As a grief counselor, it is important to me to provide compassionate care and a safe, supportive environment for clients who are experiencing the pain of loss. This means an environment free of judgment or pressure to “move on” from grief. It is my hope that in our work together, clients feel supported and accompanied on their unique journey of grief and healing.
As a certified Compassionate Bereavement Care provider through the MISS Foundation, I have received specialized training to support individuals and families experiencing traumatic bereavement, such as the death of a child or the violent or sudden death of a loved one. Learn more about Compassionate Bereavement Care here:
Animal Companion Loss
The loss of an animal companion (pet) can cause intense grief. The time leading up to the loss can also be very challenging, such as when an animal is sick or aging and death is nearing. Supporting clients as they navigate the loss of an important animal in their life (pets and beyond, including working partners such as K9s or horses, or other special animals) is an area of focus for me. This can include exploring the meaning of the relationship with the animal, and finding ways to honor that relationship in an ongoing way. I also offer support for veterinarians and other animal care and animal rescue professionals who experience loss and challenges related to their work. I am trained in animal-assisted therapy and hope to offer therapy with animals present in the future.
The natural world offers much in the way of healing, from a quieter place to reconnect with feelings, to a guide for experiencing the seasons of life, and a chance to observe and relate to wildlife and other parts of nature. Experiencing nature and exploring ways to care for nature can both be great sources of healing and meaning. I am certified in ecopsychology, an approach that combines ecology and psychology to consider how human wellbeing and the health of the natural world fit together. I bring nature into the therapy setting through plants and nature objects, and invite clients to discuss their experiences with nature whenever it is meaningful for them to do so. In the future, I hope to expand to offering therapy in the outdoors. Follow this link to learn more about nature as a therapeutic partner.