Therapists for Loss and Grief in NYC

Find the best therapists for loss and grief in NYC. It’s natural to experience grief after losing someone or something important to you. Grief, after all, can offer insight into your feelings for the person or thing that you lost and prepare you for the next phase of your life. But if your grief remains intense for a long time after your loss, it can give rise to symptoms like hopelessness, irritability, and detachment that prevent you from moving forward. There are many NYC therapists with experience and advanced training in treating these symptoms.

The following therapists specialize in loss and grief. Most are based in Manhattan with the majority located in Midtown, but there are many who practice on the Upper East and West Sides and in Lower Manhattan. There are also a number of qualified therapists in Brooklyn and Queens.

If your therapist determines that a diagnosable mental health condition like depression or anxiety has developed following a loss, your health insurance may cover your sessions. NYC therapists who specialize in loss and grief accept payment from several insurance plans, most commonly Cigna and Blue Cross Blue Shield. It’s also possible to find therapists who are in-network with insurances like Medicare, Aetna, Consolidated Health Plans, Humana, and UnitedHealthcare. If you end up paying out of pocket, sessions range from $175 to more than $250 per session in NYC.

Therapy for loss and grief typically lasts 45 minutes to one hour. Sessions can take many forms as your therapist will tailor their approach to your circumstances. For example, if you’re grieving the loss of a grandparent, your therapist might employ a different treatment than if you were struggling with persistent feelings of grief following the break-up of an extramarital affair. Find vetted therapists for loss and grief below. Click on any therapist to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a great fit! To refine your search, add your fee range under ‘Payment options.’ For help from home or the office, check ‘Online video sessions’ under ‘Locations.'

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How to find a therapist for loss and grief in NYC

How can therapy for loss and grief help New Yorkers?

With the fast pace of city life, it can be difficult for New Yorkers to find time to properly grieve the loss of important people or things. As a result, natural grief that might have offered healing insight into feelings for a lost person or thing can become a prolonged bereavement with symptoms like hopelessness, irritability, self-blame, detachment, and trouble concentrating. A therapist with expertise in loss and grief can help a client through their feelings and teach them techniques to manage their symptoms.

How much does therapy for loss and grief cost in NYC?

If your therapist accepts insurance, you'd only be responsible for the copay, which is usually $20 to $40 per session. If you have a high-deductible plan, expect to pay $175 to $250+ per session until your insurance starts contributing. Similarly, if you’re paying out of pocket, therapy for loss and grief in NYC will cost anywhere from $175 to more than $250 per session.

You can also ask your therapist if they offer a sliding scale, or reduced fee, to clients with limited financial resources. In NYC, sliding scales can be as low as $100 per session.

Does health insurance cover therapy for loss and grief in NYC?

If your therapist determines that a diagnosable mental health condition like depression or anxiety has developed following a loss, your health insurance may cover your sessions. NYC therapists who specialize in loss and grief accept payment from a variety of insurance plans including Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare, Aetna, Consolidated Health Plans, Humana, and UnitedHealthcare.

You can see a therapist who isn’t paneled with your insurance, but your out-of-pocket costs will be higher as you’ll only receive partial reimbursement.

For details about your out-of-network coverage, contact your plan or search your plan documents for your summary of benefits.

Where are most therapists for loss and grief located in NYC?

Most NYC therapists who specialize in loss and grief see clients in Manhattan. The majority are located in Midtown, but there are many who practice on the Upper East and West Sides as well as in Greenwich Village, SoHo, and the Financial District.

There are also a number of qualified therapists in Brooklyn and Queens.

And while most NYC therapists see clients in-person, some offer remote or online sessions as well.

What should I look for in a therapist for loss and grief?

Before you start therapy, be sure your therapist has experience helping clients with concerns like yours. Is your grief related to the loss of a parent or other relative? The break-up of an extramarital affair? The loss of a job or position in society? If you are struggling with grief following a sudden or traumatic loss, you may want to seek out a therapist who also has training and expertise in trauma.

The better your therapist understands your situation, the more likely it is that your therapy will succeed.  The relationship between you and your therapist is also important, so be sure that you feel comfortable talking openly and honestly with your therapist about your struggles.

You should also ask about the techniques your therapist plans to use. There are several treatment options, though only some of them may suit your personality and lifestyle. Common options include cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, exposure therapy, and traditional talk therapy. To find the right fit, you may have to experiment with one or more of these techniques.

Finally, there are many grief and loss support groups available throughout NYC.