Loss or Grief
Grief is the emotion that you feel after a significant loss, such as the death of a loved one. You may feel many different painful emotions as part of the grieving process. Feelings of shock, sadness, heartache, anger, depression, anxiety and denial are a few of the more common symptoms, but grieving is highly personal and each individual will have a unique experience and timeline. Although typically thought of as an emotional experience, the stress of grief can also result in physical problems like insomnia, changes in weight, lack of energy, and general aches and pains. There is no right or wrong way to grieve but a mental health professional can help you to find healthy ways to cope with the pain and, ultimately, to move on.
Local Experts in Loss or Grief
Grief is a part of the human experience, yet when the pain of loss reaches our own life it can be isolating, paralyzing, scary, and feel as if the aching may never end. In our work together, I will offer warmth and hope and help you find ways to integrate grief into your daily life in a sustainable way.
I have a decade of experience professionally and personally with the process of loss and grief. Using thoughtful, compassionate, empathic therapy in conjunction with body awareness and breathwork, I can help you feel less traumatized by the pain of major or minor loss and grief. My hope is that my work with you will help you integrate your experience into a richer and more profound life right now.
My area of expertise is in grief and loss -having worked in Hospice and an Outpatient Cancer Center. Grief and loss encompasses life transitions, divorce, job loss, chronic illness and, of course, death. Grief is a natural, normal process and my role is to offer support, validate (normalize) and companion people through this process.
I have a lot of experience helping people with grief and past trauma. \nThere is no grief like the grief that does not speak. -Henry Wordsworth\n
Much of my work with kids is around transitions: Adoption, losing a pet, new school, moving. I support kids who\'ve lost a parent or sibling, whether they\'ve died or otherwise gone away, and help them make sense of the big changes in their life and family. I have experience with adoption search & reunion, planning birth country trips, talking about donors and surrogacy, or prep for an expected loss
Grief and loss does not look or feel the same for everyone who experiences it. And grief and loss can be associated with not only losing a loved one but also a relationships ending, difficult life transitions, loss of employment, and many other challenges life presents. With support in developing the tools necessary, individuals can better cope with loss and still lead happier lives.
Have you recently gone through a breakup that has left you confused and sad? Lost a loved one or pregnancy unexpectedly? If you are struggling with the weight of your grief, I can help. Together, we can identify strategies to help you get through acute and chronic grief and provide a safe space to process complex feelings that come with loss.
I have worked with grief and loss quite a bit over the years. While I can't change the pain of what/who you lost, I can give you a space to feel the feelings you currently experience as disabling, and through understanding and advice empower you, as you are able, to create meaning and new life out of your loss.
Life is a series of losses, but most people are not prepared for the impact of significant losses on their psyche and sense of well-being. If you have recently experienced the loss of someone close, a relationship, or a dream, I will help you to come to terms with the loss and rediscover joy in life at a pace that will not rush you through your grief.
I co-facilitated a grief group for middle school students with a clinician from the Dougy Center. The group was specific to students who had lost an immediate family member. I\'ve also done a lot of personal reading about grief and loss.
Grief exists in many forms from a loss of a dream or opportunity, personal power, a loved one, a health diagnosis or impairment. It is vital that you have a safe and supportive place to process feelings of anguish or sorrow and in time arrive at healing. Much of my clinical work has centered around loss and navigating transitions with a commitment to honor your experience with compassion.
I am a Certified Grief Counselor (GC-C). My certification is from the American Academy of Grief, a subsidiary of the American Institute of Health Care Providers.
There are so many kinds of loss and grief . . . divorce, death, illness, failure, and poignant missed opportunity. They are a part of the life cycle and can not be avoided or overlooked. Instead, they become markers of change that can help inform us and inspire us to meaningful ways of living. I can work with you and your family to integrate grief and loss into your bigger life story.
Forty years of experience.
Loss and Grief touch each and every one of us at some points in our lives. It is one experience we cannot avoid. My years at Hospice counseling people as they were dying and supporting their families in saying goodbye had a profound effect on the way I work. Grief comes in many forms: death of a loved one, divorce, lost dreams, infertility, and many others.
Life is full of losses. Most of us were trained to suppress our feelings and get over it. The people who taught us were folks who couldn\'t manage their own feelings. Grief in the face of loss is normal and deeply human. There\'s no right way or timeline to process our feelings. Therapy offers support so you can both feel, and learn to care for yourself in these deeply human, challenging times.
Grief and Loss are frequent 'clients' of mine. Whether they arrive in the wake of losing a loved one, a pregnancy or a child, a relationship or a marriage, an ability or a dream, they are needed allies to integrate difficult life experiences, and they deserve nurturing and attention.
\'Grief counseling becomes necessary when a person is so disabled by their grief, overwhelmed by loss to the extent that their normal coping processes are disabled or shut down. Grief counseling --art or verbal therapy, can facilitate expression of emotion and help to reduce the feelings of isolation, numbness and distress, by slowly processing feelings that arise.
My experience in working with grief has focused on both supporting those grieving the death of a loved one from illness or accident as well as the loss of a pregnancy or still birth. Grief is often present in major life changes as well, from moving to divorce to career changes. I can help you understand your own personal grief process, it's challenges and lessons, as you walk this path.
