Referral Service for Grief Counselors and Bereavement-Support Workers
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed by the counselors listed below do not necessarily represent those of FAR.

If you are a professional grief-counselor or trained bereavement-support worker who practices the compassionate ideals supported by most grief-counseling courses, and would like to be considered for a referral in this space, please e-mail us. Tell us about your philosophy and practice; references would be helpful.

INTERNATIONAL COUNSELING REFERRAL SERVICES

GoodTherapy.org - a FREE directory of therapists & counselors GoodTherapy.org is an association of therapists who believe people are equipped to transform the obstacles to optimum health and happiness. By providing information about counseling and therapy to consumers, GoodTherapy.org promotes healthy psychotherapy within the professional community and the public at large. Ranked as one of the leading mental health organizations and therapist referral sources on the web, GoodTherapy.org maintains the highest standards for membership, allowing only those therapists who meet all the membership requirements and who believe people are basically proficient at their core and have the capacity to access their own wisdom and internal resources to overcome the obstacles to health & happiness.

ALASKA

Noah Rubinstein, LMFT, LMHC / The Feeling Better Center

Noah received his Baccalaureate degree in Philosophy from California Lutheran University and completed his graduate training in Counseling Psychology at Humboldt University. He is Board Certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist.

Noah's worked with adolescents, adults, and families for the last 17 years in various social service and counseling roles within different communities, including mental health clinics, residential treatment centers, emergency shelters, hospice organizations, home-based therapy programs, and the Los Angeles Unified School District. For the last 9 years he's been providing in depth psychotherapy and counseling to individual adults, teenagers, couples, and families.

In addition to maintaing a private practice, Noah runs the Feeling Better Center with his partner Charlene. The FBC sponsors and produces empowering and non-pathologizing workshops, retreats, and projects for the purpose of growth & healing. Some of the FBC's recent projects include the Good Therapy Directory, The Healing Story Collection, and Summer Camp for Grown-Ups, which is planned for 2007.

Mailing Address: 234 34th Avenue, Anchorage, AK phone: (907) 360-5851 Email: noah@feelingbettercenter.com Noah Rubinstein, LMFT, LMHC / The Feeling Better Center

ARIZONA

At Home Counseling Services / Kimberly Kino, MA, LPC "AHCS comes to your home, office, or meets you online."

Kimberly Kino, founder of At Home Counseling Services, says, "Grief is experienced in a unique way only known to each of us. Sharing it with others who are supportive of this time period is often helpful. Spending time alone with the feelings is a good idea to. ...With grief, be good to you. Only you know the healthy ways that get you through the hard times. Music, yoga, reading, minfulness, movies, rest, spending time with nature, etc. are just some ways to treat yourself to the enjoyment in your life. Dealing with loss is the best time to also nurture your emotions by being good to you."

About At Home Counseling Services: "At Home Counseling Services, ADHS is an avenue of new opportunity to the therapy world. ADHS was motivated and designed to meet the needs of those who have difficulties partaking in therapy due to: busy schedules, lack of transportation, uneasiness about expressing oneself with a stranger, or a fear of leaving one’s home. We have created a way for individuals/couples to seek counseling and feel comfortable throughout the process. ADHS allows the comforts of their own home and schedule by supplying options of: In office counseling, E-counseling, or phone counseling. Whichever mode of therapy chosen, our approach will always promote and guide clients to an increased healthiness."


Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, PhD, MSW, Fellow in Thanatology

Dr. Joanne Cacciatore specializes in counseling those affected by traumatic losses, most often the death of a child. She is the founder of the Center for Loss and Trauma and the MISS Foundation. Certified in Bereavement Trauma by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, Dr. Cacciatore is Board Certified through the American Psychotherapy Association. Her therapeutic interventions include Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Logotherapy, and various other therapies, such as Repeated Exposure Therapy, to manage Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She is currently an Assistant Professor and researcher at Arizona State University.

