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Pet Loss Counseling and Support Services in Maryland


Patricia Winchild, LCSW-C
: 1306 Kent Ave., Baltimore, MD 21207
Phone: (410) 719-7888
Fax: (410) 719-0182
Services include: psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families, ages adolescents and geriatric


Nancy Wiswall, DVM, M.Ed.
: 4720 Edgefield Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814.
Phone: (301) 493-9090
Fax: (301) 530-4220


City Park Psychological Services
Contact: Dr. Lou Lichti
209-211 W Patrick Street  Frederick, MD  21701  (enter through 211, 1st door on right is entrance)
Phone: 301-401-2813
Pet Loss and Bereavement Support Group
Losing a pet is like losing a member of your family and can be a traumatic loss.  Sometimes people feel embarrassed about how emotional they feel and what a hole the loss of a beloved pet leaves in their lives.
Meets Tuesdays, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Fee $40 by cash, check or credit card, due prior to each meeting.
Owners of  Pets with Terminal or Chronic Illness Support Group
The psychological demands and sometimes agonizing decisions that pet owners struggle with as their pets and companion animals age, suffer debilitating and chronic illnesses, and end of life decisions are emotionally exhausting and can be overwhelming.
Meets Wednesdays, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.  Fee $40 by cash, check or credit card, due prior to each meeting.
Individual and Family Counseling for Pet Bereavement or Chronic Illness
If you prefer, you can meet individually or with just your own family and  friends with Dr. Lou about the above issues of pet death and loss or coping with managing a pet with terminal or chronic illness.  Fee:  $150 per hour.  Please call or email to schedule an appointment time.
Please call or email with your name and contact info by the day before to reserve your seat for a group with Dr. Lou Lichti.


Pedersen, Joan E., ThM, MA, LCSW-C
Center for Renewal
: 933-D Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Phone: (301) 527-1382
Fax: (301) 527-6158
With training in both pastoral counseling and psychotherapy, I offer a specialty in loss/bereavement/life transitions, while providing a spiritually sensitive, holistic approach to my practice. As the beloved mother of a happy-go-lucky 15 year-old cocker spaniel and a feisty 8 year-old tabby cat, I know how much a part of a family animals can become, and how very difficult their death can prove, not only for humans but for other animals in the household, as well. Indeed for many people, pets are the one constant in their life, often an unconditional loving connection deeper than other relationships. I have had the privilege of working with many individuals, couples and families as they struggle with anticipatory grief over their pets’ illness, as they made tough decisions regarding their care, and later as they process the painful loss. In a very safe, accepting environment, we focus on letting go, saying good-bye, the rituals of remembrance and engaging in life without their beloved animal.


Hunt Valley

HVAH Pet Loss Support & Counseling
Hunt Valley Animal Hospital
Address: 11206 York Road Hunt Valley, MD 21030
Phone: 410-527-0800
Contact:  Cathy Bury, Certified Pet Loss Grief Counselor
Offering private counseling and group support sessions for adults and children  Open to clients and non-clients.
Pet Loss Support is the 1st Wednesday of each month.
Anticipatory Support is the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
Group sessions are limited to 10 people, preregistration is required.

Upper Marlboro

Maryland Psychotherapy Services
: 15102 Nottingham Rd., Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Phone: (301) 888-1323
Fax: (301) 888-2172
Contact: Carol A. Auletta, MSW, ACSW.
Carol A. Auletta has two offices. Her Upper Marlboro office is located on her farm which is a truly a healing sanctuary. She works with people both individually and in a group setting helping them through their grieving process. Carol also welcomes phone consultations. She is licensed to take insurance reimbursements.

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