Grief or Loss

Grief and loss are a part of the human condition. Grief is typically considered to be brought on by the death of a loved one, but can also be triggered by any significant life-altering loss (such as a divorce or the loss of a job). Grief is a natural response to loss, but that doesn’t make it easy to deal with.  Symptoms of grief may include sadness, loneliness, anger, denial, depression and a myriad of other thoughts and feelings.  There is no “normal” amount of time for grief to pass, but if you find that your grief is not improving over time or that it is interfering with your everyday life, you may want to consider seeking professional help. A qualified grief counselor can help you to cope with the physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and cognitive responses to loss. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s grief experts today.

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I believe that grief is one of the hardest emotions to navigate. It's universal and it really freaking sucks. It often feels like healing is one step forward and forty-seven steps back. You might be doing okay and then all of a sudden a sight, a sound, a smell runs you over like a freight train and you feel back to square one. Whether someone you love has received a terminal diagnosis or you're ready to deal with a loss that's lingered for years, I'm deeply honored to join you on your journey.

— Shani Leichter, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Grief work is a specialty of mine. We all get wounded in our family of origin. Some wounds we know about but most are either on a sub or unconscious level. In order to heal these wounds, the easiest way is to follow the grief we feel inside. The tools we use are Feelings and Intuition. This allows us to enter our "Inner World". We can follow our grief into our teen, adolescent, childhood and early childhood years. That's how we can heal those wounds. A Master Therapist can help you navigate.

— Robert Teister, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Ballard, WA
 

The last thing that anyone wants to go through is death or loss. If you’re wondering how you are going to face tomorrow, cope with shattered dreams, or feel like you can’t do this on your own, you are not alone. We will work on processing any unresolved expectations, traumatic memories, emotional distress, reducing anxiety , exploring feelings of guilt, discussing beliefs of shame, and establishing routines.

— April Thomas-Kenney, Clinical Social Worker in Fort Morgan, CO

I've volunteered in groups and camps with Hope Hospice to help bereaved kids and families. We've done this at overnight weekend events and through regular recurring meetings in the office. I recognize many other losses in addition to death. And I can often help adults understand how loss impacts everything through the child's eyes.

— Joy Cannon, Counselor in Austin, TX
 

Grief and loss come in many shapes, from the death of a loved one, to the loss of a job, a relationship, or physical abilities. Many people are experiencing a loss but don't recognize it as such until we begin to talk about it. I am a certified grief counselor in addition to being board certified in general counseling. No two grief journeys are identical although there are landmarks that can provide some guidance along the way. I will be honored to walk with and support you on your journey.

— Alicia Polk, Licensed Professional Counselor in Belton, MO

My clinical training included work at an area grief center. I am passionate about helping people with both anticipatory grief and those in the midst of bereavement.

— Michael Crowdes, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lakewood, OH
 

I began my career in the hospice field, working with people as they neared end-of-life. For almost a decade I counseled patients and families in their anticipatory grief and after a death in their bereavement. Sitting with the dying, supporting caregivers, and holding space for those in mourning has been my training ground for supporting people in grief. Recently, I have also counseled employees and teams who are dealing with losses of colleagues due to COVID-19.

— Carly Bassett, Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

Survivors of suicide loss. It hurts. You feel like you're hurting alone, but you know you're not. You feel like you're responsible in some way, but you know you're not. Everyday, you worry and mull over questions like "Why?" and "What if...?". You've lost someone before, but not like this. Losing someone to death by suicide feels intense because it is. You're still alive, and maybe even that alone makes you feel guilty. We know what it's like. Verve is grieving with you.

— Matthew Braman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 

Many clients find me by searching for support after a miscarriage or stillbirth. I've worked with many people who have experienced this uniquely painful loss. This kind of grief is not only about the loss of your baby, but also the loss of all of your dreams for your child, the loss of the idea of what your family would look like, the loss of a part of you and your identity, and anything else your pregnancy meant to you. It takes as long as it takes to move through grief, so don't rush yourself.

— Kayce Hodos, Counselor in Wake Forest, NC

Many clients find me by searching for support after a miscarriage or stillbirth. I've worked with many people who have experienced this uniquely painful loss. This kind of grief is not only about the loss of your baby, but also the loss of all of your dreams for your child, the loss of the idea of what your family would look like, the loss of a part of you, and the loss of your expectations for your pregnancy. It takes as long as it takes to move through grief, so don't rush yourself.

— Kayce Hodos, Counselor in Wake Forest, NC
 

For Highly Sensitive people, grief sticks around longer, losses are more difficult to get over. It can feel like there is something wrong with you for not being able to move on in the same way as your friends. There is nothing wrong with you. Healing is possible.

— Bronwyn Shiffer, Clinical Social Worker in Madison, WI

For many years, I worked in animal rescue and animal welfare in the Bay Area. I volunteer with Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco, California, and rescue senior dogs. As someone who has loved and lost two senior dogs over the past several years, I understand the pain that comes with losing a companion animal. If your loved one passed over the rainbow bridge, you are not alone. This space will honor your grief and support you in your journey.

— Maureen Backman, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Pacifica, CA
 

I have counseled hundreds of families and individuals through the hospice process. I know that grief can often feel like a wall directly in front of you. It follows you day in and day out and separates you from the world. It can be an incredibly isolating and painful experience that feels endless, and yet others often expect you to "get over it" and "get better already". My goal in grief and loss work is to create a space for you where you can grieve in a way that feels right to you.

— Grace Gould, Counselor in Austin, TX

I have been trained to provide grief counseling and that includes knowledge of different models of grief and bereavement, treatment approaches, and common issues that emerge when one is grieving. I tend to utilize psychoeducation, mindfulness, supportive therapy, and Brainspotting to assist with treatment.

— Michael Johnson, Psychologist in Gilbert, AZ
 

You may be feeling overwhelmed with grief, knowing that a disability or difference you don't accept is life-long. You may not want this concern to define you and are worried that you'll never be able to get past it. Let's work together to find solutions to your feelings of inadequacy and your sadness and anxiety.

— Patrick Tully, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Loss can be an incredibly isolating experience. It can feel like no one knows the right thing to say & that your pain will never end. If you’re wondering how you are going to face tomorrow, cope with shattered dreams, or feel like you can’t do this on your own, you are not alone. There’s no “normal” timetable & typically no right or wrong way to grieve. Whether your loss occurred recently or long ago, you deserve space for processing & honoring your grief.  I'm here to help.

— Madalina Coman, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Gatos, CA
 

I have completed specialized coursework in grief and loss and have worked with clients who needed grief counseling.

— Chanel Brown, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate