Grief and Loss Counseling in San Diego, CA.

Therapy and bereavement services in San Diego, CA. Find real help with the right therapist.


Vanessa Villasenor, LMFT
Grief Counselor

Vanessa Villasenor, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

591 CAMINO DE LA REINA, SUITE 802, San Diego, California 92108 | 858-519-8002

Welcome! Have you recently experienced the loss of a family member or a significant other? This is an extremely difficult time and seeking therapy is the first step in making progress. The process can be difficult but you have arrived at the right place. We will work with you on your process of beginning to process your recent loss and work through your current struggles.

Jace Draper, LMFT, MA
Grief Counselor

Jace Draper, LMFT, MA

Marriage and Family Therapist

Available for Online Therapy

Life leaves little time for grief. Instead it demands constant attention and engagement. Therefore it’s a separate set of tools you need to keep going when grief and loss come into your life. Taking a dedicated amount of time and space for the work is where counseling with me comes in. I’m here to help you process and make room for the grief as well as develop the tools to keep going.

Tami Chelew, MA, CSAT
Grief Counselor

Tami Chelew, MA, CSAT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - LMFT #79759

10065 Old Grove Rd Ste 102, San Diego, California 92131 | 858-254-6169

Grief and loss are a part of life and how we deal with it are our feelings around it is very important for internal relief. I help clients undue unwilled and unwanted unbearable aloneness. This can come from many different areas in our lives such as past or present trauma, loss of a relationship, death of a loved one, etc.. Helping clients move through the grief and loss process with support and care is a priority to me.

Stephanie Sandoval, MA
Grief Counselor

Stephanie Sandoval, MA

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

San Diego, California 92101 | (619) 991-0849

"Some things cannot be fixed; they can only be carried." Grief is often an incredibly lonely experience. Even if we are surrounded by others in our lives, that support is often limited. Although grief is a normal human experience, each person’s grief is subtly different. As a grief and loss therapist in San Diego, I facilitate the exploration of client's thoughts, emotions and feelings, helping process and navigate the complexities of bereavement in a supportive environment.

Scott Wood, M.A.
Grief Counselor

Scott Wood, M.A.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

2333 Camino del Rio S., Ste 250, San Diego, California 92108 | 858.449.1835

Grief is a very real and painful experience with many dimensions, and it has no time limit. Well-meaning loved ones may not understand the extent of your grief and pain. Mourning is a process that is unique and personal. Not everyone grieves in the same way nor does everyone require the same amount of time to work through their grief. Grief can be complicated by the length of the relationship with the person who died, the nature of that relationship, any traumatic components to the loss, multiple losses, and the strength of your remaining support system. If your grief feels overwhelming or your depression lasting, contact me for the support you need to heal and find your way forward.

Cynthia Valentine, MA
Grief Counselor

Cynthia Valentine, MA

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

2816 Adams Ave, San Diego, California 92116 | 619-736-1176

Grief is a force that requires great care and self-compassion. No one grieves in the same way. Grief is not always linked to the death of a loved one. Grief and loss can happen because of a job loss, moving, death of a pet, completing college or a graduate degree program, or even loss of a career. We will practice ways of integrating the loss into your loss, so it isn't this consuming force. For many, the goal of grief counseling is to simply "learn how to live with it." We will practice ways of living with the loss in a way that honors yourself, your experience, and your future plans.

Paul Santero, Psy. D.
Grief Counselor

Paul Santero, Psy. D.

Licensed Psychologist

3252 Holiday Dr. #205, La Jolla, California 92037 | 619-750-0970

Everyone at one time or another experiences loss and goes through the grief process. What helps a person through this is to cognitively process the event. An excellent way to do this is through the EMDR technique. I have received training through the EMDR institute (Emdria) and can assist individuals through times of loss and help them through the grief process. EMDR is one of the most effective methods to help process the loss, allow the person to experience the wave of emotions and bring the feeling and belief of resolve and completion which will help the person move forward.

David Peters, MS, MFT
Grief Counselor

David Peters, MS, MFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

2525 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 205, San Diego, California 92108 | 619-491-3492

When you suffer the loss of a loved one, you certainly will experience great sorrow. But it is also possible that you may experience symptoms similar to clinical depression. It is normal for these symptoms to last for days. But if they continue at a significant level for a week or more, you may need extra support. Grief counseling can be of benefit. I will help you move through the grief process in a constructive and purposeful way. We will engage you in specific interventions that honor your loss, and help you find the meaning in the painful reality you experience. Taking time for purposeful grieving, you learn to re-engage in your normal life, minimizing the risk of clinical depression.

