Grief After the Loss of a Pet: A Three Tier Model
Date(s) - Wed, Sep 29, 2021 MDT
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Date: Wed, Sep 29, 2021
10-11:30 Mountain Time
Presenter: Tamara Miller, PsyD
Tamara Miller, PsyD is a clinical psychologist with over a decade of experience providing care to those struggling with trauma and grief. It was while obtaining her doctorate degree from Widener University that Dr. Miller first became passionate about the human animal bond. She developed TALP (Therapy After the Loss of a Pet) to address the need for focused treatment for those struggling with pet bereavement. As a clinical psychologist at Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Miller specializes in providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in both individual and group modalities. Dr. Miller believes in the importance of mentorship, and particularly enjoys guiding the next generation of psychologists by supervising post-doctoral residents. Dr. Miller currently lives in the Sierra Foothills with her husband, daughter, cat, and a growing number of aquatic family members.
Grief after the death of a pet has been demonstrated to parallel grief after the death of a person, yet many people report feeling a lack of support from family, friends, and even therapy providers when experiencing pet bereavement. Research suggests that a lack of empathy from those close to a person has a direct impact on the intensity of the grief experience, further amplifying the challenges of bereavement. The findings of recent research regarding pet bereavement, grief patterns, and grief therapy were used to design a three-tier pet-bereavement program for therapists to use with individuals after the loss of a pet. Come learn more.