Grief Therapists in San Jose, CA

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Sandy Kong
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95125
I work with Complex PTSD, BPD, Sexual Trauma, Grief/Loss, Substance Use, Anxiety, Depression, and Relationship Issues.
Are you tired of code/persona switching? Maybe there are some underlying behaviors & emotions that don't make sense & you want to learn more? Or maybe you can't seem to connect with someone who actually "gets it", which doesn't mean they're terrible people, because they're endearing when they try, but they just don't seem to fully understand. It's hard trying to navigate life & all it's complexities. As humans, we're multi-faceted, multi-dimensional beings which can be really overwhelming. There are parts that we love, other parts that we dislike, maybe even hate. This can cause to act in self-sabotaging ways, unintentionally.
I work with Complex PTSD, BPD, Sexual Trauma, Grief/Loss, Substance Use, Anxiety, Depression, and Relationship Issues.
Are you tired of code/persona switching? Maybe there are some underlying behaviors & emotions that don't make sense & you want to learn more? Or maybe you can't seem to connect with someone who actually "gets it", which doesn't mean they're terrible people, because they're endearing when they try, but they just don't seem to fully understand. It's hard trying to navigate life & all it's complexities. As humans, we're multi-faceted, multi-dimensional beings which can be really overwhelming. There are parts that we love, other parts that we dislike, maybe even hate. This can cause to act in self-sabotaging ways, unintentionally.
(408) 822-9054 View (408) 822-9054
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Amy Christensen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95128
My name is Amy Christensen and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Redlands, California and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adolescents and adults and specialize in anxiety, depression, stress, and grief, using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solutions Focused Therapy to work with my clients towards their goals. I have a bit of an eclectic therapeutic approach - I like to tailor the sessions to what works best for you. I tend to use Solutions Focused and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as good jumping off points.
My name is Amy Christensen and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Redlands, California and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adolescents and adults and specialize in anxiety, depression, stress, and grief, using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solutions Focused Therapy to work with my clients towards their goals. I have a bit of an eclectic therapeutic approach - I like to tailor the sessions to what works best for you. I tend to use Solutions Focused and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as good jumping off points.
(669) 322-7843 View (669) 322-7843
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Kusum Punjabi
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95126
I have experience in companioning Grief and in unlocking the Creative Process.
You came into this world feeling whole. Then life happened and you lost that feeling. It's so close, that feeling, you can almost sense it. You long to feel it again. If this is you, then you have come to the right place. Whether you are a person or a relationship, I believe you have the capacity to recover that potential you sense within you. I am here to create a safe space for you to play and uncover your wholeness. Sometimes safety comes from taking that risk you have been avoiding, but doing so with support. I will walk with you as you go into that dark cave and retrieve the jewel of your brilliance that lies glittering within.
I have experience in companioning Grief and in unlocking the Creative Process.
You came into this world feeling whole. Then life happened and you lost that feeling. It's so close, that feeling, you can almost sense it. You long to feel it again. If this is you, then you have come to the right place. Whether you are a person or a relationship, I believe you have the capacity to recover that potential you sense within you. I am here to create a safe space for you to play and uncover your wholeness. Sometimes safety comes from taking that risk you have been avoiding, but doing so with support. I will walk with you as you go into that dark cave and retrieve the jewel of your brilliance that lies glittering within.
(650) 456-9912 View (650) 456-9912
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Beth Shafran-Mukai
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95126
Life is for bringing our brightness into being, yet we may carry emotional burdens that block joy and comfort. Or, we can feel stuck in “ways of being” that no longer serve us, experience an unrelenting “inner critic”, or alone and distant from others and our own inner light. I work with adults and adolescents experiencing depression, loss, anxiety, relational issues, or challenges with self-esteem/self confidence, and seeking to change behaviors and patterns not getting them the results they want.
Life is for bringing our brightness into being, yet we may carry emotional burdens that block joy and comfort. Or, we can feel stuck in “ways of being” that no longer serve us, experience an unrelenting “inner critic”, or alone and distant from others and our own inner light. I work with adults and adolescents experiencing depression, loss, anxiety, relational issues, or challenges with self-esteem/self confidence, and seeking to change behaviors and patterns not getting them the results they want.
(408) 963-6694 x421 View (408) 963-6694 x421
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Michelle Horn
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95129
Working with clients and/or their loved ones experiencing trauma-related issues and/or grief and loss are some of the areas my practice typically addresses.
Michelle Horn, LMFT 136019. Improving relationships and managing stressors in daily life settings is important. My practice focuses on supporting improved coping skills and strategies to achieve positive outcomes. My practice is trauma-informed and focuses on increasing coping strategies to reduce symptoms and increase quality of life. I believe that balance and connectivity lead to overall emotional and mental health. In my practice, it is important to me that I support you and/or your loved one's to achieve this.
Working with clients and/or their loved ones experiencing trauma-related issues and/or grief and loss are some of the areas my practice typically addresses.
Michelle Horn, LMFT 136019. Improving relationships and managing stressors in daily life settings is important. My practice focuses on supporting improved coping skills and strategies to achieve positive outcomes. My practice is trauma-informed and focuses on increasing coping strategies to reduce symptoms and increase quality of life. I believe that balance and connectivity lead to overall emotional and mental health. In my practice, it is important to me that I support you and/or your loved one's to achieve this.
(408) 512-3984 View (408) 512-3984
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Elanah J Kutik
