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Bereavement Counseling for Pets Lewiston ME

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...

Mr. Stephen Hayes
Stephen Hayes LCSW
(207) 753-0323
1008 Lisbon Street
Lewiston, ME
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, CCS
Licensed in Maine
15 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Grief/Loss, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Trauma/PTSD
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Disabled
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

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Peter Comstock
(207) 621-8048
Lewiston, ME
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Tammie Fowles
(207) 358-4298
59 Webster Street
Lewiston, ME
Specialties
Depression, Loss or Grief, Relationship Issues
Qualification
School: UCONN, Southwest University
Year of Graduation: 1986
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$80 - $90
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

Mary Lou McManus- Richter
(207) 657-3340
Gray, ME
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Richard Barry Hall
(207) 657-3510
Gray, ME
Practice Areas
Couples & Family, Rehabilitation, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling, Disaster Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ms. Irene Firenze
Irene Firenze, LCSW
(207) 737-8509
158 S. Pleasant St.
Bowdoinham, ME
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Maine
22 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Domestic Violence, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Ph
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Military/Veterans, Disabled, Immigrants/Refugees, Step Families, Gifted, Chronic Illness, Brain/Head Injured
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Sheri Clark
(207) 786-3556
Lewiston, ME
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Healing Through the Arts
(207) 420-8734
Healing Through the Arts
Auburn, ME
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Loss or Grief, Trauma and PTSD, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: Lesley University
Year of Graduation: 2009
Years In Practice: 1 Year
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6),Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$100 - $110
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: MaineCare

Elizabeth Wallner
(207) 286-5400
Brunswick, ME
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Katherine Lawrence
(207) 329-3784
Brunswick, ME
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, School, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency 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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