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

I served as an intern at a hospice while still in school and felt that I found a certain calling in my life. There is a great honor in being able to be present for someone when they are going through such a painful transition as losing a loved one. I have done individual work as well as have led multiple groups for specific populations (spouses, parents, etc.) of those grieving.

— Alejandro Rodriguez, Mental Health Counselor in Lake Mary, FL

Humans are social beings, that we need connections with others. When we lose a loved one, whether it's a friend, a partner, a parent, pet, or anyone in between, it can feel like our entire lives and reality fall apart. I hold a space for people to cope with loss and come to grips with a new life and a new reality. I believe rather than completely "getting over" the loss, the true goal of mourning losses is to find a new place for our loved ones and our memories of them in our hearts and lives.

— Emily Garmisa, Counselor in Chicago, IL

Having experienced my own grief journey with the loss of my father, I am uniquely qualified to walk with you through your own grief, whether it be grieving the loss of a loved one, a divorce, or any life changes that bring out the experience of grieving.

— Victoria Fisher, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Grand Rapids, MI

Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. Often, the pain of loss can feel overwhelming. You may experience all kinds of difficult and unexpected emotions, from shock or anger to disbelief, guilt, and profound sadness. It can disrupt your physical health, making it difficult to sleep, eat, or even think straight. These are normal reactions to loss—and the more significant the loss, the more intense your feelings

— Elise Horwich, Marriage & Family Therapist in Tarzana, CA

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 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 worked for 11 years in Hospice as a spiritual care counselor. During that time I counseled many clients who were dying and their family members. I ran grief groups for adults and children. I also trained volunteers in grief and spirituality.

— Todd Thillman, Counselor in Lafayette, CO

You are devastated. You don't think you will ever be the same again. Your life will always be "before" it happened and "after" it happened. Whether it is the loss of a child, spouse, marriage - or realizing the relationship you *thought* you had never existed - grief is all encompassing. It gnaws at your very core. While I cannot change what happened, I can help you process the loss and move forward with a renewed sense of purpose and hope.

— Cassandra Cannon, Clinical Psychologist in San Marcos, CA

Losing someone you love deeply is one of the most challenging and painful experiences in life. It should not be done alone! Bereavement therapy can help you feel like you don't have to carry the heavy burden of loss all by yourself. Together we will make space for your loss and also put together a tool box of skills and techniques to help you navigate the treacherous waters of grief and loss.

— Jennifer Wohl, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Contrary to popular belief, grief does not happen in predictable or measurable stages. Each person’s response to grief is unique. It is big, unpredictable, and, like a wave, it keeps coming at us relentlessly. The emotions and physical impact that come with grief can be so intense that they can seem frightening, confusing, or overwhelming. At times, the grief we endure can seem unbearable and endless. Sadly, the world around us often tries to push away grief and sorrow. Asking us to “get over it” and return to normal, productive, happy lives. Yet, for those who are grieving, this often provides nothing but isolation in a world is forever changed. I offer a supportive and safe environment that provides connection, healing, and growth. A place where you can explore and navigate through your grief with someone who will help you not get lost or drown in it.

— Kimberley Mead, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

You have just suffered a major loss and feel devastated and lost. If you feel stuck and unable to move on in your life, therapy is a great way to learn how to follow natural and healthy grieving cycles. I offer a safe, gentle and non-judgmental space for you to process anger, sadness, confusion or any other feelings you might have. In therapy, I enter into the pain with you and journey with you through it, helping you understand and cope with the norms of the grieving process.

— Dillon Welliver, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Tallahassee, FL

The process of bereavement is different for everyone but so often the people around us expect for grief to be uniform, quick and tidy. I work with individuals and families who have been impacted by the loss of a loved one to find there own way through tragedy. I do not promise resolution or peace but I can promise warmth and compassion as you find your way.

— Nichole Prince, Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Beach, CA

We all experience loss in our lives whether it is the loss of an influential person, job or experience. We even experience loss and grief with \'good\' things happen, we move, have the birth or adoption of a child, get a new job, etc. We often need help and compassion to sort through the various feelings and process the steps to help us move into places of acceptance of our new situations. Comprehensive grief work can help us get through and around change with compassion for ourselves.

— Audrianna Gurr, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

My history of loss is long, from the death of my own father at a young age, to the hundreds of deaths from HIV/AIDS in my work through the heart of this epidemic. I was a midwife to the dying and have learned the skills of self-care that assist living with and healing from chronic grief.

— Julene Weaver, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

There's no 1 way to grieve, and every person handles that roller coaster in their own way. Being able to hold space for someone as they learn to live without a loved one is an awe-inspiring honor. You are so much stronger and amazing than you believe! Having ridden that roller coaster myself, over and over and over, my compassion for that struggle is deep and real.

— Wendy St. George, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bozrah, CT

Unresolved grief can drain our energy, it can close down our hearts, and it can cause us to isolate ourselves from our family and friends. Grief recovery is an educational, emotional, and powerful experience, where you will learn effective tools for coping with grief. I am a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and I am here to provide you with the support and tools to move through your grief, the time for healing is now.

— Sara Collins, Counselor in Salt Lake City, UT

Despite the messages you may have received about how to do this, there are no expiration dates and no secret steps to complete. And no rules for who (or what) you’re “allowed” to grieve—even if the rest of the world doesn’t get it.

— Sara Miller, Counselor in Austin, TX

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

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

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

Loss is one of the hardest life truths we face. Losing a loved one or something else precious can feel like life stops for you but continues for friends or family who either are handling their own unique grief or soon stop checking in. Grief can be immediate impact or re-/arise years after, especially if you weren’t able to mourn at the start. Grief can be anticipating a death, receiving a diagnosis, and be complicated. Having a sacred space for your grief is healing.

— Brittany Bouffard, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO

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