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95128
With a background in grief work, I support clients in the heart-full work around life losses.
I bring a compassionate and mindfulness-based approach to support clients in creating a new experience of themselves whether they are navigating life transitions or struggling with anxiety, depression, stress or loss. I view healing from a holistic perspective and draw on a variety of practices and orientations to meet my clients where they are. This includes evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Dialectal Behavior Therapy. I also enjoy bringing in playful and experiential practices to help shift clients out of their head and into more present ways of connecting with their authentic selves.
With a background in grief work, I support clients in the heart-full work around life losses.
I bring a compassionate and mindfulness-based approach to support clients in creating a new experience of themselves whether they are navigating life transitions or struggling with anxiety, depression, stress or loss. I view healing from a holistic perspective and draw on a variety of practices and orientations to meet my clients where they are. This includes evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Dialectal Behavior Therapy. I also enjoy bringing in playful and experiential practices to help shift clients out of their head and into more present ways of connecting with their authentic selves.
(408) 560-4122 View (408) 560-4122
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Carly Rushton
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95128
At Relucent Psychology Group I bring my background in college settings, art, and nonprofits to work with people from diverse backgrounds using a compassionate, collaborative, and non-judgmental approach. I'm passionate about helping others navigate trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, child/teen behavioral issues, complex grief, self-esteem, work-life balance, spirituality and life transitions. I believe in being authentic and approaching our work together authentically. I have been told my approach allows others to feel comfortable, welcome, and safe to explore and release anger, sadness, fear, even joy and humor.
At Relucent Psychology Group I bring my background in college settings, art, and nonprofits to work with people from diverse backgrounds using a compassionate, collaborative, and non-judgmental approach. I'm passionate about helping others navigate trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, child/teen behavioral issues, complex grief, self-esteem, work-life balance, spirituality and life transitions. I believe in being authentic and approaching our work together authentically. I have been told my approach allows others to feel comfortable, welcome, and safe to explore and release anger, sadness, fear, even joy and humor.
(408) 539-4901 View (408) 539-4901
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Jamie Williams
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95125
I specialize in working with adolescents and children, along with their families, to address issues related to stress and anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, trauma and grief, and issues around self-harm, suicidality, and crisis.
I will work with you from a systemic perspective, integrating various therapeutic approaches to accommodate your individual and/or family's needs. I strive to provide a safe and supportive environment and I will collaborate with you to uncover what is at the root of your thoughts and feelings and will help you learn ways to cope and heal.
I specialize in working with adolescents and children, along with their families, to address issues related to stress and anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, trauma and grief, and issues around self-harm, suicidality, and crisis.
I will work with you from a systemic perspective, integrating various therapeutic approaches to accommodate your individual and/or family's needs. I strive to provide a safe and supportive environment and I will collaborate with you to uncover what is at the root of your thoughts and feelings and will help you learn ways to cope and heal.
(408) 956-6121 View (408) 956-6121
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Blanca Sevilla
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95128  (Online Only)
Blanca Monique Sevilla is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist based in Los Angeles. She has several years of experience in various roles within the mental health field, the last seven of which have been as a psychotherapist. She is a strong advocate for empowering clients, helping them discover their passions, and building the life they truly desire. She specializes in trauma, depression, shame resilience, and grief and loss. She has also worked with people struggling with depression, anxiety, and identity. Blanca Monique completed her Master of Art in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University.
Blanca Monique Sevilla is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist based in Los Angeles. She has several years of experience in various roles within the mental health field, the last seven of which have been as a psychotherapist. She is a strong advocate for empowering clients, helping them discover their passions, and building the life they truly desire. She specializes in trauma, depression, shame resilience, and grief and loss. She has also worked with people struggling with depression, anxiety, and identity. Blanca Monique completed her Master of Art in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University.
(408) 676-4231 View (408) 676-4231
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Lori Buelna
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, GC-C
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95136
I am knowledgeable in Behavioral Health, Medical/Geriatrics I am a certified grief counselor and also have expertise in aging, dementia, long term care planning/community resources.
Perhaps you are overwhelmed with stress and hope to achieve balance, or are dealing with anxiety/depression and desire improved mood. Maybe you or a loved one is managing a serious health condition and hope to learn of resources. You may be a parent, a teen or young adult experiencing stress or loss of a loved one or a relationship. I believe people are incredibly resilient and capable with the ability to adapt and adjust to all types of challenging circumstances when given the right care and support. You deserve to set aside a time and space to think through your thoughts, values, feelings in order to build a resilience plan.
I am knowledgeable in Behavioral Health, Medical/Geriatrics I am a certified grief counselor and also have expertise in aging, dementia, long term care planning/community resources.
Perhaps you are overwhelmed with stress and hope to achieve balance, or are dealing with anxiety/depression and desire improved mood. Maybe you or a loved one is managing a serious health condition and hope to learn of resources. You may be a parent, a teen or young adult experiencing stress or loss of a loved one or a relationship. I believe people are incredibly resilient and capable with the ability to adapt and adjust to all types of challenging circumstances when given the right care and support. You deserve to set aside a time and space to think through your thoughts, values, feelings in order to build a resilience plan.
