Being a counsellor is only a part of who I am. First and foremost, I am an animal lover who has loved and lost. I have experienced grief on multiple occasions with both pets and people in my life and indeed each of these experiences brought about a sense of isolation and emptiness, but it wasn’t until I lost a faithful companion and life witness, my Cattle x Kelpie, Boofey, which in a few words brought me to my knees. Slowly, getting back to a new normal after his loss, I felt more support was needed for people grieving the loss of such a significant part of the family, their pets, which is why I have since made it my aim to support others during such tough times.
I work with a diverse range of people to assist with (to name a few)
- Grief and Loss
- Life Transitions
I understand that our pets are members of our family and, even though their lifespan can be short, they faithfully accompany us on our journey, always by our side providing us with loving comfort and support. They are quite literally an extension of ourselves, so when we experience the expected or unexpected loss of a pet it can have a significant impact on different areas of our lives.
The sad truth is that the grief of losing a pet can often be disregarded and misunderstood. This is what some counsellors refer to as ‘disenfranchised grief’ which leaves people feeling that they don’t have the right to grieve or worse yet, that there is nothing to grieve over. We are told to ‘get over it’ because ‘it’s just an animal’. I understand the overwhelming pain that comes with losing a pet and I am here to support you in your journey through grief.
I have a nationally recognised qualification as a Counsellor with a particular interest in grief and loss having achieved a study Major and Graduate Certificate in this particular field. My passion for supporting people experiencing grief and loss led me to complete deeper studies in this area and in 2021 I completed a Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Counselling and Intervention.
I continue to study and undertake Ongoing Professional Development and always adhere to a strict Code of Ethics as set out by The Australian Counselling Association.
Please note By My Side is not a crisis counselling service. If you are in a crisis please contact:
Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service 24/7 on 1300 659 467.