Directory of Services

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.

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Alicia Harris

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Ontario

Allison White, ACSW, LCSW, CCDP-D, CHC

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Jennifer Breslow, LCAT, ATR-BC, CASAC

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Lynn Bednarz, LCPC, CADC

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Kara Burrow, BA — Honours, P.G.C.E.

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Brenda Brown, MA, FT

Grief About Pets

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

1303 W. Maple St. NW, Suite 103-Family Care Counseling office

Canton

Ohio, 44720

Grief hurts! Whether a beloved pet or human had 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 brenda@griefaboutpets.com. One-on-one sessions are offered at $50 per hour on the phone or online. Group sessions are held twice a month on the second and fourth 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!

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Cathleen Baker, RN, AMMA Therapist, Certified Life Coach, Pet Loss Counselor - APLB

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Dr. Chris Norman, RN,BA,BEd,MEd,PsyD.

PAWS 4 GRIEF

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Florida, 33401

Office Phone: (310) 895-3922

I am a Pet Grief Life Coach. If you have had a loving pet pass away and are having a hard time coping with this loss, I am more than willing to help you the tools as to how to deal with your grief. I offer both group and individual sessions.

I can offer virtual sessions via Zoom etc.

I know how you are feeling as I have been through the loss of a pet and am very empathetic and sympathetic.

I have references of pet owners who I have worked with and are very pleased with the progress we have made together.

Charles Morey, MS, MDiv, LPC, NCC, CASAC, CCGC

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Claire Chew, MA, Grief Recovery Specialist

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Rachel Wright, MSW, LSWAIC, CDP

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Craig Wilt, MA, MEd, CT, CBT

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Warrenton / Culpeper

Virginia

Office Phone: (540) 718-5323

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.

David C. Brillhart, Psy.D.

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Victoria Velinski, MA, BFA

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Deborah A. Massey, LSCW, CAS

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Jennifer Blough, MA, LLPC

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Diane Newman, MS, Licensed Professional Counselor

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Donna Lobiondo, M.Div., Ph.D.

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Mimi Handlin, MSW, Certified Life Coach, Certified Pet Loss Counselor

Healing Pet Grief

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Washington, 98115

I know how heartbreaking it is to lose or anticipate losing a cherished pet who has been a family member, best friend, and more. Whether the death was expected or sudden, we are rarely ready for it. You may feel devastated and knocked down by the weight of your grief. You may even feel embarrassed or like there is something wrong with you for feeling so much pain. As a certified pet loss counselor and from my own personal experiences with losing beloved animals, I know there is nothing wrong with you. Grief is a normal reaction to losing a loved one and the depth of your grief is a result of the depth of your love.

I offer:

Acknowledgment of the bond you had with your beloved animal and the heart breaking pain of loss.

Empathy, understanding, and tools for coping with whatever thoughts and feelings you are ready to share, regardless of how confusing or difficult they may be.

Support for taking care of yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Grief can make us hurt in every way. It is especially important now to treat yourself with loving kindness and compassion.

Non-judgmental and caring listening for anything else you want to talk about. My goal is to provide a safe and understanding space where you can share whatever comes up for you as you grieve and remember.

Support is offered by phone nationwide – day, evenings, and weekends. Please visit my website: www.healingpetgrief.com

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Harriet J. Kalet, LCSW-R, DAPA

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Lindsay Benson, MS, LPC

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Colleen Rolland, BA, MA, PGRS-C, PLGS-APLB

Pet Bereavement Services

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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.

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Sinead Lancaster, LCSW

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Judith Liu, LCSW

Eclectic Balance

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Connecticut, 06907

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 a direct practice and psychiatric care. I am a graduate of New York University with a Master of Social Work. I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Association of Professional Humane Educators (APHE) and International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). I am also a graduate of CUNY Hunter University’s Animal Behavior and Conservation program. I hold a post master’s certification in Animal Assisted Psychotherapy and a registered mental health Equine practitioner through Eagala. I am also an active volunteer with local rescue organizations, and a foster home.

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.

