Grief Counselling

We offer supportive and effective therapy for grief

When we lose someone important to us or when something horrible happens and something is lost, grief occurs.

People experiencing grief feel like they can’t talk to the people around them as they are also grieving. They may also feel that they should ‘get over it’ and ‘move on’. By doing this we carry the grief and nothing changes and we continue to feel low.

Grief happens to everyone and it is an important part of being human. We want to support you with grief counselling but also to inform you about grief. 

In Australia, talking about grief and knowing how to support someone feels difficult. Someone grieving is often left alone as people don’t know what to say or they feel that giving them ‘space’ is the best answer. 

Grief is also seen as a very short period culturally, with people expected back to work after a short time. These assumptions and pressures leave the grieving person feeling isolated from others and judging themselves for.

Our specialist are here to sit with you in your grief and loss but also to explore how life looks now and what the future holds. We want to support you by informing you more about grief counselling and encourage you to reach out to our service.


A couple of things to know about grief

Grief is personal

How you personally grieve is different from others. The common ‘cycle of grief’ is mentioned by many but this cycle often misses what grief looks like. The stages of shock, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance is a very linear and concrete way to look at grief. 

The person is then judged based on their behaviours with people saying ‘oh you’re in the angry stage’, with the grieving person feeling more unheard. 

It is better to look at grief using the dual process of grief that shows that a person can have points of being ‘loss oriented’ and ‘restorative orientated’, meaning they can have times of focusing on their life, doing new things or focusing on self and then have times of missing the deceased person and feeling low. 

There is no one way of grieving. Culturally there are differences too but this does not mean that everyone in that culture needs to grieve the same.

Grief isn't just abouth death

We can grieve about many different things throughout our life. We can grieve the loss of a partner through a divorce, we can grieve the loss of driving or being independent after a serious accident. 

We can also grieve for a loss of a role like being a dad or the change in a relationship when a child grows up and leaves the family home. We can actually miss this kind of grief as we battle through a change like a divorce. 

It is important to work through these emotions as the process can help move the person towards moving forward and celebrating new roles they may not have thought of.

Our approach to grief counselling

Losing someone close to you or grieving a big change in your life can be a very deeply emotional time. The loss can be sudden and unexpected or a long enduring journey with someone experiencing a terminal illness.

A person’s grief and loss are personal and intimate and support around the person should respect this. No one grieves in the same way and at Safe Place Therapy we make every effort to sit with the person’s emotional pain.

Prolonged grief can also be connected with some issues like ‘unfinished business’ or processing emotional trauma attached to the loss that needs to be worked through. 

At Safe Place Therapy we make every effort to sit with the person’s emotional pain.

We create a safe space foor you. Talking about the person or thing you have lost can be very hard and so you need to find a grief counsellor that will be in your corner.

Grief counselling

Finding the right support for grief can feel difficult. Help is here, just reach out for it.  At Safe Place Therapy our grief treatment is effective. We are here to help you.

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FEES: Individual Telehealth Counselling (Skype/Zoom or Phone) $130
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Bulk billing may be available upon request

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Our Therapists

Coby Liew Counsellor Safe Place Therapy

Coby Liew

Counsellor | Social Worker | Clinical Hypnotherapist

Coby is exceptionally passionate in mental health practice and he has extensive experience working with clients from various backgrounds and cultures.

He believes in the importance of being present to your needs while travelling alongside you as you find your way through grief and loss. He sees grief as a normal emotion and works from a framework of health, capacity building and strength, rather than treating grief as a deficit or illness.

Coby is down to earth, honest, reliable, and practical in his approach to counselling and contemporary psychotherapy.

He communicates fluently in several languages including English, Mandarin, Malay, Cantonese, Hakka, and Bahasa Indonesia

Sophie Manente Therapist

Sophie Manente


Working through anxiety or depression can be difficult, but can also lead to some great changes in a person’s life.

Sophie has worked with people experiencing these issues extensively and uses a range of evidence-based approaches. She aims to work alongside you to achieve your goals, and work at the pace that feels right for you.

She provides a warm and non-judgmental space to work through your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and create meaningful changes.