therapy and coaching for grief, loss, and change
Serving adults online and in the Sacramento area
you know in your mind that things will never be the same,
but your heart just can't accept it
Grief, loss, and change can be some of the most difficult experiences to navigate in life. You may be feeling overwhelmed, lost, and uncertain about your future. You might be having trouble concentrating at work or completing simple tasks due to overwhelming feelings of grief or anxiety. It's not uncommon to feel isolated and alone, and find it difficult to connect with others or enjoy activities that used to bring you pleasure. Insomnia and nightmares make it difficult to function during the day.
At the same time, you may be experiencing sudden waves of intense emotion, such as anger, sadness, or guilt, that feel difficult to control or understand. As much as you want to process your emotions and move forward, you find yourself leaning on unhealthy coping strategies that end up making you feel numb, or feel worse.
Whether you're dealing with the death of a loved one, a major life change such as divorce, retirement, or relocation, or a new phase of life such as becoming an empty nester, aging, or entering a new career, we're here to help.
you can rebuild and find peace, while honoring your grief
Grief doesn't "go away"; it integrates into your life. With the right support, you can learn how to live with the space left by loss without feeling engulfed by it. You can face feelings of sadness, anger, guilt, and anxiety head on, without bottling emotions, relying on unhealthy coping strategies, or falling into a downward spiral. Finding peace and strength after loss is possible.
We create a warm, nonjudgmental space for you to heal and rebuild. Whether you're looking for one-on-one counseling, a supportive group workshop, or brain-based treatments to calm your body's nervous system, we're here to help you find a sense of peace during this challenging time.
why work with us?
I've spent many years specializing in helping people navigate through grief, loss, and change. I've supported those in the early stages of recent loss, who don't know where to start or how to deal with the overwhelming surge of emotions. I've also helped those who have tried for a long time to heal from grief, but find themselves becoming more and more hopeless and frustrated over time because they can't seem to 'move on'.
I work from a deep understanding and personal experience of dealing with grief's impact on one's personal, emotional, and spiritual life. I incorporate my experience as a spiritual counselor and Chaplain, knowledge of culturally diverse interventions, and skills as a Brainspotting practitioner, to help people find healing and peace.
neurofeedback | therapy
I've been in the field since 2011 supporting people dealing with trauma, major life changes, and the grief that comes with them. My lived experience with grief and loss, and professional background in mindfulness approaches, Mindful Self-Compassion, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy allow me to bring compassion and expertise into supporting others.
My training in infralow and deep state neurofeedback also allows me to bring a powerful and unique tool into helping people in more readily and comfortably processing grief and loss in a way that's felt throughout the mind, brain, and nervous system.
grief coaching and therapy faq's
1. What's the difference between therapy and grief coaching?
Grief coaching and therapy for grief are two distinct forms of support for individuals experiencing the loss of a loved one. Grief coaching is typically focused on helping individuals navigate the practical aspects of grief, such as managing day-to-day tasks, and setting goals for the future. Grief coaches may offer guidance on issues related to balancing grief with other responsibilities, relationships, and developing coping skills.
In contrast, psychotherapy for grief tends to be more focused on the emotional and psychological aspects of grief. A psychotherapist may help individuals process their feelings of sadness, anger, guilt, and other complex emotions that can arise after a loss. They may also help individuals identify patterns of thought or behavior that are hindering their ability to cope with grief, and work with them to develop healthier coping strategies. Ultimately, both grief coaching and psychotherapy for grief can be valuable forms of support for individuals navigating the grieving process, and the choice of which to pursue may depend on an individual's specific needs and preferences.
2. What group support do you offer?
If you're interested in processing and coping with grief in a group setting, you can host a personalized grief wellness workshop. We offer custom workshops in which you can invite loved ones and people within your social, family, or professional circles to gather in your home, at our office, or at a local venue/cafe. Our group facilitator will guide your group in meaningful discussions and will provide education on how to process and cope with grief.
Visit our workshop page for more information.
3. Do you work from a spiritual or religious approach to grieving the death of a loved one?
We make it our mission to honor spiritual diversity, and are happy to work with you to incorporate your spiritual or religious background into your grief work. Group facilitator and grief coach, Tamara, specializes in spirituality and psychology, having completed her clinical pastoral education residency at UC Davis Medical Center, and having years of experience as a Chaplain.
4. How do I get started?
We begin each service with a free 15-20 minute phone consultation during which we answer any questions, learn about your mental health goals, and briefly discuss our services.
The consultation helps us determine whether our services actually fit your needs and preferences. We encourage you to 'feel out' whether our personalities and approach match what you're looking for. If we discover during this phone call that we are for any reason not the best match, that's okay; we won't take it personally! Finding the right provider/team for you is the top priority, and we’d be happy to provide you with referrals that may be more helpful.