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 firstname.lastname@example.org. This listing is arranged according to geographical location. We are pleased that every counselor registered here is a member of the APLB.
3165 Reese Road NW
I am a Certified Pet Loss and Bereavement Counselor, trained through the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement. While working as a hospital manager for a veterinary hospital, I have experienced many people suffering through heartache and grief after losing a pet. I know first hand the devastating effects that are endured following the death of a beloved companion and am dedicated to helping others. Compassionate support will be provided to assist each pet owner through their process of healing. Individual counseling in person or by phone is available.
Marsha Michaels, M.A. LPCC
I have been a clinical counselor for 16 years and am experienced in working with people struggling with depression, anxiety, chronic and terminal illness and grief and loss issues.
In addition to working with clients in my private practice, I have provided pet bereavement support groups through our local humane society and given numerous educational presentations addressing the difficult decision-making process of euthanasia and coping with the loss of a pet.
I use an integrated approach to counseling, recognizing that the grief process is unique for each person. I focus on providing support while exploring the emotional and possible spiritual relationships between people and their pets and incorporate this into the healing process. I work with children, adolescents and adults.
Brenda Brown, MA, FT
Masters in Grief Counseling and fellowship in Thanatology
Grief About Pets, LLC (GAPs)
1303 W. Maple Street, Suite 103, N. Canton, OH 44720
Supporting people through the painful grief process has been a passion of mine for many years. For eight years I was director of a local hospital's grief department and helped with the building of their free standing hospice compassionate care center. At this time through discovering that more grief tools for children were needed, I created a nationally known game called Doggone Grief. This game continues to help children feel more comfortable in talking about their feelings and realizing that their grief emotions are very normal.
Grief is painful whether it is a beloved human or pet. There is no difference. Whether the bereaved is a child, teen or adult grief is rough and support is needed. When I meet with grieving people one-on-one, I offer a safe, relaxed, nonjudgmental environment where painful thoughts and feelings can be discussed. Through my compassion and expertise in grief, I work together with my clients towards self-care, coping strategies and adjustment to life without their special friend. My highest priority is to help my bereaved client know they are not alone in this healing process.
Susan Carter, M.Ed. LPCC, LSW
I have been a Social Worker and Counselor for more than 20 years working with people living with serious, chronic, or terminal illness and their and families. I work at a large hospital and have experience facilitating support groups and working with grief, end of life and loss issues, depression, and anxiety.
I am working with Canine Karma, where we offer a monthly pet bereavement support group and individual counseling by phone or in person at no cost. From a life time of loving animals, I understand the importance of compassionate listening, support and understanding when dealing with the loss of our animal family members.