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Getting help with your grief starts with finding a mental health professional near you.

You can ask your doctor for a referral or look for in-network providers through your medical insurance policy.

For health insurance, a referral from your general physician might be required to see a psychiatrist.

For counselors, therapists, and psychologists, however, a referral may not be required.

See below for help finding a mental health professional near you.

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Therapy, also referred to as "psychotherapy" or "talk therapy," is a broad term for a variety of approaches to mental health treatment.

Generally, therapy involves speaking with a trained and licensed mental health professional to get help with their mental health challenges.

With the assistance of a mental health professional, therapy helps diagnosis mental illnesses, identify emotional and behavioral patterns that are the cause or symptoms of mental health difficulties, and develop effective strategies for managing mental health challenges.

An individual can rely on therapy to address specific issues (like grief) or for their general mental well being.


The main differences between psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, counsellors, and social workers relate to their educational background and their methods in treating mental illness.

Grief specialists can be found among all types of mental health professionals.

Psychiatrist

  • A psychiatrist is a medical doctor with a focus on mental illness and its treatment.
  • Psychiatrists focus on the biological side of mental health.
  • Psychiatrists tend to deal with more complex mental health issues.
  • While psychiatrists may conduct therapy, they tend to rely on medications for treatment.

Therapist

  • While used as general term for mental health professional, a therapist or psychotherapist is specifically a licensed and certified mental health professional with at least a master's degree and sometimes a doctorate (PhD).
  • Therapists help people develop strategies for managing their mental health by talking through their problems.
  • Therapists will consider deeper causes of mental illness and the ways past experiences have impacted an individual.

Counsellor

  • A counsellor is usually a licensed and certified mental health professional with a master's degree but not all states require licensing or specific training for counsellors.
  • Counsellors tend to focus on specific issues - e.g., grief, marriage problems, family problems, addiction - but may also provide general support.
  • Counsellors are usually less concerned with the deep-rooted causes of mental health challenges and are more focused on coping mechanism that can be used now.

Social Worker

  • A social worker is a licensed mental health professional with a master's degree in social work.
  • Social workers are like counsellors and help people with problems in their everyday lives.
  • Social workers focus on coordinating the mental health and other support an individual needs to deal with the challenges they are facing.
  • A social work is usually part of and more familiar with the bureaucracy and institutions that can provide mental health and other services to improve someone's quality of life.## Psychologist
  • Mental health professional with a PhD (i.e., non-medical doctor) that specializes in human behavior.
  • Help people learn healthy ways to manage their mental health and mental health challenges.
  • Diagnose mental health disorders, make referrals, and in some states, may prescribe medicine.

Psychiatrist

  • Medical doctor with a focus on mental illness and its treatment.
  • Focus on the biological side of mental health.
  • Tend to deal with more complex mental health issues.
  • While psychiatrists may conduct therapy, they tend to rely on medications for treatment.

Therapist

  • While used as general term for mental health professional, a therapist or psychotherapist is specifically a licensed and certified mental health professional with at least a master's degree and sometimes a doctorate (PhD).
  • Therapists help people develop strategies for managing their mental health by talking through their problems.
  • Therapists will consider deeper causes of mental illness and the ways past experiences have impacted an individual.

Counsellor

  • A counsellor is usually a licensed and certified mental health professional with a master's degree but not all states require licensing or specific training for counsellors.
  • Counsellors tend to focus on specific issues - e.g., grief, marriage problems, family problems, addiction - but may also provide general support.
  • Counsellors are usually less concerned with the deep-rooted causes of mental health challenges and are more focused on coping mechanism that can be used now.

Social Worker

  • A social worker is a licensed mental health professional with a master's degree in social work.
  • Social workers are like counsellors and help people with problems in their everyday lives.
  • Social workers focus on coordinating the mental health and other support an individual needs to deal with the challenges they are facing.
  • A social work is usually part of and more familiar with the bureaucracy and institutions that can provide mental health and other services to improve someone's quality of life.

Providers to Contact


Find a grief therapist near you

A grief therapist is a mental health professional who specializes in helping people deal with grief. They can provide support and guidance to help you cope with loss and process emotions.

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Find grief groups near you

Grief groups are support groups for people grieving the death of a loved one. They can provide emotional support and practical advice for dealing with grief. They can also be a place to share stories and connect with others going through a similar experience.

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Find a licensed psychologist near you

Psychologists are mental health professionals who specialize in human behavior. They can help people cope with mental health disorders, relationship problems, and stress. They can also provide psychological testing and counseling services.

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Find a psychiatrist near you

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions. They can provide psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and therapy. They can also help people with serious mental illnesses cope with the challenges of daily life.

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Find a psychologist near you

Psychologists are mental health professionals who specialize in human behavior. They can help people cope with mental health disorders, relationship problems, and stress. They can also provide psychological testing and counseling services.

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