Qualifications / Affiliations:
My qualifications include a Diploma of Professional Counselling; Advanced Study Major in Grief & Loss; APLB (Association for Pet Loss Bereavement) Intensive Counselor Training; Grief, Loss, Transition and Change (Intensive Experiential Workshop); Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Prof. Counsellor, M.A.C.A, M.P.C.A.
I provide grief counselling and pet loss support for children through to adults from my business By My Side in Luddenham NSW.
My decision to enter the world of grief counselling/pet loss support was a personal one following the death of my dog, Boof. He came into my life when I was 15 and stayed with me until I was 38-years old. He lived and grew up with me by my side……he was my rock, my companion, my protector. I couldn’t have anticipated how much his loss would affect me. My world fell apart.
Our pets faithfully accompany us, providing loving comfort and unconditional support, so whether the loss is sudden or not our world shifts and we can find ourselves feeling completely lost. Grief for a pet can be just as deep as a loss of any family member.
Having lost my only siblings, two brothers and a dear friend to lung cancer to name a few losses in my life, I saw the opportunity to reinvent myself and now feel very blessed supporting others in their grief.
I also offer online counselling sessions for clients unable to travel and I am available to accompany people with their pets to vet appointments during terminal diagnosis in the local area to Luddenham/Penrith.