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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Losing someone or something we care about can have profound impacts on us. It can change how we understand the world, our relationship to ourself, and can feel so big we don't even know how to talk about it. My goal is to help you explore the variety of reactions you may be having, think more about past experiences with grief and loss, and develop some tools around coping with this massive change in your life.

— Karen Noyes, Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

I support clients experiencing not only a physical loss of a loved one, but also losses during phases of life.

— Emma Jimenez Manley, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Bereavement and grief aren’t light-hearted topics. 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 such as coping with post suicide loss or overdose.

— Catherine Ray, Clinical Social Worker in Fishers, IN

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

I have worked with individuals, families, and groups regarding the topic of grief and loss, in both the medical and mental health fields for the past 30 years. Grief and loss can be experienced as a result of death, relationship loss, occupational loss, and through health-related issues. I work with clients consistently that have experienced these issues.

— Tara Galyardt, Clinical Social Worker in Wichita, KS

My path of specialites began with my first hospice experience in my mid-20s and caring for my godmother. Since that time, I have solely focused my learning and experience in gerontology, death and dying and bereavement. As a hospice and palliative care medical social worker, I have worked with anticipatory loss and grief, complicated grief which might include multiple losses, challenges of mental illness, lack of support, and life transitions to name a few.

— Tanya Carreon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado Springs, CO

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

Losing someone or something you love is hard. What's more, is that no one really understands what it feels like for you. Your experience with grief is unique and speaking about how you currently feel in the midst of gut-wrenching loss is a key to finding your way through other issues as well. If we leave our grief unattended, it will be a strenuous task to find your way out of other underlying issues. Walk with me and we can find a path which provides you with comfort and peace.

— Dylan Daugherty, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

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

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 Philadelphia, PA

You’ve suffered an immense loss. It is completely shattering. You feel a deep sense of sorrow and despair. It sometimes comes in waves. The pain has changed you. It may feel difficult to touch, but it needs processing.

— Julia Lehrman, Psychotherapist in San Francisco, CA

Grief has been the throughline in any mental health/social services position I've ever held. I believe we can grieve any change at all, and have supported numerous people through death related losses, divorces, retirement and other life transitions, seasons of illness, and changes to family composition. I am a Certified Grief Professional and have participated in numerous trainings to refine and improve upon my ability to support grieving hearts.

— Caylin Broome, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Atlanta, GA

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

— Tianyu Zhang, Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

We currently live in a culture that is adverse to feelings of grief and loss, as evidenced by the many "quick fixes" none of which actually work. Loosing something or someone can be extremely difficult and painful and we have to learn how move through grief by feeling it and learning how to carry it within us in a way that can be transformative. When we loose someone or something important to us even though they or it may be gone, it is still a part of who we are.

— Jessica Kremm, Professional Counselor Associate in Tigard, OR

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

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

Grief has you waking up throughout the night, holding back tears. You feel like you are falling apart. You wake up unsure of how to get through the day with all your pain and a pit in your stomach. You miss them. You are a private person who doesn't want to feel like a burden to others. You have tried reading the books, but there is so much you feel and think about. I help individuals who are grieving be with their pain and create new healing paths as they live their life fully.

— Laura Garcia, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Modesto, CA

The experience of grief is universal and there is no avoiding it. However, we are not taught the harsh reality of grief - the small details that can set us into a tailspin, the length of time it lasts, and how to navigate others' discomfort with our experiences. I am here to give you the space to process loss, to work through grief, and to offer hope that it doesn't feel this bad forever.

— Shannon Hendrickson, Clinical Psychologist in Phoenix, AZ