Attachment, Grief & Loss

The Impact of Grief on Our Lives and Daily Functioning

The impact of grief and loss can be overwhelming. You can be left feeling like you won’t be able to live life without a lost loved one in it; it can be difficult to imagine ever being happy again. There might be tangible changes, including losing the practical support your loved one offered you in everyday life. There are also the less visible shifts, such as the emotional, spiritual and cognitive impacts of loss.

When you care about someone and establish a bond, your own sense of self and way of relating to the world are connected to the relationship. When you lose that person, you lose the way you were with them. Sometimes feelings of conflict or issues within the relationship emerge, causing you to feel anger or guilt after a loss. The grief process can be complex and draining, especially when you are contending with daily tasks, such as going to work and managing other relationships and responsibilities.

Hypnosis and Integrative Therapy for Grief and Loss

Clinical Psychologist Dr. Sara Glazer is our expert in using hypnosis and integrative therapy to help people address grief and loss and move forward in their lives. She blends mindfulness-based approaches, attachment theory, relational psychoanalysis and self psychology, while integrating hypnosis to help the grief feel manageable. Integrating hypnosis and therapy offers an opportunity to process feelings surrounding loss, so clients feel less overwhelmed and more able to function.

Hypnotherapy can be especially beneficial for helping a client to:

  • Establish a time and space to rest from grief
  • Allow grief to feel comfortable
  • Support themselves in a compassionate manner
  • Understand and move past grief without needing to forget it
  • Connect to positive memories after experiencing loss
  • Re-engage in activities that used to bring joy

Dr. Glazer combines hypnosis with mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), self-compassion practices, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), in which she has extensive training through her doctoral program in Psychology. Her style of therapy emphasizes that relationships — with others and with the self — impact personal beliefs about the world, behaviors and struggles. The therapeutic relationship is significant in contributing to the process of therapeutic change, and Dr. Glazer strives to create an atmosphere of mutuality, safety and empathic understanding.

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