(408) 413-1402 View (408) 413-1402
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Dr. Rebecca Lynn Gonzalez
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95125  (Online Only)
I specialize in treating trauma concerns, including PTSD, complicated grief, and relationship concerns.
Are you ready to unpack and understand how painful past experiences might be impacting your life? Do you want to decrease suffering and feel more balanced? You’re not alone. Creating awareness of how distressing past experiences show up in your life will empower you to break the cycle and create a more fulfilling life. I aim to help you improve your overall quality of life and feel more connected to yourself, others, and the world around you. Together, we will approach your past with curiosity and compassion.
I specialize in treating trauma concerns, including PTSD, complicated grief, and relationship concerns.
Are you ready to unpack and understand how painful past experiences might be impacting your life? Do you want to decrease suffering and feel more balanced? You’re not alone. Creating awareness of how distressing past experiences show up in your life will empower you to break the cycle and create a more fulfilling life. I aim to help you improve your overall quality of life and feel more connected to yourself, others, and the world around you. Together, we will approach your past with curiosity and compassion.
(408) 345-5006 View (408) 345-5006
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Tobey Allen
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95148
Hello I'm Tobey Allen, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with an integrative approach to my work. I work with individuals who are coping with life transitions, including chronic health conditions, midlife changes, bereavement, and the stressors of aging parents. My specialties include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, art therapy, stress management, including mindfulness and guided imagery and grief support.
Hello I'm Tobey Allen, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with an integrative approach to my work. I work with individuals who are coping with life transitions, including chronic health conditions, midlife changes, bereavement, and the stressors of aging parents. My specialties include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, art therapy, stress management, including mindfulness and guided imagery and grief support.
(408) 676-4025 View (408) 676-4025
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Ann Margaret Stillingfleet
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95126
Working from a more holistic approach to therapy, integrating both somatic and transpersonal facets to our conscious experience of life, I assist clients, through mindfulness, meditation, dreams and expressive arts to access, trust and develop strengths, attributes and resources to cope with anxiety, depression, body dysphoria, pain, grief and loss.
I choose to see life's challenges as invitations to know ourselves more honestly, and to accept ourselves as we are. I believe that when individuals are self-aware they experience life as more meaningful and challenges as less distressing. I help individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, life transitions and relationship issues, to embrace their wholeness and strengthen inner resources not yet recognized. From this place of knowing and alternate or adjusted perspective, individuals develop compassion for self and other, gain confidence in relationships, and feel more assured in their ability to address the challenges life presents.
Working from a more holistic approach to therapy, integrating both somatic and transpersonal facets to our conscious experience of life, I assist clients, through mindfulness, meditation, dreams and expressive arts to access, trust and develop strengths, attributes and resources to cope with anxiety, depression, body dysphoria, pain, grief and loss.
I choose to see life's challenges as invitations to know ourselves more honestly, and to accept ourselves as we are. I believe that when individuals are self-aware they experience life as more meaningful and challenges as less distressing. I help individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, life transitions and relationship issues, to embrace their wholeness and strengthen inner resources not yet recognized. From this place of knowing and alternate or adjusted perspective, individuals develop compassion for self and other, gain confidence in relationships, and feel more assured in their ability to address the challenges life presents.
(408) 752-5875 View (408) 752-5875
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Cheryl Heinla
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95110
I work with adolescents and young adults with anxiety and life transitions, mid-life+ and life transitions, grief and complicated grief, healing from trauma history, and couples.
Hi there, I'm Cheryl Heinla and I am a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) residing in the Bay Area. I work with adult individuals, adolescents, and couples. My key areas of interest and experience are anxiety, grief, couples dynamics, family of origin impact, life transitions, relational challenges, and trauma history. My approaches are based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-focused, short-term solution-focused; and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with couples.
I work with adolescents and young adults with anxiety and life transitions, mid-life+ and life transitions, grief and complicated grief, healing from trauma history, and couples.
Hi there, I'm Cheryl Heinla and I am a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) residing in the Bay Area. I work with adult individuals, adolescents, and couples. My key areas of interest and experience are anxiety, grief, couples dynamics, family of origin impact, life transitions, relational challenges, and trauma history. My approaches are based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-focused, short-term solution-focused; and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with couples.
(650) 629-0915 View (650) 629-0915
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Maureen Ross
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95126
I have taught expressive arts therapy (YWCA Counseling Center), grief counseling (JFK University), Pastoral Care (Holmes Institute), lead support groups for adult children of aging parents, for women diagnosed with cancers and long-term illnesses, for teens questioning everything.
Writer John O'Donohue defines my view of being a therapist: "This is what therapy is about: helping people retrieve what has been lost to them, wakening and bringing home their fundamental wholesomeness.. Therapists are like poets: they draw on the power of words in the profoundly creative work of bringing people fully alive to themselves, awakening in them the human capacity for divine imagination that ‘dreams our completion’.”
I have taught expressive arts therapy (YWCA Counseling Center), grief counseling (JFK University), Pastoral Care (Holmes Institute), lead support groups for adult children of aging parents, for women diagnosed with cancers and long-term illnesses, for teens questioning everything.
