Companion animals play an important role in our lives. They provide us with unconditional love, support and share our ups and downs. We consider them our family; our children, siblings, friends, and confidents. When this special bond is broken and our beloved pet dies, grief can be a painful yet very natural and necessary response to loss.
Sometimes grief can be overwhelming and during these times it can really help to talk to a professional who understands and appreciates the importance of the human-animal bond and the grief and trauma that can arise when we lose our companions.
Vanessa provides confidential and evidence based support for bereaved pet owners, volunteer and professional animal caregivers. She provides a warm and non-judgemental approach and will give you the safe place you need to tell your story.
She has a Bachelor of Arts with honours in Psychology, a PhD with a specialisation in psychology (human-animal interactions) and has worked in the animal industry for over 15 years where her roles varied from veterinary nurse to animal welfare researcher. She has lectured and tutored psychology and human behaviour for over 6 years and regularly presents her work at international and national conferences. Vanessa values the importance of ongoing professional development and has also achieved her training as a compassion fatigue specialist (therapist), mindfulness trainer, certificate in animal bereavement and is a member of the Anthrozoology Research Group.