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 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.
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
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.
Children and teens who are experiencing grief due to a death, separation, significant family change, and other losses.
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.
As a suicide loss survivor and outreach volunteer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, I have worked with many people who have experienced the devastating loss of a death by suicide, in addition, to those losses from divorce, illness, job loss and aging.
Life is full of loss, and no two losses are ever the same. I work with individuals moving through the grief process by providing a safe place to be in pain. I will support you in being exactly where you are in the moment, fully exploring your experience and all the existential issues that arise in the face of loss. I facilitate grief groups and so know firsthand what tends to support healing.
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.
Grief/loss is a particularly special and delicate piece of the human experience and our understanding of mental health, as the process of grief/loss is universal, yet distinctly unique to each individual's felt experience. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. We all need space to allow grief to unfold in order to heal. We can discover your own unique, healthy and honest grieving process.
We experience many deaths in our lives, though we do not always acknowledge the grief that accompanies our losses. Grief work gives us new language to understand our experiences, and ways of evolving in relationship to our losses and our loved ones who have died.
Grief and loss shows up in everyone’s life in some way. It can be loss of a loved one, a dream, a relationship, and much more. You may wonder if you\'ll ever feel like yourself again. I offer you warmth and understanding that there is not one right way to grieve. In our work together, I hope to help you learn to honor your loss in a way that allows you to be present and thrive in your life again.
While grief is most commonly associated with the death of someone close to us, we may also experience grief around a variety of other life challenges/transitions, such as the ending of a relationship, job loss, parenting milestones, loss of a deeply held belief, or a move to a new place. I can help you face grief and loss with courage, allowing for healing and a deeper sense of meaning to emerge.
Often we seek therapy to cope with changes we don't want, and facilitating self-compassion is the basis of creating space for grief and loss.
Grief is often thought of in the most literal sense- as the emotion we feel when someone dies. There are a thousand different little “deaths” in our lives, though, that can lead to imbalance and pain. My clients have expressed grief around the loss of a partner, a job or faith. Using empathy and supportive listening, I can encourage you to move through the grief and come through stronger.
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.
Losing someone or something you love can feel overwhelming and isolating. I work with you to process your grief and discover creative ways to honor the person or thing you\'ve lost. Grief is not a one-size-fits-all process, and I respect your unique needs as you grieve.
For over 10 years I did hospice work, helping loved ones and patients in deep grief. I can help you cultivate your own inner resources through psychotherapy, mindfulness and self-compassion. As painful as it is, it can be a doorway if we let it open.
Unprocessed grief can hold us back from living. If you have suffered a terrible loss, we can work together to bring light and air in the wounded places, thereby releasing you to live more fully. Often sexuality is deeply impacted by grief because so many feelings are accessible through sex.
Continuing education and training focused on healing, and growing through, the myriad of ways we experience loss and grief in our lives.
You don’t work through grief, it works through you. Continuing bonds is a model of grief that acknowledges that for many, we work to change but not let go of our attachment to those we have deeply loved. We don\'t relinquish the emotional bonds. Death ends a life but it does not end a relationship.
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.
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.
Loss and grief do not only apply to the death of a friend or family member. This issue can be a common hurdle for most, especially regarding life transitions and changes out of one\'s control. My own life experiences, and collaboration with the Dougy Center, pet loss support groups, and individual work with those who have lost a loved one, all provide me with tools to support others at this time.
Whether it is the loss of a loved one, loss of a pet, or health diagnosis, life is full of loss and grief. Even life changes such as moving to a new city, ending a career, or completing a project we are passionate about can bring on manifestations of loss and grief. Having a place to make sense of these changes in a supportive environment is how I support clients through this difficult time.
Grief is a normal part of a loving life, but it can be a time of confusion, isolation, and terrible emotional pain. Mourning the death of a loved one, or even an acquaintance or a change of life, can bring to the surface thoughts of one\'s own mortality and vulnerability to further pain. It can be complicated. Often there are collateral losses- changes in finances, community, and identity.
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.
Supporting individuals and families around loss is a privilege. Grief has a life of its own with its own timeframe. I offer a safe and loving environment to bring your grieving process.
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.
There can be so many types of losses - loss of community or job, death of a partner, child or other loved one, pregnancy loss (through termination, stillbirth, miscarriage). I allow time for full expression of grief, recognition of all of the losses that are attached to it and then, gradually, allowing for the slow building of meaning, purpose and healing.
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.
I am experienced working with individuals, children, and families in processing grief and loss. I believe in the resiliency of people, that we all have a natural pull toward healing; but that sometimes people get stuck, and need additional support or guidance in working through a loss. I am a skilled practitioner who can support you or your family during this time.
Over the past 10 years I have been honored to work (in a massage therapy capacity) with people suffering great loss such as death of a loved one, end of a significant relationship, or an abrupt ending of a career. I have learned through experience how to assist people in creating a narrative around the event that allows them to find peace.
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.
Joe began his work in the field of grief and loss over 30 years ago in the early days of the HIV epidemic. He has also been the mental health consultant to several hospices. He specializes in working with Parents who have lost children.
I help people through losses of all kinds; be it a job, a marriage, a friend… The death or other loss of a pet can be like double jeopardy, That pet was part of your family and someone that you loved so much. But many friends can't understand why you aren't over it yet. They have no idea of the sense of loss, loneliness, pain, and sometimes misplaced guilt, that you are experiencing.
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.
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.
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.
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 lead support groups for individuals experiencing loss and grief and find this work particularly rewarding. I hold a safe and compassionate space where clients can share their feelings and experience around their loss to work towards healing and hope.
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 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.
Skilled at providing grief counseling and able to help people suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.
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.
Loss and grief are experienced for many reasons, sometimes even every day. I consider being an expert in loss or grief a necessity as a counselor. My training includes my particular approach as a counselor and spirit worker, which focuses on building emotional awareness and resilience, and creating ritual around change and transformation.
While we will all experience losses in our life, each person's story is unique. I provide context and connection to other's experiences, while providing space to each person as they determine their own meaning and direction after loss. My work has spanned supporting people through pregnancy loss, the loss of a child and the death of a life partner.
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
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.
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.
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.
I have been employed in Hospice and work in the medical field. I have used EMDR for bereavement and grief.
\'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.
Through extensive personal and professional experience, along with on-going study, I have developed a finely tuned approach to grief & loss, as well as death & dying issues. I am especially adept with traumatic loss (suicides, violent or disturbing deaths) and with ambiguous loss, such as missing persons, loved ones in comas or dealing with Alzheimer's.
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.
We experience loss throughout our lives and yet we naturally resist it. I have helped people mourn various losses in life and become open to new growth and experiences.
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.