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 am a Certified Grief Counselor, trained under David Kessler, the world's foremost expert on loss. I have personal loss experience and understand the life changing effects of loss. I am dedicated to helping others with loss.

— Deborah Hovater, Licensed Professional Counselor in Mobile, AL

After experiencing my own NDE and the loss of several members of my family my journey took me to understanding grief and loss in not only a clinical manner of treatment but also as a soul journey. Grief is an integration into your life. It often changes your life, perceptions and philosophies of life in many different ways. We look at spiritual perspectives, develop coping mechanisms, traverse through guided imagery, sound, movement and while using and creating rituals that honor your loss.

— Jessica Waters PhD, Psychotherapist in Littleton, CO
 

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

I am trained and certified as an advanced grief counseling specialist. I have been the go-to therapist at my agencies for all things related to losses. Grief and loss are not just about mourning the death of someone, but its mostly about the loss of connection to people, things, roles, and places that we have and the belief systems we hold about ourselves, others, and the world around us. Let me be your safe space to breathe, heal, and grow through whatever loss you are enduring.

— Shanty Robbennolt, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lansing, MI
 

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

Grief is technically defined as an emotional reaction to an irrevocable loss. It can affect different aspects of our lives. Although it's usually associated with the loss of a loved one, there are other conditions that lead to bereavement. This can be the end of a marriage, as well as physical losses, such as a chronic medical condition, diminishing vision or a struggle with another important person in your life that can not be redeemed.

— Gilbert Bliss, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Hunt Valley, MD
 

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

I completed my entire counseling training working within the cancer/chronic illness field and continue to do so. Grief and loss is an essential part of a process and have supported hundreds of people through the grieving process as they lose a loved one or grief the loss of the life that has changed. Additionally, I have completed specialized training through Hood College's Thanatology program and was an award recipient of the 2022 Donna Mowry Thanatology Award.

— Jill Gray, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in St. Petersburg, FL
 

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 have worked with clients who have lost many loved ones in their lives. The process of grief is very personal and healing is at their own individual pace. The grief cycle is not linear and I recognize that my client's needs are very personal to what they need on this healing journey.

— Dixie Willis, Mental Health Counselor in Littleton, CO
 

I work with a wide variety of individuals ranging from 14 to 74, some of which struggle are working through the healing process from grief and loss. Whether losing a loved one, a friend, a fur family member, a career or working through personal health concerns; having someone to walk through it with you helps provide the support and healing needed most.

— Jon Soileau, Licensed Professional Counselor in Kansas City, MO

I have extensive experience working with critically ill patients and their loved ones both during their illness and after the death of a loved one.

— Marlene Feder, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
 

Change is the only constant, and everything must change. Which is hard. Because whereas change is good, loss is painful. Let me guide you through the process of accepting your loss. Loved ones and pets leave a hole in our lives and we are never the same. We will look at the meaning of loss in your life as well as explore unexpected feelings that may be arising.

— christine loeb, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encino, 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
 

I've volunteered in groups and camps with Hope Hospice to help bereaved kids and families. We've done this at overnight weekend events and through regular recurring meetings in the office. I recognize many other losses in addition to death. And I can often help adults understand how loss impacts everything through the child's eyes.

— Joy Cannon, Counselor in Austin, TX

I have specialized training in the Grief Recovery Method.

— Jenna Vandenberg, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Orlando, FL
 

I have counseled hundreds of families and individuals through the hospice process. I know that grief can often feel like a wall directly in front of you. It follows you day in and day out and separates you from the world. It can be an incredibly isolating and painful experience that feels endless, and yet others often expect you to "get over it" and "get better already". My goal in grief and loss work is to create a space for you where you can grieve in a way that feels right to you.

— Grace Gould, Counselor in Austin, TX

I have been working with grief for almost a decade. I felt this was a calling back in graduate school and continue to build on that knowledge to better serve my clients.

— Morgan Fitzgerald, Licensed Professional Counselor in Edmond, OK
 

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