Pet Bereavement Counselors: Massachusetts Show locations
District of Columbia
Northern Marianas Islands
Newfoundland and Labrador
Liz Bailey, MA, LMHC
Hingham, Massachusetts 02043
A psychotherapist and yoga / meditation teacher since 1996, I’ve helped people with loss and grief for years. I acknowledge, honor, and help process one’s loss while helping them restore coping skills, behaviors, routines and activities. Animals have always been a primary focus for me, and my dog and I have a soulful, strong attachment. I honor the attachment of one’s pet, no matter how small (I was very attached to my tiny aquatic frogs until they passed), and I know pet loss can feel worse to some than human loss.
An eclectic therapist, I use relational counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Transpersonal Therapy, and Internal Family Systems; draw from Eastern philosophies; teach mindfulness; and provide wellness counseling. Much of this can help in pet loss. Being attached to a pet can bring people to a place of spiritual connectedness with all of life. But losing that pet enhances this and can bring people to a place of vulnerability and questioning. I draw on these components to help people through this. I have also taken a course on helping people with animal loss through a veterinary college.
Peabody and Salem
Natalie Femino, MA, LMHC
564 Loring Avenue
Salem, Massachusetts 01970-4276
I have worked as a counselor for 25 years, focusing on health and wellness for body, mind, emotions and especially, spirit. One area in which I specialize is pet loss, which includes coping with ill, lost or dying animals. I share my home with cats and dogs, work with animal advocacy agencies, and I am establishing an animal sanctuary in my town.
The loss of an animal can be equal to or greater than the loss of a human. As a counselor, I am merely a guide or witness to aid in the process of grief, healing and re-discovery. We all grieve in our own way and time: there is no formula. I encourage clients to draw on their intuition and inner wisdom to process their feelings. Sharing those feelings with someone who truly empathizes allows healing to begin.