Grief and Loss Counseling in Stanford, CA.

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


Elizabeth McGinnis, MA, APCC
Grief Counselor

Elizabeth McGinnis, MA, APCC

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

In 94301 - Nearby to Stanford.

I specialize in working with people who have lost a child. Whether through an abortion, a stillbirth, or a miscarriage, this is a silent grief that can haunt us when we keep it inside without sharing with those around us. There is no time table, no right time to be "over it". I provide a safe place to talk and share about your hopes and dreams for your lost child. I provide a compassionate place for the isolation or judgement you might be feeling either from yourself or from others. If this sounds like you, please reach out to myself or to someone close to you.

Joann Riggio, M.S., M.A. LMFT
Grief Counselor

Joann Riggio, M.S., M.A. LMFT

LIcensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 94402 - Nearby to Stanford.

During times of grief and loss one needs a support network to help them get through the pain and suffering of the loss of a loved one. People often isolate instead, for fear perhaps of burdening others, or upsetting others more by talking about it, or because they feel others won't relate or understand their pain. As a result, they find themselves alone with their feelings at a time when they most need support. Grief counseling and support can help you better understand your personal grieving process while providing a safe place to heal.

Jason Esswein, M.S., LMFT
Grief Counselor

Jason Esswein, M.S., LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

In 95051 - Nearby to Stanford.

Grief, if left blocked, can be a significant drain on our energy. It is possible (and common) to move at such a fast pace through life that we are completely unaware of unprocessed feelings. When sadness, loss, and regret are identified, expressed, and released we reclaim our vitality and improve self-esteem. Another benefit of this process is improvement in our relationships. I provide a safe, comfortable environment to explore these issues.

Nancy Wesson, Ph.D. MFT
Grief Counselor

Nancy Wesson, Ph.D. MFT

Psychologist and Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor

In 94043 - Nearby to Stanford.

I am a caring presence as a psychologist during the grieving process. I listen and comfort and help with pressing decisions which are difficult to face while grieving. I understand that grieving takes many forms which need to be understood. Sometimes grieving takes a very long time and sometimes grief is a lifelong presence. Sometimes loss can lead to positive changes or new life directions.

Verna Nelson, MA, LMFT
Grief Counselor

Verna Nelson, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 95032 - Nearby to Stanford.

Grieving is a very personal experience and we all experience it differently and for different amounts of time. It helps to have someone you can share your experience of confusion, numbness, loss, relief or pain with who won't judge you, or tell you to "get over it." I work with people who are grieving the loss of a spouse, friend, or family member to death, Alzheimer's, chronic pain or addiction. The loss of a child who goes to college, the service, or moves out of the area is a grievous loss that almost no one understand who hasn't experienced it. I listen and we reflect on the times you have lost people and places that were precious to you, and you move towards acceptance, life and hope.

Julie Herman, MFT
Grief Counselor

Julie Herman, MFT

Marriage & Family Therapist and Certified Hypnotherapist

In 95070 - Nearby to Stanford.

In grief and loss therapy with me, you will learn to identify, feel, and let go of past losses so that you can live more fully in the present. By processing unresolved grief, you will be able to achieve more consistent happiness and a deeper level of satisfaction within yourself and in your relationships. Learning with me about your own unique path through the grief process will help you to get more quickly through the experience of loss in the future as well as to do so with more peace. I will also teach you valuable skills so that you can stay more current and comfortable emotionally even after completing therapy. Call me with any questions or to schedule an initial appointment.

Mina Skoutelakis, M.S., L.M.F.T.
Grief Counselor

Mina Skoutelakis, M.S., L.M.F.T.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 94566 - Nearby to Stanford.

Grief and loss is often complicated by a painful, irrational belief that you could have done something different to prevent it. Using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), clients can experience relief from the tremendous burden they carry of what they should have/could have/ought to have done differently. Through the processing of thoughts, feelings, sensations, and memories, clients feel a greater sense of relief and acceptance.


Stanford is located in Santa Clara County, California. It has a land area of 2.73 square miles and a water area of 0.04 square miles.  The population of Stanford is 13,506 people with 3,147 households and a median annual income of $49,375. .


Therapy Affordability Meter for Stanford, CA

Some budgeting needed

While counseling can certainly be an expense for individuals and families in Stanford, with proper budgeting, it is entirely do-able and the risk/reward is worth it. For some families, it may be difficult to sustain a commitment to therapy without proper insurance coverage. If this is you, ask your therapist about low cost options as practitoners in and around Stanford may have flexibility or sliding scales. Low cost counseling and affordable therapy are also sometimes offered by listed city and university level clinics, check with your local Stanford public health department.