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 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

During my career, I have given a lot of professional support to clients who have been faced with complicated and uncomplicated grief reactions. I am particularly interested in assisting with spousal loss or grief tied to the pandemic. Clients are invited to go on a journey through grief at their own pace. I will never give clients the message that working through grief has to be done in a certain timeframe. As many have experienced firsthand, grief does not have an expiration date.

— Erin Blasdel-Gebelin, Clinical Psychologist in New York, NY

I believe that grief and loss manifests from many experiences. It might be the loss of a loved one, an important relationship ending, a new life transition, mourning the loss of an imagined future. I've found that allowing ourselves to sit with the grief can help us process it. Allowing your grief to be witnessed can be powerful and healing.

— Hannah Muetzelfeld, Psychologist

Despite profound pain, the human spirit can mend, create cherished memories, and bear loss with resilience and laughter. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing(EMDR) aids in processing grief and separation distress, promoting positive memories and emotional release. This therapy fosters compassionate integration and adjustment, transitioning from "I cannot connect" to "I can connect"in the face of grief, all while maintaining the importance of preserving memories rather than erasing them.

— Angel Hirsch, Licensed Professional Counselor in Cedar Park, TX

I have had extensive professional experience in helping patients and their families in Palliative Care and Senior Centers, who are grieving the loss of loved ones.

— Sumantha Sen, Licensed Master of Social Work in New York, NY

You are stuck, in a cycle of grieving. You thought it wouldn't last long but now it feels like it will never end. Friends and family just don't want to talk about it anymore and so you stay silent. But it feels like you just want to scream, release the pain you feel inside. A safe space to feel and breathe again, that would be nice. A place that is finally where you can feel and not judged. Counseling around grief can be tricky but so needed. Reach out to connect with a grief counselor today!

— The Attached Counseling Collective, Licensed Professional Counselor in Marietta, GA

Claudia completed The New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care - Foundations Program, where she offered spiritual care and counsel for the sick, dying and their families.

— Claudia Narvaez-Meza, Psychotherapist in Los Angeles, CA

Many clients find me by searching for support after a miscarriage or stillbirth. I've worked with many people who have experienced this uniquely painful loss. This kind of grief is not only about the loss of your baby, but also the loss of all of your dreams for your child, the loss of the idea of what your family would look like, the loss of a part of you, and the loss of your expectations for your pregnancy. It takes as long as it takes to move through grief, so don't rush yourself.

— Kayce Hodos, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in , NC

Experiencing grief is personal and people experience grief differently. You may experience crying spells, feel anxious, worried, sad, depressed, have trouble sleeping. Grief is an intensely emotional experience and often shows up in our bodies as fatigue, nausea, aches & pains, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping. If you are experiencing loss and grief, therapy can help.

— Ania Scanlan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Shoreview, MN

Everyone will experience loss in their lives. How we grieve is a unique process, however. I work with clients to normalize their own experience while assimilating to life after loss. Grief is never about "just getting over it".

— Jessica L Packman, Clinical Social Worker in Marietta, GA

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

This is really the human experience as I've found. We all experience a variety of losses in life - from unmet expectations to changing relationships to retirement to the illness and/or death of a loved one - and we process that grief in a culture that does not support us as well as it could/should. Along with my own experiences with grief and loss, I have taken multiple classes and witnessed alongside numerous clients in their stories of grief and loss.

— Sherri Davidson, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Bellevue, WA

I spent two years providing grief and loss support to individuals and families in the hospital. I then facilitated grief and loss groups for middle school students and adults dealing with addiction, and have worked individually with adults, teens, and children dealing with grief and loss. I have presented professionally on grief and loss.

— Margaret Keig, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Maitland, FL

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

Loss is painful and complex. It can be accompanied by feelings of guilt or despair, and behaviors including avoidance, difficulty identifying your needs or setting healthy boundaries, irritability or angry outbursts, or isolation, to name a few. Grief and loss manifest so differently from person to person it’s impossible to predict its path. But you don’t have to work through it alone. With support, you can find a voice for your pain, overcome obstacles to joy, and move forward with confidence.

— Will Hector, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Madison, WI

Grief, loss, and bereavement are a world of their own. It is an ocean of emotions and sensations with waves that may be gentle or strong and choppy where we lose our footing as if consumed by it. It also provides insight into what is lost: a loved one, a community, home, land, memories, routines, and safety. How do we cope? We are told we grow around our grief, and if we are to grow, it means having a support system that allows for all the experiences that come with loss.

— Yasmin Jordan, Licensed Master of Social Work in New York, NY

Grief is a natural response to the loss of someone or something dear to us. Whether you're mourning the passing of a loved one, the end of a meaningful relationship, or a significant life change, the emotions that accompany grief can be overwhelming. It's common to feel a range of emotions, from sadness and anger to confusion and guilt. My role is to provide you with a safe and empathetic space to express and explore these emotions.

— Malory Lund, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Spokane, WA

I have personal and professional experience with loss and grief. If you are seeking therapy to cope with this pain, I'm sorry for your loss. I view the pain of grief as a reflection of how important your loved one is in your life. It would be my honor to provide emotional support, perspective and healing energy during this most challenging of times.

— James Clementi, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in new york, NY

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