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


Donna Lobiondo, M.Div., Ph.D.
39 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07042

Phone: (973) 743-2990

I am a licensed psychologist, Certified Pet Funeral Celebrant and devoted lifelong fur-baby parent with a degree in ministry from Harvard University. My male associate — also a lifelong pet parent — is both a professional counselor and licensed funeral director with many years of experience comforting grieving families.

Our practice offers compassionate and professional individual and group therapy services to adults, teens, and children coping with the emptiness and sadness of anticipated and actual pet death. We regard our pets as the true innocents of the world and full members of our families, who give unconditional love while expecting little in return. Since when they leave us we feel their loss as painfully and intensely as the end of any other important life, we make sure to bring the utmost reverence and respect to our counseling work with companion animal survivors.

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