Individual and couples therapy can be incredibly helpful for grieving families. If you're reading this, you've probably already discovered that grief is a messy, awkward journey. Many of us have really benefitted in having a therapist help us through this difficult time.
Below, you'll read our list of therapists that we recommend. The practitioners are sorted according to where they are located, and locations are alphabetical. Each practitioner on our list is there because they have indicated a specific interest in working with bereaved families. You'll see that in addition to their contact information and the insurances that they accept, each clinician has included a brief paragraph about him/herself to help you to get a sense of why they are interested in helping bereaved families.
Our list grows as we hear recommendations from bereaved parents, so if you've had a positive experience with a practitioner and you don't see his or her name on this list, please let us know!
Barbara Burkart, LMHC
413-687-0316; 256 N. Pleasant Street #6, Amherst, MA 01002
“I'm a clinical mental health counselor in practice for over a decade. I've worked with many clients who have experienced loss (that is the core of our work, of course, no matter what the issue), but do not have clinical experience in the specific area of bereavement counseling following miscarriage or stillbirth. However, my sister-in-law, many years ago, suffered a stillbirth. I remember how helpful it was for her to be part of a group of similarly suffering folks. I'd like to be able to help others facing this.”
-- ServiceNet (see Franklin County for details)
Laura Pontani, LMHC, Psychotherapist
617-909-5086; 110 North Hillside Road, S. Deerfield, MA 01373; www.laurapontani.com
“I have been working with women and families experiencing perinatal complications, adjustments, and depression for over the past 5 years. My work also extends to anxiety, trauma, and grief and loss. It is my passion to work with individuals, couples, and families throughout all perinatal experiences, including loss...”
Laura has specific clinical experience with pregnancy/infant loss.
Insurances accepted: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Tufts, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and Optum Behavioral Health
Cheryl Harrell, LICSW
413-424-3818; 195 Russell Street, Suite B-8, Hadley, MA 01035; www.cherylharrell.com
“I have had multiple experiences with loss during the 20 years I was in the Boston area in private practice.... Most of these folks were struggling to make sense of their loss within the context of their cosmology or spiritual understanding of life” .
Insurances accepted: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Tufts HMO & Total Health Plan, OptumHealth / United Behavioral Health, UnitedHealth, UMR, Harvard Pilgrim, Connecticare, MassHealth only if secondary to Medicare
Pam Brigham LICSW
413-230-0479; 1789 Northampton St, Holyoke MA
Pam is fully bilingual in Spanish, and she attended Compassionate Caregiving when a Baby Dies training by Share/Empty Arms in 2008. She has worked as Maternal Social Worker at Cooley Dickinson Hospital and Holyoke Medical Center. In addition to her professional experience, Pam is also the mother of two babies gone too soon-- lost at 4 and 6 months gestation.
Insurances accepted: Anthem, BMC Health Net, Beacon, Blue Care Network, BlueCross and BlueShield, Commonwealth Care Alliance, Empire BlueCross, Fallon Health, HNE, Harvard Pilgrim, Health Net, Health New England (HNE), Magellan Behavioral Health, Medicare, Neighborhood Health Plan, Optum, Tufts, UniCare, ValueOptions, Out of Network
Robert Zucker LICSW
413-650-6264; private practice located in Holyoke; www.robertzucker.com
“Work with bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents has been my area of specialty for over 25 years. I recently moved back to the Pioneer Valley after being away for 5 years - where I was hospice bereavement coordinator at hospices in Virginia and Eastern Massachusetts. I have just opened my clinical practice in the Holyoke Highlands."
Self pay on a sliding scale; some clients are reimbursed by insurance.
917-213-7197; 25 Main St, Suite 214, Northampton; www.bindacolebrook.com
"I have worked with women who have had miscarriages, women who are struggling with infertility and children who have lost a parent. I am also open to working with women who have lost a child. I have taken the empty arms bereavement training and feel very committed to working with people who have suffered losses and are wanting support in navigating the journey of grief."
