Grief Therapists in Bellingham, WA

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Amy Ware
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225
Are you feeling lost, stuck, lonely, overwhelmed, or burnt-out? Do you sometimes catch glimpses of who you would like to be, but have no idea how to get there? Are you tired of fighting with yourself and ready to begin working with yourself to live a life that feels more authentic to you? Whether you are struggling with a life transition, weighed down in grief, grappling with the decision about whether to become a parent, ready to let go of diet culture and body shame, or wanting more happiness and meaning in your life, I'm ready to help you make changes at a pace that feels right to you.
Are you feeling lost, stuck, lonely, overwhelmed, or burnt-out? Do you sometimes catch glimpses of who you would like to be, but have no idea how to get there? Are you tired of fighting with yourself and ready to begin working with yourself to live a life that feels more authentic to you? Whether you are struggling with a life transition, weighed down in grief, grappling with the decision about whether to become a parent, ready to let go of diet culture and body shame, or wanting more happiness and meaning in your life, I'm ready to help you make changes at a pace that feels right to you.
(360) 685-7314 View (360) 685-7314
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Diane Mills Hart
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, CT
Verified
Bellingham, WA 98229
With 23 years of counseling experience, I have found my passion, working with people who have had a significant loss or are making a life changing transition. For the past 10 years I have worked exclusively with grieving people. Witnessing amazing post-traumatic growth through small intentional steps the clients have adapted and integrated into their lives. Working to find strengths which are in each and every one of us in order to help clients heal through growth and acceptance.
With 23 years of counseling experience, I have found my passion, working with people who have had a significant loss or are making a life changing transition. For the past 10 years I have worked exclusively with grieving people. Witnessing amazing post-traumatic growth through small intentional steps the clients have adapted and integrated into their lives. Working to find strengths which are in each and every one of us in order to help clients heal through growth and acceptance.
(360) 800-2855 View (360) 800-2855
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Victoria Lopez
Counselor, MA, LMHC, LMT
Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225
Seeking help says a lot about you - that you value your life, your health, and relationships. Perhaps you want to beat depression, manage anxiety, create change in your relationships, or find meaningful work. Or maybe you are suffering a loss, have relocated, or are struggling with chronic health issues. I have a deep passion for counseling, for supporting you in your courageous steps toward fulfillment and well being.
Seeking help says a lot about you - that you value your life, your health, and relationships. Perhaps you want to beat depression, manage anxiety, create change in your relationships, or find meaningful work. Or maybe you are suffering a loss, have relocated, or are struggling with chronic health issues. I have a deep passion for counseling, for supporting you in your courageous steps toward fulfillment and well being.
(206) 966-6663 View (206) 966-6663
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Jamie M May
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bellingham, WA 98225
Whether through insight oriented therapy, active practice with coping skills, mindfulness based techniques, changing behaviors, or grief work, I endeavor to provide therapeutic interventions that match your current needs.
I believe that each of us has the capacity to become knowledgeable about what feels workable in day-to-day living and to uncover what personal values we would like to strive for in our life. I am drawn to working with folks who want to discover more about themselves (both strengths and areas of growth), their identity, their relationships, their role in the world, and how to lead a fulfilling, meaningful life. I value the opportunity to think together with clients about how therapy could be most helpful for them. I am well-suited to work with people who are looking for meaningful and measurable change in their life.
Whether through insight oriented therapy, active practice with coping skills, mindfulness based techniques, changing behaviors, or grief work, I endeavor to provide therapeutic interventions that match your current needs.
I believe that each of us has the capacity to become knowledgeable about what feels workable in day-to-day living and to uncover what personal values we would like to strive for in our life. I am drawn to working with folks who want to discover more about themselves (both strengths and areas of growth), their identity, their relationships, their role in the world, and how to lead a fulfilling, meaningful life. I value the opportunity to think together with clients about how therapy could be most helpful for them. I am well-suited to work with people who are looking for meaningful and measurable change in their life.
