Counselors by State
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|Alabama||Christina Sparks, PhD
Alabama Psychotherapy and Wellness Center, PC
631 Beacon Parkway West
Birmingham, AL 35209 205-912-2000 Fax:205-945-1890
To subscribe to Dr. Sparks monthly newsletter, Wellness Notes,
The Pet Grief Support Service provides assistance 24 hours a day. The Pet Grief Support Service is run through the Companion Animal Association of Arizona. In addition to the Help Line, they provide support group meetings; information, literature and reading lists, as well as referrals to other appropriate resources. They also publish a book on Children and Pet Loss.
|California||While not a counseling service, you may want to consider this book
When Someone Dies in California
This book is targeted to the loss of a human family member, however, it does contain a few practical pages on preparing for your pet's care should you go the the Rainbow Bridge before them. The chapter on grieving is helpful in any loss situation.
This book was kind enough to mention www.superdog.com in their references.
REVMA Pet Loss Support Group.
707-527-9330 or 707-579-3411
San Francisco SPCA
(415) 554-3000.The Humane Society of Santa Clara Valley hosts free group sessions every Wednesday from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. A psychology assistant (and Companion Animal Therapist) is teamed up with a clinical psychologist.
(408) 727-3383 email@example.com
University of California
University of California-Davis
6:30pm to 9:30pm Pacific time. Monday through Friday.
Pet Loss Support Group. 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month, 6:30
- 8:20 PM
In her own words: From personal and professional experience, I have come to understand how a heart that has not healed from grief closes in protection, while a healed heart has worked through the loss to arrive at a point of profound compassion and self-understanding: and I might add, the healed heart has the strength, courage and room to love another pet again, if that is chosen. The relationship with a pet is particularly deep. I believe that reflects the complete, unconditional love the animal has shared. That love connects deep to our core and greatly amplifies the loss that is felt upon the pet's death. When we consider how deeply we have been touched by our pet, it is easy to see why we seek compassionate support during the process of bereavement.
(720) 732-6095 Mar991@msn.com
Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching
|Florida||Animal Grieving Center
Maryann Borgon, M.Ed., listed in the Delta Society resource library, provides telephone and individual consultations and a monthly support group for a fee. There is no charge to clients of participating veterinarians.
The Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale
The Humane Society offers a Pet Loss & Grieving support group the second and fourth Wed of each month at 6:00 at 2070 Griffin Road.
Call (954) 266-6815 for details
University of Florida
Call (352) 392-4700, ext. 4080 at any
time to leave your name and number.
Marilyn G. Putz
Lincolnshire Animal Hospital
|Indiana||Pet Loss Grief Support Group
Telephone Support, Monthly Meetings, Lending
Library, Hand outs to take home
Our Mission Statement: The primary purpose of the Pet Loss Grief Support Group is to provide a means of communication with others who are experiencing grief over the loss of a pet. We offer support during the grieving process. The telephone support is available between meetings or for those who feel the need to talk to someone but do not wish to attend a meeting. We have a newsletter that is printed periodically. It includes a memorial section that is available at no charge. There is no charge to attend meetings or to receive newsletters. We are a self-help group that provides education about coping with loss and the emotional support people receive from discussing common feelings.
University Pet Loss Support Hotline
Christine McNiff is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) in private practice providing services to individuals, families, groups and corporations. One of Christines specialties includes offering grief counseling to adults and children who have experienced the loss of a pet. Christine has both personal and professional experience in the area of working with animals, as noted in the following: life-long pet owner/lover; provider of animal assisted therapy as part of her private practice; volunteer with an animal rescue program; and member of the MSPCA. Christines approach is compassionate and understanding of the deep relationships formed between people and animals.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 20 years of experience. My private practice specializes in life transitions, depression and stress management. The goal in treatment is not only to assist clients throught the grief stages but also explore the milestones in their lives, and how pets effectively help them through life's journey.I believe in the strong spiritual connection; that animals show us how to live and how to die with simplicity, innocence, love and dignity. I offer consultations and therapy in the client's home where the healing process begins. Bereavement counseling for those who own service animals is also provided.
|Tufts University Pet
Loss Support Hotline
|Michigan||Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine offers pet loss support services. A Pet Loss Support Group
led by Michael Rogell, Ph.D. and Bonnie Wheeler, LPC meets first Tuesday of every month at
A-174 Veterinary Medical Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.
