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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There is no singular way to handle grief, and the stages are not all consecutive. For some, the feelings are acute and for others complex, in all aspects grief is a journey that I encourage my clients to be patient and authentic with themselves in. Art can help us make meaning of our loss, and guide us to a place of healing.

— Ain Eccles, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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

Grief and loss is a part of life but that doesn't mean that life can't go on after a loss. In fact, that can be the most difficulty part of grief and loss, the rest of the world seems to continue as normal. I assist people in finding meaning and reconnecting to a purposeful life. I have attended trainings by David Kessler and continue to be educated on the very human process of grief. I also have training in grief yoga from Paul Denniston.

— Katherine Doyle, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA

I specialize in Pet Bereavement. The loss of a pet is often misunderstood and undervalued by our society. I am here to help you feel heard and process through your pain. I utilize EMDR therapy to help you get back on your feet while remember and embracing your loss.

— BRIANA MESSERSCHMIDT, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Alamitos, CA

While grief and loss is experienced with death, we also experience loss is other ways, or "Ambiguous Loss" as conceptualized by Pauline Boss. This includes such things as loss of a relationship through break-up, loss of mobility, or loss of one's dream, for example. We'll explore grief and loss through this and a post-traumatic growth lens at a pace that makes sense and feels safe for you.

— Rachel Oppenheimer, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Boston, MA

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

Have you lost someone, or something, dear to you? Have you been struggling with the loss, not knowing how respond to it in some meaningful way? If the loss was due to suicide, do you feel guilty, ashamed, afraid, confused, alone, angry, bitter, or devastated by this challenging event? Have you found it difficult or impossible to talk with anyone about how you feel? You are not alone. I will provide you a safe, supportive environment in which you can explore and work through your experience.

— Peter Carpentieri SEP, LMFT, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

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

For many of us losing someone we love, whether a person or pet, or even a dream, job or goal, can be some of the most painful times in our lives. I was unprepared for how lost and scared I was when my mother died. I assumed I had all the proper tools to deal effectively with grief and the ability ‘to get over it’ quickly. That was not my experience and I sought therapy to support and reassure myself I wasn’t losing my mind when I sometimes had difficultly coping. You are not alone.

— Christina Wall, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in , OR

I first entered the counseling field in order to support people who are experiencing the grief around loss of a pet. That is still of interest, yet I have broadened my view and I welcome clients suffering all kinds of losses. I am deeply moved by the sorrows of the world and have worked with clients with compound, complicated grief, long-denied grief, and fresh, overwhelming grief. There is no way to hurry the grieving process but you do not have to go through it alone.

— Lisa Wenninger, Counselor in teletherapy only, CA

Grief is part of the human experience and it is something we all experiences at various points in life. It is painful, yet beautiful at the same time. As a former Hospice bereavement counselor, I have sat with clients in all different points of the grief process and I understand what the journey looks like. People often have a hard time relying on their support systems during grief. I'd like to help you cope with your loss and give you support as you walk through your own grief journey.

— Christine Tomasello, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Petaluma, CA

Grief can come in many forms and for many reasons: the loss of a loved one, a divorce, loss of a job, health struggles, estranged relationships, and ambiguous loss. Bereavement counseling is beneficial for those navigating the loss of a loved one. Learning how to process loss with support and intentionality will not only help move one toward acceptance, but also help to resume a full and meaningful life.

— Robyn Trimborn, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

Grief is an emotional reaction to loss and can be experienced in response to any loss, not just the loss of a loved one. Our own histories, cultures, circumstances & beliefs shape our individual grief experiences. Whether you need a safe space to talk about your loss or are in need of practical guidance for moving through the day, therapy can help. With dedication, compassion and collaboration, I help you cope, regain a sense of control & will guide you on your healing journey.

— Laura Taets, Clinical Social Worker in Westport, CT

No two grief and loss journeys are the same. Still, as a person who has experienced significant and traumatic loss of a family member, I can at least begin to know where you may be coming from. We are in the same woods, even if we may be in different "necks," so to speak. In addition to the lived experience I bring to session, I have taken additional training on grief/loss work which further influences my therapeutic approach for both individual and group therapy services.

— Brittany Bate, Psychologist in , NC

Losing someone is one of the hardest experiences in life. It's a strange and overwhelming experience that can hit us in waves. I can sit with you in this pain and loss. Together, we can help you feel strong enough and grounded enough to grieve.

— Adrian Kunemund, Psychologist in Decatur, GA

We experience loss at every life transition. Yes, we face loss with the death of a loved one. We also face loss when our child moves away to college. We face loss when we get married…and when we get divorced. We face loss with life events that are considered joyful and with life events that are full of remorse and deep sadness. Some grief and losses hit us with the force of an expected freight train. Loss is not something you can go around. The only way out is through. I journey with you.

— Emily Stone, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

At Arch Mental Health & Healing Center, LLC we treat grief and loss as well as clients who are going through cancer treatments. We also counsel families of cancer clients and have years of expertise and experience in this area. We treat those who are grieving or have experienced loss. We currently have clients aged 7-75, as our expertise is wide and extensive.

— Donna Degrasse, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in New Port Richey, FL

Grief and loss can come in many forms. Sometimes we lose people and relationships through death, divorce, distance. Sometimes the losses are sudden and violent, other times they occur slowly over time. Sometimes our losses are very personal, like when we lose a job, our health, or an unrealized dream. The many facets of grief can be difficult to navigate alone.

— Shiran Cohen, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in , FL

Therapy with me is informed by my five years spent as a hospice social worker and extensive grief and loss training. I help people deal with their grief or loss in any way they need and I understand that my clients are the expert of their own grief and loss experiences. They know nothing is off-limits, no thought or feeling will be judged, that this is a safe place to get it all out.

— Kathleen McHugh Akbar, Licensed Clinical Social Worker