Grief and Loss Counseling Center

Grieving after losing a loved one is an emotional and painful process. Our counseling and creative therapies are available to assist children, teens, and adults through the confusing and overwhelming emotions that arise during such a difficult time. We are here to help guide those in need through the healing process, regardless of age or financial situation.

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Individual & Family Counseling
Pathways recognizes that people grieve in different and uniquely personal ways. Whether a child or adult, our trained counselors assist people through their mourning by helping them recognize their strengths and best coping methods. Our licensed therapists are trained in traditional counseling, art, play and sand therapies, as well as EMDR therapy for trauma. 
Group Therapy

Although grieving is very much a personal experience, no one should grieve alone. Pathways offers numerous support groups to give clients the opportunity to share their grief experience and find comfort in others who have gone through loss. Groups are tailored for individuals navigating the first six months of grief, widowed persons, families, caregivers, among others. 

View upcoming support groups.

Creative Therapies

It’s often challenging to express our emotions during a difficult time. Creative therapies allow clients to form expression beyond words. Pathways counselors use art, play, sand, and music therapies to help clients release their emotions and stress. These techniques are especially effective with children and teens that are less likely to talk about their feelings. 

Outdoor Healing

The outdoors can have a powerful, calming effect on a person grieving. The Children’s Healing Garden at Pathways offers soothing sensory experiences through physical structures, sounds and smells of nature. Our Outdoor Labyrinth is a meditation in motion, fusing movement and inner calm. Each uses outdoor elements to develop coping skills that bring relief to a grieving mind and heart. 

Grief support groups to help during challenging times

We offer individual, couples and family grief counseling for clients of multiple age groups and experiencing all types of loss. To support the needs unique to losing a parent, spouse, child, friend or coworker, Pathways offers specific services and programs themed on these relationships.

Please call 970.663.3500 or email for more information on our counseling or support groups. Visit our calendar of events to see what is coming soon. 

Or click here to see the latest brochure highlighting our grief and loss programs for this season!

  1. Grief Support Following Loss

    We offer individual, couples and family counseling. Counselors are licensed professionals with specialized training and experience in grief and loss. Because people grieve in different and personal ways, Pathways offers counseling to meet the distinctive needs of different age groups and types of loss. To support the needs unique to losing a parent, spouse, child, friend or coworker, Pathways offers specific services and programs themed on these relationships.

  2. Grief Counseling for Serious Illness

    Serious illness presents numerous changes and challenges for the patient and their family members. Our team offers support to that may include adjustments to new routines, dealing with symptoms and treatments and taking on caregiving responsibilities. Counseling can help navigate these changes and manage difficult emotions.

  3. Art Therapy for Adults and Children

    Art therapy blends counseling with the creative process to help clients of all ages through life’s difficulties. We offer a wide variety of art-based therapies for adults, children, families and groups to aid in the journey of hope, healing and emotional health.

  4. Support Groups

    The grieving process is confusing, challenging and a very emotional time. Don’t go through it alone. Pathways offers numerous support groups so our clients can have the opportunity to share their grief experience and find comfort in others who have gone through loss. Our grief and loss team hosts groups for individuals navigating the first six months of grief, widowed persons, families, caregivers, among several other avenues.

  5. Information About Your Session

    Pathways accepts all walks of life to help ease the pain of grief. All ages are welcome to schedule a session one of our grief counselors. 

    We accept all types of payment and fees are based on a sliding scale. In many instances, insurance may be used to cover your cost, and we work with those who aren't able to pay due to financial hardships. Please reach out to us for more information on your unique situation. 

If you have a session scheduled, feel free to download and bring our disclosure statement with you. You will also receive this in your intake packet. 

Our Counseling Staff


Tammy Brannen-Smith

As the Director of Pathways for Grief and Loss, Tammy has been a counselor for 14 years and enjoys working with adults, teens and children. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with additional training in sand tray therapy, play therapy, and crisis/trauma counseling. She also specializes in supporting parents and families following prenatal, perinatal or infant loss. She enjoys working with wonderful counselors and a program that offers extensive support to anyone coping with loss or illness.


Lori Klein

Lori holds her Masters in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been on staff at Pathways since 2012. She most enjoys working with and specializes in adults grieving the death of a loved one, but Lori also has experience with adults who are living with a serious or chronic illness. She enjoys supporting them as well as assisting the family members who are supporting or caring for them.


Janet Severance

Janet has been on staff at Pathways since 1991. Throughout her career, she has focused on working with children, teens and families. This often involves providing grief counseling and support to parents and grandparents of grieving children and teens. When counseling children, she uses play therapy, sand tray and art making. Part of her responsibilities includes providing education and support to schools in the area through the Forgotten Mourners program.

Mia Towbin

Mia Towbin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been on the Pathways Staff since 2015. She works with both individuals and families. She enjoys focusing on the systemic nature of relationships and on how grief can affect each member of a family in different ways. She often uses mindfulness techniques with her clients to help manage stress during difficult life transitions. Each family member can approach grief differently and requires unique counseling.

MA, ATR, Grief Counselor,
Art Therapist

Sarah Felter

Sarah is a registered art therapist and psychotherapist. She joined the Pathways staff in 2017 after graduating with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Naropa University and possess 10 years’ worth of background in trauma-informed care. Sarah combines art therapy, EMDR, mindfulness practices, and traditional talk therapy to help children, teens, and adults to overcome and work through their grief.

MA, LPC, Grief Counselor

Dyana Reisen

Dyana is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been with Pathways since 2018. She works with all ages including children, adolescents, adults, and families. She has her degree in somatic counseling psychology, which incorporates the body into traditional talk therapy as a way of processing emotions and grief. Dyana is also trained in play therapy, sand tray therapy, and trauma interventions such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).


Amanda Hillman

Amanda is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Art Therapist. She graduated from Naropa University in 2008 with her Masters in Transpersonal Counseling and Art Therapy. A grief counselor and art therapist at Pathways since 2007, she enjoys witnessing and supporting the changes and growth that illness, grief and loss bring about. She uses mindfulness, gestalt, and art therapy as a way to facilitate awareness, emotional exploration and expression, and sense of choice for clients. She enjoys working with individuals of all ages as well as families and groups at Pathways.

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