Grief & Loss Counseling and Bereavement Services in Merriam KS.


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Grief & Loss

Jessica Willemsen, MSW, LSCSW, LAC, LCSW, CTS

Clinical Social Worker and Addiction Counselor

Within Driving Distance of Merriam, KS

The loss of a loved one or instrumental person in your life brings a range of mixed emotions. There are times when grief and loss can become debilitating, and the help of a trained therapist can be helpful. Overwhelming sadness can turn into depression and post traumatic stress disorder. EMDR, individual talk therapy, and expressive techniques such as art and sand tray therapy can help. Nothing can bring your loved one back. But being able to live your life, while remembering your loved one and all the positive memories, will help you be able to look forward in life, instead of feeling stuck in the past.

Grief & Loss

Afton Strate, M.S., LCMFT

Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Merriam, KS

It is my goal to provide you with a safe and compassionate environment while you process your loss. I believe that everyone's grief and life circumstances are unique. Whether you are experiencing anger, sadness, anxiety, or not sure what you're feeling, having a space to process your feelings can be an important aspect of healing. It would be an honor to be a part of your journey.

Grief & Loss

Sherri Jacobs, M.S., LMFT, M.A., ATR

Marriage and Family Therapist, Art Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Merriam, KS

Grief and loss are a ubiquitous part of the human condition, yet there is surprisingly little preparation for the overwhelming emotions that come with a loss. While people generally think of grief as only being connected to the death of a loved one, grief can happen through even minor losses including jobs, pets, moving, and acculturating to a new country. After working for many years in inpatient psychiatric settings, my observation is that so many problems can develop with unresolved grief, especially in teenagers. Reaching out for help from a therapist is a wise decision, and opens up the opportunity for a partner as one navigates through the grief journey.

Grief & Loss

Sara Minges, LPC, RPT

Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Merriam, KS

Many clients come to me requesting help in making sense of a traumatic event. Often times, it is the loss of a significant personal relationship, resulting in strong, intense emotions or dissociating from emotions. Mindfulness and play therapy services can help clients practice self-care, visualize letting go of negative emotions and enjoying life. There is a primary emphasis on sensory and emotional processing of information, which then allows the client to find the cognitive words to explain their experiences.

Grief & Loss

Alex Ehrsam, M.S., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Merriam, KS

Your loved one will always be a part of you. The process of acceptance, and integration of their memory and the emotions around this, is a journey. Don't let anyone tell you that you should be over your loss in a set amount of time. We are all do grief differently. Our current culture is often not helpful with this process. Sometimes those closest to us are not helpful either. I have lost both parents, and 25 years ago suffered the loss of my brother. My family had no experience with healthy processing of grief. My experience informs my training and passion for wanting to be a place of compassion and empathy for you and your loved ones. Help is available now

Grief & Loss

Debra Neal, LCPC, ICCGC

Professional Counselor

Within Driving Distance of Merriam, KS

Debra provides a three step personalized plan to help individuals get through the first stages of their particular loss. Using best practice and plan driven by the individual, clients find short and long term relief and hope for loss due to separation, divorce, job termination , breach of trust, and death. Equally important, Debra provides counseling to help individual work through grief and loss in ways that reduce the long term negative emotional affects of unresolved grief. For those who are dealing with multiple unresolved issues of loss from the past, counseling is available.

Grief & Loss

Aaron Mitchum, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Within Driving Distance of Merriam, KS

I use Self Psychology (a branch of psychoanalysis that uses human developmental science, sustained empathy and the therapy relationship itself to understand and bring healing to problems). I work from a warm, empathic standpoint in which I try to enter your shoes and understand your experiences as you do, not as others do. Insight is not the main goal (although that certainly happens), rather formative moments of feeling tuned into, deeply understood and emotionally held are the goal. These offer new emotional experiences that really catalyze psychological growth and healing. Benefits include increased: feelings of vitality and realness, hope, self-esteem, emotion regulation, etc.

Grief & Loss

Kristal Krahl-Camp, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Merriam, KS

Clients can expect to feel heard and validated in their grief process. Grief is exactly that, a process. What you are feeling and experiencing is uniquely yours. There is no time frame and no specific order in the stages of grief. It is fluid, can come and go, and you can experience more than one stage at once. I strive to assist clients with whatever they are going through.

Grief & Loss

Kristen Burrus, MS, LMFT, LAC

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Merriam, KS

Grief and loss are generally associated with the passing of a loved one. I believe one can grieve the loss of a relationship, job or even way of life. I help clients to process what their hurt and suffering has done to them and how it can be repaired. Every one grieves differently, there is no one way to handle this complex emotion. Let me help you find your happiness again.

Grief & Loss

Diane Schmidt, LSCSW

Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker

Within Driving Distance of Merriam, KS

In life, we will all experience grief and loss. We can mourn even when changes are positive and we've initiated them. There is no timeline or one specific method to grieving, each person's style is unique as well as their story. Therapy provides a safe and trusted place where you can share your grief and be heard, validated for what you are experiencing, and have a person to partner with in the process. The time spent in therapy is set aside just for you.


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