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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.
Dr. Bennett, Licensed Psychologist
Ariel Counseling & Consultation
450 S. Orange Avenue Orlando
“You were my favorite hello and my hardest goodbye”.
Research has shown that the human-animal bond can enhance the overall quality of our lives. This is why the loss of an animal companion can be such a challenging & personal experience. If you are seeking individual therapy to address the loss of a pet companion, Ariel Counseling & Consultation is here to support you. Our licensed psychologist specializes in services for clients who have a strong bond with animals including emotional support animals, service animals, companion pets of all kinds, farm animals and wildlife. We provide services for clients whose lives are psychologically enhanced by our relationship with a pet and caring about animals.
Please call, text or email us to schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation.
Amanda Travis, Pet Loss Partners Pet Loss Bereavement Specialist
Separated Soul Mates Pet Loss Support
They Mattered and Grief is normal.
Bo Paws It Forward is a non profit that provides grants for pet guardians in need of medical or behavioral care for their dogs and are facing temporary hardship or limited income. We recently added the Separate Soul Mates pet loss support services that benefit our programs.
Our rates: We are here for you at no cost. Donations made to Bo Paws It Forward are appreciated as that is one way we are able to provide services for pet parents and the community. Our community is a large one with pet parents seeking support all across the U.S.
These visits are where we delve into how I can help you best. Usually its simply having someone listen-really listen to what you miss about your beloved pet or perhaps help you process the helplessness and anger. I have a lot of life experience with loss since my adult life has been dedicated to rescue, animal welfare and hospice fostering. I also have a unique skill set with natural empathy that led me to pet loss classes, workshops and certfication.
Pet loss is a very disenfranchised grief and we are working to change that with community and a promise of judgement-free communication.
Sessions are offered by Zoom, phone call, and email. On our website, we have a Pet Loss Support intake form -any information you want to share helps me prepare on how best to help you. https://bopawsitforward.org/intake-pet-loss-support-form
We do not have a set schedule for sessions so that I can work with you as soon as you need. Email support is offered 7 days a week- I check my email between 8-9 Am (eastern standard time) , 1-2 pm and 6-7 PM. If you send me an email within those hours, YOU WILL get a response. Email: SSgrief@gmail.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org
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 offered 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 free thanks to our Eternal Paws and Faithful Companion. One group is on-site on the second Wed. of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Eternal Paws in Norton, OH. The other group is online on Google Meets on the fourth Wed. of every month at 6:30 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Thanks to APLB and GAPs, no one grieving the loss of their precious furbaby is alone!
Dr. Chris Norman, RN,BA,BEd,MEd,PsyD.
PAWS 4 GRIEF
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.
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.
Dr. Christine Henry, Ph.D., NCC
Therapy For Pet People
Besides being a licensed psychologist, I am an animal lover who personally knows the pain of losing a beloved companion animal. I have been shocked how many therapists do not understand the deep connections that we can have with animals. There is nothing wrong with you if you are missing your fur baby or are worried about losing them. Together we can process the memories you had with them as well as regrets that you may have. In addition, if you are struggling with other concerns such as anxiety, depression, or past trauma we can discuss those issues as well. To schedule an appointment, go to my website: www.therapyforpetpeople.com or find me on Facebook or Instagram (Therapy For Pet People). I offer a free 15 minute consultation to see if we would be a good fit to work together. I provide online therapy in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Leslie Greenberg, Ph.D. in Psychology
4713 Harvest Glen Way
Dr. Greenberg is a psychologist with 25+ years of experience. She offers counseling and coping strategies to help you grieve. She leads a free, monthly Pet Loss Support Group. See FetchACure.org for details on how to participate remotely or in person. Individual sessions available by appointment (remote or in office), including evenings and weekends.
Karen Jaques, Dip Counselling & Advanced Major in Grief & Loss
Majoring in Grief and Loss Karen has a high level of understanding of the stages of Grief & Loss through her own personal experiences.
Karen says “When I lost my 18 year old cattle dog, Lucy, even as a Grief Counselor myself, I needed someone to help me make sense of what I was thinking and feeling. My own grief put me on the path to help others.I found there were not many Counseling services in this area that came with formal qualifications in training. It was imperative to me that I found a course that reflected and supported my own way of thinking concerning pet loss. One that empathizes, takes it very seriously, and also incorporates some level of spirituality. On this quest I finally managed to find The APLB who offered a course that mirrored my way of thinking and also had a strict and high standard of excellence”.
Karen is one of only a few Counselors in Australia that is certified in Pet Loss and Bereavement and is currently working with the APLB as Chairperson and Chat roomHost.
