Individual Grief Therapy

Lori Zaspel LSW (she/her) is a clinical social worker who specializes in grief, medical social work, and end of life issues. She received her masters in social work from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018 and is currently under supervision by Elizabeth McElroy LCSW pending achieving her LCSW in July of 2021. In addition to private grief practice, she works full-time as a geriatric social worker at Mercy LIFE West Philadelphia, and is a co-founder and death doula with the Philly Death Doula Collective.

Lori is a white, cis, queer woman living in West Philadelphia. She strives to operate with an anti-racist and anti-capitalist lens and center social justice in her therapeutic work as well as in her life. As such, she utilizes relational-cultural, humanistic, feminist, narrative, and constructivist approaches in her work and is trained in Level 1 – EMDR by EMDRIA-HAP.

Grief sucks… But you don’t have to do it alone.

When we’re in the midst of grieving, it can feel like no one understands, that we’re losing our minds, that we may be mired in the muck forever, and that things will never return to normal. Grief is completely normal, universal, and incredibly difficult. Our society does a terrible job preparing us, our loved ones, and greater communities for the experience of grieving. But you’re not alone, there are people who understand, and while life will never be quite the same again, you can continue your relationship with your loved one and return to living a fulfilling life.

If you’re looking for a straightforward, non-judgmental, and empathetic therapist who specializes in grief – you’ve found her. I’ve built my practice around both academic research and lived grief experience, and strive to meet my clients wherever they are in their grief process, be it acute, new grief, or an older grief resurfacing (or that’s always been there). I’m aware that grief radiates through every arena of your life and I believe that through our work it can be integrated, so that grief is no longer the loudest voice in the room.

Due to an abundance of caution regarding the Covid 19 pandemic, all therapy is virtual for the foreseeable future. Individual therapy rates are based on self-disclosed sliding scale and range from $70 – $130 per session. I do not currently accept insurance.

Together we can and will: 

  • Support you through the ups and downs of grief
  • Process the waves of emotion as they arrive – through words, creativity, and personal ritual
  • Help you to feel more prepared for the lifelong experience of grief
  • Co-create a safe(r) space for ventilation, validation, and education
  • Build skills and increase the options in your coping toolbox

Pursuing support is a radical step of self-love. Congratulations for getting here! Please feel free to message me using the form below, or call at 267-282-1003. I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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