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

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

I have extensive experience working with grief and loss of various types and take a trauma-sensitive, body-centered holistic approach in the treatment of grief. My experience includes working with complicated grief, disenfranchised grief, and sudden or ambiguous loss or death.

— Dr. Nevine Sultan, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

Having lost someone close to me from cancer, I feel prepared to guide you through the confusing and conflicting experience of grief. I will help shine a light for you, so you can attend to these feelings effectively as you recover from loss.

— Page Nelson, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

Grief is a fundamental aspect of ALL of our lives. Grief is deserving of time and space and therapeutic containment so we may live again for fully once we have felt the pain and sorrow of loss. Whether you have experienced an unprocessed death of a loved one or animal, or in pre-bereavement (anticipating the loss of a loved one or animal) I am here to support you in this process.

— Mackenzie Studebaker, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

You’ve suffered an immense loss. It is completely shattering. You feel a deep sense of sorrow and despair. It sometimes comes in waves. The pain has changed you. It may feel difficult to touch, but it needs processing.

— Julia Lehrman, Psychotherapist in San Francisco, CA

Grief is one of my primary specialities.

— Janelle Barnes, Addictions Counselor in New York, NY

Have you lost a loved one or have your deepest longings been kept out of reach? Are you struggling to accept how things have turned out in life, yet want to find a way forward? Maggie gently, compassionately, and kindly helps you process your experience and find meaning in your present day-to-day.

— Maggie Johnson, Addictions Counselor in St Paul, MN

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 work with people who have experienced the death of a loved one, including survivors of homicide victims. I also help people process other types of loss, such as divorce and relationship loss, job loss, and life transitions.

— Julie Collura, Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

Grief & Loss are normal experiences in life. Yet, they are often overwhelming - combining experiences of sadness, fear, anxiety, surprise & disorientation, frustration, worry, loneliness, confusion & more. Grief is truly not meant to be experienced alone. The guidance of a caring therapist as well as the support of loving, friends, family & community is invaluable and truly needed. Grief takes time, comes in waves and needs expression in multiple ways, through tears, writing, talking and the

— Annette Barnett, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Saratoga, CA

Grief has no time limit and it manifests differently for everyone, from walking down the grocery aisle to remembering what our life was like before we came out, grief can be complex. I work with individuals and groups to give space to reflect, heal, and continue to honor the person, identity, or life they may have lost. I would love to work with you to understand your grief and explore how your grief is a part of your life today while finding ways to aid in your healing journey.

— James Dvorak, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Burbank, CA

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

Rage, frustration, denial, the surreal, deep sadness, love, longing, numbness, guilt, nightmares, strange dreams -- Grief can be a rollercoaster. And it can be hard to find the right support around this processes, particularly in a culture that sets up the expectation that we will be able to "move on" with our lives within a period of months. Your grief process is yours. Everyone deserves a space where their process and experience with grief will be met with compassion.

— Christina Platenkamp, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

Disenfranchised grief has entered the chat. But really, I’d like to name it in this section because it is an aspect of grief and loss not commonly talked about. Disenfranchised grief is a loss that isn’t traditionally recognized by western society but has still left its mark on the heart. And for a feeling that we all experience at some point, isn’t it odd it’s not discussed more? If you’re resonating with this, we may be a good fit.

— Gina Daniel, Licensed Master of Social Work in Austin, TX

I have experience both personally and professionally with grief and loss. Unresolved grief is persistant and will come back in waves when you least expect it interferring with your life and often times morphing into anxiety and depression. I have experience helping with grief and loss in many settings including hospice, ICU, inperson and online. I currently hold the Certified Grief Counseling Specialist certification.

— Lindsey Blades, Clinical Social Worker in Annapolis, MD

Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance.

— Thomas Giardini, Psychotherapist in New York, NY