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Bereavement Counseling for Pets Brookline MA

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...

Mrs. Nancy Sandman
Nancy G Sandman LICSW
(617) 731-2707
1170 Beacon Street Suite 300
Brookline, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW, BCD
Licensed in Massachusetts
35 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Stress, Attachment Disorders, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Mr. Jack Golden
Golden Psychotherapy Associates
(617) 939-3915
79 Stedman Street
Brookline, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW, BCD
Licensed in Massachusetts
39 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Adoption/Foster Care, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, In
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), AIDS/HIV+, Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Disabled, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Robin Warsh
(617) 549-5934
500 Beacon Street
Chestnut Hill, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
28 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Personality Disorders, Psych
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Caregivers, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Elaine Karnow
(617) 965-0651
250 Hammond Pond Parkway 813N
Newton, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Sexual Disorders, Stress, Trauma/PTS
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Karen Schiff
Karen Schiff
(617) 354-1686
875 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 35
Cambridge, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW, BCD
29 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Dr. Peter Gumpert
Peter Gumpert, Ph.D.
(617) 734-6500
1415 Beacon St Suite 200
Brookline, MA
Credentials
Credentials: Ph.D., CGP
Licensed in Massachusetts
29 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Personality Disorders
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Caryn Mushlin
(617) 232-2704
1093 Beacon St #201
Brookline, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
11 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Parenti
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Twins, Step Families, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Nina Douglass
(617) 667-5725
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
23 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Women's Issues, Postpartum Depression
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Military/Veterans
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Mimi Elmer
Focus Counseling and Consultation, Inc
(617) 876-4488
186 1/2 Hampshire St.
Cambridge, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
31 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Dr. Camille DiBenedetto
(617) 492-8775
49 Hancock St.
Cambridge, MA
Credentials
Credentials: Psy.D.
Licensed in Massachusetts
29 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Orientation, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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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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