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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Loss can be both tangible and intangible. Perhaps the person you "lost" is still sitting in your living room struggling with mental illness and just so different from the person you knew. Or maybe the person you lost is you, and you're trying to find your way. To lose a loved one goes far beyond death and dying, but the ambiguous loss of losing someone when the loss itself isn't clearly defined is messy. Learning to grieve your expectations, hopes, and dreams is the work we will do together.

— Patrick Castrenze, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Saint Paul, MN

Grief and loss is an inevitable part of life. Compassionate, understanding support can be the foundation for adjusting to the new normal and healing.

— Deahdra Chambers, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Biscoe, NC

Grief and loss affect all of us at one time or another. Coping with grief and loss - whether it is sudden or expected - is a highly individual process. Such losses can dramatically affect our ability to cope. It can be very scary and unimaginable for us to think about plans for the future without our loved one. Grieving becomes complicated when our loved one died from a traumatic event or suicide. Please reach out if you are struggling with these issues.

— Jennifer Melerski, Clinical Psychologist

My work with those enduring loss spans a variety of people: those who have lost a loved one to COVID, those who have lost a job, or gone through a challenging break up. But my grief work has also included learning to make peace with an estranged family, allowing space to mourn a disappointing or painful childhood, and processing feelings connected to sobriety or sober curious choices. Grief is about attachment and change, and my approach honors those responses.

— Emily Brenner, Art Therapist in New York, NY

As a therapist, I've walked with many through grief's journey – sadness, anger, confusion. It's okay to feel all of it. We'll create a safe space to honor your loss and explore your emotions. Together, we'll find healthy ways to cope and navigate this challenging time. You're not alone in your grief. Let's heal and move forward, at your pace.

— Aaron Powell, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Vancouver, WA

Grief is heavy. "There is a sacredness in tears. They are not a mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition & of unspeakable love." I support people learning to live with the absence of a loved one as they build a new life. Grief may be the heaviest human emotion. Healing is not about finding "closure," rather movement forward, living life that includes a lost loved one.

— Thomas J. Pier, Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance.

— Thomas Giardini, Psychotherapist in New York, NY

I spent two years providing grief and loss support to individuals and families in the hospital. I then facilitated grief and loss groups for middle school students and adults dealing with addiction, and have worked individually with adults, teens, and children dealing with grief and loss. I have presented professionally on grief and loss.

— Margaret Keig, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Maitland, FL

No one sets out to start a family thinking they will experience infertility or be thrust into the grieving process. But for many, this is their experience as they yearn to start a family. Depression, anxiety and increased levels of stress are commonly known to be associated with each. Many feel isolated and alone in their experiences and do not feel their closest friends or family are able to relate or offer solace.

— Jennifer Perera, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Springfield, NJ

You may be grappling with the death of a loved one, life change, or another form of loss. Together, we'll deepen into the complexities of grief and loss, honoring your unique experience while providing tools to cope.

— Judy Huang, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

I have over 16 years of experience helping people accommodate around their grief/loss. Grief is often misunderstood and can lead to additional emotions that are above and beyond the grieving experience. My expertise in this area can help you identify the emotions that are associated with grief/loss, and what emotions are connected to something else entirely - and more importantly, what to do about it.

— Jacquelyn Strait, Psychologist in Friendswood, TX

I want you to know that it's okay to grieve. Grief and loss can feel like an insurmountable hill, but I'm here to help you climb it. Together, we can navigate your grief journey, acknowledge your feelings, and find ways to help you cope. Whether your grief stems from the death of a loved one, a divorce, or even the loss of a home, remember that your emotions are valid and necessary for healing. Let's start this journey together, shall we?

— Jennifer Haendel, Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate in Nashville, TN

You lost someone close to you and maybe at first your friends and family were all there for you but now it feels like they have moved on and you haven’t. You don’t want to burden your loved ones with these heavy feelings but you just can’t seem to get past feeling like the loss just happened. I can help you move through this difficult time. I provide somatic based tools to help you start the healing process.

— Amy Goins, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Dallas, TX

Grief wears many faces—whether it’s the heartache of losing a loved one, the ache of a breakup, the emptiness after a pet’s passing, or the shock of a job loss. As your compassionate guide, we will untangle the "emotional spaghetti" you might be dealing with waves of sadness, guilt, anger, and that gnawing feeling that life will never be the same. We’ll build coping skills, find meaning, and rediscover joy. Because healing isn’t linear, but it’s possible.

— Dr. Nichole Vincent, Clinical Psychologist

Grief is about so much more than death. Sometimes my clients are giving the loss of purpose they feel now that they've retired. The loss of a sense of place and belonging after moving into assisted living. The loss of the mom they once knew, as she slips into the grip of Alzheimer's. I always say - grief is everywhere - we are surrounded by it. Sometimes grief is sadness, sometimes it's relief. Most of the time it's everything in between.

— Tamara Statz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Saint Paul, MN

I specialize in working with climate- and eco-grief, as well as working with grief and loss in general.

— Laura Carter Robinson, Clinical Psychologist in Ann Arbor, MI

Following my own journey to parenthood, my passion is helping women and men with the hardships that can arise when building a family. I have more than 15 years of experience, specializing in helping clients coping with miscarriage, pregnancy loss, and postpartum issues. I completed the 10-month Fertility Counseling Postgraduate Course with Sharon Covington, MSW and Dr. Linda Applegarth, EdD and am certified in perinatal mental health (PMH-C) by Postpartum Support International.

— Maureen McCartney, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

If you’re looking for a straightforward, non-judgmental, and empathetic therapist who specializes in grief – you’ve found her. I’ve built my practice around both research and lived grief experience, and strive to meet my clients wherever they are in their grief process. I’m aware that grief radiates through every arena of your life and I believe that through our work it can be integrated, so that grief isn't the loudest voice in the room.

— Lori Zaspel, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , PA

I received grief training during my internship at Agape Hospice. I worked with individuals who had experienced the death or impending death of a loved one and it was an honor to work with clients who were grieving.

— Mary Ann Wertz, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO