Many have the sense that the loved one is still alive or bound to return soon. They continue to engage in automatic responses aimed at restoring closeness to the deceased and withdraw from social and recreational activities.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy for CG aims to alleviate symptoms by accomplishing three goals: the loss needs to be processed and integrated into autobiographical knowledge, problematic beliefs and interpretations need to be identified and changed, and avoidance strategies need to be replaced to aid adjustment. The authors hope their conceptualization will facilitate research on CG and will help others who fail to recover from loss.
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Paul A. Boelen is an assistant professor at the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology of Utrecht University in The Netherlands, a psychotherapist at the Ambulatorium of Utrecht University, and in a private practice. His research has focused on the assessment and cognitive behavioral theory and treatment of Complicated Grief. Dr. Boelen is available for media questions and interviews.
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