Grief and Loss Counseling in Topanga, CA.

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


Audrey Johnson, Psy. D.
Grief Counselor

Audrey Johnson, Psy. D.

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

In 91302 - Nearby to Topanga.

Losing a loved one is hard to deal with and talking to the right person can really make a difference. Putting those messy emotions into a wrapped up package is not the way it is meant to be. The Kubler- Ross Stages of Grief will enable you to process grief if you know what to expect. Those stages are: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance. These stages are not ones that are necessarily done in order when dealing with the loss of your loved one. Knowing what to expect and having the right counselor to talk with will help by giving you the tools to frame and identify this loss. It is time to start learning to live life to the fullest again. Call for a free consultation today.

Laura Westmoreland, LMFT
Grief Counselor

Laura Westmoreland, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 90025 - Nearby to Topanga.

Losing a loved one or a beloved pet can up-end your world. You may experience thoughts and feelings that you have never had. Grief is not linear...it is chaotic and can wreak havoc on your life and the lives of those around you. Often people seek closure; I don't think we can ever have closure from the loss. I believe we can experience some relief from the pain, though. I can help you explore those feelings and bring calm to the chaos.

Richard Brouillette, LCSW
Grief Counselor

Richard Brouillette, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

In 90046 - Nearby to Topanga.

We are all facing a kind of mass grief right now. Some of it anticipatory, and tragically some for personal loss. We all react differently to mass trauma and stress like the coronavirus outbreak. Sometimes it helps to have someone to share new or confusing or overwhelming feelings with. Grief counseling helps people cope with grief and mourning following the loss of a loved one or due to major life changes that trigger feelings of grief (i.e. job loss or divorce). It provides a space for individuals to work through and process the complex emotions surrounding loss. Healthy grieving results in remembering the loss with a newfound sense of peace, rather than pain.

Wendy Davis, M.S., LMFT, EMDR
Grief Counselor

Wendy Davis, M.S., LMFT, EMDR

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 91355 - Nearby to Topanga.

While we all experience loss in our lives, some losses seem to completely knock our feet out from under us, leading to anxiety, depression, fears, guilt and sometimes, at its worst, causing us to question whether we want to go on. I will help you by compassionately and supportively accompanying you through the process of identifying, expressing, and recovering from the painful feelings you are experiencing. While some losses are never fully recovered from, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it is possible to rediscover a sense of meaning, peace, and joy after loss.

Sandra Dupont, MA, MS, MFT
Grief Counselor

Sandra Dupont, MA, MS, MFT

Adolescent & Emerging Adulthood Specialist

In 90401 - Nearby to Topanga.

Saying goodbye to someone you loved, and who has loved you, is bittersweet. The thought of not seeing a beloved family member or friend again just plain hurts. It’s normal for someone to feel bitter, even angry during this time. I can help young adults grieve the death of a loved one, whether it be a person ... or a pet. I support my clients in making sense of their loss and healing their pain, so that they are able to move forward again in their lives.

Philip Kolba, MA LPC NCC
Grief Counselor

Philip Kolba, MA LPC NCC

Psychotherapist

In 90026 - Nearby to Topanga.

Grief and loss is, unfortunately, a normal part of living. There is no single "correct" way to grieve: different cultures and even individuals from the same culture grieve differently. The only consistent feature is that grief takes time. The most effective thing anyone can do for someone grieving is to be there—to listen, to empathize, to walk along with the grief. There is no "fixing" grief. But counseling can help prevent normal grief from developing into major depression or other mental health conditions.

Laurie Burns, M.S., MFT
Grief Counselor

Laurie Burns, M.S., MFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

In 90290 - Nearby to Topanga.

While we are capable of experiencing joy, expansiveness, and meaning in our lifetime, we are not always prepared to face the trauma and reality of loss when we lose someone that has been such an integral part of our lives. Even well-meaning folks may try to comfort the bereaved by a platitude, or explanation why the loss has occurred-which brings little or no comfort. Those with whom I have worked individually-have taught me the value of being present and not "explaining away" their grief. Grief work in a group setting fosters healing and connects those whose experience are profoundly shared by others to resemble and reflect our human condition.

Andrea von Troschke, M.F.T., A.T.R., B.C.P.C.
Grief Counselor

Andrea von Troschke, M.F.T., A.T.R., B.C.P.C.

Marriage and Family Therapist, Art Therapist Registered

In 90272 - Nearby to Topanga.

Confronting the pain of loss may feel too intense, but counseling can bring relief. How? Talking about your sadness, regrets, guilt, anger, etc., will help you release thoughts and feelings… slowly accept how the loss impacts your life… give the lost loved one a new place in your heart... and eventually adjust to your changed life and often-new self. You can re-discover the joy of life without forgetting what you have lost.

Eris Huemer, PsyD, MFT
Grief Counselor

Eris Huemer, PsyD, MFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 90048 - Nearby to Topanga.

