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Frequently Asked Questions

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What's the difference between Grief Work Support and therapy?

Therapy is one of many valuable tools designed to diagnose and treat mental illnesses and disorders, but grief is neither an illness nor a disorder. It is a natural response to loss that deserves to be held and honored, not diagnosed or treated.

Therapists are only allowed to practice in states where they are licensed, and Grief Work Support can be offered anywhere.

While there are certain benefits to obtaining professional licenses and working with professionals who have gone through processes to obtain them, there are also drawbacks and risks. A professional license is a contract with the state and/or other governing body that influences treatment and care in ways that can compromise the safety, privacy, and freedom of both therapist and client. Similarly, licensed therapists can find themselves in relationships with insurance companies and other entities that protect their own bureaucratic and financial interests at the expense of both practitioners and clients. While professional licensure grants access and credibility to some, it can also create barriers, enable surveillance, and otherwise undermine the nature and quality of professional relationships for others, so it is helpful to ask ourselves what a license really guarantees, who or what licensure is intended to protect, whom it is meant to exclude, and how the answers to these questions align with our own values. Grief Work Support is not obligated to any interests but yours and can therefore center you and your experience at all times.

If the ability to report your practitioners to a licensing board is important to you, Grief Work Support is not the right fit for you.

Read more about some nuances of licensure here.

Why is Grief Work Support still Covid-conscious?

Covid-19 continues to kill and disable thousands of people each week, and it is only one of many airborne illnesses that present an existential threat to disabled, immunocompromised, chronically ill, and other medically vulnerable people. The ongoing pandemic has taught us how much better we can all do to protect ourselves and each other, and Grief Work Support is committed to practicing this kind of community care and remaining accessible to all.

How much does each session really cost?

This really is up to you.

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