A little bit about me...
I have always had a deep connection to animals and a very strong sense of wanting to help and protect them. I have been around animals all my life- cats, dogs, small critters, even horses. Growing up there were those animals who followed me home (something that still happens to this day!)
Animals seem to feel at ease in my company and are usually receptive to me. I think they can sense I am truly an animal-lover.
I know all too well the sadness and grief that accompanies the loss of an animal friend. I have had to say goodbye to many beloved animal companions (and it doesn't get any easier). The feelings of grief can be intense and all-encompassing.
It seems that we still have a way to go as a society in recognizing the significance that companion animals play in our lives and the immense grief one may experience due to the loss of an animal.
Being able to provide guidance and emotional support to individuals who are coping with such losses is important to me and I feel honoured to be able to do this. I try to bring some comfort and understanding during what may be a very sad and emotionally challenging time in coping with the loss of an animal.
In addition to grief support, I offer Reiki therapy as I have found it to be very beneficial for humans and animals alike. Reiki can help animals during times of stress and illness and when nearing end of life. It can benefit their human caregivers during emotionally challenging times and when experiencing grief.
Peaches, my inspiration and soul cat!
What led me to working in this field is my beloved cat Peaches. Peaches had become very ill and sadly was nearing the end of her life. By chance, I came into contact with a local Reiki practitioner, who offered both Peaches and I a Reiki healing before Peaches passed away, and then again soon afterwards. I believe that Reiki not only helped Peaches in her end-of-life transition but also brought greater peace to me, during what was a very emotional and difficult time. It was soon thereafter that I decided to study Reiki and other energy healing therapies. I was really impressed with how Reiki could help animals and their human care givers.
After Peaches passed away I was very upset and distraught. I had experienced other losses previously but losing Peaches hit me very hard. I reached out to a pet loss support group which really helped. Just knowing that my feelings were valid and normal made me feel somewhat better and it was good to be able to communicate with people who truly understood what I was going through- so much so, that not long after I decided to become trained as a grief support practitioner. I really do understand what it is like to lose a cherished animal companion and I want to be there for others going through such a tough time. There is a distinct lack of support for people suffering these bereavements and I truly hope that someday this does change. In the meantime, I am here for you.
I believe that all animals are deserving of love and respect. Sadly animals are the least represented and most exploited members of our planet. I have had an undeniable connection to animals my entire life. I recognize that all animal lives matter and that they are individuals, they have emotions, form social bonds, and have their own unique personalities, just like we do. My wish is that some day for all animals and for Nature to be treated with compassion, dignity and respect.
The connection to Nature
There is the notion that people are inseparable from the rest of nature and I like to believe this. It seems we have lost some of this sense of connectivity but it is still there on a root level, like a deep, indigenous wisdom. Shamans tell us we are made up of so much more than what we can perceive directly with our physical senses. Psychological and physical self-care is important but incomplete; we must tend to our spiritual nature- our deepest self- as this is essential to our well-being. Nurturing our inner self is about our coming back to ourselves, to our inherent Nature.
Interest in Wellness for Animals
I have a strong interest in canine and feline behaviour and holistic health for animals. Having worked previously as a veterinary assistant, in animal rescue and with animal shelters, I have a good understanding of companion animal health and conventional veterinary medicine. It is important to consult with your veterinarian about your animal's health. While Reiki and other energy therapies can be beneficial for all animals, they are meant to be a complementary therapy and are not a substitute for veterinary care.
Qualifications and Training:
An educational background in psychology prepared me for more specialized training and work in grief and bereavement support. I have also completed advanced training in Reiki, Emotional Freedom Technique and Matrix Reimprinting and have been studying EcoTherapy. I am always learning- and the animals I have met along the way have been some of my best teachers.
Certified Grief, Pet Loss and Bereavement Support Practitioner
Reiki for Animals Level 2 Therapist
Usui Reiki Level 2 Therapist
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Master Practitioner
Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner
Eco Grief Support
Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician
My biggest joys in life are my animals, music and being by the sea. I dedicate time to various animal-welfare causes, and have been volunteering in pet loss and bereavement support for an animal charity since 2013.
I've always had a love and fascination of the oceans and feel it's imperative to do whatever we can to save the oceans and their marine inhabitants from further damage. Spending time by the sea is truly very therapeutic for the soul. I am active in efforts to support the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales of the Pacific Northwest and support work being done to help raise awareness about their plight.
As an advocate for animals, I feel it's important to stand up for all animals and to be their voice. To this end, I try to live a compassionate lifestyle which involves being a conscientious consumer, eating a plant-based diet and not consuming or supporting products or services that have involved animal exploitation or cruelty to animals. Of course it is not always easy to know so I do my own research on products and companies as much as possible. We don't have to change our habits overnight and even small steps we make can go towards improving not only our own health but to helping reduce animal suffering and damage to the planet. A plant-based diet better for our own health and wellness, better for the animals, and the planet. When you consider that we take on the energy of what we put into our bodies, it just seems to makes sense to have a plant based diet as well. I talk more about this more in the Resources section of the website.
Fortunate to have lived in some beautiful places around the world, my favourite places have always been by the sea. I love spending time in the company of animals, with my own fur-kids and playing music with my friends. I currently live on the Pacific north west coast. Please contact me to find out more about what I do and the services I offer.