monica birsen

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How do you serve precious pets?

  • Pet Loss Grief Counseling

How do you help pet parents honor the lives of their pets and cope with difficult loss?

  • Pet Loss Grief Counseling
  • Pet Memorials

What part of the animal kingdom do you serve?

  • Alpacas
  • Birds
  • Cats
  • Chickens
  • Chinchillas
  • Dogs
  • Ducks
  • Ferrets
  • Fish
  • Frogs
  • Gerbils
  • Goats
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Hamsters
  • Hedgehogs
  • Horses
  • Lizards
  • Mice
  • Parrots
  • Rabbits
  • Rats
  • Snakes
  • Turtles

What licensing do you have?

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

On a scale of snail to elephant, what size animals do you work with?

  • 80+ lbs

Proud member of...

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)

Cat-astrophes happen! What is your cancellation policy?

  • 24 hours notice required

Without pet parents, Petmasters wouldn't exist. What discount do you offer our dedicated members? (e.g. 20% off their first session, etc.)

Volunteer an hour at a shelter and get 10% off your next session (with verifiable document from shelter).

Which part of the country do you serve pets?

Northwest Ohio, Southeast Michigan

What year did you begin serving pets?

I have been a licensed counselor since 2000.

How did you hone your craft?

Excellent education at Bowling Green State University followed by an intensive near-decade at a community mental health agency followed by 10 years of private practice

What tip would you give pet parents for working with animals that you've learned as a pro?

In terms of grief and loss, it's helpful to remind yourself that we almost always outlive our pets. End of life decisions are never easy and sometimes there is no really good option. I like to remind people to consider adopting from a shelter rather than a breeder. Mixed breeds tend to be healthier and there are so many pets in need of a home. Also, consider that this is a commitment of the better part of 2 decades of your life if you adopt a dog or cat. Consider your stability and readiness for that commitment.

What is one thing you want pet parents to know about you? It can be whatev-fur you'd like!

I'm a lifelong animal lover and rescuer, so I can empathize with other pet parents that consider pets as members of the family.