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

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
 

Grief and loss can come in many forms, due to many situations, both expected and unexpected. I work to help educate my clients around the different stages of grief and loss, and assist in identifying their own unique experiences, where they are at with coping, processing each emotion and feeling that is encountered, and find healing.

— Krystal Marcinkiewicz, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Beaverton, OR

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
 

I work with you to journey through grief whether it has entered your life due to a death, loss of a job, divorce, or other painful losses that happen to us all throughout our life. I am here to witness your journey and provide a safe space for you to express all the conflicting and difficult emotions that come with this visitor we call grief. "We don't have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to" -Brene Brown.

— Sonia Fregoso, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

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, Counselor in Portland, OR

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. 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 help moms who experience loss during any stage of pregnancy.

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

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.

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

Nothing in life can prepare us for losing someone we love. When these losses occur in your childhood, though often not intentional, the support you needed to attend to the pain and confusion may not have been available leaving you alone with intense emotions and an inability to cope. This may have created further trauma during this vulnerable time in addition to the loss itself. You may find yourself triggered during any form of loss as an adult. Healing for your broken heart is possible.

— Leanne Lemire, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Phoenix, AZ
 

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

Grief functions in our lives on multiple levels and in many different circumstances. It is a process that requires attention and acceptance ... and it doesn't have a time table or expiration date. Grief is difficult; at the same time, there are potential gifts to be found when people allow themselves to recognize and then release these intense emotions as often as is necessary.

— Cindy Purifoy, Marriage & Family Therapist in Overland Park, KS
 

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

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
 

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

I am here to sit with you in your pain and loss. To hear you and be with you, without wanting to change you or make you feel better.

— Jenna Gross, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Thousand Oaks, CA
 

Experiencing grief is personal and people experience grief differently. You may experience crying spells, feel anxious, worried, sad, depressed, have trouble sleeping. Grief is an intensely emotional experience and often shows up in our bodies as fatigue, nausea, aches & pains, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping. If you are experiencing loss and grief, therapy can help.

— Ania Scanlan, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Roseville, MN
 

Any kind of grief and loss is breathtaking. You are left feeling shocked, forgetful and helpful. But grieving shouldn't be done alone. I am here to listen and give you the support to feel without judgment or expectations. Your grieving process will be validated and you will begin to find light, meaning, and purpose again. Even though you will forever miss your loss, you will find a new path. Your journey will continue and you will find joy again.

— Kasia Ciszewski, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Mount Pleasant, SC

Grief and loss show up in many forms including but not limited to life transitions, identity changes, job shifts, aging, injuries and illnesses, divorces and breakups, estrangements and death of loved ones both expected and unexpected (including suicide). These losses can bring up a range of complex feelings. In addition to the struggle with of the loss itself, loss can have an impact on other areas of life as well. I help guide people through their grief and find ways to live with what has happened and build their lives to be more of what they want for the present and future.

— Jami Howell, Psychologist in Portland, OR
 

Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®

— Marlena Butler, Therapist in Brentwood, TN