The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement · PO Box 55 · Nutley, NJ 07110 · (718) 382-0690 ·
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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 This listing is arranged according to geographical location. We are pleased that every counselor registered here is a member of the APLB.

Chevy Chase

Sheila Cohen, MSW, LCSWC
3200 Pauline Drive
Chevy Chase, Maryland

Phone: (301) 652-0995
Fax: (301) 652-5659

Psychotherapist, in practice over 12 years, with training in clinical social work. Lifelong dog owner, experienced in pet bereavement. Counseling approach to treatment of this is focused on assisting the client through the stages of grieving, with traditional clinical guidance in other related issues.


Pamela Spear, MS, OTR/L, GC-C
Not Just A Pet: Pet Loss and Bereavement Support Services, LLC

2110 Priest Bridge Drive, Suite #3
Crofton, Maryland 21114

Phone: (410) 487-5731

As a devoted pet lover, my commitment to Not Just A Pet is born out of personal and professional experience. Frustrated with the lack of respect and support available when my beloved cat, Sonny, died, I decided to create specialized support services as an adjunct in helping others experiencing pet loss grief.

I use that personal experience as well as my education and training as an occupational therapist in mental health practice to provide coping strategies that enable clients to begin a healthy grieving process around their pets death. Convenient office and in-home appointments are available — my office is positioned along the Washington, DC / Baltimore corridor with a strong client base in Annapolis, Maryland. Grief support is available during veterinary procedures (including euthanasia); workshops and grief support are provided to veterinary clinic / hospital teams. Community support groups are planned for Fall, 2008.


Joan E. Pedersen, ThM, MA, LCSW-C
Center for Renewal
933-D Russell Avenue
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20879

Phone: (301) 527-1382
Fax: (301) 527-6158

With training in both pastoral counseling and clinical social work, I offer a specialty in loss/bereavement/life transitions, while providing a spiritually sensitive, holistic approach to my psychotherapy practice, which includes individuals, couples and groups.

As the beloved mother of a happy-go-lucky 15 year-old cocker spaniel and a feisty 8 year-old tabby cat, I know how much a part of a family animals can become, and how very difficult their death can prove, not only for humans but for other animals in the household, as well. Indeed for many people, pets are the one constant in their life, often forming an unconditional loving connection deeper than other relationships. I have had the privilege of working with many people as they struggled with anticipatory grief over their pets’ illness, as they made tough decisions regarding their care, and later as they processed the loss. In a very safe, accepting environment, we focused on letting go, saying good-bye, and the rituals of remembrance.


Jennifer Dutrow
MSW from University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work
Certified Pet Loss and Bereavement Counselor through APLB

Phoenix, Maryland

Phone: (410) 215-9758

I am a licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years of post master's degree experience in counseling and leading support groups with individuals and their families in various health care settings. I work in close conjunction with hospice in providing a holistic approach to providing support and guidance to those who are coping with a terminal illness and grieving a loss.

I am also a Certified Pet Loss and Bereavement Counselor through the APLB. The focus of my individual and group pet therapy practice is on providing supportive counseling to pet owners who are coping with their pets’ illnesses, assisting them in the difficult decision-making process regarding treatment vs. euthanasia and providing bereavement counseling.

Silver Spring

Robyn Zeiger, Ph.D.
10300 Sweetbriar Parkway
Silver Spring, Maryland 20903

Phone: (301) 445-7333

I have been a counselor in private practice for over 25 years in the DC/Maryland area, and teach at the University of Maryland in both the Department of Family Studies and the University Honors Program. I enjoy working with clients who are dealing with pet-related issues, especially doing pet loss and bereavement work. I see pets as an integral part of our therapeutic journey and certainly an important part of our healing from childhood wounds. My work in pet loss is generally crisis intervention as well as short term. I do therapy with individuals, couples, and groups, and intend to do workshops in the near future.

Upper Marlboro

Carol Auletta, MSW
15102 Nottingham Road
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772

Phone: (301) 579-2342
Fax: (301) 888-2172

I have 30 years of clinical experience in psychotherapy. I find that our animal companions are both unique & necessary to many of us in living a full life. I want to offer my expertise, empathy & compassion to those who find themselves suddenly traveling without their beloved companion in this troubled universe.

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