GRIEF & LOSS COUNSELLING FOR PET OWNERS and COUNSELLING SUPPORT FOR VETERINARY CARE WORKERS
Pet Owners: I truly believe pets, 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.
I have experienced both kindness and judgment when dealing with the loss of my pets. Acts of kindness have been a balm for my soul, whilst judgment is like a splinter in an already wounded heart.
For that reason alone, I will never judge you. I am a naturally empathic person and a trained trauma counsellor. As well as my university degrees in Behavioural Science and Sociology I have undertaken training with the Blue Knot Foundation to assist in my current role as a trauma counsellor for victims of violent crime and historical institutional abuse.
I believe grief and loss over losing our fur babies, feathered babies, or whatever form your pet baby comes in, can be traumatic. A friend who knows and loves you, just as you are, is a rare form of intimacy. Losing that friend can be heartbreaking, lonely and confusing.
Veterinary care workers: I've never been a veterinary care worker and don't pretend to understand the stress you deal with on a daily basis. I greatly respect the work you do. I do know personally and professionally about compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. If left unaddressed they can severely impact our ability to function on a short or long-term basis.
I will accept you where you're at and give you space to explore and understand yourself more fully. Knowing you can talk confidentially to someone, outside the industry, who will not judge you can, in itself, be reassuring and healing.
SO RELAX, UNWIND AND ... BEE YOURSELF.