Grief & Loss

The impact of grief and loss can be overwhelming. It can leave a person feeling like you they won’t be to live life without a person in it, and make it difficult to imagine that life can ever be happy again. There might be tangible changes, including losing the practical supports your loved one offered you in day to day life. There are also the less visible shifts, such as the emotional, spiritual and cognitive impacts of loss.

When you care about someone and establish a bond, your own sense of self and way of relating to the world is connected to the relationship. You are losing the way you were with that person. Sometimes feelings emerge due to conflict or issues within the relationship, causing you to feel anger or guilt after a loss. The grief process can be complex and draining, especially when you are contending with daily tasks, such as going to work and managing other relationships and responsibilities.

Clinical Psychologist Dr. Sara Glazer, Psy.D is the expert in using hypnosis to help people come to address grief and loss and move forward in their lives. Her style of therapy blends mindfulness-based approaches, attachment theory, relational psychoanalysis and self psychology, while integrating hypnosis to help the grief feel manageable. Integrating hypnosis and therapy offers an opportunity to process feelings surrounding loss, so individuals feel less overwhelmed and more able to function.

Hypnotherapy can be especially beneficial for helping a person:

  • Establish a time and space to rest from your grief
  • Allow grief to feel comfortable
  • Support themselves in a compassionate manner
  • Understand and move past grief without needing to forget it
  • Connect to positive memories after experiencing loss
  • Re-engage in activities that used to bring joy


Dr. Glazer combines her use of hypnosis with her extensive training in mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions, including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), self-compassion practices, and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), which she received from doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. Her style of therapy emphasizes that relationships, with others and with oneself, impact one’s beliefs about the world, behaviors and struggles. Given this, she considers the therapeutic relationship to be impactful and significant in contributing to one’s process of therapeutic change, striving to create an atmosphere of mutuality, safety and empathic understanding. Her style of therapy blends mindfulness based approaches, attachment theory, relational psychoanalysis and self psychology, integrating hypnosis techniques within an interpersonal lens for a variety of struggles.

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