The bonds we share with our companion animals are unique, fulfilling and imbued with personal meaning and connection. We are blessed with their living and loving presence, so it goes without saying that we deeply grieve when this relationship changes through loss. We may also find ourselves in the unenviable position of deciding if our companions are suffering too greatly to maintain a quality of life. Weather you have lost an animal companion or are struggling with difficult questions about compassionately euthanising a loved one in the future, I am here to support you.
I offer a safe and informed space where you can explore the difficult experiences and questions that arise, openly and honestly, allowing our grief to move forward in such a way as we can honour the memory of our beloved companion animals.
I understand that I am not only working with a unique individual, with their own story of loss, but with the memory and story of a unique animal companion. For some, a pet is an animal we share our space with. For many of us, though, a pet is a best friend, a companion, a family member, a trusted confidant, a source of love, joy, stability, and a supportive and caring figure in our lives.
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 journey through loss drives me to walk beside others as you find your way through your journey. My approach is gentle in nature and very much focused on you. I offer flexible counselling options (you are welcome to browse my website to learn a little more). This includes phone sessions, face to face at a mutually agreed location or home visits. I am generally available Monday to Saturday by appointment and some phone sessions may also be available Sundays and public holidays on request.
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.
Are you struggling with…?
I’ve been told I need to euthanize my pet
My pet has passed away
My pet experienced a traumatic death
I’m not coping with the death of my pet
I feel guilty regarding how my pet died
I don’t know whether to get another pet
My pet has a serious medical condition
My pet experienced a traumatic injury
I’m not sure whether to rehome my pet
I had to rehome my pet
My pet may need surgery
My pet has had surgery
My pet is missing
I believe friends, confidantes, soul mates and best friends come in all shapes, sizes and forms, including the form of a pet. It makes perfect sense you may experience overwhelm, heartbreak, confusion, anger, anxiety, and many other thoughts and feelings when you go through these challenging times.
Having someone who can truly listen and help you to unravel the myriad of thoughts and emotions you are experiencing, can provide you with much needed guidance, comfort and support.
I’m also a trauma therapist, having undertaken several courses with the Blue Knot Foundation (National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma). I also worked as a Trauma Therapist prior to starting my own business. Many of us experience trauma, as well as grief, when going through the situations above. It’s important to have a therapist who is aware of trauma-informed practice during these times.
Please don’t suffer in silence. I take pet loss seriously, and I will take you seriously.
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 of 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.
Our pets become our best friends and companions and whether we are prepared or not for their loss it is always heart breaking ! It is like losing any member of the family.
I have lost two beautiful German Shepherds ( one only in February this year) in an untimely and tragic manner so I truly understand the grief, heartache and guilt that accompanies such a huge loss. It is very important to express your grief, and although the pain never really goes away, I can offer a kind, supportive ear to help you cope during this most difficult time.
I am available for counselling sessions either via phone, Skype and Zoom.
Please contact me for an Obligation free chat via email/ phone for more information.
No referral required.
I understand your Pet has been your best friend and part of the family, I am here to help with understanding and compassion.
Having owned many animals over the years, I understand how a companion animal can be very important, we consider them as family, and a special bond is broken when our beloved pet dies.
I owned a Labrador called Crystal who died of Cancer. I nursed Crystal to her final days. When she went over the rainbow to Doggy heaven. The hardest part was making the decision to have her put down and rest out of pain. It was the hardest decision I have ever made. This is when I realized how she was like losing a daughter or son, it was so painful. I truly understand the grief, heartache and the guilt that accompanies a huge loss.
Specializing in pet grief counselling to help other people just like you. TOGETHER WE WORKED TOGETHER. I have now rescued a Greyhound called Sirius, I understand we are all different and grief takes time, and Sirius was not to be a replacement. He has a very different personality to Crystal, but he has been a treasure, and good has come out of losing Crystal a Greyhound is rescued. There is a solution for you as you may not want to own another pet again. We work together. I will provide you with support and guidance to make losing your beloved pet a little less painful.
You can give me a call on, or SMS 0409005766 and together we will make an appointment that suits you. I have a beautifully appointed room at my house and also an outdoor area if you prefer to sit in my peaceful garden.
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.