Grief Therapy

Fee-based professional psychotherapy is offered to bereaved adults, teens, children, couples and families whose loss is complicated by higher degrees of trauma, and/or additional relational or emotional circumstances.

Kara provides professional psychotherapy for bereaved adults, teens, children, couples and families. While Kara's traditional peer support model is appropriate for many clients, some clients have circumstances that complicate their grief work, such as multiple losses, complex family relationships, depression, anxiety, or stress reactions due to traumatic circumstances, including witnessing the death. Those clients may benefit from therapy rather than or in addition to Kara's peer support services. The therapy services are also unique within Kara's family of services, as couples and families can be seen together on an on-going basis, something that peer support does not offer. Kara's therapy is provided on a fee-for-service basis with a sliding scale available where there is demonstrated need. Kara continues to make referrals to other community resources and private therapists when appropriate for the individual or family.

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Clinical Team

The clinical team providing therapy to Kara's clients are therapy interns who hold Masters Degrees in Counseling Psychology and are completing their supervised clinical hours in preparation for the licensure exam. The interns have a depth of knowledge and experience dealing with the complex issues of grief and loss in addition to excellent clinical training. Their areas of interest include working with clients suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, suicide, neglect, spousal loss, terminal illness, and end of life issues. Members of the team work with children, teens, adults, couples, and families. In addition, individual members of the team have received specialized training in Child Development, Interpersonal Neurobiology, DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), Critical Incident Stress Management, and MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction). This combination of experience and training makes Kara's psychotherapy services a unique resource for our community.

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When Therapy Can Help

  • When a terminal illness or death has left you feeling unable to function the way you would like in your daily life.
  • When a loss has activated past traumas, depression, anxiety, substance addictions, or relationship issues.
  • When you are dealing with more than just a loss-you are facing other hardships in your life and the loss has made things even more complicated for you.
  • When you have experienced multiple losses.
  • When your history includes certain diagnoses, including alcohol or drug dependence or abuse, bipolar disorder, severe anxiety or depression, self-harm, suicide attempts, borderline personality disorder, or other diagnoses that benefit from skilled professional support.
  • When your family would like a series of facilitated meetings to work through how grief has affected your relationships with one another.
  • When grief is affecting your relationship with your partner and you'd like help to communicate with each other about it.
  • When your teen or child seems to be suffering more than you expected after a loss and you believe that they need skilled individual support.
  • If your teen or child is lashing out at others or seems to be doing things that are harmful to himself or herself after a loss.
  • All of the above, as well as other circumstances not detailed, may contribute to complicated grief. In such cases, the services required are beyond the scope of peer counseling volunteers and require the clinical skills that our Marriage Family Therapist Interns can offer.

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Fees and Insurance

Kara is dedicated to ensuring that therapy services are accessible to the community. Therefore Kara provides services for a reasonable fee and offers a sliding scale for clients with demonstrated need.

Kara does not deal directly with insurance companies; clients are responsible for submitting insurance claim forms for reimbursement. Upon request, monthly statements will be provided and clients may send them to insurance companies. Some insurance companies require the referral of a medical doctor, and some do not accept claims where service has been provided by an intern. Each client is encouraged to check with his or her insurance company to see if certain limitations apply.