There is a reason why dogs have the nickname man's best friend. The bond between a person and their pet can be just as strong as any human relationship.
For this reason, the loss of a pet is an often undervalued and yet terrible pain which every pet-owner experiences. Feelings of guilt, deep sadness, emptiness, anger, and hopelessness can be become difficult to navigate after our loved one's passing.
This grief can hit particularly bad when the pet you are losing is a Service, ESA, or Working / Veteran K9 . For this reason, I have undergone specialized training to work with Veterans and First Responders as well as have ample experience working with Service and ESA animals personally and professionally.
This bond can also be used within therapy to help you achieve the growth you are looking for. I have specialized training to implement therapeutic practices between you and your pet for lasting growth. *Animals must be approved to join therapy.*
Specialized training and experience I have for Pet Loss and Bereavement recovery:
People get into working with animals and/or helping professions because they care. Sometimes, especially recently, this passion can drive us to the brink of extinction. Excessive tiredness, callousness, guilt, irritability, wariness, depression, and/or a sense of doom can consume us. Symptoms such as flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, and hypervigilance can be just as severe as any war veteran's Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. I have many years of experience working in animal care positions such as in a zoo, critical animal emergency veterinary office, and animal trainer. I also have experience as a therapist in underprivileged communities, rehabs, and private practice. I know the struggle, I know the pain, I know the silent suffering that can spill out onto your loved ones. I know what it is like to doubt yourself, your abilities, and whether or not "all of it" even matters. I can help you get back to being the person you want to be with a new sense of Compassion Satisfaction.
Specialized training and experience I have for Compassion Fatigue:
As we write the story of our life it is common to experience events which rock us to our core. These events can range from seemingly small to insurmountably huge. When experiences negatively affect the way we view ourselves, our lives, and/or our view of the world, it can lead us to feel unhappy and unfulfilled. Your experiences can not break you. I can help you feel whole and worthy again.
Specialized training I have for traumatic experiences:
Here is a list of some of my special interests!
It takes courage to ask for help and to be vulnerable in front of a stranger. To help put your mind at ease and ensure that we have a good therapeutic fit, I offer free in-person consultations.