Pet Bereavement Counselors: Massachusetts Show locations
District of Columbia
Northern Marianas Islands
Newfoundland and Labrador
Kaleel Sakakeeny, BA, MFA, MS
Author of numerous articles and posts on animal/pet-related topics for our web site and other publications, including the Humane Society of the United States. Creator of Our Animal Companions, a widely distributed e-book on animals as teachers and a source of wisdom.
As a professional life coach, I worked with many people in need and conflict. Often, the loss of their animal companion came up in sessions. While the pain of that loss was not the presenting problem, it clearly affected their entire lives. That realization motivated me to study Pet Loss and Bereavement, and moved my coaching work into Pet Bereavement Counseling. I became certified and accredited. I use multiple healing modalities in my work, including Reiki, Tapping (EFT), and journaling.
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, and I know pet loss can feel worse to some than human loss.
An eclectic therapist, I use various methods: EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for traumatic loss), 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.