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Pet Loss Counseling and Support Services in Illinois


Arlington Heights

Lynn Bednarz, MA, LCPC, CADC
Address
: Arlington Heights, IL and Schaumburg, Illinois
Phone: (847) 951-1457
Fax: (847) 330-1455
Email: Bednarzlw@ameritech.net
Lynn has a genuine interest in helping people. She also has a deep love and respect for animals and personally understands the pain of losing a beloved pet. She has a Masters Degree as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, is a Certified Addictions Counselor, and is in her own private practice. She offers a warm, safe and supportive environment while counseling people with a variety of mental health issues. One of her specialties includes providing counseling services to hurting people of all ages who are faced with the deep emotional pain of the loss or anticipated loss of a companion pet due to illness, trauma, separation, euthanasia, or natural death. Her empathy, compassion and understanding help facilitate the mourning process. She also has considerable training in the effects and treatment of depression and anxiety. Lynn offers her clients immediate help, hope for the future, and healing throughout the difficult grief process. Some insurance is accepted.


Barrington

Joan Kellogg, M.A., L.C.P.C.
Address
: 135 Park Ave., Barrington, IL 60010-4354
Phone: (847) 382-2286
Email: Msjkellogg@aol.com
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, holds Masters degrees in Clinical Psychology and Gerontology, specializing in bereavement/loss. She offers lectures and information sessions and has had extensive experience with pet loss support including developing rituals for closure and memorials.


Burr Ridge

The Chicago Veterinary Medical Association Pet Loss Support Helpline
Address
:100 Tower Drive, Suite 234, Burr Ridge, IL60527
Phone: (630) 325-1231
Helpline Phone: (630) 325-1600
Website: http://www.chicagovma.org/petlosssupport
The Helpline was established in 1993 and provides referral information on professional grief counseling and information packets on children and grief, euthanasia, pet loss and the elderly and a pet loss bibliography. You may call and leave a voice mail message at any time. A volunteer will pick up messages and call back between 7-9 p.m. Central Time each weekday evening. There is no charge for this service but long distance calls will be returned collect. Wings-Pet Loss Support Group meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the CVMA office. Reservations are not required and there is no charge. Donations are accepted.


Chicago - Evanston

GriefDrs
Address: 180 N Michigan Ave Ste 2404, Chicago IL and 922 Davis, Evanston IL offices
Phone: 312-656-2928
Fax: 866-666-8914
Email: griefdr@gmail.com
SKYPE: michelle.downeydoc
Contact: Michelle Downey, Psy. D., APDT, Principal
An avid pet and horse lover and dog show competitor, Michelle offers empathic and effective emotional support services to families experiencing grief and loss. Our psychological and medical crises experience with animals AND humans assures pet owners in need of solid decision making counsel. GriefDrs offer referral services for certified acupuncturists, therapists and end of life specialists. We help our clients greatly improve their AND their pet's quality of life at challenging times.

Support Meetups - $20/monthly + Individual Sessions
Grief and Loss Support for Pet Owners Meetup
Chicago Loop - 4th Wednesdays of the month 7-8 pm
Evanston IL - 4th Thursdays of the month - 8-9 pm

 

Hinsdale

Joy Davy, M.S., L.C.P.C., N.C.C.
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Address: 15 Spinning Wheel Road, Suite 417, Hinsdale, Illinois  60521
Phone: 630-935-7915
Website: www.joydavy.com
Joy Davy, M.S., L.C.P.C., N.C.C. is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor specializing in pet grief.  Your animal companion was an important part of your life and an irreplaceable friend.  In individual therapy, you have the opportunity to work in an intentional and gentle way on working through and releasing your grief.  See my website for more information on Pet Grief, and on Dog Therapy:  www.joydavy.com.  Or simply call me at 630-935-7915.  Your heart can heal.

Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Animal Hospital Pet Loss Counseling
Address
: 420 Half Day Rd., Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Phone: (847) 634-9250
Fax: (847) 634-9246
Contact: Marilyn G. Putz, M.A.
Marilyn G. Putz has a Master's degree in Family and Community Counseling and is employed as a Pet Loss Counselor. She sees individuals privately or in a group setting and works with those who are anticipating the loss of a companion animal as well as those who have already experienced such a loss. She also is a dog breeder, trainer and handler and active in rescue work and animal-assisted activities as well as training with handicapped children and adults.


Naperville

Licensed Professional Counseling and Hypnotherapy Services
Address
: Gina L. Spielman, LCSW and Associates, Naperville, IL and Oswego, IL.
Website: www.ginaspielman.com
Phone: (630) 212-7048
Specialties include: Grief/loss, relationships, addictions, anxiety, depression and more. Insurance, cash/checks and credit cards accepted. Sliding scale fees possible. In-office, phone and online counseling.


Oswego

Licensed Professional Counseling and Hypnotherapy Services
Address
: Gina L. Spielman, LCSW and Associates, Naperville, IL and Oswego, IL.
Website: www.ginaspielman.com
Phone: (630) 212-7048
Specialties include: Grief/loss, relationships, addictions, anxiety, depression and more. Insurance, cash/checks and credit cards accepted. Sliding scale fees possible. In-office, phone and online counseling.


Schaumburg

Lynn Bednarz, MA, LCPC, CADC
Address
: Arlington Heights, IL and Schaumburg, Illinois
Phone: (847) 951-1457
Fax: (847) 330-1455
Email: Bednarzlw@ameritech.net
Lynn has a genuine interest in helping people. She also has a deep love and respect for animals and personally understands the pain of losing a beloved pet. She has a Masters Degree as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, is a Certified Addictions Counselor, and is in her own private practice. She offers a warm, safe and supportive environment while counseling people with a variety of mental health issues. One of her specialties includes providing counseling services to hurting people of all ages who are faced with the deep emotional pain of the loss or anticipated loss of a companion pet due to illness, trauma, separation, euthanasia, or natural death. Her empathy, compassion and understanding help facilitate the mourning process. She also has considerable training in the effects and treatment of depression and anxiety. Lynn offers her clients immediate help, hope for the future, and healing throughout the difficult grief process. Some insurance is accepted


Skokie

Zabin and Associates, PC
Address
: 9701 Knox, Ste. 214, Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 677-3055
Fax: (847) 329-9316
Email: info@jerryzabin.com
Website: www.jerryzabin.com
Contact: Jerry M. Zabin, LCSW.
Jerry Zabin, LCSW, in practice since 1976, brings a great deal of practical experience in working with grief and loss. His experience and extensive background in working with individuals, couples and families, as well as with those faced with chronic illness, provides a unique perspective in helping pet owners in grieving a lost companion.


Urbana

C.A.R.E. Helpline for Companion Animal Related Emotions
Address
: University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, 1008 W Hazelwood Drive, Urbana IL 61802
Phone: Tollfree: (877) 394-2273 or Local: (217) 244-2273
Email: griefhelp@vetmed.illinois.edu
Website: www.vetmed.illinois.edu/CARE/
Contact: Cheryl Weber cweber79@illinois.edu
The death, loss, or impending death of your companion animal can be a difficult and emotional time. The C.A.R.E. helpline was developed to provide a supportive outlet for people experiencing the loss of a companion animal. Trained veterinary students staff the helpline. You may call and leave a voice mail message anytime. Volunteers will return calls on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday between 7:00-9:00 p.m. Central Time.

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