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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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, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

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 Intern in , OR

Losing a loved one can be one of the most devastating experiences of your life. The feelings of loneliness and despair can be overwhelming. Through focused work on grief and loss, we can work together to process the intense emotions while helping you move forward without feeling like you have to "just move on."

— Jennifer Hughes, Psychologist in , TX

Death of a loved one, the aftermath of a sexual assault, endings of relationships or marriages, loss of your identity as you move through the stages of being someone's mom - these can be painful periods of loss in a woman's life. Making meaning of when our lives change in significant ways is one of the most critical steps in healing. I'm here to help.

— Leah Rockwell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Mercersburg, PA

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

The last thing that anyone wants to go through is death or loss. If you’re wondering how you are going to face tomorrow, cope with shattered dreams, or feel like you can’t do this on your own, you are not alone. We will work on processing any unresolved expectations, traumatic memories, emotional distress, reducing anxiety , exploring feelings of guilt, discussing beliefs of shame, and establishing routines.

— April Thomas-Kenney, Clinical Social Worker in Fort Morgan, CO

Death Loss, Alzheimer's, Caregiving, End of Life, Miscarriage, Parenting after Loss, Caring for Aging Parents, Anticipatory Grief, Life Limiting Illness, Cancer Diagnosis.

— Heili Lehr, Counselor in Northglenn, CO

Grief is my jam! While honoring your unique experience, I help you sort out the tangled mess of emotions grief has left you in, find creative ways to honor your loved one while still feeling connected to them, and learn how on Earth (pun intended) to rebuild your life without your loved one being physically present. Ready to begin finding strength again during the midst of this struggle? You, courageous human, have come to the right place!

— Dr. Nichole Vincent, Clinical Psychologist

I took electives in graduate school around grief and loss and how to best approach and treat them as a mental health clinician. I then began working in palliative care and then Hospice (where I still work occasionally) where I had the distinct honor of working with patients, families, and caregivers around end of life issues and anticipatory grief. This work became a major passion for me and remains so at this time.

— Rachel Stapleton, Clinical Social Worker in Kirkland, WA

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

You may be feeling overwhelmed with grief, knowing that a disability or difference you don't accept is life-long. You may not want this concern to define you and are worried that you'll never be able to get past it. Let's work together to find solutions to your feelings of inadequacy and your sadness and anxiety.

— Patrick Tully, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist 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, Counselor in Wake Forest, NC

I've worked with clients on a variety of grief and loss scenarios, from parental loss to loss of employment. I've worked for 30+ years on my own complicated grief & loss in psychoanalysis.

— Anne Crawford, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

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 previous experience in working as a bereavement coordinator. This means I have walked along families as they went through the process of making arrangements for the loss of a loved one. Though that is my prior experience, I also believe that you can have grief and loss in a myriad of different forms and that all are worth exploring. Whether that be a physical loss of a loved one, the loss of job, the grief of a hard transition, or of unmet expectations. All are worthy of tender care.

— Jessie Murray, Counselor in SeaTac, WA

I have been trained to provide grief counseling and that includes knowledge of different models of grief and bereavement, treatment approaches, and common issues that emerge when one is grieving. I tend to utilize psychoeducation, mindfulness, supportive therapy, and Brainspotting to assist with treatment.

— Michael Johnson, Psychologist in Gilbert, AZ

Im a Certified Grief Counseling Specialist and love working with my fellow brothers and sisters who have served and have been impacted by loss. I believe in our family of origin we learn about loss and how to deal with loss, and sometimes we learn how to not deal with it at all. Let me help you find healing in the grief process and how to honor those we have lost.

— Jesse James, Addictions Counselor in Vancouver, WA

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.

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