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.
David C. Brillhart, Psy.D.
ACT II Psychology, Inc.
The Reed Opera House
189 Liberty Street NE, Suite 210A
Salem, Oregon 97301
I am a licensed clinical psychologist working with individuals, families, and groups from the therapeutic perspective of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). My therapy is available for a wide range of psychological problems including anxiety, depression, trauma, interpersonal relationship difficulties, and unresolved grief and loss for pets and for people too. At the very heart of ACT is acceptance, the guiding sentiment of the Serenity Prayer in focusing on change we can control; accepting and letting go of the things we cannot.
As a lifetime pet owner, I know the sting of death having lost my 17-year-old dog and cat within the space of six months. But through my grief and mindful acceptance of my loss through ACT, I discovered what really mattered to me—moving forward through the pet bereavement process to a values-driven life. I value helping others live a life put on “hold” by their personal and painful distress of their pet-companion’s death. I would be honored to help you do the same.