Elizabeth Harvey, LMHC

Elizabeth Harvey, LMHC

Compassionate Care for Grief
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Counseling Focus Areas

Grief

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:

About Counseling for Traumatic Bereavement

Guiding Principles in Compassionate Bereavement Care

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.

Ecopsychology

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.

About

Elizabeth Harvey is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in New Mexico. She received her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from New Mexico State University and her BA in Romance Languages from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA.

Elizabeth’s training in graduate school and beyond has focused on grief, trauma, relationships with animal companions, and incorporating nature in therapy. Elizabeth completed counseling internships at La Piñon, the rape crisis center serving Southern New Mexico, and at a local equine-assisted therapy program. She has received certification as a Compassionate Bereavement Care provider through the MISS Foundation, earned a certificate in animal-assisted therapy through Harcum College, and completed the ecopsychology certificate program at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Prior to working as a counselor, Elizabeth served in federal government and related positions for 15 years, including as staff in the United States Senate and the national security community.

Grief Resources

Organizations and Information

MISS Foundation Grief Education – Articles for bereaved families and those who want to help

Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico

Articles

Grieving the people we’ve loved and lost

Rituals are one way in which many families cope during the holidays

Talks on Grief (Videos)

We don’t “move on” from grief, we move forward with it – Nora McInerny

How my son’s short life made a lasting difference – Sarah Gray

A video game to cope with grief – Amy Green

The big idea my brother inspired – Jamie Heywood

How loss helped one artist find beauty in imperfection – Alyssa Monks

Animal Companion Loss

Pet loss – lessons in grief

He trots the air

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement

American Veterinary Medical Association – Euthanasia, Pet Loss, Support Hotlines

Publications

I co-authored with Dr. Chris Blazina the chapter “Working with Men and Their Dogs: How Context Informs Clinical Practice When the Bond is Present in Males’ Lives” in the Clinician’s Guide to Treating Companion Animal Issues. This book is a resource for mental health professionals working with clients who have animals in their lives and includes several chapters with content on animal companion loss, including this chapter.

Contact

Accepting new clients starting in mid-March 2020. Please leave or send me a brief message with your contact information and I will get in touch with you to see if my counseling services are a fit with your needs.

Phone: 575-386-5750

Email: info@elizabethharveycounseling.com

Address: 2488 Calle de Guadalupe, Las Cruces, NM 88005