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Episode Info: On this episode of the Make a Mental Note podcast, Ajita Robinson, a licensed clinical professional counselor, discusses clients who are grieving losses – either physical or symbolic - and how they can be helped to cope with those losses. Give it a listen and find out why this episode is worthy of a mental note!  Get the show notes on the "Make a Mental Note" page at Click here to subscribe to the Make a Mental Note podcast: Mental Notes: * Placing clients in the role of the expert about themselves is important to provide them with a sense of control. * Some clients come into therapy feeling frustrated with regard to how they are dealing with their losses. They feel as though they are “supposed to” grieve in a particular way and this gets in the way of them properly dealing with the loss. It is not uncommon for them to be self-critical about the way they are grieving – feeling as though they are not grieving in the “right way.” The lack of self-compassion and self-acceptance about where they are is huge. * Many clients come into counseling wanting solutions to not feeling what they’re feeling instead of embracing where they are and slowing down enough to just “be.” They feel like they should be doing something; simply experiencing and accepting the way they are feeling is uncomfortable. * Sometimes clients who are grieving are so wrapped up into how others are feeling and making sure that they are taken care of that they don’t take care of their own needs. * Clients may feel guilty over not feeling sad enough and/or enjoying life or not being able to pick up the pieces and know what to do next. * Clients who lost someone are challenged to situate that person in a different place in their lives, which may be in the spiritual realm. * Grieving time varies from person to person, which makes it difficult when others (e.g., family members, friends, employers) expect the grieving person to get back to a pre-grief style of life. * There are social, cultural & gender norms that dictate how people should grieve (e.g., “Be strong” or “Don’t cry. Everything will be OK”). Howeve
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