Vanessa Brown

Vanessa Bowen

    Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology), Diploma of Counselling with Advanced Study Major in Grief Counselling.

    I’ve been an animal lover my whole life and I can’t remember a time when my home wasn’t filled with furry friends. To me, a pet isn’t just an animal, they’re a friend, a companion, a member of the family. I’ve had the pleasure of owning a great many pets throughout my life, and I’ve experienced the pain and grief associated with losing them. I know how difficult it is to process the emotions that come with the loss of a beloved pet, especially if the people around you don’t understand the important place they held in your life. When I was studying to be a grief counsellor, I was surprised that pet loss was barely included in the curriculum. I feel disappointed that pet loss and the grief associated with it can often be overlooked and minimized. And I wanted to do something to change that.

    The death of a pet may be treated as less significant than the death of a person, and for many of us that simply isn’t our reality. When a beloved pet dies, it can be as devastating as losing a person, and the feelings of grief associated with that loss are valid. I aim to provide gentle and supportive counselling to people who have lost a pet that meant the world to them.

    I will listen without judgement and help you to process the emotions that come up after the loss of a beloved pet. I work from a person-centered perspective, ensuring that counselling moves at a pace you’re comfortable with and working with gentleness and empathy.

    I provide counselling services via online video chat, at flexible times to suit busy schedules. I see clients all over Australia, and you can access counselling sessions in the comfort of your own home.

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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.

      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.