As an advocate of “green” mental health care after a traumatic experience, she is a member of the American Psychotherapy Association, the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the National Center for Crisis Management. She spearheaded and directs the graduate Certificate in Trauma and Bereavement program at ASU.

Her research has been published in peer reviewed journals such as Death Studies, Omega Journal of Death and Dying, Social Work, Social Work and Healthcare, Birth, and Families in Society.

Dr. Cacciatore received her Doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her Masters degree and Bachelor's degree in psychology from Arizona State University. She has a Fellowship in Thanatology from ADEC. Her work has been featured in major media sources such as People and Newsweek magazines, the New York Times, Boston Globe, CNN, National Public Radio, and the Los Angeles Times. She received the prestigious Hon Kachina Award in 2007. She is a mother to five children, now mostly grown, she notes “four who walk and one who soars”.

Her life changed profoundly in 1994 when her daughter, Cheyenne, died.

"Dr. Cacciatore's blog, "Becoming." is a compassionate source of information on learning to live with loss and trauma. The articles are compelling, written with literary quality, and entirely sensitive to the needs of the bereaved. As a grieving dad, I find "Becoming" to be a safe, soothing, and honest place."

        - David Pierce, President of Friends Along the Road

Sedona Office: (928) 554-4394 Phoenix Office: Email: Dr_Joanne@me.com. Center for Loss and Trauma

COLORADO

Collaborative Counseling for Couples and Individuals Collaborative Counseling for Couples and Individuals. Abba Jepsen, MA, LPC Licensed Professional Counselor

"Because people change, grow and find solutions in different ways, I adapt my approach to fit your needs. Together we share resources to identify and accomplish your goals. We explore what works best for you. I support you and hold a vision for what you want. I use my skills and training to collaborate with you as a team player and build upon your strengths." Services: Individual Counseling; Couples Counseling; Anxiety Issues; Group Counseling; Online Counseling. "To assure high quality practice, I am committed to continued professional and personal development. I am an active member in the American Counseling Association and uphold ethical and professional standards of this association." Individual counseling sessions are 60 minutes and cost $65. Office locations are in Crestone/Moffat, and Salida, Co. on Wednesdays and Thursday mornings. 26996 County Road 65, Moffat, Co. 81143. Phone: (719) 580-0678 Email: abba@gojade.org. Abba Jepsen on the Web


An offering of LOVE from a physician Creative Healing with Karen M. Wyatt, MD. Dr. Wyatt is available to work with individuals experiencing grief and loss, and as a personal guide for the healing journey.

"True healing is a result of the creative power of LOVE. True healing is actually a yielding to higher spiritual wisdom, an awareness of a purpose or meaning beyond the obvious. True healing can lead to dramatic changes in mind and spirit, even when physical illness remains unchecked. True healing requires an opening of the heart to LOVE and a sharing of creative wisdom."

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D., received her medical training at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and completed Family Practice Residency at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, UT. Following residency she pursued a one-year Fellowship in Psychiatry at the University of Utah. and has spent most of her 25 year career working with patients who are low-income, terminally ill or nursing home residents. Dr. Wyatt is interested in spirituality and applying Integral Medicine concepts to the care of hospice patients and the medically underserved. Her work addresses issues such as:

Spiritual Needs of the Dying
Loss and Alzheimer's Disease
Finding Spiritual Treasure in the Tragedy of Illness
Meeting the Spiritual Needs of Nursing Home Patients
Aging and the Spiritual Path
Coping with Grief and Loss
Surviving Suicide

In her practice, Dr. Wyatt makes use of several modalities, under the aegis of Integral medicine, including: - Deep Breathing - LovingKindness Blessing - Tonglen - Intercessory Prayer - Forgiveness - Reframing - Sacred Pilgrimage - Emotional Freedom Technique. Dr. Wyatt is available to work with individuals either by telephone or Skype as a personal guide for the healing journey. To schedule a personal consultation, please email her from the following form: Email Karen M. Wyatt, MD.