(360) 233-8285 View (360) 233-8285
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TreeSong Counseling and Consulting
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225
Have you experienced a loss that is impacting your quality of life? My focus is to support individuals who are experiencing chronic grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, identity confusion, or developmental adjustments as a result of traumatic events, environmental changes or life transitions. As you engage in a therapeutic trusting relationship, your core strengths, values, insights and resilence will emerge to gain balance. Humans are in a continual process of transformation. When developmental process is interrupted by an event, loss or stuck in the social structures we live in, an opportunity for new growth becomes possible.
Have you experienced a loss that is impacting your quality of life? My focus is to support individuals who are experiencing chronic grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, identity confusion, or developmental adjustments as a result of traumatic events, environmental changes or life transitions. As you engage in a therapeutic trusting relationship, your core strengths, values, insights and resilence will emerge to gain balance. Humans are in a continual process of transformation. When developmental process is interrupted by an event, loss or stuck in the social structures we live in, an opportunity for new growth becomes possible.
(360) 523-7065 View (360) 523-7065
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Caitlin Connolly
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Bellingham, WA 98225
My approach to therapy draws upon over 20 years of experience with clients of all ages & backgrounds in chemical dependency, crisis intervention, grief & loss, trauma / PTSD & mood disorders.
As a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) my belief is that each one of us is the expert of our own lives and thus has the tools to develop a more sustainable transformation grounded in compassion and self love. Through curiosity and presence of mind, body and spirit we have the ability to rewrite our own stories. I am committed to meeting you where you are at through a client centered and non judgmental approach while offering support and encouragement through your individual journey.~ "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you"- Maya Angelou
My approach to therapy draws upon over 20 years of experience with clients of all ages & backgrounds in chemical dependency, crisis intervention, grief & loss, trauma / PTSD & mood disorders.
As a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) my belief is that each one of us is the expert of our own lives and thus has the tools to develop a more sustainable transformation grounded in compassion and self love. Through curiosity and presence of mind, body and spirit we have the ability to rewrite our own stories. I am committed to meeting you where you are at through a client centered and non judgmental approach while offering support and encouragement through your individual journey.~ "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you"- Maya Angelou
(518) 241-5812 View (518) 241-5812
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Katie Nickol
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225  (Online Only)
Difficult life events or trauma may have shaped your past. Whether you are experiencing mood instability or anxiety, life transitions, or grief and loss of a loved one, you are not alone. I offer a kind, compassionate and nonjudgmental space to support people through hard times and self-exploration. Together we will identify what you want and need in your life, right now.
Difficult life events or trauma may have shaped your past. Whether you are experiencing mood instability or anxiety, life transitions, or grief and loss of a loved one, you are not alone. I offer a kind, compassionate and nonjudgmental space to support people through hard times and self-exploration. Together we will identify what you want and need in your life, right now.
(360) 526-8438 View (360) 526-8438
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Nicole Wright
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225  (Online Only)
You are worthy of love, honor, trust, dignity, and respect. But as trauma and grief accumulate, the harder it is to believe. The time to process past hurts is now. You can create healthy relationships and increase self-esteem. Choosing therapy takes grit and determination. You have these traits! It is an honor to accompany you during this sometimes difficult, but tremendously rewarding journey. I am committed to providing a safe space to allow you to sort through experiences and begin the process of self-actualization. Let's get started....
You are worthy of love, honor, trust, dignity, and respect. But as trauma and grief accumulate, the harder it is to believe. The time to process past hurts is now. You can create healthy relationships and increase self-esteem. Choosing therapy takes grit and determination. You have these traits! It is an honor to accompany you during this sometimes difficult, but tremendously rewarding journey. I am committed to providing a safe space to allow you to sort through experiences and begin the process of self-actualization. Let's get started....
(360) 531-6281 View (360) 531-6281
Mary Anne Lloyd
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Bellingham, WA 98226  (Online Only)
I work with clients who are dealing with Grief, Life Changes, Anxiety, and Depression.
Therapy is creative, gives us focus, loosens the grip of our problems, spins us around, and lifts us up. I have practiced psychology for about 30 years and presently have offices in Bellingham and Renton, WA and Vancouver, BC. I have just opened the office in Bellingham and welcome new clients. I look forward to having the same engaging relationships in Bellingham that I have with clients in the other busy practices. I work eclectically, using methods that personally benefit whoever has come for therapy. Usually there is some aspect of Cognitive Behavioral therapy, because it is so helpful.
I work with clients who are dealing with Grief, Life Changes, Anxiety, and Depression.
Therapy is creative, gives us focus, loosens the grip of our problems, spins us around, and lifts us up. I have practiced psychology for about 30 years and presently have offices in Bellingham and Renton, WA and Vancouver, BC. I have just opened the office in Bellingham and welcome new clients. I look forward to having the same engaging relationships in Bellingham that I have with clients in the other busy practices. I work eclectically, using methods that personally benefit whoever has come for therapy. Usually there is some aspect of Cognitive Behavioral therapy, because it is so helpful.
(360) 799-5249 View (360) 799-5249
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Dylan Keenberg
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225
My clients often begin therapy due to anxious and/or depressive symptoms emerging from more complex concerns that challenge their pursuits of meaningful living. They may have difficulties managing stress related to their relationships, work or study, and/or identity. Some struggle with the loss of someone or something important to them. Others may feel rudderless, uncertain about how to steer their life in a more fulfilling direction. In all cases I aim to provide a warm, nonjudgmental, and authentic relationship that encourages growth through the exploration of each client's sense of who they are and who they want to become.
My clients often begin therapy due to anxious and/or depressive symptoms emerging from more complex concerns that challenge their pursuits of meaningful living. They may have difficulties managing stress related to their relationships, work or study, and/or identity. Some struggle with the loss of someone or something important to them. Others may feel rudderless, uncertain about how to steer their life in a more fulfilling direction. In all cases I aim to provide a warm, nonjudgmental, and authentic relationship that encourages growth through the exploration of each client's sense of who they are and who they want to become.
(360) 526-0179 View (360) 526-0179
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Janet Edwards
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225
My goal is to create a safe, empathetic, person-centered space to engender grace: not trying to fix or cure, always moving towards transformation. Working with hospice for the past 12 years has deepened both my understanding and skills towards honoring and helping individuals and families as they move through many life transitions. If you need help with major changes, trauma, loss, grief, adjustment disorders or are exploring existential crisis, I offer a safe space to continue your journey.
My goal is to create a safe, empathetic, person-centered space to engender grace: not trying to fix or cure, always moving towards transformation. Working with hospice for the past 12 years has deepened both my understanding and skills towards honoring and helping individuals and families as they move through many life transitions. If you need help with major changes, trauma, loss, grief, adjustment disorders or are exploring existential crisis, I offer a safe space to continue your journey.
(360) 334-3364 View (360) 334-3364
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Colleen Lee
Mental Health Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225
I have helped clients with co-dependency issues, anger, depression, anxiety, PTSD, divorce recovery and grief.
My role as a therapist is to listen, diagnose, and present coping skills and therapeutic techniques. You will be asked to apply these skills to the best of your ability, giving you hope for an improved quality of life. The therapy model I use is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). You will be encouraged to take an active part in your treatment plan. Honesty, trust, patience, and committment are the basics for building a therapeutic relationship with positive results. I will provide a referral counselor for you, if I do not have the expertise for your particular issue.
I have helped clients with co-dependency issues, anger, depression, anxiety, PTSD, divorce recovery and grief.
My role as a therapist is to listen, diagnose, and present coping skills and therapeutic techniques. You will be asked to apply these skills to the best of your ability, giving you hope for an improved quality of life. The therapy model I use is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). You will be encouraged to take an active part in your treatment plan. Honesty, trust, patience, and committment are the basics for building a therapeutic relationship with positive results. I will provide a referral counselor for you, if I do not have the expertise for your particular issue.
(360) 523-7068 View (360) 523-7068
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Christine 'Katie' Eastman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PsyD, LICSW
Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225
As a licensed psychotherapist and coach specializing in loss and transition, I support people of all ages before, during and after serious loss by: Providing practical tools for coping with serious illness, death, divorce, retirement and other life transitions, allowing the pain of loss to serve as an opportunity for positive change. Facing loss can remind us of what we value most providing opportunity to consciously make choices that re- affirm these values in all aspects of our lives. Over time, this process of reaffirming and recreating our lives reveals the skills, gifts and talents we bring to the world.
As a licensed psychotherapist and coach specializing in loss and transition, I support people of all ages before, during and after serious loss by: Providing practical tools for coping with serious illness, death, divorce, retirement and other life transitions, allowing the pain of loss to serve as an opportunity for positive change. Facing loss can remind us of what we value most providing opportunity to consciously make choices that re- affirm these values in all aspects of our lives. Over time, this process of reaffirming and recreating our lives reveals the skills, gifts and talents we bring to the world.
(360) 703-9131 View (360) 703-9131
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Lauren Drake
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225
Waitlist for new clients
Suffering is unavoidable. But how we process our experiences is the difference between integrated healing and prolonging our aches. Whether you are experiencing anxiety, depression, loss, or relationship disturbances, most of us are also experiencing an activation of our nervous system that keeps us hypervigilant and unable to truly integrate healing into our bodies. Therapy is a path to process and heal the challenges in our lives so that we can tap into our own intuitive wisdom, learn to resettle our nervous systems, and access meaningful lives that bring us joy.
Suffering is unavoidable. But how we process our experiences is the difference between integrated healing and prolonging our aches. Whether you are experiencing anxiety, depression, loss, or relationship disturbances, most of us are also experiencing an activation of our nervous system that keeps us hypervigilant and unable to truly integrate healing into our bodies. Therapy is a path to process and heal the challenges in our lives so that we can tap into our own intuitive wisdom, learn to resettle our nervous systems, and access meaningful lives that bring us joy.
(360) 469-0605 View (360) 469-0605
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Nathalie Harris-Eckel
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Bellingham, WA 98225  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with individuals and couples dealing with anxiety, grief, and life transitions. I am passionate about working with clients who are interested in exploring their challenges and working towards personal goals that will lead to experiencing a more fulfilling life.
I specialize in working with individuals and couples dealing with anxiety, grief, and life transitions. I am passionate about working with clients who are interested in exploring their challenges and working towards personal goals that will lead to experiencing a more fulfilling life.
(253) 478-8279 View (253) 478-8279
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Sarah A Coombs
Counselor, LMHC, LPC, NCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Bellingham, WA 98225
I'm a queer identified practitioner licensed in the states of Oregon and Washington to provide individual psychotherapy and grief counseling sessions to individuals ages 18 and older. I have a particular passion and expertise in grief/bereavement/loss, compassion fatigue, anxiety disorders, LGBTQIA+, and transgender/gender dysphoria issues. I especially enjoy working with the young adult/college student phase of life and adults who find themselves on the brink of, or in the aftermath, of life altering decisions.
I'm a queer identified practitioner licensed in the states of Oregon and Washington to provide individual psychotherapy and grief counseling sessions to individuals ages 18 and older. I have a particular passion and expertise in grief/bereavement/loss, compassion fatigue, anxiety disorders, LGBTQIA+, and transgender/gender dysphoria issues. I especially enjoy working with the young adult/college student phase of life and adults who find themselves on the brink of, or in the aftermath, of life altering decisions.
(971) 302-4940 View (971) 302-4940
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Harper Rainflower-O'Sullivan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, MSW, LISWAIC
Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225  (Online Only)
The competencies I have are crisis work, LGBTQAI+ affirmation, grief, death and dying, sizeism, BIPOC issues and needs, and the particular challenges of dealing with chronic illnesses and disabilities.
I would love to work with you on the things that hold you back. Reclamation of personal power will be the basis of our work together. We will explore relational systems such as justice and culture, and the role of the self within these systems. By re-imagining yourself as a cherished and sacred part of the whole, you can identify and heal the wounds that have drained your precious energy and afflicted you with false negative narratives. Together, we will find out what your story truly has to tell us, and rewrite it for your benefit!
The competencies I have are crisis work, LGBTQAI+ affirmation, grief, death and dying, sizeism, BIPOC issues and needs, and the particular challenges of dealing with chronic illnesses and disabilities.
I would love to work with you on the things that hold you back. Reclamation of personal power will be the basis of our work together. We will explore relational systems such as justice and culture, and the role of the self within these systems. By re-imagining yourself as a cherished and sacred part of the whole, you can identify and heal the wounds that have drained your precious energy and afflicted you with false negative narratives. Together, we will find out what your story truly has to tell us, and rewrite it for your benefit!
(206) 309-9111 View (206) 309-9111
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Rachel Luke Counseling
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Bellingham, WA 98225
Welcome! Congratulations, you have done the hard, first step of searching for a therapist. I would love to introduce myself and my practice. I am a queer, fat, white woman who works with LGBTQIA+ folx and women around anxiety, depression, grief, spiritual harm, fat liberation, boundaries, LGBTQ issues, life transitions, and relationships. I work with both adults and teens. My practice is social justice and disability justice oriented, anti-racist, committed to fat liberation, and sex positive. I am always working to continue to grow in these areas and hope we can create a safe space for you to show up just as you are.
Welcome! Congratulations, you have done the hard, first step of searching for a therapist. I would love to introduce myself and my practice. I am a queer, fat, white woman who works with LGBTQIA+ folx and women around anxiety, depression, grief, spiritual harm, fat liberation, boundaries, LGBTQ issues, life transitions, and relationships. I work with both adults and teens. My practice is social justice and disability justice oriented, anti-racist, committed to fat liberation, and sex positive. I am always working to continue to grow in these areas and hope we can create a safe space for you to show up just as you are.
(206) 350-2283 View (206) 350-2283
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Nicole Parsons
Counselor, MA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Bellingham, WA 98225
I am especially passionate about working with trauma, grief, and chronic pain.
I believe that something powerful happens when we are seen, heard, and equipped with dignity and support. Counseling is a transformative process that can promote healing, hope, and change as we navigate the challenges that come with being human. I approach therapy through a person-centered, narrative, and family-systems framework. This means that the therapeutic process is centered around your story, your context, and your intersecting identities. I also prioritize trauma-informed care and will work to ensure that you feel safe and empowered during our time together.
I am especially passionate about working with trauma, grief, and chronic pain.
I believe that something powerful happens when we are seen, heard, and equipped with dignity and support. Counseling is a transformative process that can promote healing, hope, and change as we navigate the challenges that come with being human. I approach therapy through a person-centered, narrative, and family-systems framework. This means that the therapeutic process is centered around your story, your context, and your intersecting identities. I also prioritize trauma-informed care and will work to ensure that you feel safe and empowered during our time together.
(360) 842-0669 View (360) 842-0669
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Neupathway (Amber Ford)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, EdD, LCSW
Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225  (Online Only)
We all need support throughout our lives, and you may be looking for an additional resource to help you process lived experiences, problem-solve, or understand yourself in a deeper way. You may be struggling with anxiety, the challenges of caregiving, work stress and burnout, relationship challenges, or working through grief, loss, or bereavement. You want to engage in healthy coping skills and develop self-care habits to better support the vision you have for your life.
We all need support throughout our lives, and you may be looking for an additional resource to help you process lived experiences, problem-solve, or understand yourself in a deeper way. You may be struggling with anxiety, the challenges of caregiving, work stress and burnout, relationship challenges, or working through grief, loss, or bereavement. You want to engage in healthy coping skills and develop self-care habits to better support the vision you have for your life.
(425) 534-7372 View (425) 534-7372

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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.