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Grief and Loss Treatment Program

Treating grief can be complicated due to the different ways that people react and respond to their grief. Even people with no underlying mental health issues will deal with lifelong emotional and mental complications. However, when grief lasts longer than a year or has a dangerous impact on a client’s life, seeking treatment is necessary to overcome the complicated grief. La Ventana’s trauma treatment centers in Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills can help clients and their families manage their grief and express their reactions in healthy ways that will help clients return to their normal lives.

The Five Phases of Grief:

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross defined five stages of grief which people may face when coping with a tragic event. Not every person will exhibit all five stages, but it is common for people dealing with a tragic event to content with at least two of the five stages below:

  • Denial: Disbelief is a temporary reaction to grief. Brief instances of denial can cushion the emotional blow of a tragic event.
  • Anger: Unfocused rage is a common response to a tragic event, though clients with grief will often find targets to blame for the tragedy.
  • Bargaining: Clients with grief may find themselves appealing to a higher power or second-guessing their actions to ask themselves if they could have prevented the tragic event.
  • Depression: Tragic events result in two types of depression: the grieving over the tragic event and the emotional reaction to the aftermath such as funeral costs.
  • Acceptance: Many tragic events inflict permanent harm on the survivors. However, acceptance allows clients to resume their daily lives – including activities that they enjoy – while remembering the tragic event and those involved.

Complicated Grief

The medical definition of complicated grief is any period of grief lasting longer than 12 months. Complicated grief can lead to additional mental disorders such as major depression and borderline personality disorder. Symptoms associated with complicated grief include intense longing for the deceased, inability to form new relationships, and the inability to resume normal life.

How La Ventana Helps Clients Cope with Grief

La Ventana’s trauma treatment programs in Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills can help clients come to terms with their grief and the tragic events that caused the grief. We will perform individual assessment to ensure that we address potential complications and effects of grief such as depression or codependency. Our treatment options include individual and group therapy, psychotherapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

La Ventana’s trauma treatment programs in Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills have comprehensive experience in handling a variety of mental health disorders. Our professional staff is eager to talk to new clients and their support network about how our individualized care services can guide clients towards recovery. Please feel free to contact us by filling out our online form, calling us at (800) 560-8518, or emailing us at

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