Grief can be the one of the most painful types of emotional experiences in our lifetimes. Our sense of time and self can feel warped. The loss and pain can come in waves. Going through this kind of experience requires extra care and support, because we are truly not meant to grieve alone. We can discuss the complex feelings that arise from these moments, recognize them without judgement, and identify ways to stay rooted and grounded amidst the storm.
Sometimes life throws us curveballs. Or maybe life presents us with something we expected but going through it is still extremely painful. The end of relationships, changes in employment, moving, experiencing major illness or injury, and losing a loved one are considered the most stressful life events. It's common to feel overwhelmed by uncertainty and pain. We can acknowledge the fullness of these changes and work together to ensure short-term coping and long-term healing.
Anxiety thrives on uncertainty, discomfort, and what we can't control. Sometimes we learn to avoid anxiety through procrastination, perfectionism, and other ways of disconnecting from the feeling. This can become a cycle that heightens anxiety over time. We can identify how systems of oppression, culture, and other learned behaviors contribute to this pattern. We can develop tools together to make anxiety more manageable.