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.

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My specialization is grief therapy work. I am a trained certified grief recovery specialist, and work with clients suffering from trauma related issues.

— Stephanie Jordan, Licensed Professional Counselor in Belaire, TX

My primary area of experience is grief and loss due to the death of someone in your life. However, I have also worked with clients experiencing death of a pet, miscarriage, or grief from a divorce/end of a relationship. I find this to be one of the most rewarding parts of my job and I am humbled to be part of such an important and sensitive part of your journey.

— Amy Ruesche, Social Worker in Colorado Springs, CO
 

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 Associate in , OR

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
 

I work with a wide variety of individuals ranging from 14 to 74, some of which struggle are working through the healing process from grief and loss. Whether losing a loved one, a friend, a fur family member, a career or working through personal health concerns; having someone to walk through it with you helps provide the support and healing needed most.

— Jon Soileau, Licensed Professional Counselor in Kansas City, MO

For many years, I worked in animal rescue and animal welfare in the Bay Area. I volunteer with Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco, California, and rescue senior dogs. As someone who has loved and lost two senior dogs over the past several years, I understand the pain that comes with losing a companion animal. If your loved one passed over the rainbow bridge, you are not alone. This space will honor your grief and support you in your journey.

— Maureen Backman, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Pacifica, 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

I have years of experience with grief and loss, both professionally and personally. I have run extensive grief and loss groups.

— Kelly Broderick, Clinical Social Worker in Brockton, MA
 

We currently live in a culture that is adverse to feelings of grief and loss, as evidenced by the many "quick fixes" none of which actually work. Loosing something or someone can be extremely difficult and painful and we have to learn how move through grief by feeling it and learning how to carry it within us in a way that can be transformative. When we loose someone or something important to us even though they or it may be gone, it is still a part of who we are.

— Jessica Warburton, Professional Counselor Associate in Oregon City, OR

-ACT as well as finding rituals to confront and honor and grief and loss. -Trained as an End of Life Doula -2022 President of Northwest Association for Death Education and Bereavement Services.

— Chris Lombardo, Licensed Professional Counselor in ,
 

Loss comes in many shapes and sizes. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor is it a lack of faith. Know that we don't "move on" from grief, rather, we move forward. Grief changes. It is a passage - not a place to stay. Ultimately, it is the price of love.

— Rachelle Dudley, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Olympia, WA

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
 

Words cannot express the level of loss you may be feeling right now across multiple areas of your life: relationships, family, home, shelter, future dreams... the list goes on. You may feel stuck or swallowed by the loss. You have likely felt angry and irritated, sad and hopeless. Where ever you are in your grief right now, you are welcome here.

— Lindsay Cade, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

Losing someone can be the one of the hardest transitions that you will go through in life. Unfortunately, everyone in your life has a 100% chance of dying and you will at some point experience the pain of grief and loss. As a certified Grief Recovery specialist, I have worked with clients in this difficult phase in their life to move forward and continue living productive lives. When you lose someone, you don't move on from that person, you move forward with that person in a different capacity.

— Leon Banister, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Miami, FL
 

I received grief training during my internship at Agape Hospice. I worked with individuals who had experienced the death or impending death of a loved one and it was an honor to work with clients who were grieving.

— Mary Ann Wertz, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

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
 

Grief can permeate every ounce of our being. In my career I have found that bereavement is instrumentally tied to ones views of life and death. It comes and goes like the wind, seemingly without personal control of our own vessel. My philosophy is we must grace ourselves with the ability to feel our feelings in our body, being self-aware of our internal dialogue so we quiet assumptions, and find a way to not get stuck. We must honor ourself and our loss so that our loss honors those we lost.

— Christian Greene, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Washington, DC

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
 

Grief and loss come in many shapes, from the death of a loved one, to the loss of a job, a relationship, or physical abilities. Many people are experiencing a loss but don't recognize it as such until we begin to talk about it. I am a certified grief counselor in addition to being board certified in general counseling. No two grief journeys are identical although there are landmarks that can provide some guidance along the way. I will be honored to walk with and support you on your journey.

— Alicia Polk, Licensed Professional Counselor in Belton, MO