Pets are for many of us, important members of our families, so when they are no longer with us, the loss is deeply felt.

Understanding and working through this grief helps and supports the healing process.  At Patch & Purr, we offer a free 45 minute, 1 on 1 Pet Loss counselling session for our clients. Counselling sessions are conducted by qualified grief and loss experts with years of experience helping people work through the loss of their beloved pet.

Pet loss grief counselling sessions can be held in by phone or online conferencing. 

Our pet loss grief counsellors

Vicki Nonas_Pet grief counsellor

Vicky Nonas, Prof. Counsellor, M.A.C.A.

Vicky is a nationally qualified counsellor specialising in grief counselling/pet loss support. Following the death of her beloved dog, Boof after 18 years of companionship, Vicky's world fell apart, leading to her decision to help support other people who have lost a beloved pet.

"Pets are our loyal, faithful companions. They are members of our family, providing unconditional love and support, so when they are no longer by our side it is deeply felt".

Vicky's understanding of grief is on many levels having suffered the loss of two brothers and a close friend. Vicky feels blessed to be able to support others through their grief whether it is for the loss of a two or four-legged companion.

Fiona Konig_Pet grief counsellor

Fiona Koenig, Prof. Counsellor, M.A.C.A.

Fiona begun her professional career in a very different industry, working with animals in a Veterinary Clinic. She found that when an emergency occurred or during the end of life process she was drawn to providing support to the families. This led her to realising that this was were her interests lie, providing a space for families to grieve the loss of their beloved Pet. With sadness, she left the job at the clinic to study Psychology and Counselling. For the last 5 years she has been counselling with a wide range of clients within a crisis center. The unexpected loss of her 3 year old cat Artemis reaffirmed her belief of how important it is to recognize how deeply we grieve the loss of our pets. She is a nationally qualified counsellor who is passionate about working with families experiencing the loss of their beloved family member. 

"Our pets are there for us no matter what happens and the grief we feel when they pass is real. As pet owners we are left with a huge gap that can be impossible to fill."

Fiona believes that when we find meaning from our loses we begin to heal and move ahead with our life without our pet, always remembering the mark they have left on our lives. 

Terms & Conditions

  1. Pet loss grief counselling is available to Patch & Purr clients only.
  2. Additional sessions can be booked directly with the Grief Counsellor.
  3. Maximum of one (1) grief counselling session per client/pet.
  4. Grief counselling sessions do not run on weekends or public holidays.
  5. Grief counselling sessions can be held by phone or video call only.
  6. All sessions must be booked in advance. 
  7. A minimum of 24 hours notice must be provided to cancel a counselling session. If no notice is provided the session cannot be rescheduled.
  8. All sessions are voluntary and Patch & Purr does not accept liability or responsibility for the emotional impact that the session may cause on an individual.
  9. The opinions of the facilitator are those of his/her own.

To book your complimentary pet loss grief counselling session please complete the below form or call us on 1300 112 711.

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