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Vocabulary for a Counsellor - Sadness



It is important that a counsellor has a good command over different words for emotions. There are many words to describe the sadness and all words are not having the same meaning. Each word can be applied in a different context and with slightly different shades of meaning.


Take the emotions of Sadness. It is a dominant human emotion. We can use the phrases, "What is the reason for your sadness", I can understand your sadness" throughout a session. But if we make effort and learn more words for the emotion with different shades of meaning, the client will feel better understood. We may also help them to understand their emotional state better.


Here is a list of some words that mean sadness but with some more meaning attached to them.

Agony, anguish, despair, discomfort, gloom, heartache, heartbroken, melancholic, misery, mourning, pain, regret, remorse, unhappy, woeful. dejected, depressed, despondent, distressed.


If wish to learn in-depth about Grief and how to help people around you who are in distress, Certificate in Grief Counselling, ( 8-week, once a week two and half hours session) is beginning next week with an option of the weekend(Sunday 11:00 am to 1:30 pm) and a weekday batch (Wednesday, 10:30 am to 1:00 pm). Contact Sadiqa Patel on 9886044221 or Sujatha Jayaram on 99000 02509

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