Grief and Loss Counseling in San Diego, CA.

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

Taylor Wikel, MA, LMFT
Grief Counselor

Taylor Wikel, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Available for Online Therapy

Grief and loss comes in many shapes and forms and can take a toll on various aspects of your life. Processing grief and loss takes time and is different for everyone but doesn’t have to be done alone. I will offer support, empathy, and a safe space for you to process your emotions openly. Together we will get through this difficult time in your life. You are not alone.

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.

Sean Sprigle, LPCC
Grief Counselor

Sean Sprigle, LPCC

Licensed professional clinical counselor

Available for Online Therapy

Grief can be a difficulty beast to manage, a beast which can surface at any moment without warning and often comes in waves. When I’ve been grieving I’ve felt like I was in an emotional pong ball. With the aid of tools like EMDR CBT and guided visualizations I can help you to heal and leave the pain, loss, and grief in the past while holding on to the happy memories. Additionally, I can provide tools, coping skills, and other resources to help you manage this particular issue.

Kimberly Koljat, LMFT, LIMFT-S, RPT-S, RDT
Grief Counselor

Kimberly Koljat, LMFT, LIMFT-S, RPT-S, RDT

Licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor

Available for Online Therapy

Grief and loss is a part of so much more than many recognize in every day life. Most folks are familiar with the Kubler-Ross stages, but processing grief is much more than those five stages. There are tasks of mourning that can be explored and expanded with support in therapy. There are secondary losses as a result of an initial loss. Grief impacts how open we feel to new relationships in our lives. I work with clients to help them understand their responses to grief, move through their grief and feelings through expressive arts and verbal processing.

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.

Ross Kellogg, LMFT
Grief Counselor

Ross Kellogg, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

San Diego, California 92130 | 619-771-1797

Working through grief and loss can be confusing and feel isolating. With my approach, I can walk alongside you through the different stages of grief, help you identify the unique ways you are currently grieving now and will need to grieve in the future, and bring you back to a place of resolution regarding your loss. I'm available for free 20-minute phone consultations or by email to further discuss your needs, answer any questions you might have, and outline what the therapy process can look like for you.

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.

Cynthia Valentine, MA
Grief Counselor

Cynthia Valentine, MA

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

2358 UNIVERSITY AVE, SAN DIEGO, California 92104 | 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.

Annette Barnett, MA, AMFT 119490
Grief Counselor

Annette Barnett, MA, AMFT 119490

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Fresno, California 93710 |

Free 30 minute zoom call - 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 and the help of a grief counselor.

Christi Lindsay, PsyD
Grief Counselor

Christi Lindsay, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Available for Online Therapy

When we lose someone we love, it feels like we have lost a part of ourselves. Something within us has been torn out, leaving a hole that we easily imagine will never heal. The pain can be profound, the feelings of helplessness, or regret, or guilt overwhelming. Having a partnership where you can talk through these feelings can make a huge difference not only in how quickly and how well you are able to move through the process of grieving, but also how you ultimately are able to frame the experience and your memories of the person lost into the narrative of your own self and life as you move forward. What you carry with you afterward is just as important as surviving the hurt of the loss.

Vanessa Hughes, PhD, MA, MFT, MAT, MAICS, SEP
Grief Counselor

Vanessa Hughes, PhD, MA, MFT, MAT, MAICS, SEP

WELL COACHED LIFE| GRIT Kids Coaching

Available for Online Therapy

Grief is hard. Grief is natural. Animals grieve. Grief is something we feel deep in our bodies and can be disorienting and destabilizing. Grief brings up questions about who we are, the world, the existence or goodness of God, and purpose and futility of life. Dealing with grief, especially when the loss is traumatic and unexpected, requires a slow and tender space to allow the grief to move through our body and to settle in our hearts with warmth and memory. I am here to help you grieve the loss of your loved one, experience, health , future or even your beloved pet. .

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.


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.