A review of research articles that describe the effectiveness of grief counseling.
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General psychotherapy intervention has developed a strong and supportive body of evidence despite its very discretionary and subjective nature. However, this evidence doesn’t necessarily apply to all of its subsets, which particularly includes grief counselling, for which the case is greatly hindered by a number of confounding variables and lacking evidence specific to that form of therapy (ADEC, n.d.).
This subject has recently been discussed among psychology publications including the APA (Larson & Hoyt, 2008, p. 347-355). The general results for psychotherapeutic grief counselling seem to be mixed and with effectiveness only applying to a small quadrant of bereaved individuals …