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
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.
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.
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.
Loss, disappointment, and grief are inevitable parts of being human. My experience and training in navigating these difficult times will support you to emerge with renewed hope. Working through the stuck places you encounter along your journey to healing will bring you insight and wisdom you’ll be able to apply to all aspects of your life.
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.
Grief and loss impact our lives through death, life transitions, job changes, relocation, and illness. Counseling can be that safe place for you to grieve, feel heard, and be supported as you process the changes and loss.
I am adept at helping clients deal with deep loss and grief. Together we explore the many impacts significant loss can have on any of us. I am skillful at helping clients piece their lives and their new sense of self back together into present-day in a whole new way. I help clients adjust to who they are now, post-loss, with a new relationship to the memory of what has departed.
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.
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.
Grief and loss is, at it's core, a loss of connection. My work in this area focuses on creating an environment where you can mourn your loss, identify where connection has been ruptured, and begin to imagine what life will be like moving forward.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Grief is fluid and the emotions that one can experience in this state can be volatile and difficult to face. Using art therapy in the grief process for any age is a safe container to externalize feelings. In our sessions clients are often able to find words for thoughts and feelings they may not have understood in previously.
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.
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.
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.
Unexpected circumstances, changes and loss can bring up a lot of feelings. Grief can be a disorganizing and painful experiences and also has an organic way of unfolding. I support clients in allowing this process to occur in order to find a new way to continue living a full life.
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.
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.
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.
Losing a loved one is one of the hardest experiences we ever go through. What makes it harder is feeling like you\'re alone in your grief, or that what you\'re feeling is wrong. I can help by validating how difficult the experience of grief can be, being present with you through painful emotions, and discovering ways to find closure while still honoring your loved one and your memory of them.
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.
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.
Forty years of experience.
Loss and grief touches all of us in various degrees. Both are part of our experience of being a human being and are not avoidable. In my work with those who are working with grief and loss, I allow space for all and any emotion to come forward and be explored and strive to create provide a safe and compassionate space to do this work. After all, compassion is a relationship between equals.
Identity, financial, housing, lifestyle, life role, health, change or loss in relationship(s), job loss\nDeath of family member, friend, companion animal/pet\nGrief associated with health diagnosis or change\n\n
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.
Continuing education and training focused on healing, and growing through, the myriad of ways we experience loss and grief in our lives.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.