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.

Meet the specialists

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 Newport Beach, CA

Loss can be an incredibly isolating experience. It can feel like no one knows the right thing to say & that your pain will never end. 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. There’s no “normal” timetable & typically no right or wrong way to grieve. Whether your loss occurred recently or long ago, you deserve space for processing & honoring your grief.  I'm here to help.

— Madalina Coman, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Gatos, CA

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

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

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 Towson, MD

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

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 have specialized training in the Grief Recovery Method.

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

Grief is a normal part of a loving life, but it can be a time of confusion, isolation, and terrible emotional pain. Mourning the death of a loved one, or even an acquaintance or a change of life, can bring to the surface thoughts of one's own mortality and vulnerability to further pain. It can be complicated. Often there are collateral losses- changes in finances, community, and identity.

— Polly Harrison, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Portland, OR

The complex dimensions of loss can feel overwhelming. I also recognize that ways of the Western world may influence us to shut down or to have to act like "everything is okay" after time has passed. I gently and empathetically support your preferred way of relating to loss, and we will get to understanding this. I can hold the very tough emotions with you as we explore loss such as relationship endings, life transitions, death of a loved one, infertility or miscarriage.

— Jenna Maxfield, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO

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

For Highly Sensitive people, grief sticks around longer, losses are more difficult to get over. It can feel like there is something wrong with you for not being able to move on in the same way as your friends. There is nothing wrong with you. Healing is possible.

— Bronwyn Shiffer, Clinical Social Worker in Madison, WI

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

Grief and loss can change your life forever. Listening to my clients and helping them to understand the stages of grief can aid in minimizing their feelings of devastation. Providing emotional support and working with clients to develop skills to manage their new reality is a significant aspect of my practice.

— Alisa Zachery, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

The stories we live by can impact the severity and duration of the pain we experience when we lose someone or something of significance. Grief and loss are also complicated by a lot of other things that come up rather unexpectedly following a shock or loss of some sort, such as abandonment, past regrets or failures, or even just a change in daily routines or surroundings. I approach grief and loss in a manner that memorializes the loss, to celebrate life and learning.

— Deena Hitzke, Counselor in Tucson, AZ

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

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

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

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

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