While in the midst of my own loss, a friend told me that I was like one of those trees that grow out of the side of a canyon rock wall that makes you wonder, “How can a tree grow there?” Certainly, devastating loss will make you feel as if you are stifled by your environment, being beaten by winds, storms, and drought. But there is hope: there are moments of clear blues skies.

While in the midst of my own loss, a friend told me that I was like one of those trees that grow out of the side of a canyon rock wall that makes you wonder, “How can a tree grow there?” Certainly, devastating loss will make you feel as if you are stifled by your environment, being beaten by winds, storms, and drought. But there is hope: there are moments of clear blues skies.

Has your life been torn apart and shattered by grief and loss? 

Do you feel as if you will never be the same again?

Are you going through the motions and feeling empty inside?

Have you talked to your friends and family to the point where they avoid talking to you about your loss? Have you told yourself that with time you will simply get over it and it has been many months or even years since you felt “normal”?

If this is the case then you may need a grief guide or companion to help you through the darkness.


Yes Tree Counseling is a practice dedicated to the transformation of grief, loss and trauma through Body-based Psychotherapy, Art Therapy, and Creative Grief Coaching for tweens, teens, adults and elders.

I am living proof that one can emerge from the process of grief and feel joy again. I have been through the ringer of life and have survived and now I am learning to thrive. Through my dark descent I gathered the tools to be your guide towards healing.

For many years, I have worked with grief off and on as a therapist, but it wasn’t until a recent huge loss redirected me to my life’s passion of helping others heal from grief and loss. In August of 2012 my life partner fell on his mountain bike, broke his neck and became a quadriplegic. My world as I knew it was shattered, discombobulated, and turned upside down.

Since then I have been in my own healing journey of reintegrating the shattered parts of myself. I am now ready to hold others in the grief process, those who are suffering, shattered, and lost. I am a living example of surviving devastating loss and I can confidently say that you can come to the other side where you begin to feel like yourself again: it is possible to feel joy and ease.

Grief is a process, a moving, living, breathing process. It ain’t pretty, but I am testament that one cannot only survive but thrive.

If you have found me here it means your life is in upheaval, and, for that, I am sorry. And yet I welcome all of you here and I look forward to being your grief guide and companion along the way.

Beth Erlander, MA, LPC, ATR