A bit about me.....
When I lost my 18 year old cattle dog, Lucy, even as a Grief Counselor myself, I needed someone to help me make sense of what I was thinking and feeling. My own grief put me on the path to help others.
I found there were not many Counseling services in this area that came with formal qualifications in training and it was imperative to me that I found a course that reflected and supported my own way of thinking concerning pet loss. One that empathises, takes it very seriously and also incorporates some level of spirituality. On this quest I finally managed to find The APLB (Assoc.of Pet Loss and Bereavement) who offered a course that mirrored my way of thinking and also had a strict and high standard of excellence.
I am now one of only two Counselors in Australia that is certified in Pet Loss and Bereavement with APLB (Assoc. of Pet Loss and Bereavement) and am currently working in the APLB chat room as Assistant Host to the founder, Dr.Wallace Sife Ph.D. providing online counseling in this area. Dr.Wallace Sife Ph.D is also the author of "The Loss of a Pet" which is now in it's 4th edition and has helped many people who have experienced the intense emotional roller coaster ride after loss a beloved companion animal.
The other area I specialise in is Carer Fatigue which impacts not only the carer of incapacitated, aged and/ or terminally ill pets but also on the other end of the spectrum, professionals such as Vets & Veterinary staff, Doctors & Nurses, SES and emergency services personnel etc.
After experiencing overwhelming grief with my own losses. The sometimes disconnect with family and friends that it can sometimes bring. That loneliness and feeling of overwhelming grief.My philosophy is believing that when you gain an understanding of what you are experiencing you can then move forward to find peace, resolution and healing....
I am here to help you on that journey.....
Training and Education:
Australian Institute of Professional Counselors (AIPC)
Diploma of Counseling - Major in Grief & Loss
Association .of Pet Loss & Bereavement
Compassion Fatigue Educator
ACA - Australian Counsellors Assoc.
PCA - Professional Counsellors Assoc.
NALAG - National Assoc. Loss & Grief)
APLB - Assoc. of Pet Loss & Bereavement
MHA- Mental Health Academy
ACGB- Australian Centre of Grief & Bereavement
Member: Aust. Counseling Assoc (ACA), National Assoc. Loss & Grief (NALAG), Professional Counseling Association (PCA), Association of Pet Loss & Bereavement (APLB).
Contact Karen: firstname.lastname@example.org & mobile 0450 482 321