About Us

Our Purpose


Sarasota Grief Counseling provides experienced bereavement care to people who are grieving a loss and to anyone in need of counseling services.

Most people find themselves needing help with tough emotions at some point in their lives, especially surrounding the loss of a loved one. We offer the full range of professional counseling services for individuals, couples, children, families, and groups in methods that include Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Couples Therapy, Sand Play Therapy and Art Therapy, among others.

Grief is not a mental disorder—it is a normal, natural response to loss or trauma. However, sometimes grief is misdiagnosed as depression, anxiety, or other conditions, leading to wasted time and unsuccessful treatment. If you have suffered a loss and have found other treatment to be ineffective, consider seeking the care of a certified grief counselor.

Sarasota Grief Counseling was founded in 2009 with the mission of bringing comprehensive bereavement care to the Sarasota-Bradenton area. Through a program of counseling services, support groups, educational outreach, and partnership with complementary organizations, we strive to be Southwest Florida’s best source of support in the face of loss.

Book an appointment today to begin your journey to healing.

About Karen

Karen L. Hildreth is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and the Executive Director of Sarasota Grief Counseling.

Specializing in grief, loss, and trauma therapy for individuals and their families, Karen practices from an attachment-based orientation. She intentionally incorporates the tools of other disciplines to promote change in her clients by helping them develop greater awareness and make more self-actualized choices in their lives. She holds a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Florida State University. Karen is also a State of Florida Quality-Assured Counselor Supervisor and is dedicated to helping counseling interns define their individual professional identities and gain the experience needed to thrive as Licensed Mental Health Counselors.

A native Floridian who has lived in Sarasota for more than 25 years, Karen has deep roots in the community and understands its needs and nuances. In her free time she enjoys cooking, quilting, kayaking, and gardening.



Level 3 Gottman Method for Couples Counseling


Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples


Motivational Interviewing


Art Therapy for Grief and Loss


State of Florida Quality Assured Counselor Supervisor


American Psychosocial Oncology Society trainings for cancer, palliative & supportive care, and cancer pain management


Moffitt Program for Outreach Education & Resources Office of Diversity Training


Multiple trainings through Tidewell Hospice



American Counseling Association


National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization


International Association of Trauma Professionals


Karen was the final piece in the puzzle to put me back together!

Her kind, caring and deep understanding of what I was experiencing and her constant encouragement allowed me to heal! To this day, both my husband and I are so grateful to her and appreciate both her knowledge and her skill in treating me which led to my success.


Karen Hildreth’s compassion, wisdom, and scope of knowledge regarding grief and loss is amazing.

Karen, I appreciate your generosity of time and interest in helping me understand the spectrum of bereavement and its complications more completely. Thank You!