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Jennifer Dutrow, MSW

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Julie Tenenberg, MA, MFT

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Janice Shapiro, LMFT, CAAP

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

California, 95124

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

Joan E. Pedersen, ThM, MA, LCSW-C

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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kalindi kapadia, LPC, CADC III

Kalindi Kapadia LPC, CADC III

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

810 ne 77th avenue

Portland

Oregon, 97213

Home Phone: (908) 463-6376

Office Phone: (908) 463-6376

Karen Litzinger, MA, LPC

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Rev Kaleel Sakakeeny, Animal Chaplain, Credentialed Pet Loss and Grief Counselor, Pastor

Animal Talks Inc

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

168 Beech St

Boston

Massachusetts, 02131

People Magazine, the New York Times, London Podcasts, The Washington Post, Catster/Dogster Magazines,  and others have recognized Animal Talks (a nonprofit, tax exempt animal charity) as a leader in the relatively new field of Pet Loss and Grief Counseling. We have been blessed with the trust and belief placed in us by the many heartbroken people who come to us from across the country and abroad, for help in walking the lonely, painful journey of grief after losing their beloved animal companion to death.

Please reach out to me if you need help. You can see our robust and helpful Social Media postings on all Social Media platforms at @animaltalksinc And on our site, read what people have been kind enough to say about us. I also think animaltalksinc.com can be a comforting place to listen to audio, see videos, read some inspiring poetry-and generally get to know us.

You’re not alone, although it deeply feels that way.

Blessing Always,

Kaleel

Kathi Zellers, PhD, MFT

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Linda Harper, Ph.D. clinical psychologist over 35 years

Consultants in Applied Psychology

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

11900 Southwest Highway

Suite 201

Illinois, 60464

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

Lori Ashbaugh, MSW Ch.t Medical Hypnotherapist

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Marina Resa, MA LMFT #106655

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Greater Los Angeles Area

Greater San Francisco Bay Area

California, 90230

 

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. 

 
I am trained in EMDR & will often intertwine this modality with traditional talk therapy to assist you in your healing.  I volunteer with the APLB & am an instructor for the Pet Loss Grief Specialist course. I also serve as a resource & consultant for media outlets. Psychotherapy/Counseling services are available for clients anywhere in California via telehealth. 
 
It is truly an honor to support you. Your relationship was real. Your grief is valid. 

Michele Burgner, MSSW, LCSW

Michele E. Burgner, MSSW, LCSW

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

2200 21st Avenue South, Suite 229

Nashville

Tennessee, 37212

Home Phone: (615) 218-0564

Office Phone: (615) 969-3664

Office Fax: (615) 298-3011

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Meg Lands, MSW, LCSW

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Marsha Michaels, M.A. LPCC

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Melissa Lopez, MSW, LCSW

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Nancy Blair, MES, M.Ed, CCC, RCT

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Nancy Curotto, Psy.D- Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Pet Loss Psychotherapy

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

655 W Irving Park Rd

Suite 201

Illinois, 60613

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

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

California, 95403

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Amie B. Mizzi, MSEd, LMHC

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Deborah Antinori, MA, RDT, NCC, NBCCH

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Agneta Persson Hauser, LCAT, MA. ATR-BC

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Robyn Zeiger, Ph.D.

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Steve Potje, H.B.S W, and A.P.L.B counseling certificate.

Potje Pet Loss Services

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Mill Street

Kitchener

Ontario, N2M 3P9

Home Phone: (519) 240-7387

Office Phone: (519) 240-7387

Short-term counseling to address the loss or impending loss of a beloved pet. In-house appointments available in Waterloo Region. Online appointments available for any region

Pamela Spear, MS, OTR/L, GC-C

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Rachel Shirley, Certified Professional Coach. Certified Pet Loss and Grief Companion. Certified John Maxwell Coach, Teacher, and Speaker.

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Florida, 34997

Home Phone: (561) 234-0823

Office Phone: (855) 352-5683

Rebecca Zisch, MA, VT

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Russell Hollier, LCSW, CASAC, KPA-CTP

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Christine McNiff, LMHC, NCC

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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William Solz, LCSW, CASAC

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Janet Zimmerman, LCSW-R

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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Victoria Buskirk Macia, LCSW-R

Counseling Center for Inner Growth

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

2038 New Hackensack Road

Poughkeepsie

New York, 12603

Home Phone: (845) 505-5963

Office Phone: (845) 462-0439

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.

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