Kathleen McHugh Akbar (she/her)

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I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works with adults in Illinois, New Jersey, California, & Florida. My speciality is grief and loss.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Jersey


About My Clients

You may be reading this because you’ve experienced a very difficult loss or transition in your life. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one or a pregnancy. Perhaps you are struggling as you or a relative begin hospice care or approach the end stage of a disease. You might be grieving a beloved pet or the end of a meaningful relationship. Loss, although universal, can feel isolating and unbearable to endure. I can help you cope – you don’t need to go through this alone.

My Background and Approach

Through my work helping others navigate grief and death, I’ve been described as a “bright light in a time of darkness.” I’m a warm and welcoming therapist with a deep understanding and capability for helping people who are struggling. Therapy with me is informed by my five years spent as a hospice social worker and extensive grief and loss training.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

Working in the grief and loss field, I understand that our American culture is very uncomfortable with death and dying. I believe we would all benefit from moving closer to normalizing death, talking about our own mortality, and having end-of-life preference conversations. Apart from my grief therapy profession, I also volunteer managing a large community of interfaith families, and my young children (along with us) have attended significantly more human rights rallies and political protests than I ever did as a child. If you want to learn more about me, I welcome you to reach out and schedule a free consultation.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Lyra Health
I offer online counseling in the following states:
I have experience with the following
  • Atheism
  • Christianity
  • Islam
  • Interfaith
  • Multifaith

At A Glance

  • Experience: 9 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $100 - 175/session

Reach out to Kathleen