The following practitioners, listed in alphabetical
order, specialize in providing grief support to bereaved individuals,
couples and families.
Mikey Alter, MFT
Specializing in individual, adult and couples bereavement counseling.
Csilla Andor, MSW, LCSW
Specializing in loss through miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death,
infertility, pregnancy and postpartum emotional difficulties (e.g.,
Claire L. Austin, M.Phil
Imaginative Resources for Children
Founder of Imaginative Resources for Children, recommending books
to help children through challenging times.
Judy Axonovitz, LCSW
Counseling and consultation with individuals, groups and families
around issues of illness, loss and bereavement.
Joyce Boucher, LCSW, MFT
Santa Monica and Woodland Hills
Individual and couple’s counseling for grief and loss, including
pregnancy loss, stillbirth, abortion, medical/genetic issues. Also
working with cancer and general illness.
Julie Brams-Prudeax, MFT
Certified grief counselor for adults who have lost a spouse, partner
or parent, using traditional and energy therapy.
Maxine Dusig, MA, MFT
Santa Monica and Tarzana
Individual and relationship psychotherapy, including couples, sibling
and group counseling for recent and long-term bereavement and HIV/AIDS
Rochelle Elias, MFT
Marriage and family therapist specializing in grief, loss and creativity.
Steven Fitch, PhD
Grief and bereavement support for individuals, couples and families;
also working with caregivers and those with chronic pain, health
problems, PTSD, depression or anxiety.
Patricia Giermann, LCSW
Clinical social worker specializing in bereavement and complex bereavement
Jill Gross, MFT
Art therapist and marriage & family therapist focused on adults
and couples dealing with cancer, illness, bereavement and loss
Beth Haynes, PhD
Clinical psychologist specializing in trauma, bereavement and anxiety;
also facilitates pregnancy loss and youth loss support groups for
Hospice of the Conejo.
Terry A. Jordan, LCSW, DCSW
West Los Angeles
Specializing in individual, group and couples therapy addressing issues of grief and loss. Groups held for teens who have
lost a parent to suicide, adults who have lost a loved one to suicide,
and adults whose spouses/significant others are suffering from a
terminal/chronic illness or disability.
Lina Kaplan, PsyD
Clinical psychologist specializing in helping women and couples contend
with the experience of pregnancy loss.
Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, ADTR
Group and individual therapy. Specialization in dance/movement therapy.
Adults, geriatrics and teens. Treatment of loss, bereavement, illness,
depression or general life change issues.
Sandra Jacoby Klein, MA, MFT
AIDS bereavement counseling, specializing in the emotional effects of grief
and loss. Author of Heavenly Hurts: Surviving AIDS-Related Deaths and Losses.
Melissa Lopez, LCSW
107 South Fair Oaks Avenue #312
Pasadena , CA 91105
Bilingual/Sliding scale available.
Nina Luce, RN, MFT
West Los Angeles
Registered nurse and marriage and family therapist, working in bereavement
and illness with individuals, couples and families. Specializing
in the impacts of illness on marriage.
Bonnie Moore, LCSW
Burbank and Ventura
Expert on children, loss and grief
Jay Nagdimon, PhD
Licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in counseling with individuals
and families after loss through suicide,
Dr. Richard Ross
South Bay, Santa Monica, Culver City and the Westside
Specializing in counseling for depression, anxiety disorders and/or
Ellie Ross, MFT
Specializing in loss related to infertility and pregnancy loss, and
other couples’, families and women’s issues.
Suzanne Shayne, MFT
14724 Ventura Blvd., Suite# 1100
Sherman Oaks, CA
Specializes in Family and Spousal Bereavement.
Rick Shuman, PhD
Specializing in loss due to violent crime.
Marsha Spike, LCSW
Tarzana and Woodland Hills
Social worker for adults and couples; experienced in issues related
to bereavement, loss and serious illness.
Marilyn Stolzman, PhD, MFCC
Bereavement specialist since l982. Executive Director of the H.O.P.E.
Unit Foundation. Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and clinical hypnotist.
Individual and relationship therapy.
Karen Tobias, LMFT
Licensed marriage and family counselor, specializing in psychotherapy
for adults, children, couples and families, focusing in loss and
NOTE: These practitioners are neither endorsed nor
supported by The Jewish Bereavement Project or any affiliated organization.
is not a comprehensive list of bereavement therapists, but rather,
a select group of experienced professionals who were gathered through
informal bereavement community networking. All practitioners work
with Jewish and non-Jewish patients and clients and are committed
and licensed to provide culturally and religiously sensitive and
appropriate counseling. To receive a referral for psychiatric services,
please contact your local Jewish Family Service office, or your
personal healthcare insurance group.