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Teresa Wagner

Teresa has loved and communicated with animals all of her life. It is being with animals that brings her to the core of her soul while here on earth.  Animals and helping animals and the people who love them provide the meaning, guidance, joy, and purpose in her life. Because losing her own animals has brought her both acute emotional pain and lasting spiritual growth, she decided long ago to devote much of her work to helping others find the growth and gifts that the grief healing process can bring.

She held her first pet loss workshop in 1986 and has had a private animal communication and grief counseling practice since 1991. She is the author of the audio book Legacies of Love, A Gentle Guide to Healing from the loss of Your Animal Loved One.

Her entry into the fields of grief recovery and traumatic stress began when she lost her first cat in 1985. Unable to easily come to terms with her grief, she sought therapy and began a rigorous review of the grief literature and studied with Stephen Levine, Elizabeth Kubler Ross and John James of the Grief Recovery Institute. Over time, these sources helped her heal and understand the process of healing grief. This motivated her to design and offer grief healing workshops to help others through this disenfranchised loss.  Teresa has worked with thousands of grieving humans, individually, in workshops, and in bereavement support groups. In a year long consulting project with a hospice, she conducted research to identify the competencies needed for effective grief support, resulting in the Grief Support Competencies Profile. In conjunction with FES (Flower Essence Society) Teresa developed a flower essence formula, The Animal Relief Formula, to address the issues unique to the post traumatic stress of animals.  She also works with captive and entangled whales to help them with the emotional and physical stress and trauma inherent in these situations. She also designed and conducted compassion fatigue workshops for animal shelter workers throughout the U.S.  She founded the Animal Loss and Grief Support Professional Program of Study with Certification, originally under the aegis of the Animal Spirit Network, in 2007.

Teresa holds a master's degree in counseling from Villanova University and an undergraduate degree in psychology and criminal justice from Alvernia College, where she graduated with honors. She also completed post graduate work at Columbia University, with Carl Rogers at the University of Nottingham, England, and completed the Clinical Training Program in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at the National Center for PTSD, Dept. of Veterans Affairs.