Writer John O'Donohue defines my view of being a therapist: "This is what therapy is about: helping people retrieve what has been lost to them, wakening and bringing home their fundamental wholesomeness.. Therapists are like poets: they draw on the power of words in the profoundly creative work of bringing people fully alive to themselves, awakening in them the human capacity for divine imagination that ‘dreams our completion’.”
(408) 457-8960 View (408) 457-8960
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Lori Tucker Howard
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95124  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing the loss of a loved one, a relationship or a job, or perhaps you have lost your sense of self and just feel stuck? Are you struggling with marriage or relationship issues or transitions in life and just don't know how to move forward? You are not alone. I believe that we all can achieve a deeper understanding of ourselves and find purpose within a safe relationship which therapy can provide.
Are you experiencing the loss of a loved one, a relationship or a job, or perhaps you have lost your sense of self and just feel stuck? Are you struggling with marriage or relationship issues or transitions in life and just don't know how to move forward? You are not alone. I believe that we all can achieve a deeper understanding of ourselves and find purpose within a safe relationship which therapy can provide.
(669) 232-8085 View (669) 232-8085
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Lisa Ruth Warner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95128
These can be stressful and isolating times. I am here to listen and help you to experience more joy, less anxiety and depression. I specialize in grief counseling. Grief is inherent in many life transitions; such as divorce, retirement, empty nest, job loss and the loss of a loved one (human or pet). If you are experiencing conflict in your relationship, I can help you as well. Please reach out.
These can be stressful and isolating times. I am here to listen and help you to experience more joy, less anxiety and depression. I specialize in grief counseling. Grief is inherent in many life transitions; such as divorce, retirement, empty nest, job loss and the loss of a loved one (human or pet). If you are experiencing conflict in your relationship, I can help you as well. Please reach out.
(650) 257-9197 View (650) 257-9197
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Mindful Matters
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95129
I specialize in working with individuals, couples, and families going through depression, anxiety, grief, and relationship issues.
I want to commend you that in seeking help, you are taking the first step towards a healthier, happier life. If you are feeling isolated in your thoughts, and conflicted about sharing what you are going through with a stranger, I totally understand what you are feeling and want you to know that you are not alone. I am here to support and guide you in discovering how to move forward in your life and overcome the challenges you are currently facing. I provide a safe, supportive, and caring environment that will help facilitate the healing and restoration process. I accept Lyra and Cigna insurance.
I specialize in working with individuals, couples, and families going through depression, anxiety, grief, and relationship issues.
I want to commend you that in seeking help, you are taking the first step towards a healthier, happier life. If you are feeling isolated in your thoughts, and conflicted about sharing what you are going through with a stranger, I totally understand what you are feeling and want you to know that you are not alone. I am here to support and guide you in discovering how to move forward in your life and overcome the challenges you are currently facing. I provide a safe, supportive, and caring environment that will help facilitate the healing and restoration process. I accept Lyra and Cigna insurance.
(510) 254-3473 View (510) 254-3473
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Pamela Rice
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95110
The clients I typically work with include depression, anxiety disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD), Abuse, grief/loss issues, and couples.
My name is Pam Rice, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) located in Los Angeles, California but via telehealth I can work with clients statewide. As the former program director of a clinical psychiatric unit, I've worked with a variety of mental health issues. I specialize in Christian Therapy and the application of Biblical principles with appropriate psychological interventions. Incorporating a psycho/social/ spiritual integration addresses the whole client. I have an eclectic approach to therapy and utilize the therapeutic modality that fits best with the individual's needs.
The clients I typically work with include depression, anxiety disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD), Abuse, grief/loss issues, and couples.
My name is Pam Rice, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) located in Los Angeles, California but via telehealth I can work with clients statewide. As the former program director of a clinical psychiatric unit, I've worked with a variety of mental health issues. I specialize in Christian Therapy and the application of Biblical principles with appropriate psychological interventions. Incorporating a psycho/social/ spiritual integration addresses the whole client. I have an eclectic approach to therapy and utilize the therapeutic modality that fits best with the individual's needs.
(562) 662-5695 View (562) 662-5695
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Alice Hua
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95129  (Online Only)
I provide personalized, culturally affirming care and attend to all identities at various intersections (BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disability, etc). I work with clients to acknowledge their strengths, address impacts of culture and oppressive systems on mental health, and build skills rooted in their goals and values. I work with adults experiencing anxiety, perfectionism, burnout, life transitions, depression, grief, insomnia, and trauma. I also work with individuals adjusting to neurocognitive symptoms and family members of loved ones with dementia. Amidst life's toughest moments, finding clarity, connection, and joy is still possible.
I provide personalized, culturally affirming care and attend to all identities at various intersections (BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disability, etc). I work with clients to acknowledge their strengths, address impacts of culture and oppressive systems on mental health, and build skills rooted in their goals and values. I work with adults experiencing anxiety, perfectionism, burnout, life transitions, depression, grief, insomnia, and trauma. I also work with individuals adjusting to neurocognitive symptoms and family members of loved ones with dementia. Amidst life's toughest moments, finding clarity, connection, and joy is still possible.
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Grief Therapists

