Pet Bereavement Counselors:
There are literally hundreds of people who are now counseling in pet bereavement, and it is not possible for the APLB to register them all. Some hesitate to be listed in any directory, others are first discovering the benefits of this wonderful service, and many more are still unknown to us. We welcome all new applicants to contact us directly by mail or online at email@example.com. This listing is arranged according to geographical location. We are pleased that every counselor registered here is a member of the APLB.
Bay St. Louis
Christina Richardson, PhD, SFO
115 Oaks Boulevard
Bay St. Louis, Missouri 29520
I am a certified grief counselor and certified life coach. I recently moved from Virginia where I had been the Director of Religious Education, and a member of the Funeral Ministry Team for the Fort Myer Catholic Community at Fort Myer Army Base, Virginia for ten years. A large part of my ministry has been outreach to the parishioners through the provision of grief counseling and bereavement work. Fort Myer is the provider of military funerals at the Old Post Chapel and the Memorial Chapel for Arlington National Cemetery. During funerals I worked with the families of the deceased, and I provided aftercare support for them.
I have many years of experience, providing support for pet loss and bereavement. Many of my clients come to me because they believe that the grief they have is not validated by our society and they find themselves grieving alone. Together we celebrate the gift of the lost companion and the client finds a safe, accepting place to work through the loss and not feel that they are alone in their grief. A large part of what I do is to work with family members and educate the community about the real grief that comes from the loss of a pet companion.
Raphael Smith, PsyD., Clinical Psychologist
The Struan Center, LLC
4044 Central Street
Kansas City , Missouri 64111
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Missouri, experience with treating Depression, Anxiety, Grief and Loss, including Pet Loss & Bereavement. Client-centered focus. Call for information or appointments. Member of the APLB and I have completed Dr. Sife’s online Pet Bereavement Counselor Training Course.
Diane Newman, MS, Licensed Professional Counselor
Healing Hearts Counseling Services
1611 Mills Road
Ozark , Missouri 65721
Office: (417) 836-5449
Fax: (417) 836-4918
Degrees in psychology, guidance and counseling. Trained in counseling on death and dying. Extensive experience with pet death. Professional referrals are encouraged if supplemental psychological counseling seems needed. The depth and intensity of the grief over pet loss is far greater than most people realize, and I utilize a client-centered approach, allowing the client to talk freely about this kind of loss.
Charles Morey, MS, MDiv, LPC, NCC, CASAC, CCGC
PO Box 11172
Springfield , Missouri 65808
I have worked in the counseling field for over 20 years and have extensive professional experience in working with people who have a number of life issues, including the loss of pet companions. I employ education as well as individual and group therapy in helping people work through the various stages of grief. I am also trained professionally to provide a variety of spiritual/religious services which may help the mourner commemorate the passing of a pet companion.
I have personal experiences of both the wonderful experience of pet companionship as well as the intense feelings that often occur following the loss of such companionship. I believe that pet companionship is a type of relationship unlike any other and as such engenders a distinct type of grief. I also know personally the healing that can follow in time the loss of a pet companion. I hope that I may be of real help to others to experience such healing.