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Grief Counselling based in Footscray and Mill Park

We want to support you by informing you more about grief counselling and encourage you to reach out to our service.
Losing someone close to you or grieving a big change in your life can be a very deeply emotional time. The loss can be sudden and unexpected or a long enduring journey with someone experiencing a terminal illness. A person's grief and loss are personal and intimate and support around the person should respect this. No one grieves in the same way and at SPT we make every effort to sit with the person's emotional pain. Prolonged grief can also be connected with some issues like 'unfinished business' or processing emotional trauma attached to the loss that needs to be worked through. Our counsellors are here to sit with you in your grief and loss but also to explore how life looks now and what the future holds.

Grief happens to everyone and it is an important part of being human. We want to support you with grief counselling but also to inform you about grief. When we lose someone important to us or when something horrible happens and something is lost, grief occurs. In Australia, talking about grief and knowing how to support someone feels difficult. Someone grieving is often left alone as people don’t know what to say or they feel that giving them ‘space’ is the best answer. Grief is also seen as a very short period culturally, with people expected back to work after a short time. These assumptions and pressures leave the grieving person feeling isolated from others and judging themselves for.

Grief is Personal

How you personally grieve is different from others. The common ‘cycle of grief’ is mentioned by many but this cycle often misses what grief looks like. The stages of shock, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance is a very linear and concrete way to look at grief. The person is then judged based on their behaviours with people saying ‘oh you're in the angry stage’, with the grieving person feeling more unheard. It is better to look at grief using the dual process of grief that shows that a person can have points of being ‘loss oriented’ and ‘restorative orientated’, meaning they can have times of focusing on their life, doing new things or focusing on self and then have times of missing the deceased person and feeling low. There is no one way of grieving. Culturally there are differences too but this does not mean that everyone in that culture needs to grieve the same.

Grief isn’t just about death

We can grieve about many different things throughout our life. We can grieve the loss of a partner through a divorce, we can grieve the loss of driving or being independent after a serious accident. We can also grieve for a loss of a role like being a dad or the change in a relationship when a child grows up and leaves the family home. We can actually miss this kind of grief as we battle through a change like a divorce. It is important to work through these emotions as the process can help move the person towards moving forward and celebrating new roles they may not have thought of.

Grief counselling with Safe Place Therapy Footscray and Mill Park

People experiencing grief feel like they can't talk to the people around them as they are also grieving. They may also feel that they should ‘get over it’ and ‘move on’. By doing this we carry the grief and nothing changes and we continue to feel low. At Safe Place Therapy we want to create a space with you that is safe. Talking about the person or thing you have lost can be very hard and so you need to find a grief counsellor that will be in your corner. At Safe Place Therapy we pride ourselves on being:

Affordable and flexible: our session costs are much more reasonable than others, and we offer low-cost options and Medicare rebated sessions to eligible clients
human first and professionals second: Our clients love that we don’t lecture them or preach as an expert. Our job is to be a human being and work with you.
We offer support and understanding: We want to understand your story and unpack your experience, working with you towards your goals.
We are a safe place: This is more than just a physical safety, it’s about providing unique and tailored therapy that is non-judgemental and appropriate for each individual.


Appointments cost $130 per session.This is well below many other services who charge $160 or more. Safe Place Therapy does offer a lower cost rate for clients needing this. Please contact us directly if you have any questions.

Medicare rebates can be claimed for counselling with Prue Gilligan. This needs to be arranged through your local GP and getting a referral to our service. If you would like further information please contact us.

If you would like to discuss with us your grief and loss experience we encourage you to make contact us on 0411 791 089 or email to make a time? Click on the booking button below.

The suburbs Epping, Thomastown and South Morang are close to our Mill Park office. The Footscray office is very close to Newport, Yarraville and Williamstown. Make a time today

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