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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.

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Dr. Bennett, Licensed Psychologist

Ariel Counseling & Consultation

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Telehealth Services for Clients Anywhere in the State of Florida

450 S. Orange Avenue Orlando

Florida, 32801

“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 and live in the state of Florida, Ariel Counseling & Consultation is here to support you.   Our licensed psychologist specializes in therapy 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 contact us for a complimentary 15-minute consultation to see if we may be a good fit for you. 

Amanda Travis, Pet Loss Partners Pet Loss Bereavement Specialist

Bo Paws It Forward Pet Loss Support

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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 pet loss support free of charge to our community. We do appreciate donations that can helo cover the added costs for this service and to help fund our medical and behavioral grants. 

Donations can be made at 

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Beth Gustin, MA, NCC, LPC, EMDR Certified, CGCS

Transitioning Through Change, PLLC

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

8774 Yates Dr. Suite 110

Colorado, 80031

Brenda Brown, MA, FT

Grief About Pets

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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


Ohio, 44720

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 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!

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Craig Wilt, MA, MEd, CT, CBT

Hospice of the Piedmont

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Warrenton / Culpeper


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.

Deborah A. Massey, LSCW, CAS

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

422 Evergreen Drive PO Box 190

Honey Brook

Pennsylvania, 19344

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Leslie Greenberg, Ph.D. in Psychology

Richmond Neuropsychology

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

4713 Harvest Glen Way

Glen Allen

Virginia, 23059

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 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


Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists


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….

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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.

Jennifer Breslow, LCAT, LPAT, ATR-BC

Art Therapy & Psychotherapy in NYC

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

244 Fifth Avenue, #L252

New York, 10001

As an animal lover, I recognize the deep bond that is possible between humans and animals, and have experienced the heartache and despair when this bond is broken by a pet’s death. The sadness and overwhelming emptiness that is experienced can be difficult to face alone, especially in a society that is often quick to dismiss the significance of the relationship – it’s never “just a pet.” If you are struggling to move through your loss, let me help you work through your grief.

I am a licensed psychotherapist (LCAT, LPAT), board certified art therapist (ATR-BC) and animal lover in private practice in New York City. I have been trained in pet loss and bereavement counseling by the Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement, and have extensive experience helping people cope through the loss of a pet.

Additionally, as a mental health practitioner, I am trained to help process and explore any related issues or unresolved losses that the loss of a pet might activate.

I currently offer individual pet loss counseling and therapy sessions via a HIPAA compliant video platform. As a therapist, I am only licensed to see folks remotely who are located in New York or New Jersey.

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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 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.

Jennifer Ellis, Certified Pet Loss & Bereavement Counselor, Reiki Master

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists


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.

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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

Janice Shapiro, MA, LMFT

Janice shapiro

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

18 N. First St.

Campbell, CA

California, 95008

Home Phone: (408) 879-0378

Office Phone: (408) 596-4810

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.


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Janet Zimmerman, LCSW-R

New York Pet Loss Support Services

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

New York

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.

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Kalindi Kapadia LPC, CADC III

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

810 ne 77th avenue


Oregon, 97213

Home Phone: (908) 463-6376

Office Phone: (908) 463-6376

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Kathy Sherry, M.S., Certified Pet Loss Counselor / Grief Coach

Pet Loss Pathways, LLC

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

P. O. Box 2522

South Portland

Maine, 04107

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

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.

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Laurie Leonard, LMSW

Help With Pet Loss

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

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

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. 

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Michele Burgner, MSSW, LCSW

Michele E. Burgner, MSSW, LCSW

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

2200 21st Avenue South, Suite 229


Tennessee, 37212

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

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Oak Hills

Oregon, 97006

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.

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

Nancy Blair Counselling

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

Nova Scotia

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  For more information about her practice please visit or 

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Natalie Evans, MSW, ASW #90001

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

California, 95403

Helen Goldberg, PGRS-C

Helen Goldberg, Pet Loss Counselling

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists


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.

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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

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.

Robyn Zeiger, Ph.D., LCPC, LPC

Robyn Zeiger, Ph.D.

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

10300 Sweetbriar Parkway

Silver Spring

Maryland, 20903

Home Phone: (301) 996-0987

Office Phone: (301) 445-7333

Office Fax: (301) 445-5046

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Victoria Buskirk Macia, LCSW-R

Counseling Center for Inner Growth

Pet Loss Counselors / Specialists

2038 New Hackensack Road


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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