over-eat or under-eat, or feel the need to control the environment when confronted with a loss. Additionally, the type of loss we experience is different for each person. Some people may be grieving the loss of their youth, or the death of a loved one, whereas others could be grieving the loss of their hopes and dreams, or their friends. Regardless of the type of loss a person experiences, people who are having a difficult time coping with a loss may use ineffective coping mechanisms that negatively impact their life and functioning. A therapist can help you overcome the intense and overwhelming emotions that accompany grief and loss. There is no normal timeline for the loss and grieving process; a therapist will offer non-judgmental support and useful techniques as you process and acknowledge your loss. To request a new patient appointment click here.