The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement · PO Box 55 · Nutley, NJ 07110 · (718) 382-0690 ·
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Pet Bereavement Counselors:
New Jersey

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 This listing is arranged according to geographical location. We are pleased that every counselor registered here is a member of the APLB.

Basking Ridge

Deborah Antinori, MA, RDT, NCC, NBCCH
Director, Davison Counseling Center

97 Lyons Place
Basking Ridge, New Jersey 07920

Phone: (908) 766-0110
Fax: (908) 766-2451

Trained at NYU in Drama Therapy and Psychodrama, Deborah utilizes an eclectic blend of creative/expressive therapies to address the unique needs of each pet loss client: Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization) & Reprocessing (for trauma, disturbing memories), Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor (“inner child” work), and traditional counseling. Recently produced audiotape “Journey Through Pet Loss”, is a personal, therapeutic and artistic treatment of the subject of pet loss. Presents at conferences and speaks locally on pet loss and the human-animal bond.


Nancy Saxton-Lopez, LCSW, DCSW
37 Kinds Road, Suite 204
Madison, New Jersey 07940

Phone: (201) 638-7404

Midland Park

Nancy Saxton-Lopez, LCSW, DCSW
6 Prospect Street
Midland Park, New Jersey 07432

Phone: (201) 638-7404


Barbra Bunkley, MSW, LCSW, LCADC

Phone: (732) 666-1003

I have over twenty five years as a licensed clinical social worker in the field of behavioral health. My areas of expertise are in traumatic loss, trauma, post-traumatic stress, grief and bereavement. I am a certified pet loss and bereavement counselor. A certified Disaster Response Crisis Counselor.

My treatment modalities are Cognitive behavioral therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution focused therapy. I offer a warm and empathetic understanding of the love between a pet and their owner. There are times no one understands us better than our pet companion.

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