Hello there. I’m Linda, pleased to meet you. I have always had a great love of all creatures
great and small and a genuine desire to help others as far back as I can remember.
I have had animals (cats, dogs, birds, fish and even a lizard or two to name a few) all my life. Sadly,
in 2017, I said goodbye to one of those very special pets we meet along the way, my
beautiful black Burmese rescue cat, Merlot, he was with me for 18 years. I was heartbroken,
finding the absence of his presence one of the hardest things.
My loss drives me to walk with others like you as you find your way through your journey. My
approach is all about you and is gentle in nature. My intention is to provide you with flexible
counselling options and primarily offer phone sessions, face to face at a mutually agreed
location or home visits and am generally available Monday to Saturday by appointment.
Our relationship with our pets is unique, they are such a constant in our life and the loss of
that relationship is immeasurable. We face many challenges as we watch our pets age, as
we support them through illness, as we prepare to say goodbye and as we find our way after
they are gone. Wherever you are in your journey, please reach out, I’m here.
My thoughts are with you. Linda.
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.”
Having worked in the Pet Boarding Industry for over 22 years I have been exposed to many people who have shared their stories of loss of a much-loved pet over that journey. Some to accidental passing, illness, old age or have “gone missing”. The pain and grief of that loss can be hard to cope and recover from. I will support and work with you to understand those feelings and help you come to terms with that loss. I also have been a pet owner for all my life and understand the sadness and shock when you lose your much-loved pet and companion. I too have lost my best fur friend not so long ago after an 18 year journey together, the pain was heart wrenching.
Animal companion loss and grief is recognized professionally as a serious emotional condition that is often as difficult to cope with as the loss of any family member or friend and should not be left untreated.
The healing journey can begin with talking about the loss, acknowledging the passing of your pet. In saying this, the length of time it takes to accept that loss will vary from person to person. You can’t begin to cope with your emotions until you let them out.
It could be that you maybe are struggling to make the difficult choice of letting go a much-loved pet companion to avoid further suffering due to illness or old age. I can offer support in making the decision if it is the right time to euthanize and work with you on the pain, strain and guilt associated with that decision.
Please feel at ease to contact me for a consultation either by telephone or to arrange a face to face meeting.
David graduated in 1980 from the University of Queensland and spent 20 years in private veterinary practice in Australia and the United Kingdom before deciding to pursue a career in counselling and personal development. He worked initially in mixed practice then mostly in small animal practice. His special interests during his time in practice were emergency medicine, orthopaedics and dermatology.
From 1999 until 2001 David trained and worked in general and crisis counselling with Lifeline and also completed bereavement counselling training at the Bereavement Care Centre in Sydney. During his time in practice David noted the extreme difficulty and lack of support many clients experienced when trying to cope with the death of their pet. He also became aware of the difficulties many veterinarians, from new graduates to seasoned practitioners, experienced when trying to cope with the complex demands and stresses of practice life.