Michael Rogell, Ph.D. (517) 372-2300
|Minnesota||University of Minnesota
College of Veterinary Medicine, St. Paul, Minnesota
|New Jersey||Chatham & Newton
Claire Caines, MSW, LCSW, Caines Center For Psychotherapy
We understand how important your pet is to you. A compassionate, experienced counselor can help you cope with the loss of your pet. In-person and telephone pet loss counseling
|New York||Floral Park
Sonia Wagner, C.S.W. is a certified social worker with a Masters Degree in Social Work from Hunter College with an office in Rockville Centre, Nassau County and one in Bayside, Queens; home visits are sometimes arranged. Ms Wagner offers counseling to those anticipating or grieving pet loss, and assist parents struggling to help their children understand and cope with this loss. Her practice includes work with couples, families, and children.
Pet Loss Support Hotline, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 6-9pm EST
(607) 253-3932 http://www.vet.cornell.edu/public/petloss
Four Winds Hospital
New York - E. Patchogue
New York City
Paw To Heart Animal Bereavement Support Services. They offer educational material, lectures and workshops, and a monthly support group with telephone counseling available . The groups are free of charge to the community, groups are open-ended and accept anyone who has lost a pet or is anticipating the loss due to age or illness. Trained counselors run the groups and they are members of The National Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement. These people are caring and devoted to helping others because they have 'been there!'
Peggy Haymes is a counselor with the Methodist Counseling Center who has had advanced training in the area of grief and loss. She helps facilitate the Greensboro Area Pet Loss Support Group (sponsored by PAW, meeting on the second Tuesday of the month, 7:30-9:00 p.m. at First Lutheran Church). She also offers one day workshops on grieving and healing the loss of a pet. She offers counseling for children and/or adults dealing with the loss of a pet.
919-272-1388 or 919-772-9371
1935 20th Ave SE Minot, North Dakota
Ohio State University
(614) 292-1823Carolyn Buck, MA, LPCC
I am a licensed professional clinical counselor with over ten years in the field. I do all types of therapy including pet loss and bereavement. I believe that the death of a pet is not recognized by most of society so there is no support or rituals to help deal with the death. I also think that the death of a pet can bring up other unresolved deaths.
|Oregon||The Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital
Located in Portland, hosts Pet Loss Support Groups which meet four times a month. During these meetings, pet owners talk, reminisce and share stories about their lost pets. Each group is lead by a qualified grief counselor who believes that the bond between pets and people represent some of the most important relationships in a person's life. Enid Traisman, MSW is a counselor at Dove Lewis. See her book on Pet Loss.
|Pennsylvania||The University of Pennsylvania
School of Veterinary medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Chrysalis Counseling & Wellness Center
11717 Bowman Green Dr.
10686A Crestwood Dr.
|Washington||Katrina Bilhimer, MA, LMHC serves Olympia/Thurston
and Tacoma/Pierce Counties.
Tina Ellenbogen, D.V.M. is a house call practitioner with a specialty in hospice/end -of - life issues. She teaches workshops for clients/public and would like to offer veterinary advice/info relating to pet loss/ hospice topics. She provides telephone consultations, as well as printed pre-euthanasia decision-making information packets, she has a recorded info message on a local newspaper info line, and has recently completed advanced training at Colorado State Veterinary Schoo (CHANGES program).
Washington State University
to The Rainbow Passage developed by Charlene Douglas in Grafton, Wisconsin.
Charlene has a Masters Degree in counseling from the Oklahoma State University and is a
PhD candidate at Washington State University. She has been a Pet Loss and Bereavement
Counselor for the last seven years. Her work as an Internet counselor has been featured in
numerous AP wire releases and the nationally syndicated TV show, Real Life. She also
conducts seminars/workshops on dealing with the topic of pet loss and bereavement.
Charlene has written a booklet on "How To Start A Pet Loss Support Group".
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