GRIEF COUNSELING IN ORANGE COUNTY
WE ARE GRIEF COUNSELORS
Welcome to Ashley Hudson Therapy
You may be feeling numbness, an inability to enjoy life, intense sorrow. We understand, and we are here to help.
We help people by educating them on what grief and loss is and listening deeply to their pain while walking with them through the process of grief and loss.
If you are ready to start feeling better, schedule an appointment with a grief counselor today.
Our approach to Grief Counseling
Most people will experience grief at some point in their lifetime. Typically, people associate grief with a loved one or a pet dying however, we can feel grief by a breakup in a relationship, a loss of a job, loved ones moving away, broken dreams, or any other major life transition.
Everyone experiences grief differently and uniquely. In several instances, people think they need to be “fixed” or there is a particular way to process grief. Grief doesn’t work like that. Grief is tangled and messy. There is no straight line to experience grief. The sense of loss can be earthshattering and incredibly painful. So painful that some people who are experiencing grief and loss shut off their feelings and are left feeling numb.
When working with someone who is grieving over a loss, sometimes they might equate moving forward as having to forget about that person, place, experience, or loss of relationship. In grief counseling, several individuals don’t realize that their current grief and loss might bring up past unresolved trauma and grief. Our approach to grief counseling is helping individuals understand and be aware of how they grieve.
Processing grief and loss is individualized and unique to that specific person. We create a safe place where individuals who are grieving can explore whatever thoughts and feelings come up for them. In grief counseling, we help people recognize all their feelings and emotions and accept all those feelings as valid. We help people find ways to communicate their needs with others and increase support around them so they don’t have to feel alone in their grief journey.
As grief counselors in Orange County, we see people who are questioning their own mortality and meaning in life after a loss. Grief counseling can help you move forward by honoring those cherished, reflecting on current and past grief, communicating needs of others, and discover what life looks like in the future.
If you feel ready to explore your grief and heal from your loss, contact a grief counselor today.
GRIEF COUNSELING FAQs
Do you provide in person therapy?Yes, I provide in person therapy and online therapy. Typically, it is whatever feels convenient and comfortable for the client.
What is the length of therapy?There is no definitive answer to this question. Though it’s safe to say some individuals find a few sessions are sufficient, while others choose to continue long-term (over 20 sessions). Often individuals choose to continue to work with me through additional layers as they arise while others choose to address additional items outside of the therapeutic context. We can collaborate together to help you make the ultimate choice for yourself.
What do I need on my first appointment?Prior to your appointment, please complete and sign the consent form, intake form, and good faith estimate.
Why choose online therapy?Online therapy is special in its own way because you can sit and chat with me from the comfort of your own home, office, car, or where ever feels most comfortable for you. Life is busy and full of commitments. Online therapy saves time on commute, relieves stress on rushing to make your appointment, and helps with worries of childcare. Also, sometimes it is hard for others to open up in an office setting. Online therapy is a great alternative and it allows you to sit in a place of your choosing that might help relieve those barriers.
Why don't you take insurance?I like the ability to be flexible and customize my clinical approach based on my clients needs in a way that benefits my clients without being limited by insurance companies. Insurance companies require mental health professionals to provide diagnosis and treatment plans reducing confidentiality. In addition, insurance companies can limit the number of sessions and can deny request to increase number of session a client can have.