Insurances Accepted: Blue cross, MBHPH, NE be healthy, Tufts
AMANDA COSTIN, PH.D., LMHC, ACS
Insurance: Dr. Costin accepts HNE and Blue Cross/Blue Shield Massachusetts
"Due to my own pregnancy loss, I have a particular interest in perinatal and postpartum mental health with a focus on: pregnancy loss; pregnancy termination; depression and anxiety during pregnancy; and postpartum depression and anxiety. There were many people that helped me during such a devastating time in my life. This is my opportunity to help others and "pay it forward" to support other families."
MEG KELLY, LICSW
413-697-7084; 8 Trumbull Road, # 105, Northampton, MA 01060; email@example.com
Dr. Kelly takes the following insurances: BCBS, Cigna, HNE, Harvard Pilgrim, Magellan, Medicare, Optum, PHCS, UBH. She also offers affordable self-pay.
"I offer a mindfulness based, trauma informed psychodynamic approach to treatment. I utilize EMDE/PC and DBT skill sets as needed. I have my certification in Bereavement Facilitation from the American Academy of Bereavement. I have led three bereavement support groups and continue to offer this skill set for individual clients."
JORI ROSS, LICSW
413-585-5959; 100 King Street, Suite # 303, Northampton, MA 01060
Insurances : BC /BS, HMO Blue, Aetna, Health New England, Tufts, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, United Behavioral Health, United Health Care, Value Options, Boston Medical Health Net Mass Health, GIC, MPHP Be Healthy.
See Jori’s page on Psychology Today…
"Over 30 years experience working with adults, adolescents, and children in individual, couples, and family therapy. I have a warm and eclectic style that is interactive and goal oriented, attentive to mindfulness, working with strengths, impact of family of origin to help clients express their authentic selves. Through Positive Solutions, coaching for life and workplace success, I work on performance issues and workplace dynamics, offer workshops on communication and stress reduction, facilitate group meetings and retreats. trained in EMDR and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy."
Jaime Beth Gershman, LICSW; Body Centered Psychotherapist
Northampton, MA • East Longmeadow, MA
“Much of my experience in this area was around supporting a family member--although I have also worked with women in my practice and had training in grief support specific to pregnancy/infant loss in years past. I am a body-centered therapist--much of my work is focused on helping people feel and integrate deeply to create internal and external resources for support, healing and creating their next steps forward. I often tap into meditation/visualization and a spiritual focus to the degree it serves each person.”
Virginia Van Scoy, LICSW
(413) 584-2600, (413) 584-2622; 182 Main Street, #302, Northampton, MA 01060
Insurances accepted :BCBS (PPO and indemnity only), Beacon Health Strategies (includes Commonwealth Care, BMC Healthnet, Neighborhood Health Plan, Fallon, GIC), Harvard Pilgrim, United Behavioral Health, United Healthcare. Dr. Van Scoy also provides EAP services through Wellness Corporation, and is able to see people whose insurances have out of network benefits.
“Early in my career I was a social work intern on an in-patient maternity floor at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge; this experience afforded many opportunities to support families confronting the unexpected loss of a pregnancy and child. Following graduation I was a clinical social worker in a medical Family Practice and then worked in pediatric oncology at the Dana Farber Institute, both of which experiences further honed my skills in working with families and the loss of a child. Since then I have worked in other mental health settings and maintained a private practice in which I have intermittently provided therapy to women presenting with bereavement and/or depression related to such losses."
Bri McCarroll, MSW, LICSW.
Private Practice in Longmeadow and Springfield
“Although I have not received specialized training in this, I would definitely be interested in working more with this group. In my practice, I have worked with a very limited number of cases of this nature; one client experienced a stillbirth and the other a miscarriage. I used EMDR in both situations and found it very helpful. My practice population is varied, but I am drawn to cases where loss, trauma, and/or transition are significant issues to be addressed.”
Jaime Beth Gershman-- listed under Northampton
West Springfield; 413-781-2348
Kathy was previously the maternal/child bereavement social worker at Baystate. She comes highly recommended by bereaved parents.