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Grief Counseling for Pets Hobart IN

As we tend to the animals in our care, we will lose patients to death despite our best efforts. Often at these times, we are exposed to the emotions of the families who have loved them. For some, there are dramatic outbursts; for others, emotions will be put on hold for private moments.

Ms. Deborah Thompson
Deborah A. Thompson, LCSW
(219) 331-3192
Valparaiso, IN
Valparaiso, IN
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Indiana
18 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Military/Veterans, Caregivers, Gifted, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Elizabeth Elgersma
Chicago Christian Counseling Center
(708) 596-9555
16107 La Salle St.
South Holland, IL
Credentials
Credentials: L.C.S.W.
Licensed in Illinois
26 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Life Transitions
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Denise M VanHorssen
(219) 392-9939
Compassionate CounselingWinfield Woods Professional Building
Crown Point, IN
Specialties
Specializing in Play Therapy, Child or Adolescent, Loss or Grief
Qualification
School: Loyola University Chicago
Year of Graduation: 2002
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$90 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Anthem

Mrs. Diann C Binns
(219) 293-8364
2005 Valparaiso St
Valparaiso, IN
Specialties
Loss or Grief, Self Esteem, Divorce
Qualification
School: Indiana University
Year of Graduation: 2005
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$70 - $80
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Cheryl Kaper
(219) 462-6109
Valparaiso, IN
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ms. Carolyn Lohse
Center for Lifestyle Change
(219) 395-6637
684 Valley Drive
Valparaiso, IN
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Indiana
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Forensic, Grief/Loss, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Anger Management
Populations Served
Offenders/Perpetrators, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Marjorie Jones
(219) 718-8662
Hobart, IN
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Holly Lynn Simpson
(219) 462-9000
Valparaiso, IN
Practice Areas
Career Development, Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Jean Lubeckis
(219) 464-9495
Valparaiso, IN
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Disaster Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Dr. Mary Ellen Spaite
(219) 405-3210
380 E Tratebas Rd
Valparaiso, IN
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Loss or Grief, Trauma and PTSD, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Year of Graduation: 2002
Years In Practice: 8 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Average Cost
$100 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Data Provided by:

Respect and Accept: A Look at Grief With the Veterinary Client

Death and dying are uncomfortable subjects. For some, it stirs up painful memories of past losses. For others, it is a reminder of our mortality or the mortality of those we love.

As we tend to the animals in our care, we will lose patients to death despite our best efforts. Often at these times, we are exposed to the emotions of the families who have loved them. For some, there are dramatic outbursts; for others, emotions will be put on hold for private moments.

As different as people are, so are their reactions. No right or wrong. We must respect and accept the fact that we all grieve and express grief in our own way and in our own time, and we must be there to support our clients through this time.

Often, we’re uncomfortable with client reactions. No one likes seeing someone sad and crying, and we fumble, sometimes, in an attempt to make them feel better. Recognize, first of all, that it’s not possible to make them feel better at that time. With that in mind, there are some things you can do and some things that shouldn't be done during those times of client grief.
 
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Ø Find a place for quiet

Whatever the situation—a client rushing in with an injured pet or a pet dead on arrival, or an expected euthanasia—find a quiet place for the family. If a comfort room is not available, an exam room is the next best choice. If they need to fill out paperwork, take it with you as you escort them.

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