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

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
 

I am a Certified Grief Educator, 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

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
 

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/Loss journey is as unique as each individual experiencing the loss. Grief/Loss impacts our friendships, relationships, jobs, homes, churches, communities and so much more. A loss affects each of us differently as well as the way we express and grieve that loss. None of us should be held to a time frame of when we should be over our loss. I would be honored to assist you in your time of grief and loss to assist you along your journey to healing.

— Donna Groves, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Evansville, IN
 

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

My path of specialites began with my first hospice experience in my mid-20s and caring for my godmother. Since that time, I have solely focused my learning and experience in gerontology, death and dying and bereavement. As a hospice and palliative care medical social worker, I have worked with anticipatory loss and grief, complicated grief which might include multiple losses, challenges of mental illness, lack of support, and life transitions to name a few.

— Tanya Witman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado Springs, CO
 

Grief can come in many different shapes and forms. I am a Certified Grief Specialist who focuses on helping others who are suffering from various types of grief, from the loss of a loved one, divorce, a pet, or being diagnosed with a chronic illness. You do not have to grieve alone!

— Flor Leal, Psychologist

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
 

I am a certified grief counseling specialist and actively work with clients who have experienced the passing of a loved one or having experienced a range of other losses such as loss of job, divorce, break-up of a relationship/friendship, among other issues. Each loss is experienced differently by each person and will require a unique approach.

— Ambre Hriso, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Morristown, NJ

I have counseled and trained in grief therapy. I believe Grief is part of life and constantly changes us. I help clients realize coping and healing strategies to use for a lifetime. I have education credits in Grief therapy and continue learning.

— Anita Van Dyke, Counselor
 

Grief and loss can have a significant impact on every aspect of an individual's life, health, and psyche. Often, those experiencing loss are expected to grieve and then "move on" and "let go," often without the understanding that the experience of losing a loved one has life long effects. I provide a welcoming, supportive, and non-judgmental environment conducive to the processing of loss and grief and have experience with the complicated feelings and grief associated with traumatic loss.

— Erica Zapata Gonzalez, Clinical Psychologist in Modesto, CA

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
 

At some point, we all lose someone or something important to us. I educate and guide people through the grieving process so they can avoid prolonged or complicated grief, and to find their resiliency and hope in spite of the loss. Together we can find the meaning and purpose of your loss, and your life after the loss.

— Lisa Larsen, Psychologist in Lancaster, CA

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
 

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

I first entered the counseling field in order to support people who are experiencing the grief around loss of a pet. That is still of interest, yet I have broadened my view and I welcome clients suffering all kinds of losses. I am deeply moved by the sorrows of the world and have worked with clients with compound, complicated grief, long-denied grief, and fresh, overwhelming grief. There is no way to hurry the grieving process but you do not have to go through it alone.

— Lisa Wenninger, Counselor in teletherapy only, CA