Rika Tanaka, Ph.D.
Grief Counselor

Rika Tanaka, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Carlsbad, California 92008 | 619-554-0120

Grief is only natural after suffering a significant loss. Nevertheless, it can take a great toll on our mental and physical well-being--and just because it is a naturally part of our life experiences, doesn't mean we should suffer alone. When working with clients who are in mourning, I provide warm and patient supportive counseling, as well as effective psychotherapy tailored to help the client cope with feelings of deep sadness and sorrow, with an eye towards ultimately finding meaning and hope moving forward.

Kevin Fleming, Ph.D.
Grief Counselor

Kevin Fleming, Ph.D.

Coach/Change Agent/Consultant

San Diego, California 92101 | 1-877-606-6161

Grey Matters International and the work of Kevin J. Fleming, Ph.D approaches issues of grief & loss through the lens of innovation----instead of growing the same neural networks responsible for the pain in weekly therapy sessions, we reset the brain to move forward quicker and efficiently by working on the stuck limbic system so as to empower the person with more success and traction. For no one wants to stay in a grief mode for too long; but when you don’t include the brain in your work with someone, you risk describing the water to them while they drown and calling it success. Contact Grey Matters International, Inc now at kevin@kevinflemingphd.com or 877-606-6161.

Annette Barnett, MA, AMFT119490
Grief Counselor

Annette Barnett, MA, AMFT119490

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

Available for Online Therapy

NEW ZOOM CLASS on healthy relationships! more info in my bio - FREE INTRO NIGHTS & video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBi2tmxQunQ Grief & Loss are normal experiences in life. Yet, they are often overwhelming - combining experiences of sadness, fear, anxiety, surprise & disorientation, frustration, worry, loneliness, confusion & more. Grief is truly not meant to be experienced alone. The guidance of a caring therapist as well as the support of loving, friends, family & community is invaluable and truly needed. Grief takes time, comes in waves and needs expression in multiple ways, through tears, writing, talking, creativity and self-love.

John Kane, AMFT, APCC
Grief Counselor

John Kane, AMFT, APCC

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Available for Online Therapy

When you lose something or someone important or close to you, it may be difficult to make sense of life or to feel that others can relate to or understand what you are going through. If you need someone to talk to about what happened, I am here for you. I understand that sadness is sometimes something that shouldn't be fixed, but embraced. I will come alongside you, listen to you, and support you in the journey of making sense of what has happened to you. Grief and Loss is a painful time of life, but its one that every human being goes through. You are not alone. One strategy I use to help my Grief/Loss clients is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) where I help you explore unhelpful thoughts

Aleksandra Drecun, Psy.D.
Grief Counselor

Aleksandra Drecun, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

12526 High Bluff Drive, Suite 300, San Diego, California 92130 | (858) 792-3541

Grief and loss is a painful and individual experience. Individuals express and experience bereavement in their own unique way. Grief work is beneficial to individuals dealing with bereavement because it provides one with the opportunity to process the loss, release painful emotions, develop constructive coping mechanisms and reinvest one's emotional energy in the present. Grief work also allows one to develop a new connection to the loss and provides one with a unique opportunity for personal growth.

Roxanne Strauss, M.A., LMFT
Grief Counselor

Roxanne Strauss, M.A., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

4700 Spring Street #204, La Mesa, California 91942 | 619-987-1790

People experience many different kinds of grief and loss, from the death of a friend or family member (including pets) to loosing a job or one's health. Therapy for grief and loss can help you through a very difficult and painful transition. Grief is a normal reaction to loss, and allowing yourself to spend time grieving instead of pushing down the feelings and emotions that ought to be expressed can help you to manage through this time in the best way possible. I provide a safe and caring place and a supportive therapeutic relationship as you work through your experience and manage the wide range of emotions you may feel.


Compassionate Bereavement Services in San Diego, CA.

Thank you for visiting our California search of licensed grief specialists in San Diego.  Moving through grief after loss is difficult. Therapy helps through listening, by having someone there with you who understands the stages and process of grieving. You can find help for grief in San Diego right now, please contact a provider above, you can email 24/7.

San Diego is located in San Diego County, California. It has a land area of 325.19 square miles and a water area of 47.19 square miles.  The population of San Diego is 1.39 million people with 485,091 households and a median annual income of $66,116. .


Therapy Affordability Meter for San Diego, CA

Generally Affordable

Therapists in San Diego are often within budget with some potential challenges for longer term commitments. Your mental health and well being are a top priority. If accessibility is a concern, ask your counselor about sliding scale fees or inquire about accepted insurance plans. Low cost counseling and affordable therapy are also sometimes offered by listed city and university level clinics, check with your local San Diego public health department.