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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It does not matter how long ago or how the loss occurred. Saying goodbye, or not being able to say goodbye is life's toughest stuff.

— Courtney Burns, Therapist in Portland, OR

Grief is one of the most crushing human emotions. It has a way of opening our eyes to what is important in life, but does so in incredibly painful ways. Grief counseling focuses on honoring the grief journey and all the emotions that come with it. I join you on the road you never wanted to walk and listen as you process your hurt, sadness, anger, and loneliness. Though grief does not have a final destination, I walk with you as its weight eventually eases as it becomes part of your story.

— Lauren Spencer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Gig Harbor, WA
 

At Arch Mental Health & Healing Center, LLC we treat grief and loss as well as clients who are going through cancer treatments. We also counsel families of cancer clients and have years of expertise and experience in this area. We treat those who are grieving or have experienced loss. We currently have clients aged 7-75, as our expertise is wide and extensive.

— Donna Degrasse, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in New Port Richey, FL

I've worked with clients on a variety of grief and loss scenarios, from parental loss to loss of employment. I've worked for 30+ years on my own complicated grief & loss in psychoanalysis.

— Anne Crawford, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
 

As a former hospice volunteer who also has a person loss history, working with those who are experiencing grief is a natural fit. I believe we must first acknowledge the loss, explore the why, and then gently move to how to move forward. We will never forget, nor would we want to forget. Instead, we learn to have a different relationship with those who have died that we still love.

— Beth Gustin, Licensed Professional Counselor in Westminster, CO

Each person's experience of loss is unique. There is no "right" way to grieve, however it can feel overwhelming and isolating to navigate this journey. My hope is to support you in creating a safe space to experience your grief in a healing way, and to support you in whatever healing looks like for you. It often feels like we are told to move past, or get over our loss. The real work is perhaps to find a way to transform our lives to hold space for our loss in a sustainable way.

— Arah Erickson, Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR
 

I specialize in working with clients who are experiencing grief & loss. I have experience as a hospice social worker and I am a trained end of life doula (death doula/death midwife). I have worked with many individuals who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

— Tara Tooley, Clinical Social Worker in Overland Park, KS

Grief & Loss are normal experiences in life. Yet, they are often overwhelming - combining experiences of sadness, fear, anxiety, surprise & disorientation, frustration, worry, loneliness, confusion & more. Grief is truly not meant to be experienced alone. The guidance of a caring therapist as well as the support of loving, friends, family & community is invaluable and truly needed. Grief takes time, comes in waves and needs expression in multiple ways, through tears, writing, talking and the

— Annette Barnett, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Saratoga, CA
 

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

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/Loss journey is as unique as each individual experiencing the loss. Grief/Loss impacts our friendships, relationships, jobs, homes, churches, communities and so much more. A loss affects each of us differently as well as the way we express and grieve that loss. None of us should be held to a time frame of when we should be over our loss. I would be honored to assist you in your time of grief and loss to assist you along your journey to healing.

— Donna Groves, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Evansville, IN

Death and loss are a part of life, but each one can hit you in unique ways. I have personally had many deaths in my life, and through those grieving processes, I have developed a desire to support others in their grieving. Through my training in the mental health field, I can offer tools and perspectives to help you process the loss and pain you feel.

— Christi Proffitt, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA
 

I have experience both personally and professionally with grief and loss. Unresolved grief is persistant and will come back in waves when you least expect it interferring with your life and often times morphing into anxiety and depression. I have experience helping with grief and loss in many settings including hospice, ICU, inperson and online. I currently hold the Certified Grief Counseling Specialist certification.

— Lindsey Blades, Clinical Social Worker in Annapolis, MD

I have worked in hospice and believe life contains grief at some point, in some way, for all of us. Healthy grieving and healthy living are synonymous, and facing what what we have lost forces us to confront how attached we are to life, and the beauty it still contains for us.

— Natalie Epstein, Therapist
 

Bereavement refers to the process of recovering from the death of a loved one, and grief is a reaction for any form of loss. Both encompass a wide range of emotions such as fear, anger and deep, deep sadness. The process of adapting to a loss can dramatically change from person to person, depending on his or her background, beliefs, relationship to the person who’s passed, and other factors.Whatever your personal symptoms are, grief and bereavement counseling have been proven to help.

— Jennifer Hamrock, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Hermosa Beach, CA

Personal loss can often leave us feeling lost, paralyzed or even denying ourselves the right to grieve. Feelings can be complicated and often times, our lives simply don't allow for the time it takes to work through grief, and sometimes even those that are closest to us don't seem to understand why we can't just "get over it". I help clients work through feelings of grief at their pace. I am also certified in Perinatal Loss to especially help moms who experience loss during pregnancy.

— Amy Galaviz, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Vancouver, OR
 

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

Being in a place of loss or grief may feel like an all-consuming heaviness to wade through. Someone may experience cycles of anger, heaviness, depression, isolation, confusion, uncertainty, identity disruption, relationship conflict, and more while grieving. Having both training and lived experience in profound loss gives me access to be able to support you in this uncertain space. I also specialize in preemptive grief that caretakers may experience during the end-of-life transition.

— Arynn Prescott, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Seattle, WA
 

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