Linda Ritchie, Ph.D.

Licensed Professional Counselor/Marriage & Family Therapist

Location: 1800 Michael Faraday Drive, Suite 201, Reston

Grief encompasses a broad range of feelings and behaviors that are common after a loss. Sadness is the most common feeling . It is common and expected to experience sadness if you have lost someone you love. One of the most important factors in healing is having support. Even if you are not normally comfortable talking about your feelings under normal circumstance, it is important to have some place where you can express them when your grieving. We can help you gain an understanding of your feelings and provide you coping strategies for dealing with the loss.

Laurie Levine, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Location: 461-A Carlisle Drive, Herndon

Grief and loss comes in many different packages: losing an elderly parent, a dear friend, and worst of all, a child. Another extreme form of grief and loss although not as readily identified in this category is the loss an adopted child suffers when being relinquished by his/her biological family. I have worked with many adopted children and adolescents who often struggle with depression and anxiety without even realizing that they are experiencing grief and loss. Often just labeling the grief begins the journey to healing. Others simply need permission to grieve. My office is a safe place where those who need to grieve are permitted to do so and find they then begin to heal.

Janine Murphy-Neilson, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Location: 4001 Fair Ridge Drive Suite 302, Fairfax

Trying to make your way through grief & loss can be overwhelming. I can offer two things that I believe are helpful: support and guidance to work through the grief. Many times people want to avoid the pain and will ask, 'what's the point of focusing on it?' There actually is a point: we don’t ever just ‘get over’ loss, but we can learn to move through the intensity of it and find ways to adapt to the loss and to eventually reengage with life.

Karen Kingsley, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Location: 21351 Gentry Drive, Suite 250, Sterling

Everyone grieves differently and on a different timetable, yet compassionate, effective support can help you to work through the tasks that come with all profound losses: accepting the reality of the loss, experiencing the pain of the loss, adjusting to the new circumstances, and finding your way to reinvest in your new reality. For over 20 years I have been helping people to make their way through these transitions.

Katherine Thorn, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Location: 501 Church Street, NE Suite 217, Vienna

We often think of grieving in reaction to a loved one's death. That certainly is a time when a person is grieving. There are many other times, though, that we need to process a loss; such as divorce, job loss, or the death of a pet. I support a person through a major loss by helping them balance 'looking back' (honoring the loss, processing the feelings, making sense of what happened) and by 'looking forward' (staying engaged with life and finding meaning). You can come through the suffering stronger and with greater self-awareness.

John Raymond, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Location: 380 Maple Ave. W #304, Vienna

Grief and loss is a normal process of major changes in our lives. Connecting with the loss is an important aspect of the process as well as finding what growth can be achieved through it. Sometimes it doesn't seem fair to be experiencing the loss or that God doesn't care. These are very real and normal feelings-and then growth happens. Growth that takes us to a deeper understanding of God's love for us.

Well Marriage Center

Couples Specialists

Location: 3917 Old Lee Hwy #11D, Fairfax

Broken relationships can often leave us struggling with a sense of grief and loss. Well Marriage Center specializes in working with emotional distress associated with relationships. We offer a safe and gentle space to process emotions, pain, struggle, and loss. We offer our 25+ years of experience working with individuals and couples to move through their grief and regain a sense of the fullness of life.

Diane Hoekstra, Ph.D., LLC

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Location of Therapist: Fairfax, VA

As humans, we all encounter loss in our lives--loss of cherished loved ones as well as the loss that comes from difficult and painful experiences. Our bodies set in motion a process of grieving for those we have lost. We also need sometimes need to grieve what might have been, but wasn't. I see grieving as an organic process that encompasses our body and soul. Complicated grief occurs when our body or mind fights the grieving process--hoping to avoid what feels like unendurable pain. Support, attunement and empathy in the context of a safe relationship enables one to grieve and gain peace. GRIEVING MAKES ROOM FOR NEW EXPERIENCES.

Ashburn Psychological Services

Ashburn Psychological Services

Location of Therapist: Ashburn, VA

The death of a loved one can be extremely painful. For some, loss and grief can become prolonged and severe and can negatively impact functioning. Our team of highly trained and experienced psychiatrists and therapists are here to assist you during your loss. Your doctor or therapist at APS will work closely with you to tailor your treatment to your needs. There are times when counseling alone can be sufficient for reducing symptoms and for getting you back to a healthy place. At other times, medication may be needed in conjunction with therapy. APS is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of specialists who can also work closely together to coordinator your care in your time of need.

Mary Lou Lyon, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Location: 6723 Whittier Avenue, Suite 406, McLean

Loss is a very real experience in every life. You may be facing the loss of a job, a financial downturn, the break-up of a relationship, an illness or even the death of a loved one. In therapy, I can help you through this loss and share in your grieving process. I believe that learning to grieve well our losses is an essential part of life and growth. Grieving in the presence of a caring person can be very healing.


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Grief Counseling Herndon VA.

The death of a loved one is arguably the most traumatic experience any of us can face. The goals of Herndon VA grief counseling are recovery and acceptance. Herndon, VA trauma counseling seeks to help an individual process, debrief, and cope with an extreme stress. Recovery from loss through grief counseling Herndon, VA does not mean that all of the pain, memories or significance of a loved one are resolved, but that one is able to accept what has happened, and that those experiences and memories are an important part of life, but not all consuming. When you see a Herndon VA trauma therapist or Herndon VA grief counselor, you will find a listening ear. There are several stages of grieving, and compassionate therapy in Herndon VA can be a strong shoulder that will facilitate healing. Herndon VA grief therapy and counseling in Virginia can help one move through the shock, trauma, and acute suffering, so that you are not destroyed by what has happened. Most likely, there are still loved ones in your life who need you, and if you are grieving, you may utterly lack any emotional energy at all to deal with them. Herndon VA grief counseling can help stabilize you.

If you have experienced the pain and trauma of loss, grief counseling Herndon VA with a licensed therapist can help you move through. A Virginia grief and loss counselor has training and experience in helping people who have suffered loss to find strength, to cope, and move through the trauma. Herndon grief counseling can be an important tool to help you through this difficult time. And while nothing anyone can say can completely heal the pain, you can still find strength to cope and to find hope in the darkness. Therapy is a very important part of moving through grief. Please contact a Herndon, VA grief therapist below today.