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If you are grieving the loss of a beloved animal companion, you have come to the right place.


Or, if you are a veterinarian or vet tech, a rescue shelter worker or volunteer, a dog trainer, a pet sitter or dog walker, a boarding kennel or doggie daycare worker, a nonprofit manager or board member, donor or foster parent, or any animal lover facing the challenges of giving and receiving from these wonderful beings, a guide can help.  

Taking care of your compassionate heart is like training for a marathon. As you love, advocate for and work with animals, you’ll inevitably feel the grief of frequent and multiple losses, struggle to get along with people, and try to do more than is humanly possible. You have to refresh your compassionate heart and pace yourself for the long haul, or you’ll burn out.


Self-care is just one part of a comprehensive strategy for training for this “marathon.” In my workshop, Refresh Your Compassionate Heart: A Guide to Healing on Your Journey through Animal-Related Grief & Loss, you’ll go beyond self-care. You’ll learn powerful exercises drawn from psychology and neurobiology to help your heart heal and refresh over and over again so you can continue to do the life-saving work you love.


Refresh your healing journey with an individual in-person workshop or a virtual Live Zoom workshop.  You choose. You can make yourself comfortable at home as we meet face-to-face on Zoom. If you are a group, let's schedule up to 4 of you at a time for a Live Zoom workshop. Each of you can attend from your own home or meet at one location and attend together. Allconsults and workshops are through Zoom only.  Each group workshop is limited to 4 participants to ensure each person gets what they need). To avoid screen fatigue, I have found that Zoom workshops are most effective and energizing when they are limited to 2 hours in length.  

  To schedule a workshop or to ask any questions, please contact me. 


If you’re experiencing pet loss or feeling overwhelmed by your work with animals, this workshop will give you time and space to acknowledge what’s going on for you, sort through often conflicting thoughts and emotions, and identify strategies for moving through negative feelings into resilience, confidence, strength and even joy. It’s essential to take care of your compassionate heart so you can take care of the animals.  

Workshop details:

For: 1 participant (plus a family member or support person if desired)

Where: In your home or office through Zoom 

When: Next-day appointments are available, including evenings and weekends

Cost: $200 for 2-hour workshop (A second, advanced workshop for pet loss grief is also available after participating in the first one for the same cost)

Follow-up consults: $100.00 per full hour session, $50.00 per half hour


  • Additional follow-up fee-for-service sessions can be scheduled as needed at $100 per full hour.

  • Cash, check, or credit card accepted at time of service; payment plans available (PayPal, Venmo, Zelle accepted).

  • These are not insurance-reimbursable psychotherapy sessions; there is no medical diagnosis given. Individuals looking for traditional insurance-reimbursed counseling/psychotherapy with a medical diagnosis are advised to call the phone number on their insurance card to get referrals to professionals who are in their insurance company’s network.


group 2-hour workshopS

Animal caregivers, advocates and professionals experience high levels of stress. Support them and reduce turnover in your organization by providing your team with proven strategies for managing compassion fatigue, burnout and secondary trauma. Group workshops offer participants time and space to acknowledge challenges, establish healthy support systems and identify strategies for developing resilience, confidence and strength. Help your team celebrate the joy in working with animals!

Workshop details:

For: 2-4 persons | Where:  on Zoom (all group workshops are virtual only)

Multiple workshop topics are available and persons and/or organizations may choose to participate in more than one. Each one is 2-hours long and can be scheduled days, weeks, or months apart.

When: Schedule group workshops with me at your convenience. 

Cost: $200 for a 2-hour Zoom workshop for up to 4 persons. 


  • Cash, check, or credit card accepted, also PayPal, Venmo, and Zelle

  • When organizations are covering the cost of services for employees, arrangements can be made for billing.


pet loss support group

Please join us for the WINGS Pet Loss Support group virtually on Zoom, sponsored by the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association. I’ve been co-facilitating the group, along with veterinarian, Dr. Lori Coughlin for 20 years.  Please send me an e-mail asking for an invitation: 

First Wednesday of every month

7:30 pm until 9:00 pm

Wings: A virtual pet loss support group on Zoom, please e-mail for an invitation to:    There is no charge to attend. Donations to the Chicago Veterinary Medical Foundation are appreciated. 


“Heart-warming, inspiring, so true and compassionate!”

“A+” the best workshop I have ever been to.”

“Loved it! This really helps to have a reality check, sort of get out of our heads, and have a more positive perspective on life.”

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