Kathyrn James Pet loss counsellor

Dr Kathryn James

BVSc Hons, Dip Couns, Cert IV TAE

We lose a part of us when we lose a pet. There is never a ‘right’ time. It is heart-wrenching,
and the grief and sense of loss can be so devastating that it becomes difficult to find
enjoyment in everyday life without our pet by our side. It’s an overwhelming feeling of
emptiness that may be unintentionally invalidated by other people as they try to comfort us
using words such as “He/she had a good life”, or “Another fur baby is what you need”.
The added weight and responsibility of electing euthanasia to alleviate suffering may add
doubt, guilt, and feelings of failure to our already fragile emotional state.
As an experienced veterinarian, qualified counsellor, and dedicated pet owner I ‘get’ you.
I’ve supported many of my clients through this journey, and I’ve been there myself. I’m here
to help you find meaning in the depths of your pain, one step at a time.
I offer face-to-face chats for local Gold Coast clients plus catch ups over Zoom for those
living further away. I am flexible with times and happy to fit in with your needs, including
out of work hours and on weekends. Please email me for further information or to organise
a suitable time:

“The memories and paw print of a beloved pet remain in our heart and soul forever.”
– Unknown

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Counsellor's Location

Varsity Lakes, Gold Coast, Queensland

Pet Loss Counsellors

Why invest in professional counselling?

Not all counsellors specialise in grief and even less deal with the grief associated with Pet Loss. That's why we created this directory to help connect pet owners with qualified and experienced pet loss counsellors.

How much does it cost?

Fees and charges will vary by service provider, please contact your preferred counsellor to discuss your options.


Are there free services?

Yes, please visit the Grief & Bereavement Support Services page.

Here you will find our recommended partners, friends and organisations who offer a mixture of free and donation based support.

You may also like to visit the Pets and People facebook page or browse our free library of resources and articles on pet loss & grief.