Dr. Eris Huemer is has created a seven step system to heal your heart after the loss of someone you love. Dr. Eris gives you hope and growth in the face of death and loss. She will help you construct possibilities rather than limitations, and provides hope and comfort in a time of despair. Once you go through the grief process, you will expand your ability to a life trasformative experience.

Jim Tauber and Laura Newman, MA, LMFT
Grief Counselor

Jim Tauber and Laura Newman, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists

In 90066 - Nearby to Topanga.

We may all experience the grief and loss of a loved one, a pet, a home, a sense of belonging, a career, finances or stature in life. There needs to be a time to grieve, as well as a time to be cared for and held. As co-therapists in the room together, we nurture, we provide safety, and we offer perspectives. We work on the tools couples need to get the support they deserve from each other. We believe it is essential to explore shutting down and isolating and the paths to getting back to each other. We help build safe structures to support holding the memories, the loneliness, the complexity and the growth.

Salpi K. Maghakian, M.A., LMFT
Grief Counselor

Salpi K. Maghakian, M.A., LMFT

LIcensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 91364 - Nearby to Topanga.

Grief and Loss can be a hard process to navigate with your child. Children often struggle with giving voice to their emotions and often don't have the needed vocabulary to process what is going on inside of them. I begin by providing a place where they will see that emotions are healthy and part of the healing process. We begin exploring terminology related to death/loss and develop new coping strategies. Therapy sessions are provided to navigate this unique process in a fun and comforting way.

Jean Powers, M.A., L.M.F.T.
Grief Counselor

Jean Powers, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Psychotherapist, Individual & Family Therapist

In 90290 - Nearby to Topanga.

Devastation through grief and loss are unspeakable. Let me help you navigate through the maze that is your new reality. Sometimes these feelings must be experienced in a safe place with a counselor who understands that at times, there are no suitable words to express the extent of this pain. As an expert in this area of grief counseling, I will help you achieve the self compassion needed to deal with the pain, and thrive in your life.

Jennifer Stonefield, MA, LMFT
Grief Counselor

Jennifer Stonefield, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

In 90210 - Nearby to Topanga.

Grief and loss is one of the more sensitive subjects that makes its way through a therapists office. Grief and loss can also occur in anyone at any time as a result of any type of loss. When processing grief and loss, empathy is an essential component of the therapeutic process. Grief and loss can also impact one’s sexual wants, needs, and desires. It is essential that grief and loss is thoroughly processed and given the necessary space within one’s life. I appreciate you trusting your therapeutic needs with me.

Yeshiva Davis, LMFT, MA, MBA
Grief Counselor

Yeshiva Davis, LMFT, MA, MBA

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

In 90045 - Nearby to Topanga.

Are you grieving or experiencing a loss? Do you feel like the sadness will never let up? Most people associate grief with the death of a loved one. However, any loss can cause grief. The loss of: relationships, health, jobs or a goal. Experiencing a loss may result in many difficult & surprising emotions; shock, anger, even guilt. Together we’ll resolve your grief & lessen the painful emotions you’re experiencing; accepting them as part of the grieving process & developing some healthy, productive ways to cope with your sadness. Everyone grieves differently. There’s no order or timetable for grief. In session I’ll help you find the best way to resolve your grief & heal from your loss.

Patricia McMahon, MA, LMFT
Grief Counselor

Patricia McMahon, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 90017 - Nearby to Topanga.

Losing a loved one (human or animal) can make us question our mortality and the meaning in our own life. Everyone has a unique way of grieving, yet we are often expected to grieve in culturally predefined ways. I can help and encourage you to create your own personal way of working through the acceptance of the loss, at whatever timeline feels appropriate to you. I can provide you with a safe, non-judgmental environment for you to mourn. As you reflect on the loss, I will be with you to remember the joyous times with your loved one as well. I can guide you with different exercises, helping you on your way toward recovery.

Miriam Davis, M.A., M.F.T.
Grief Counselor

Miriam Davis, M.A., M.F.T.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 91505 - Nearby to Topanga.

I am very mindful of the pain that clients are experiencing when they have lost a loved one, or are experiencing grief over upcoming loss of a person or of a dream that they have had for their life. The loss of a relationship produces feelings of grief that can be difficult to manage and work through. I help patients focus on the feelings that surround "grief": anger, denial, depression, guilt that they may be burdened by, etc. I help them develop new coping skills so they can move toward acceptance of the loss at the same time as they rebuild hope for themselves in this new reality without the person or relationship they have lost. Together with the client we redefine a hopeful future.

Lori Freson, M.A., MFT
Grief Counselor

Lori Freson, M.A., MFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 91403 - Nearby to Topanga.

Grieving and losing loved ones can be such a difficult time. Everyone grieves differently, and you partner may even pull away. Sometimes your friends don't know what to say, so they don't call or come around. This can leave you feeling alone, sad, angry, and depressed. You need someone to talk to and support you during this difficult. The worst thing you can do is stuff those feelings down. They will find their way to surface one way or another. Hopefully, with caring, supportive counseling, you can express yourself and get through this difficult time.

