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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I have worked in health care and educational settings. My graduate thesis was on the topic of forgiveness and my early work was in hospice. I work with individuals in private sessions and when able offer groups for grief and loss. I utilize psychoeducation and healing processes, often working with people in their first year of the grief and loss process.

— Michelle North, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encinitas, CA

There is no rule book for grief and loss. It can come in waves. It can look a lot different from person to person because we all grieve in our own unique way. I will walk with you through the trenches of grief through processing the loss you have experienced, and working with you toward a place of being able to move forward in a safe and effective way.

— Olamide Margarucci, Psychotherapist

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.Every grieving experience is different.

— Dr. Jessica Lamar, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Bellevue, WA

The grief process is disorienting, non linear and, often, lonely. But it's also profoundly natural. The work of grief is holding space for all the emotions and memories to show up as they need to, and to do so with enough internal safety to not become lost. Grief is exhausting and profoundly meaningful work.

— Ryan Chambers, Licensed Professional Counselor in Seattle, WA

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

Have you experienced a significant loss or several losses at some time in your life? Loss is life changing, but it can also be life affirming when you honor your need to grieve in your own time, not according to society's standards. Allowing yourself the time to heal is a priceless gift you can give to yourself, and in your time of loss, being kind to yourself is paramount!

— Patricia McGrath, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Hilliard, OH

Grief and loss can have a significant impact on every aspect of an individual's life, health, and psyche. Often, those experiencing loss are expected to grieve and then "move on" and "let go," often without the understanding that the experience of losing a loved one has life long effects. I provide a welcoming, supportive, and non-judgmental environment conducive to the processing of loss and grief and have experience with the complicated feelings and grief associated with traumatic loss.

— Erica Zapata Gonzalez, Clinical Psychologist in Modesto, CA

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

Grief is confusing and overwhelming. Grief can be devastatingly painful. You might feel alone, confused, angry, sad, disconnected, your world is shattered. So many feelings can swirl around with so many thoughts, it can be tough to know what you’re feeling. Your grief experience is unique to you and there are many different things that affect your grieving process. I want to know your story. I will listen, walk alongside you, share insight, and help you find the courage to heal.

— SHEILA HOLT, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Renton, WA

No matter the loss, it is important to know your grief is individual. We will explore styles of grief, factors which impact our loss experience, secondary losses, coping skills, and finding a new normal.

— Monica Cagayat, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Bothell, WA

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

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 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

-ACT as well as finding rituals to confront and honor and grief and loss. -Trained as an End of Life Doula -2022 President of Northwest Association for Death Education and Bereavement Services.

— Chris Lombardo, Licensed Professional Counselor in ,

Few people understand what it is like to grieve and most prefer avoiding the topic all together or give unsolicited advice. You may be feeling alone and sense that others are uncomfortable or inpatient when you discuss your feelings. I provide a space where you can relax, learn about, process and express your feelings freely without judgment. It can be a great relief to have someone who understands personally and professionally what grief and loss is like.

— Kaijah Bjorklund, Counselor in Portland, OR

Survivors of suicide loss. It hurts. You feel like you're hurting alone, but you know you're not. You feel like you're responsible in some way, but you know you're not. Everyday, you worry and mull over questions like "Why?" and "What if...?". You've lost someone before, but not like this. Losing someone to death by suicide feels intense because it is. You're still alive, and maybe even that alone makes you feel guilty. We know what it's like. Verve is grieving with you.

— Matthew Braman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker