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Pet Loss Counselors & Specialists are individuals who may or may not have a doctorate but all of whom have undergone extensive training to help you along in your journey of healing.
These skilled professionals have dedicated their lives to understanding and assisting those for whom the loss of a pet is too great to overcome. These individuals are aware of the depth of the grief you may be feeling and are prepared to assist you in every way.
Brenda Brown, MA, FT
Grief About Pets
1303 W. Maple St. NW, Suite 103-Family Care Counseling office
Grief hurts! Whether a beloved pet or human has died, grief is devasting. After working for many years in the human loss grief field, Brenda Brown decided to start offering grief support to pet parents grieving the loss of their furbaby.
In 2015, Grief About Pets (GAPs) was started. Grieving pet parents can get help by calling 330-415-8879 or emailing email@example.com. One-on-one sessions are offered at $65 per hour on the phone or online. Group sessions are held once a month on the second Wed. of every month at 6:30 p.m. on Google Meets. Group sessions are free thanks to our sponsor Regency of NE Ohio.
Thanks to APLB and GAPs, no one grieving the loss of their precious furbaby is alone!
Craig Wilt, MA, MEd, CT, CBT
Hospice of the Piedmont
Warrenton / Culpeper
As a tribute to all of the pets that I have loved and continue to love, my pet loss support services are provided at no charge.
Colleen Rolland, BA, MA, PGRS-C, PLGS-APLB
Pet Bereavement Services
141 Valley Road
Ontario, L9H 5E2
Together with the support of your Veterinarian, Pet Bereavement Services will help you travel through each phase of grief, be there to listen, and help you arrive at a place of acceptance and resolution. In cases of deep psychological grief Pet Bereavement Services maintains a list of professionals to whom referrals can be made for additional assistance. These specialists include Psychotherapists who are familiar with the complexities of Pet Loss Bereavement.
Education: Colleen Rolland, in addition to an Honours Bachelor’s Degree, and a Master’s Degree, has been certified as a Pet Loss Grief Recovery Specialist through the American Association of Health Care Professionals in 2014, and trained as a Pet Bereavement Counsellor with the renowned Dr. Wallace Sife in 2014, a private practice Psychologist and founder of the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB).
Colleen is the current President of the APLB (2020 – 2024) and is a Training Specialist/Instructor for the Pet Loss Grief Specialist training offered through the APLB. She co-wrote the new curriculum in 2021 with Dr. Michelle Crossley, PhD, and Ms. Marina Resa; Dr. Crossley is the APLB Vice-President, Training Specialist/Instructor, Board Member and Associate Newsletter Editor, and Ms. Marina Resa is Newsletter Editor, Training Specialist/Instructor, and Board Member.
Judith Liu, LCSW
My background includes professional as well as personal experience with grief related pet loss, and I share this to say that you are not alone in your journey. I’m a clinical social worker with over 10 years’ experience in the field, with an emphasis in behavioral health, compassion fatigue, animal assisted psychotherapy, and humane education. I took a break from the field. However, after a heartbreaking loss of a much-loved pet, whom I rescued, I was completely devastated. During my time of grief, I had trouble finding the much-needed support I needed to work through my grief. As a result, I decided to return to the field and dedicate my professional career to helping others gain the needed support, validation, and normalization during their time of grief and loss of their pet. I have worked in both direct practice and psychiatric care. It would be my pleasure to assist you to navigate through frustrations and uncertainties by addressing the challenge, providing necessary education, and helping you to implement beneficial and healthy coping tools so that you can become empowered, confident, and ultimately trust that your best days are right in front of you. It would be an honor to walk alongside you during your journey, as we explore together which steps to take next.
Janice Shapiro, LMFT, CAAP
Of the many types of relationships that I specialize in as a licensed marriage and family therapist, the one dearest to my heart is the relationship between dog and man. There exists a special bond that many people in their lives are lucky enough to experience. Along with this special attachment comes immense responsibilities. Out of these responsibilities comes pure joy but also wrenching heartache. Pets rely on us for their care; we rely on them for their loyalty, unconditional love, companionship and amazing ability to understand our emotions. When one or both can no longer hold up their end, intense sorrow, guilt and loss is experienced like none other. I will help support you through these hard times. Good people should not have to suffer from being Dog’s/Cat’s Best Friend.
I currently see clients on-line from anywhere in California.
LMFT CA license #86051
Kathy Sherry, M.S., Certified Pet Loss Counselor / Grief Coach
Pet Loss Pathways, LLC
P. O. Box 2522
The loss of a beloved pet family member can hit us surprisingly hard, leaving a huge void in our lives. Their unconditional love for us, constant presence and companionship are suddently missing, and we struggle with adjusting to the changes, after all the care we have given them day after day.
Kathy was trained and certified as a pet loss counselor by the Association for Pet Loss & Bereavement in 2013. As part of her graduate program in Counseling, she completed extensive training in grief support and death education at Center for Grieving Children, and Hospice of Southern Maine. While hearing from many folks that they could not find support for pet loss, and after the death of her beloved MagicDog, Kathy decided to create space for this at Pet Loss Pathways.
Kathy has worked with hundreds of individuals and families grieving the death of their animals (cats, dogs, birds, horses, rabbits, and more). While she currently provides pet loss support services to veterinarian practices throughout Maine, as a pet loss grief coach, Kathy can work with folks in other states as well.
Kathy is passionate about creating a judgement free, safe place for sharing. It is common to question whether our choices were right, and go over and over things in our minds and hearts. Grieving is a natural process, but it is not a straight line, and studies show it is healtier to have support along the way; to express feelings and thoughts, and have coping outlets can lead to healing and reslience. Connecting with others who have been through pet loss can make us feel less alone. Kathy helps connect you with resources that might be helpful along the path.
I would be honored to be there with you in your grief, and bear witness to your story, and even hear about fun or poignant memories. It is said “the measure of our grief is equal to the measure of the love we have for the one we lost”. It is not weak to mourn one who has been such a part of our lives. Kathy works with you to find meaning in their lives, and find creative ways to memorlize them. We can check in about how fellow pets might be reacting to the loss, and our reactions to things people say when they give advice. How do we adjust to this “new normal”?
For more information, please see my website, or reach out with any questions by email, text or phone. Most folks find 2 or 3 sessions helpful; some will then do a support group. I look foward to hearing from you.
Linda Harper, Ph.D. clinical psychologist over 35 years
Consultants in Applied Psychology
11900 Southwest Highway
Home Phone: (708) 227-5330
Office Phone: (708) 227-5330
Office Fax: (708) 448-0769
As a compassionate heart specialist, I offer individual Healing Heart Workshop I and Advanced Healing Heart Workshop II. In the first workshop, discover and practice a proactive tool, Honor Feelings, Reframe Story to open your heart to the healing power of the flow of compassion. In the second workshop, go beyond simply getting to the other side of grief and find the gifts of the healing process. Both interactive workshops are each 2 hours long, and available through Zoom or in-person in Palos Park, Il. Follow-up sessions are also available. www.drlindaharper.com
Laurie Leonard, LMSW
Help With Pet Loss
New York City
The loss of a pet can be devastating. Facing grief without support can be overwhelming. In fact, the grief felt after the loss of a beloved pet can be as much or more intense than it would be for a human friend or family member. In addition to deep sadness, a pet owner may feel despair, hopelessness, guilt and emptiness. Grief must be felt and expressed before healing can take place. I can help you cope with your pain, understand your feelings, and know what to expect during the grieving and healing process. Often just one or two sessions are enough to make a difference, enabling you to continue healing on your own. I do sessions by zoom or telephone.
Marina Resa, MA LMFT #106655
Greater Los Angeles Area
Greater San Francisco Bay Area
My mission as a psychotherapist (Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist) is to create normalcy around the intensity of pet grief. This includes: anticipatory death, loss through divorce, runaway pets, unexpected attachment to animals raised for meat consumption, trauma, euthanasia, and anything and everything in-between pertaining to your loss.
Michele Burgner, MSSW, LCSW
Michele E. Burgner, MSSW, LCSW
2200 21st Avenue South, Suite 229
Home Phone: (615) 218-0564
Office Phone: (615) 969-3664
Office Fax: (615) 298-3011
My primary practice of psychotherapy is focused on work with adults, providing support for a range of concerns from stressors and adjustments to change in daily life, to clinical levels of distress related to anxiety, depression and complex trauma. I hold very high regard for the significant bond that exists between people and our pet companions (dog, cat, horse, bird, pig … and the list goes happily on). I understand the depth and complexity of emotions that can occur when people experience the anticipated or unexpected loss of a pet companion. I appreciate the opportunity to offer support and guidance during such a difficult time.
Martin Santos, B.S., PWS (Peer Wellness Specialist) Mental Health/Trauma
Genuine Recovery Pet Bereavement Services
My name is Martin, B.S., PWS, an Intuitive Support Writer and Traditional Health Worker in the State of Oregon. A Certified Peer Wellness Specialist in Mental Health and Trauma Informed Care, my expertise is Inward Communication Education.
I help individuals with issues in transition from trauma, grief and pet bereavement accept the loss to reframe the experience through writing and support. I do not diagnose, only guide you through the expereience for SPIRITUAL AND EMOTIONAL healing for regaining clarity in the chaos.
I specialize in domestic cats/dogs and been privleged in loving, caring and transitioning twelve cats. From personal experience, I can honestly share with high emotional intelligence and humility what has worked in gracefully healing soberly. Let’s connect and with your permission, allow me to professsionally, empathically, help in understanding how to safely cope, grieve and grow together from this transition.
Nancy Curotto, Psy.D- Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Pet Loss Psychotherapy
655 W Irving Park Rd
Home Phone: (312) 409-7182
Office Phone: (312) 409-7182
Office Fax: (888) 972-9742
Dr. Nancy Curotto has been in private practice for over 20 years and assisting individuals and families coping with anticipated loss, death, and mourning. Her treatment style is interactive and specially tailored to each client. Dr. Curotto brings to the clinical setting, specifically pet loss or anticipated loss, a focused treatment, years of mindfulness study/practice, and is EMDR certified ( i.e., Eye Movement Reprocessing Desensitization). She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a certification in pet loss and bereavement in 2009 from APLB.org. For more information about her practice please visit www.curottopsyd.com or www.petlosspsychotherapy.com
Natalie Evans, MSW, ASW #90001
Helen Goldberg, PGRS-C
Helen Goldberg, Pet Loss Counselling
I assist grieving pet-parents with finding a place of acceptance and resolve. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to grieve – as individual as our DNA, so to is the journey through grief. Some people are able to navigate through their grief journey without the assistance of a professional however, there are others who find their struggle with grief a more arduous process and recognize they need the support of a professional. My training and expertise allows me to provide the necessary tools and techniques that enable my clients to move forward towards recovery.
Rachel Shirley, Certified Professional Coach. Certified Pet Loss and Grief Companion. Certified John Maxwell Coach, Teacher, and Speaker.
As a certified professional coach and pet loss grief companion, it’s an honor to walk alongside the end-of-life journey with you as you mourn your beloved best friend. My heart unites with yours.
I believe God created us in His image and that our pets reflect us with their own unique and unforgettable personalities.
When our pet is sick or suddenly sent to heaven, it’s our personal choice of how our grieving process takes shape and what it looks like.
I believe your pain, grief, disbelief, frustration, anger, and sadness are real and essential in your healing.
It’s been my experience you don’t ever “get over” the death of your fur-baby, but you do “get through it” when provided a safe place to talk about it.
Throughout the years, I’ve concluded it’s never too early or late to draw upon the riches of memories our beloved fur-babies have provided as we celebrate their lives in our unique way.
Victoria Buskirk Macia, LCSW-R
Counseling Center for Inner Growth
2038 New Hackensack Road
New York, 12603
I have over twenty years of experience as a psychotherapist with emphasis on trauma work and complicated bereavement. I, too, have experienced the profound heartbreak of losing a beloved pet, and, as such, wish to help those who are hurting.