Ellie Zarrabian, PhD, CMT
Grief Counselor

Ellie Zarrabian, PhD, CMT

Coach/consultant

In 90025 - Nearby to Topanga.

At some point, everyone experiences the grief and loss of something or someone valuable in life. The key is knowing how to grieve one's loss. Most people don't know how to grieve and our culture does not allow for it. Entering therapy after a loss of a job, relationship, or a loved one can help heal the wounds and help the individual move on with life.

Jane Israyelyan, LMFT, CADC-II
Grief Counselor

Jane Israyelyan, LMFT, CADC-II

Marriage and Family Therapist, Addictions Specialist

In 91360 - Nearby to Topanga.

There are never enough "good-byes" when we loose someone we love. I understand that. Sometimes the world moves on quicker than we are ready to and that's okay. Many of us find ourselves cycling through the stages of grief waiting for our feelings to become less intense. Sometimes we try to forget only to remember more. If you would like to set a space and time to share please contact me. 100% confidential.

Sandra Santana, Psy.D.
Grief Counselor

Sandra Santana, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

In 91355 - Nearby to Topanga.

Losing a loved one can be so difficult, whether it's a parent, grandparent, sibling or even a pet. I believe losing a child would be one of the most difficult losses a parent could experience. I am here to help you grieve through these losses by providing you with a supportive, safe and compassionate environment. I will also remind you that all the feelings that you are experiencing, whether it's anger, guilt, denial or sadness are all normal and need to be expressed. I will also make sure that your grief does not turn into a clinical depression, which will add to your sadness and difficult in functioning. Talking to therapist is different than with a friend or family due to our skill-set.

Marjorie Rand, Ph.D.
Grief Counselor

Marjorie Rand, Ph.D.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 90266 - Nearby to Topanga.

These feelings are authentic and are in your body, so you must feel them. If grief and loss felt and expressed at the time it is felt, it is healthy and appropriate. It is best, however, to try to live in the present and not dwell on the past or go in the future with feelings of hopelessness. Grief in children and adults are different and are treateddifferently.

Kristen Caron, MA, MFT
Grief Counselor

Kristen Caron, MA, MFT

Licensed Psychotherapist, Eating Disorder Specialist

In 90212 - Nearby to Topanga.

We all will inevitably experience loss- i.e., the passing of a loved one, the end of a relationship, possibly significant life transitions. Grief and loss work focuses on developing effective and healthy coping mechanisms while moving through often challenging emotional states. Often individuals utilize maladaptive coping strategies, such as substances, alcohol and/or food to help minimize painful feelings. My philosophy is that while there are identifiable stages of grief and loss, they are not experienced sequentially. Navigating often confusing and competing emotions is necessary to ultimately heal.

Lucy Cotter, LMFT
Grief Counselor

Lucy Cotter, LMFT

Psychotherapist

In 90004 - Nearby to Topanga.

In compassionate surroundings, explore how you can heal in the grief process and honor those you love as an ongoing part of your story. I offer support during many different kinds of loss, knowing each person’s experience is singular and different. Individuals, couples and families go through transitions, loss and change. I can nurture connection and remembrance, listening deeply to what matters most.

Marilyn Jhung, MSW, LCSW, Coach
Grief Counselor

Marilyn Jhung, MSW, LCSW, Coach

Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist

In 90034 - Nearby to Topanga.

Grief and loss manifests in various ways in different domains of our lives. The most common is the loss and grief we experience when we lose someone we dearly love or a pet. We also experience grief and loss when a relationship ends, when we lose a job, apartment or a house, lose a car, or material objects that held great sentiment and meaning to us. We also experience grief and loss when our children launch off to college (empty nest), marry to start their own family, or move miles away or out of the country due to work or to find their own way. Life includes beginnings and endings, joys and pains, and everything in between. My therapy approach to grief and loss is mindfulness & acceptance.

Parisa Zivari, M.A. LMFT
Grief Counselor

Parisa Zivari, M.A. LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 91403 - Nearby to Topanga.

The loss of loved one can bring a lot of mixed emotions ( anger, depression, sadness, desire, shock, guilt) for us. In personal therapy, in a safe environment, I will help you to process the negative events in order to move forward and start the healing process. I will practice positive communication, relaxation techniques and mindfulness during our session.



Compassionate Bereavement Services in Topanga, CA.

Thank you for visiting our California search of licensed grief specialists in Topanga.  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 Topanga right now, please contact a provider above, you can email 24/7.

Topanga is located in Los Angeles County, California. It has a land area of 19.12 square miles and a water area of 0.00 square miles.  The population of Topanga is 8,923 people with 3,221 households and a median annual income of $112,330. .


Therapy Affordability Meter for Topanga, CA

Widely Affordable

Licensed, professional counseling in Topanga is considered widely accessible by the majority of people who live here and budget is often not a concern for mental health treatment. Low cost counseling and affordable therapy are also sometimes offered by listed city and university level clinics, check with your local Topanga public health department.