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Bereavement Counseling for Pets Bridgeville PA

Most people can't verbalize their feelings of relief when it follows the death of a family member, friend or pet. It is a struggle to care for a sick pet. Our clients need our emotional support when they tell us about their frustration, guilt, anxiety and hope. As professionals, we need to identify and deal with the symptoms of anticipatory grief. We must also understand why a family has anxi...

Dr. Dolores Guarini
Associates in Behavioral Health Care
(412) 882-9929
4701 Baptist Road Suite 208A
Pittsburgh, PA
Credentials
Credentials: PhD
Licensed in Pennsylvania
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Twins, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Rhoda Sommer
Rhoda Mills Sommer LCSW
(412) 782-2330
205 South Main Street
Pittsburgh, PA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW ACSW BCD
Licensed in Pennsylvania
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Life Transitions, Personality Disorders
Populations Served
Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Gail Niermann
Creative Living Center
(412) 897-9915
434 Allegheny River Blvd.
Oakmont, PA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Pennsylvania
22 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Physical Illness/Impairment, Pregn
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Step Families, Gifted, Chronic Illness
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Kathleen M Kowalski Trakofler
(412) 835-7740
Bethel Park, PA
Practice Areas
Career Development, Counselor Education, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

JoAnn Biscan
(724) 695-5267
Oakdale, PA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, School, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ms. Sherri Williams
Sherri Williams, MSEd, LPC, NCC
(412) 512-3135
304 Morewood Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
Credentials
Credentials: MSEd, LPC, NCC
Licensed in Pennsylvania
8 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Sexual Orientation, Spiritual/Religious
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Caregivers, Step Families, Obese or Overweight, College Students, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Mr. Charles Kuhn
Charles H Kuhn, LCSW, BCD
(412) 963-6540
1388 Freeport Rd Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, BCD, FAPA
Licensed in Pennsylvania
18 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Ph
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Lori Jo Bell
Pittsburgh, PA
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Camille Copeland
(412) 344-3856
Pittsburgh, PA
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Counselor Education, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Pauline Amaismeier
(724) 579-3771
Canonsburg, PA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Disaster Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

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Relief is a Natural Component of Grief

Most people can't verbalize their feelings of relief when it follows the death of a family member, friend or pet.

It is a struggle to care for a sick pet. Our clients need our emotional support when they tell us about their frustration, guilt, anxiety and hope. As professionals, we need to identify and deal with the symptoms of anticipatory grief. We must also understand why a family has anxiety or reluctance about treating a very sick pet.

Here is a letter that opened the door to a much-needed discussion that might help you deal with concerned clients.

Dr. Villalobos ,

My question is whether or not it's worth having our pet dog, Butch, on chemo just to give him a couple more months. My concern is that we may, as a family, have to experience more emotional ups and downs than if we didn't treat him at all and just let the disease take its course.

As the spouse of a cancer patient who died in 1990 and as a hospice social worker, I know that one of the most difficult aspects of having a loved one die is the roller coaster of treatment with the overwhelming sense of dread when you know it's only buying time and you're watching them suffer.

We saw Butch get better during the first two weeks when he was taking the chemo pill; then for whatever reason, he has been uncomfortable for the last few days before his next treatment. I was pretty happy and reassured, only to be disappointed and sink into that depressed mode when I saw him getting worse again.

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