Pet Grief Counseling Seattle

Pet Loss Counseling:

If you have lost a beloved pet and could use some extra support, please feel free to contact me.  You deserve compassion and understanding.  People can feel uncomfortable asking for help  –  as if the loss of a dog or a cat is not as important as other losses. This is so untrue, especially if there was a deep bond between you and your pet. 

I offer support to people who are grieving the loss or impending loss of their furry loved one who has been a best friend, family member, and more. Some people reach out to me because they feel they need more than what friends and family can offer. Others worry about being a burden with their sadness or talking too much about their pet. And still others need support and tools for coping with their immense grief after the loss or impending loss of their beloved animal.

Although there are support groups offered at animal shelters and some emergency vet clinics, many people feel awkward talking about their feelings in a group and would prefer private time with a professional who specializes in pet loss. 

Life Coaching After Pet Loss

I also offer life coaching after the initial acute phase of loss and when you have moved further along in your grief journey. Coaching looks to the future and helps you get from where you are now to where you would like to be. There is an intersection between pet loss counseling and coaching because your pet will always be in your heart and a part of your life. Coaching allows you to develop ways to find meaning, fulfillment and pleasure in life again at the same time that you continue to mourn and remember your precious pet. And this means we can talk about your animal whenever you want. 

If you would like to transition into coaching, I offer a partnership to help you reconnect with your strengths, your values, your goals, and the activities and connections you used to enjoy. If your animal was a huge part of your life and your identity, we can collaborate to help you redefine a different, yet valuable life without the physical presence of your beloved pet. 

Coaching after loss helps you define goals and action steps that will help you move forward on your healing path and lead you towards a better life, whatever that may look like to you.  For some of my clients, when their grief has softened, coaching has seemed like a natural transition. Some areas my clients have chosen to focus on have been self-care, stress management, exploring new interests, meeting project goals at home, and finding different ways to fill the time they used to spend with their animal.  

I have my master’s degree in social work and have been practicing as a social worker and certified life and stress management coach for over 30 years. I also have special training and certification as a pet loss counselor through the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement. Pet loss counseling and/or coaching does not take the place of licensed clinical psychotherapy or medical advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure psychiatric illness. My clients are people who deeply love their animals and their grief, although painful and devastating, is a normal response to loss.

Grief support sessions are by phone, which allows us to talk in the comfort of your own environment regardless of where you live. I’ve been offering support by phone for 14 years and most people find it to be convenient and just as helpful as meeting in person.

To start, please contact me with some information about you and your pet. We can get to know each other a little via email and I can answer any questions you may have.

From there, you can decide whether to go ahead and book a session.  If you would like additional support, I offer a follow-up email after each session to check in with you to see how you’re doing. 

Rates:

After payment, you will receive a receipt from Fused Memories.

Individual Sessions: $85.00 per hour due in advance.

Pet Grief Counseling Seattle
Mimi Handlin, MSW - Pet Grief Counseling Seattle

As a long time social worker, certified pet loss counselor with the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, and one who has experienced many losses of both people and animals, I would love to help. Please contact me for more information.

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