How long does therapy take for grief?

There is no exact timeline for grief counseling. Some people may start to feel better after just a few sessions, while others may take months or longer to feel relief. Some specific approaches, including some types of CBT, may involve a set number of sessions, or therapy may be open-ended until the patient determines they are ready to wrap up. Just as there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there is no right or wrong way to seek therapy for grief.

When should you seek therapy for grief?

Many people mistakenly believe that their grief needs to be debilitating or all-encompassing to warrant therapy. This is not the case. While people who experience severe, prolonged grief—particularly those who are considering self-harm or engaging in unhealthy substance use—are especially likely to benefit from therapy, so too are people whose grief is less intense but still interfering with well-being or daily functioning. In practice, almost anyone struggling to process a loss could benefit from grief counseling.

Can grief be managed without therapy?

Oftentimes, yes. Grief is a near-universal part of being human, and many find that their grief, while profound, does not stop them from participating in day-to-day life and steadily eases over time without outside help. For others, however, the harsh pain of early grief persists for months or years or leaves them unable to function. This group is especially likely to benefit from seeing a therapist, who can guide them through their grief and help them reconnect with the world.

What happens if grief is left untreated?

Because grief does not in itself necessitate therapy, untreated grief will often resolve on its own. However, for some people—particularly those who would qualify for a diagnosis of prolonged grief disorder—untreated grief can be a source of seemingly endless pain or lead them to withdraw from the world. In such cases, treatment can be indispensable, as it can help an individual adapt to the loss and start living again.