Her philosophy is believing that when you gain an understanding of what you are experiencing you can then move forward to find peace, resolution and healing….
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
1200 High Ridge Road
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. After a heartbreaking loss of a much-loved pet, 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 focus my professional career on helping others gain the needed support, validation, and normalization during their time of grief and loss of their pet. It would be an honor to walk alongside you during your journey, as we explore together which steps to take next.
*APLB Trained 2021
I provide in-person sessions out of Stamford, CT, and New Rochelle, NY. Book a free consultation today – https://calendly.com/eclecticbalance/consultation
Jennifer Ellis, Certified Pet Loss & Bereavement Counselor, Reiki Master
I am a Veterinary Technician that not only cares for your pets, but cares for their owners as well. I am a certified Pet Loss and Bereavement Counselor and am a Reiki Master.
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
Janice Shapiro, MA, LMFT
18 N. First St.
Hello, I am Janice Shapiro, Marriage and Family Therapist. For those of us who have had the privilege of caring for and loving pets, the heartache is intense when they are gone. Pet grief can be caused by anticipatory death, loss through divorce, lost pet, accidents, euthanasia, compassion fatigue, relocating and the list goes on. Talking to a trained professional for just a few sessions can ease the pain enough so your pet can be remembered with honor and dignity.
On-line and in person sessions available
Janet Zimmerman, LCSW-R
New York Pet Loss Support Services
Online Support for New York State Residents Grieving the Loss of Their Pets
I offer a three-session online program to help New Yorkers deal with the loss of their beloved pets.
Many people don’t understand how difficult it is to lose a beloved animal companion. Sometimes friends or family members tell you to get another pet, or to “just get over it already.” The truth is that the grief you feel is absolutely normal and should be validated, not dismissed or belittled. Most of the time people don’t mean to cause you pain, they just don’t understand. I do understand. Having twice gone through the process of losing a pet, I remember the grief I felt as if it were yesterday.
I can help you move ahead in your life, not by “getting over it,” but by turning your grief into warm memories and empowering you to feel whole again.
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
Lisa Havelin, MA, LMFT
Lisa Havelin Counseling
572 Lincoln Ave. #11
Home Phone: (651) 230-4035
Office Phone: (651) 230-4035
Office Fax: NA
Licensed, professional counseling supporting the human-animal bond. Specialized in providing support to people and their animal companions related to end-of-life decision-making, euthanasia counseling, and grief and bereavement counseling.
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
Nancy Saxton-Lopez, LCSW, DCSW, VSW
Nancy Saxton-Lopez/The Pet Loss Companion
85 Hopper Avemue
New Jersey, 07463
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years experience in providing grief counseling. I led a companion animal loss support group for 30 years. My colleague, Ken Dolan-DelVecchio LMFT, LCSW and I wrote the book “The Pet loss Companion: Healing Advice From Family Therapists Who Lead Pet Loss Groups” in 2013. It is available on Amazon. Ken and I also host a podcast “The Pet Loss Companion” live on Face Book and You Tube every Thursday evening at 6PM EST. The podcast can also be heard on other outlets such as Amazon, Apple, Anchor, Spotify etc.
Ken leads a free Zoom Pet Loss Support Group once a month sponsored by Dakin Humane Society in Springfield Mass. Anyone one in the country can participate. Contact www.dakinhumane.org for dates and to register.
Melissa Coyle, LCSW-R (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Clinical Telemental Health Provider, Certified Pet Loss Grief Specialist
Melissa Coyle, LCSW-R
New York, 11755
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.
Shannon Basner, ACCBC from IAABC, Pet Loss & Bereavement Counselor, Cat advoCATe
2440 E Tudor Rd PMB 896
As a Certified Pet Loss & Bereavement Counselor, Mojo’s Hope & Alaska’s KAAATs offers counseling support to our PAWspice Community Program. We want to be able to offer this emotional support for people going through this very difficult process.
Death can be such an uncomfortable topic for many people. We think it’s important to see it, this last stage, and demystify it, make it less scary and sad while honoring the ones we love. Our own experiences with the loss of our beloved pets have helped to further deepen our understanding and provide us with the opportunity to help others.
As an animal advocacy organization & rescue group for animals with special needs, we want to be able to offer support for people who go through this difficult process, before, during and afterward. We are offering this support in whatever capacity needed. Maybe you need a ride, maybe you need to talk through the process or maybe you may need someone to hold your hand as you say your final goodbye. We will help to guide you through these steps by offering compassionate, empathetic and individualized support.
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.