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Madonna Hooper

    BA (Behavioural Science), Grad. Dip. Arts (Sociology), Mediation Certificate, Trauma Certification (Blue Knot Foundation), Pet Bereavement Counselling Certificate ABN 20355870391 Fee: $110/50 minutes

    Firstly, if you are reading this due to the loss of your special friend my heart goes out to you.  I believe pet-friends, regardless of their species or size, are pieces of heaven.  They have a special ability to show us love, and bring out the love within us. They become part of who we are and vice versa. It’s a match made in heaven.


    I am currently owned by two-hand tamed lovebirds, Paddington and Yogi, and two budgies, Moe and Captain Jack Sparrow.  I’m not sure how it happened but over the last five years I’ve become a “crazy bird lady.” I love these little dudes so much I can’t even describe it.


    I have experienced both kindness and harshness when dealing with the loss of my feathered kids (FIDS).  Acts of kindness are like a soothing balm for the soul, whilst judgment can be like a splinter in an already wounded heart.  I GET IT!! It hurts to lose your pet-friend. You can feel like you’re lost in the middle of the ocean.  The loss, combined with the fact that many people label your heartbreak as “silly” or an “over-reaction” can lead to isolation and guilt, further compounding your grief.


    I am a trauma-informed therapist and have done several courses with the Blue Knot Foundation.  I also have degrees in Behavioural Science and Sociology.  I currently work part-time as a trauma therapist with adults who were abused in institutions as children, and I also counsel adults and children who are victims of many serious types of crimes.


    As well as my professional skill set and experience, I believe the most important assistance I can offer you is empathy, understanding, kindness and acceptance.  I sincerely believe, “People don’t care how much you know unless they know how much you care.”


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    Face to face, phone, instant messaging, email counselling Thursday: 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. Friday: 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Saturday: 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

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      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.

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

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