I have experienced several losses in my life, be it pets or people, family or friends.
These experiences brought about a sense of isolation and emptiness but it wasn’t until I lost my faithful companion ‘Boofey, an 18 1/2-year-old Cattle X Kelpie which in a few words brought me to my knees, that I turned my attention towards grief counselling and pet loss support.
I provide counselling and support for people of all ages, both young and older, who are dealing with expected or unexpected pet loss including:
- making end of life decisions,
- grieving for your pet (prior or post-loss),
- deciding whether you are ready for another pet.
Sessions are 1 hour in duration and can be held online or by telephone.
My approach is non-formulaic in nature and individualized. I am deeply person-centered when ‘being with’ you, utilizing narrative practices in remembering those we have lost – the narrative approach in particular helps to resurface and maintain positive connections following the loss of a beloved pet and companion. I also work with a trauma-sensitive lens ensuring to keep each person I meet feeling safe. I have established By My Side for those seeking comfort and, I understand that everyone has their own unique story. You can tell your story, and be heard without judgement.
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.