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

During the course of our lives, we all experience some form loss. While for some, it may be the loss of a loved one or close friend, for other’s their grief may be experienced after the loss of a job or divorce. As unique as the loss that is experienced, the individuals experience of grief as a result of that loss are as unique. I have specific knowledge, experience, and sensitivity surrounding grief so if you or someone you know is struggling after a loss make an appointment today.

— Brittany Male, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in North Aurora, IL

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— Cameron Small, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

Grief doesn't always begin with the death of our loved one or the end of a cherished relationship. We can also experience grief when we lose our health or have expectations for our life that won't be met. However, as we move through the tasks of grief we can learn to honor our experience, bind the broken pieces of our heart, and create a life where grief, hope, and joy can reside simultaneously. Therapy can be a lifeline of connection and compassion as you process your loss and heal your heart.

— Brooke Small, Counselor in Colorado Springs, CO

When you lost a parent at a young age, grief reappears at different developmental stages. I have experience working with young people who are struggling with unresolved grief around early losses.

— Jennifer Trinkle, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

I am a certified Grief Counseling Specialist and a certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist. My work with grief is informed by the work and research of John James and Russell Friedman, Alan Wolfelt, and Katherine Shear, among others. I work with all forms of grief, including anticipatory grief, disenfranchised grief, and traumatic grief.

— Hart Haragutchi, Mental Health Counselor

Dr. Talmage specializes in treating painful emotional states including anxiety, depression, and chronic trauma. She also has extensive experience in helping others with grief and bereavement.

— Susan Talmage, Psychologist in Dallas, TX

Bereavement Coordinator - Hospice Grief Counselor - Hospice

— Ahi Johnson, Counselor in Honolulu, HI

Personal loss can often leave us feeling lost, paralyzed or even denying ourselves the right to grieve. Feelings can be complicated and often times, our lives simply don't allow for the time it takes to work through grief, and sometimes even those that are closest to us don't seem to understand why we can't just "get over it". I help clients work through feelings of grief at their pace. I am also certified in Perinatal Loss to especially help moms who experience loss during pregnancy.

— Amy Galaviz, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

Grief and loss is a normal part of the human experience of life. We all experience loss in our life, whether this is the loss of a relationship, a pet, the longing to go back to an earlier time in life, the sadness of that which we love and enjoy coming to its inevitable end. It can be so hard to make sense of life again and to find meaning within this transition. I have studied and specialized in Meaning-Reconstruction approaches to Grief & Loss and can help you to heal your emotional wound.

— Daniel Parker, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist in Portland, OR

I particularly enjoy working with grief and loss. Grief is its own ‘emotion’ it is the purest form of sadness we can feel. And as with all emotions it is a gift to us. I use similar strategies when dealing with grief and loss, building a tolerance for sadness and tools to do that. As well as sharing and talking about our loved ones. I view grief as a doorway or a portal that we all must pass through at some point in life and it really helpful to have a guide.

— Marna Cathleen, Counselor in Eugene, OR

When you lose someone you love, your life is forever changed. My training and knowledge provide me with the capacity to support you in your own transformation as your journey through these experiences.

— Sarah Bower Ho, MA, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Portland, OR

Even with its elements of sorrow, loss, and regret, remembrance means that love for those we've lost has no final act. Through remembrance, we continue to love. Remembrance and the love it perpetuates can move us beyond grief as we remember the loss as a whole.

— Katie Wiggins, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Jacksonville, FL

Loss of any kind is difficult to cope with and society believes there is a time frame in processing grief. Grief occurs at all stages of life and can last for a variety length of time. Your grief is real and should not have a time limit. I can provide a safe space for you to be with your feelings and experience sharing your grief.

— Monique Jessie, Mental Health Counselor in Portland, OR

Loss of a loved person or pet, life dream or plan, relationship, or loss associated with health challenges, traumatic loss

— Kelly Pemberton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA

Having worked with trauma survivors, I have seen that grief and/or loss stems from various experiences, or in conjunction with the different stages of a person's life. My clients have often described grief/loss feeling as if parts of that person had been broken. I also facilitate a monthly grief group with survivors of community violence wherein we try to address the complicated feelings associated with sudden loss, dealing with systemic injustice, and random acts of violence.

— Ana DeSantiago, Clinical Social Worker in Berwyn, IL

Grief is complicated and can be very hard to work through on our own. I provide a safe and comfortable, non-judgmental space to explore your thoughts and emotions surrounding the loss. We will work at your own pace and begin to learn how to resolve the overwhelming emotions and start on the path to healing.

— Tara Farley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Gladstone, OR

I have extensive training and experience in grief and loss from my work as a hospice and hospital chaplain. I have been leading grief groups for two decades as well as providing grief counseling for individuals and families.

— Lynn Acquafondata, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Rochester, NY

I have experience working with issues related to grief, loss and bereavement. Grief is a normal process and can occur with any loss in life. Sometimes it takes longer to feel able to move forward again without additional help. I am trained in the treatment of complicated or prolonged grief and issues related to feeling stuck and unable to move on after a loss.

— Anna Diamantis, Licensed Professional Counselor in Stamford, CT

Grief is a normal, natural, and expected response to loss. The grief process has many ups and downs. Even though there are some common experiences, the grief journey is unique for each of us. The loss of a loved one, infant loss, miscarriage, pregnancy termination, infertility, divorce, end of a relationship, loss of a pet, illness, accident, job termination, or moving are significant life changes that can result in grief. Grief is an exhausting yet necessary process for integrating loss.

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

Grief and loss is, at it's core, a loss of connection. My work in this area focuses on creating an environment where you can mourn your loss, identify where connection has been ruptured, and begin to imagine what life will be like moving forward.

— Brittany Boney, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

Over the past 23 years I have worked with clients who have had varying degrees of grief and loss. Each person’s grief may be different from the next. There is no set time that a person is supposed get past grief as it is dependent on the individual, the relationship, and the depth of the grief.

— Anette Badchkam, Counselor in Ave Maria, FL

Have you experienced a loss recently or even years ago? Feeling the effects like it was yesterday? You are not alone, the loss of someone special, a pet, a business or a relationship in our lives in often supported in the short term, but misunderstood and unsupported in the long term. In my work with grief I will listen, hold space for you and whom or whatever has been lost and your grief. Together we will work towards healing the loss and transforming your relationship with grief.

— Kathleen Day, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

For the past three years, I have worked at a nonprofit organization that helps people living with a cancer diagnosis. During this time, I have worked extensively with various forms of grief. I am more than comfortable talking about death and dying as well as the unique grieving process we experience with the loss (or anticipated loss) of a loved one. I have also worked with forms of grief that are not tied to death.

— Kyle Stepler, Counselor in Greenwood, IN

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

Death and loss are a part of life, but each one can hit you in unique ways. I have personally had many deaths in my life, and through those grieving processes, I have developed a desire to support others in their grieving. Through my training in the mental health field, I can offer tools and perspectives to help you process the loss and pain you feel.

— Christi Proffitt, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

Trained in David Kessler's treatment of Grief Trained and experienced with Grief Recovery Method

— Roberta Wasserman, Therapist in Severna Park, MD

We lose things all the time. People, places, jobs, pets, cherished items; all of which can impact us in serious ways. When the loss is not healing, when it feels like we are getting worse, not better, that is a time to look to counseling. In therapy we unravel the complex attachments we form to the things that matter most and how to heal when we feel lost and empty.

— Alana Brunacini, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