Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to questions I am most commonly asked. If you don't find the answer to your question here, please contact me.
Why Work With Me?
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Regular veterinary care is a critical, irreplaceable service for all animals. That said, there are a number of issues that veterinarians are not able to address as directly as others. These include behavioral, mental/emotional and spiritual conditions, such as traumatized/fearful/anxious animals, reactive/aggressive animals, animals with depression, etc.
Animals, like humans, have belief systems and emotional challenges and always pick up on the stresses of their people. Disease (including physical illnesses), disorders and distress begin when energy becomes “stuck” in the emotional body. Freeing the energy allows the being to heal and thrive again. This works equally well for animals as it does for humans.
The work I do can also supplement the work you are engaging in with your vet and help promote and speed physical healing. Additionally, some of the work I do can be considered to be preventive. Disease and disability begin in the emotional body, so addressing emotional issues can help resolve issues before they impact the physical body.
Some of the work I do also provides peace and deep relaxation for your animals and is like giving them a mini-spa day! My healing services can also support your animals while you are traveling or otherwise unable to connect with them physically.
Not only can I improve the quality of your life with my services (health, relationships, life purpose, abundance, etc.), but because our animals take on our stresses and even our physical or emotional issues in an attempt to try and heal us, working on yourself will greatly improve the health and well-being of your fur-babies.
I love all animals deeply, am passionate about what I do and have a deep understanding of animals at an emotional and spiritual level.
I have a great deal of integrity and, if another practitioner or type of service would be a better fit for you, I will refer you elsewhere.
I have more than 12 years of experience working with animals of all kinds, wild and domestic.
I am trained in more than 15 healing modalities, a number of which have scientific evidence documenting their efficacy.
I have a trauma informed approach and work in partnership with your animals. Like humans, animals do not heal optimally if the healing work is done to them, vs. with them.
I receive messages from animals that support me in most effectively choosing the healing work that will best support them. At times I may receive messages of interest to you.
I am constantly upgrading and improving my skills.
I have a documented history of good outcomes from my work.
I have extensive experience working with animals that have been traumatized, such as shelter/sanctuary animals.
I can address your animal’s physical and emotional well-being holistically. I assess and address all aspects.
Primarily, it is the same. Animals are mammals like us and their physiology is very similar to us. Animals have belief systems that impact their health and well-being, which I am able to address. Animals need to be a partner in the healing process, like humans. With respect to differences, most animals tend to have fewer layers of the onion to peel back in healing work and can heal more quickly and effectively than many humans. Animals, unlike humans, don’t have to be touched to receive the healing benefits of energy work. They are very sensitive to energy and connect easily and effortlessly.
A number of the modalities I use can be performed with a group of animals simultaneously, cutting expenses and maximizing efficiency. There is also individual work to be done with each animal.
If you own a barn, kennel or other animal boarding facility, I can provide Reiki to all at once, help everyone feel calm and improve relationships between animals. I have literally given Reiki to herds of horses, etc.
Absolutely. You need to be clear about how I can and cannot support your animal companions and well-informed about the methods I use and outcomes I have achieved. I will refer you elsewhere if I think another type of work or practitioner would be a better fit. I do a free 15-20 minute telephone consultation and whether you choose to work with me or not, give you tips and resources.
Your own home! It is critical that your animal feel safe and comfortable in a session. Because a one hour session in Santa Cruz County can take up to three hours given the traffic and geographical differences, I work primarily from a distance, but do in person work for at least the first session and other sessions if you choose and live in Santa Cruz County. I do a discounted first in-person session so I have an opportunity to be with the animal physically and get a sense of his/her energy in their home environment.
Just like with a Chiropractor or Acupuncturist, while a single session can be very helpful, it often takes a series of sessions to address a major issue. A single session will provide deep relaxation and significant relief. I do have some clients who schedule a single session with me to give their animal a "spa day", or to relax them for specific events, such as a vet visit or travel. Others may schedule sessions when they are out of town to provide peace and relaxation for their animal while they are away.
After your initial consultation, I will provide my recommendations for session frequency and duration. Some clients choose to have weekly sessions, some twice a week, some once a month, and so on. The frequency I will recommend depends on the amount of trauma the animal has suffered and how receptive the animal is to the methods I use. Typically, more frequent sessions are beneficial when treatment begins, and then they can become less frequent as the animal shows signs of improvement.