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  • Choosing a Grief Counselor

    If you have experienced the trauma of having a loved one euthanized by a hospital against their and your personal choice. It is very understandable that grief will arise as well as possibly guilt and anger due to the loss of a loved one by a hospital and doctor (see article on Grief, Guilt and Anger on this website). If you already have a relationship with a counselor that you are satisfied with then you will not need this search option.

    However, if you are looking for a counselor that has grief as one of the issues for which they provide counseling just enter your postal code or city below... will be provided with a list of counselors (created and owned by Psychology Today) in your postal code. (If want to use another postal code you can choose that at the top right of this page. Depending on your location you may have a very large amount of counselors.

    Here are some suggestions on how to reduce the list to a manageable number:

    ● On the left you will see a list of specific things such health insurance companies whose network they are in, or clients of a specific faith which they prefer to work with. Most of these will reduce your list to a manageable number of counselors. If not go back and choose another category.

    ● When you click on a specific counselor’s name, this will provide you with a detailed description of everything and more information to help you further reduce the list to a manageable number of counselors to directly contact. We would suggest not more than six counselors;

    When you contact the counselor you should briefly provide your name, age and any other basic things you think they would need about you. Then briefly explain what you believe is the cause of your grief (and/or guilt or anger). This discussion should provide you with more information to make your selection.

    The counselor will tell you if they feel comfortable working with your specific need or if they tell you they do not feel comfortable working with your specific need just thank them for their time and honest response, if the counselor tells they have do not have available time for another client again just thank them for their time. If the counselor is part of your final that you are going to make your final choice from tell the counselor that you are going to talk with a few other counselors and that you will get back to them regarding your final decision in any case.

    If you choose not to work with this specific counselor you should not provide the name of the counselor you choose. Tell the counselor in this case politely that you would prefer not to provide this information. This should not turn into a bargaining or feed back situation. This is an interview. You can also tell them that you may get back to them if your initial choice did not meet your needs.

    Good luck on finding a counselor with whom you feel most comfortable.