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 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

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

Most people will experience some sort of loss at one point in their lives. Grief is a reaction to any form of loss. Grief involves a range of emotions and reactions and is experienced differently by everyone. Grief counseling helps to emotionally prepare you for the anticipated passing of a loved one, help you manage feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance and support you during the process of healing and acceptance.

— Daria Stepanian, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

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

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

Grief is about so much more than death. Sometimes my clients are giving the loss of purpose they feel now that they've retired. The loss of a sense of place and belonging after moving into assisted living. The loss of the mom they once knew, as she slips into the grip of Alzheimer's. I always say - grief is everywhere - we are surrounded by it. Sometimes grief is sadness, sometimes it's relief. Most of the time it's everything in between.

— Tamara Statz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Saint Paul, MN

-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 ,

Loss has crashed down on you. Loss of a loved one, a home, a job, a community you loved, your own cancer diagnosis. Your feelings express themselves in unwanted places. You need to talk, but don’t want to burden those around you. You worry that if you start crying you will never stop. The way you coped in the past isn't working for you anymore. You don't know what to do or where to begin.

— Anna Bradshaw, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Madison, NJ

I received grief training during my internship at Agape Hospice. I worked with individuals who had experienced the death or impending death of a loved one and it was an honor to work with clients who were grieving.

— Mary Ann Wertz, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

Grief is an intense emotion but one that we must experience before healing can occur. Grief can include death of a loved one - including pets, divorce or other break-up, a friend or family member moving away, empty nesting, miscarriage, and infertility. Grief can also visit with positive changes. When we experience a change and we are forced to let go of familiar patterns, our nervous system needs to adjust as well, often causing conflicting emotions.

— Jennifer Reynolds, Counselor in Lakewood, CO

Losing someone can be the one of the hardest transitions that you will go through in life. Unfortunately, everyone in your life has a 100% chance of dying and you will at some point experience the pain of grief and loss. As a certified Grief Recovery specialist, I have worked with clients in this difficult phase in their life to move forward and continue living productive lives. When you lose someone, you don't move on from that person, you move forward with that person in a different capacity.

— Leon Banister, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Miami, FL

Grief work is a specialty of mine. We all get wounded in our family of origin. Some wounds we know about but most are either on a sub or unconscious level. In order to heal these wounds, the easiest way is to follow the grief we feel inside. The tools we use are Feelings and Intuition. This allows us to enter our "Inner World". We can follow our grief into our teen, adolescent, childhood and early childhood years. That's how we can heal those wounds. A Master Therapist can help you navigate.

— Robert Teister, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Ballard, WA

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

We all experience grief and loss throughout our lives. The way our minds and our bodies respond are unique and individual to each of us alone; there is no prescription for handling grief, no algorithm to direct us through loss. I meet every client wherever they are - emotionally, spiritually - to ensure a safe, supportive and loving environment as we walk together through this period in the clients' lives.

— Dylan Haas, Mental Health Counselor in Boise, ID

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

My training in grief started as a volunteer for a local hospice center and was continued throughout my training as a doctoral student. I have had the opportunity to work with patients who experienced anticipatory grief related to receiving a terminal diagnosis (cancer), complicated grief of loved ones, and grieving spouses of loved ones who died suddenly and those who died as part of a prolonged medical diagnosis.

— William Heard, Therapist in Chicago, IL

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