Bali kitty enjoying some Reiki with Juli
I have always had a very 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!) Being sensitive and empathetic, I can get in-tune with an animal and help them feel at ease and they are usually very receptive.
I know all too well the sadness and grief that accompanies the loss of an animal. I feel that we have a long way to go as a society in recognising 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. I try to bring some comfort and understanding during what may be a very difficult and emotionally challenging time.
Peaches, inspiration and soul cat!
What led me to working in this field was 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 after 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. I was very distraught following Peaches' passing and reached out to a pet loss support group which really helped. I decided to become trained as a grief support practitioner because I truly understand what it is like to lose a cherished animal companion and I want to be there for others going through a tough time. There is a lack of support for people suffering these bereavements and I do 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 recognize that all animal lives matter and that animals 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 the rest of Nature to be treated with compassion, dignity and respect.
The connection to Nature
I believe in the notion that people are inseparable from the rest of nature. 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. Reiki and energy therapies help to bring back this balance. Naturally we want the best for our animal companions. They too can experience ailments and imbalances.
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 an understanding of companion animal health and conventional veterinary medicine. It is important to consult with your veterinarian about your animal's health. Reiki and other energy therapies are meant to be complementary and are not a substitute for veterinary care.
My educational background in psychology prepared me for more specialized training and work in grief and bereavement support. I have also trained in Advanced Emotional Freedom Technique and Matrix Reimprinting, EcoPsychology, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Shamanism. I love learning- and the animals I have met along the way have been some of my best teachers.
Certified Grief, Pet Loss and Bereavement Support
Reiki for Animals Level 2 Therapist
Usui Reiki Level 2 Therapist
EFT Master Practitioner
Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner
Eco Grief Support Practitioner
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Training
My biggest joys in life are my animals, music and being by the sea. I dedicate time to various animal-welfare causes worldwide, and have been volunteering in pet loss and bereavement support for a UK based animal charity since 2013. Passionate about the marine environment, I have always had a love and fascination of the oceans and feel it's imperative to do whatever we can to save them 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 work with conservation organizations to help raise awareness about their plight.
As an animal advocate, I feel it's important to stand up for animals and to be their voice. To this end, I do my best not to consume or support anything which has involved the exploitation of, or cruelty to, animals. I believe it's important to eat a plant-based diet not only for our health but because we take on the energy of what we put into our bodies. 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 place is always by the sea. I am a vegan, yogi, musician and love spending time with my animals and playing music with my friends. I currently live on the Pacific west coast with my senior doggies.