Pet Loss Grief Support Animals in our Hearts  Animal Communication Teresa Wagner

The best way to learn the language of another species is as a social partner.

~Conrad Lorenz
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Essential Counseling Skills
for Animal Communicators, Healing Practitioners
& Those Who Provide Grief Support

Creating a Healing Presence for Clients with Skill and Grounded Compassion

Counseling and healing
are not about fixing others,
or making everything right for others,
but rather shedding the light of
empathy and compassion
on their path to help them
as they find their own way.

image copyright Nancy Bright - used with permission and gratitude -
image copyright Nancy Bright - used with permission and gratitude -


5 two hour sessions, 10 hours total


2014, specific dates to be announced




Please be patient as we update links. If you are interested in this class please email us.  Thank you!


Teresa Wagner, M.S.


This workshop is appropriate for both professionals and students of animal communication and any healing arts fields. The ideas, issues and skills covered in the workshops are applicable to communication with both humans and animals.




I've always known in my heart that the necessary roots of all healing are compassion and love. What I've learned, however, is that for us as healing practitioners to merely feel compassion and love is not enough. Communicating these qualities to our clients effectively is not automatic, however deeply we feel them in our hearts. I've learned that if I intend to offer a true healing presence, I need to use specific skills and ethics and with conscious intention.

The workshop was developed by scrutinizing my own efforts to integrate the skills of counseling and therapy—the roots of my education and professional work since 1976—into my private practice of animal communication and flower essence therapy which I began in 1991.

The workshop is about the conscious overlay of basic yet powerful counseling skills into our work as animal communicators and healers. When strategically applied, these skills allow us to bring the best of what our souls have to offer to serve others. It's not about becoming a therapist. It's about borrowing some time tested empathy skills from the field of therapy which research has shown to have an extremely positive impact on the growth of clients and applying them to our healing arts work.

Light from hand

The energy of empathy allows a person or animal who is in pain or in struggle to feel acknowledged, understood and capable of a greater openness to healing. Offered without empathy, the best expertise and healing tools in the world can be perceived as cold, uncaring, ego based, or even useless. Next to love, empathy is the most powerful force in the universe to facilitate healing. This workshop provides an opportunity to learn very specific empathic skills to bring the power of our love, compassion and expertise alive to serve the clients we care about so much.

For more information on this client-centered, empathy based approach, read Teresa's article, A Client-Centered. Empathy Based Approach to Animal Communication and Healing

Compassion and love alone do not heal
if the helper lacks empathic inquiry into
the client's story and heart, and merely imposes
tools and beliefs of their own.
It is the skillful expression of empathy,
along with compassion and love,
that offers a haven of safety and
understanding for another's heart
to heal and emerge in wholeness.


In this intensive and intimate workshop, we tell our stories of how we came to be healers and animal communicators, what has worked for us and what has not, where we feel strong and where we have doubts, and how to integrate essential counseling skills into our practices.

During informational presentations, discussions and practice sessions participants have an opportunity to:

  • Frame consultations to be Client-Centered: what that means, what it looks like, how it's structured, what is involved; how this approach is different from other consultation styles; research indicating the positive impact of the client-centered approach on clients
  • Recognize how personality types impact helper effectiveness
  • Learn and practice the skills of emotional empathy
  • Learn and practice the skills of gentle, strategic questioning
  • Understand soul empathy and its power to heal
  • Define and plan for healthy boundaries: physical, emotional and psychic
  • Learn appropriate use of self disclosure in consultations—its purpose and limitations
  • Learn how to protect yourself from depletion and unnecessary absorption of others' pain
  • Increase your comfort level in being present with others' pain
  • Understanding the healer’s role in trauma, abuse and healing post trauma stress
  • Explore effective and ineffective references to spiritual beliefs when helping others

Creating altars and collages to honor animals, teachers and our own healing journey




Teresa has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a masters degree in counseling from Villanova University, and has completed post graduate work at Columbia University and the University of Nottingham, England where she studied with Carl Rogers, the creator of Client Centered Therapy. She has also completed the Clinical Training Program in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at the National Center for PTSD, Dept. of Veterans Affairs, and has studied at the Grief Recovery Institute. Her healing arts education includes animal communication with Jeri Ryan, flower essence training at FES, Desert Alchemy and Perelandra, energy healing training in Reiki, and Therapeutic Touch and psychic studies with Evelyn Isadore. She has used the counseling skills taught in her workshop in her early career of counseling delinquent adolescents, during her fifteen year career in corporate organization development, in her pet loss counseling work since 1986, and in her animal communication and flower essence practice since 1991. Read more about Teresa.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 September 2013