Alison Hunter Therapy
Counselling, Psychotherapy, Coaching in Glasgow Southside & Online

Talking about grief

Given how monumentally different the world has been for the last eighteen months, I think grief is not too strong a term to describe how many of us are feeling. Aspects of life we took for granted (going to friends houses, eating out, children at school, hugging) are now non-existent or if they are possible, their continued presence can feel very fragile. This brings about an enormous amount of change and with change there is always loss. Even when it may be change we are generating and want to happen, we will still experience some loss.

It can be difficult when we are in the midst of grief to always recognise it as such. It is also a pretty broad term and can be felt in such varying ways by different people. In order to help process the grief and feel more able to integrate the feelings into daily life, it’s important to first recognise what it is. Understanding what has led to grief is essential and often surprising. Whilst we understand that having someone we love die will lead us to grieve, we are often less willing to accept other instances, which can also generate a sense of loss.

Once we know what has led to the grief we can then start unpicking the impact it is having on us. If we ‘re not feeling obviously emotional about something, it is easy to deny there is an issue. Yet, more often than not, we will experience the impact of loss through many indirect ways. Perhaps your relationship is feeling stuck, you’re finding it harder to be around people or you’re less motivated at work? All of these situations can be a result of subconscious strategies we employ to deal with grief. Once we have this understanding, we are then in a much better position to start feeling the grief and helping it move.

My Location

My counselling, psychotherapy and coaching practice in based in the Southside of Glasgow. It is within easy reach of Shawlands, Pollokshields, Giffnock, Newton Mearns and the city centre.

I work with clients both face-to-face and online. Please contact me to discuss what may work best for you.


Counselling and psychotherapy are talking therapies that can help just about everyone, regardless of age, race and gender.
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“I approached the counselling process with a certain level of trepidation and anxiety. However Alison was able to be supportive and reassuring, creating a safe environment. The sessions were undertaken at a pace I felt comfortable with and it was clear Alison was able to respond to my individual situation which was multifaceted. I found the process helpful and beneficial.I would be more than comfortable approaching Alison in the future should the need arise.” Anonymous, Glasgow