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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In the UK, I had specialized training in the bereavement counseling. I provided counseling at a bereavement service to persons from all over the world, ranging in age from their late teens to their late-fifties, who had lost loved ones from cancer, unexpected sudden health conditions, or traumatic events. I also provided palliative care counseling to patients at King's College Hospital. Everyone experiences grief and loss in a different way. I can support you to process your grief your way.

— Melanie Chitwood Accepting New Client, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in -person in Seattle & Auburn with video sessions for persons in CA, FL, and the rest of Washington State.,

Certified Grief Informed Professional (CGP) through Evergreen Certifications. Grief shows up in so many areas of our lives, it's not limited to a death of a loved one. Big part of trauma healing is grieving. Grieving of what could have been, the support and protection we haven't received, what our life would have been if we didn't experience trauma, etc. Fertility issue lead to a whole range of grief reactions that need to be acknowledged and felt.

— Olga Goodman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in El Cajon, CA

I have specialized training in the Grief Recovery Method.

— Jenna Watson, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Orlando, FL

Besides learning how to be with my own grief and loss, I find the issues of grief and loss to be especially important because our culture is uncomfortable and seemingly unable to allow us the space and time to grieve our many losses.

— Rene Laventure, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Bellingham, WA

We grieve over loved ones that are no longer with us. This can be the most painful times of our lives. We also grieve over other losses included loss of health, loss of past special moments that will never come back, loss of friends due to distance, etc. Grief and loss is often confused with depression. Both often have deep sadness but the treatment is very different. The best way to heal from grief and loss is to identify and talk about the loss and its significance.

— MIchele Medwin, Licensed Professional Counselor in ,

I served as an intern at a hospice while still in school and felt that I found a certain calling in my life. There is a great honor in being able to be present for someone when they are going through such a painful transition as losing a loved one. I have done individual work as well as have led multiple groups for specific populations (spouses, parents, etc.) of those grieving.

— Alejandro Rodriguez, Mental Health Counselor in Longwood, FL

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

As a survivor of loss, I know that the typical platitudes can feel empty and can provoke anger towards even the most supportive person in your life. Know that you will receive no such hollow words from me. What you will receive is a place to feel safe to feel or to not feel, skills to manage those feelings, and greater insight into your patterns so that you can feel more in control of the life you deserve to live.

— Matthew Taylor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New Smyrna Beach, FL

I believe that grief is a journey that is unique to all of us, and that there is no right or wrong way grieve. I will provide a safe space for you to share your unique experience with grief as we explore your own grief process.

— Mindy Robbins, Clinical Social Worker in Phoenix, AZ

Grief and loss are normal aspects of experience that too often are complicated by a lack of support or resources, unrealistic expectations about the grieving process, and social pressures to quickly "resolve" one's grief. While it can be valuable to draw upon what has been helpful for others, each person's path with grief is unique. Working with grieve typically involves finding ways to preserve aspects of the meaning and bond of the relationship while processing through the painful emotions.

— Louis Hoffman, Psychologist in Colorado Springs, CO

Change is the only constant, and everything must change. Which is hard. Because whereas change is good, loss is painful. Let me guide you through the process of accepting your loss. Loved ones and pets leave a hole in our lives and we are never the same. We will look at the meaning of loss in your life as well as explore unexpected feelings that may be arising.

— christine loeb, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encino, CA

I work with people who have experienced the death of a loved one, including survivors of homicide victims. I also help people process other types of loss, such as divorce and relationship loss, job loss, and life transitions.

— Julie Collura, Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

The grief that often accompanies a loved one’s death, loss of relationship, change in health status, big move, change in work, or other significant life event can easily become overwhelming. Sadness is common, but anger, guilt, regret, disbelief, and other emotions are also common and make sense in the face of grief. I provide space for you to explore how to integrate such losses into your understanding of yourself and figure out how to move forward with life when you’re ready.

— Augustin Kendall, Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

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

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

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

Complicated grief/loss: Unresolved grief/loss: Anticipatory grief/loss:

— Amy Ruth Crevola, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Corvallis, OR

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