“Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot. All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go” ~ Jamie Anderson
Why losing a pet hurts so much :
The Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement : https://aplb.org
Pet Loss online help: http://www.pet-loss.net
" Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog, it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs your heart is very big." Erica Jong
Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW
Veterinary Social Work Clinician, Educator, and Consultant
"I believe that life is both beautiful and incredibly difficult, and that having the right kind of support can make us feel less overwhelmed and a lot more capable. My goal as a therapist is threefold: to help people feel seen, to help people rediscover their capacity for healing and growth, and to support people in the creation of a toolkit that helps them build a more balanced, satisfying, and meaningful life.
I am a licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years of experience working in social services agencies and veterinary settings. I began my career in domestic violence and sexual assault intervention programs before spending a handful of years in corrections, both behind the scenes and with young offenders. Most recently, I spent the past 15 years working in veterinary social work, focusing on human-animal relationships, animal loss, and the unique stressors facing those working in animal care fields.
I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota, as well as specialty training in cognitive behavioral therapy, animal-assisted therapy, grief counseling, mindfulness, and stress management/resilience (the latter of which was completed at the Mayo Clinic). My special interests include helping people work through grief, loss, and life transitions; chronic stress, burnout and compassion fatigue; depression and mood dysregulation; relationship difficulties; and human-animal relationships. My clients describe me as warm, pragmatic, and results-oriented. I am also a Reiki Master who believes in ‘clearing the path’ for the mind/body/spirit’s innate capacity to heal."
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