From personal experience I have learned that traumatic losses have to be grieved and processed well and thoroughly in order for us to survive and thrive. The loss doesn\'t have to be one that other people view as traumatic, it is what it means to the individual experiencing it. There is no timetable for grief: it takes what it takes. I am passionate about helping clients rebuild their lives.
I have experience helping clients process and recover from loss and grief including grief from losing family members, significant relationships, and pets. I apply the lens of Worden\'s Four tasks of grief and have specifically studied this method in Graduate training.
I have helped clients express grief over the loss of partners, friends, family members, the ability to have a baby, and pets. I have come to learn that grief comes in myriad forms. I maintain safety and expertise in providing a venue for clients to be heard and express the pain of profound loss.
It is sadly a part of our culture that a mindful and respectful dialogue about death, loss and the inevitable passage of time is lacking for most of us. I bring years of study, reflection, philosophy, and a little bit of humor, to the topic that we all must face.
I have been employed in Hospice and work in the medical field. I have used EMDR for bereavement and grief.
Once again, I fall back on my experience. I believe Entheogens may be helpful with loss and grief. Again, lets talk. Perhaps I can refer you on with any of these concerns if we decide not to work together.
Whether it be the loss of a job, family member, or change in relationship, I can provide the support and assistance to help you through this difficult transition.
Throughout life, we face many losses that can make it difficult to function. Whether someone is facing the loss of a child, a loved one, a relationship or even a job or home, I help individuals work through grief that leaves them feeling helpless, lost or perhaps paralyzed with sadness. I work alongside you, to help you get to a place where you feel like yourself again.*Certified in Pregnancy Loss
Death is the cradle of life, but most of us have sever death-anxiety and death-phobia. Whether you are in mourning, in a dying or disease process, or being called to work with death in some way, I provide support and wisdom for this process.\nMy personal experiences stem from drowning at a age 3 and struggling with near-fatal diseases in my 20\'s and 30\'s, and my spiritual work with Sante Muerte.
Loss and associated feelings of grief are commonplace in our human experience, yet there is no adequate way to fully prepare ourselves for the pain of losing a loved one. When you lose someone, your empowered choice is to find compassionate support who can help you explore your feelings, and grieve openly and completely in an atmosphere of safety. You deserve this.
Grief is often a result of losing something you love. Often we feel shame or guilt for not being able to 'get over' our grief. We might experience sadness, disappointment, frustration or anger along with it. Grief is normal and can take time to process. Sometimes it comes unexpectedly, even when we think we're 'finished' with it! Together we will honor your grief and develop coping strategies.
A hollow emptiness often characterizes the inner world of grief. This direct experience of mourning is the balancing act of a lifetime. My approach to understanding grief is to turn toward this empty space and to seek meaning within the loss. While this is a profound undertaking, it can often be the challenge that serves our greater purpose.
Experiencing loss and grief can be considered an effort to meet or do justice to the fullness and complexity of ones relationship to what has been lost, and to the experience of loss itself. Framing grief in this way can facilitate relating to it and weathering the pain involved in the process of healing.
I work with people that are grieving: Moving to a new city, breakup with a romantic partner, emotional cutoff from family, and especially survivors of suicide.
Our culture often places an expiration date on grief's timeline. But for those of us who have known grief-who have lived the full body experience of loss as a visceral, shattered, flattened, leaded amputation of life as we once knew it- understand that grief will not be censored. Honoring and tending and holding and loving our grieving parts-- this is the spacious journey through.
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.
Coping with the loss of someone or something that you love is one of the biggest challenges people can face. The pain of loss can feel overwhelming. Many people may experience all types of unexpected emotions. If you are experiencing different emotions following a loss, it might help to know that your reaction is natural. I help guide you through your loss in a safe and trusting environment.
Losing a loved one is never easy. Everyone processes loss differently and in their own time, but counseling can help with that process when it feels like it's too much to handle.
One of the most common presenting issues is relationship loss. I have extensive experience helping people navigate through this kind of loss. I also have significant experience working with loss of parents as well as working with the survivors of a suicide.
Loss, grief, and the accompanying feelings of overwhelming despair can seem unbearable. Sharing and integrating this suffering, however long it requires attention, can result in movement towards a new relationship with the opposite pole of embodied love.
I have had clients suffering from grief and have successfully treated them and have resources available to them.
Loss alway takes more from us than the person or relationship we\'ve lost, and grief doesn\'t happen in any one way or on any one\'s timeline. But with care and connection, there can be deep meaning and healing in even the most profound pain.
Grief is a highly personal experience and is often not a linear process. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, only your way. However, to undergo the process alone can feel very isolating. Counseling can assist in this process, so that you can effectively grieve in a way that allows for the building of new coping strategies and ultimately allow you to move forward.
I have a background in bereavement support, including working directly with people in hospice. I have a specialization in adjustment to disability, which often involves a great deal of loss and grief.
Death and bereavement are universally inescapable events that we all have to face; no matter how much we resist. Individuals may experience suicidal thoughts, numbness, or the disconnection , which interferes with daily activities. What we do with that indentation gives us strength or hinders us from living. Some clients need a higher level of support and this is where I can come.\n
Grief and loss is often associated with the death of a loved one or a beloved animal companion but there are many painful losses that may go unacknowledged by others. Grief is personal and the process is unique to each individual but everyone experiencing loss should have the loss acknowledged, the experience validated, and support to help identify their strengths and resources to promote healing.