pet loss bereavment counselling services


Nina Papazian, M.S.W, R.S.W., is a registered social worker with over 17 years of clinical experience with children, families, and adult clients. Nina is sensitive to the unique bond between humans and companion animals, and has faced the loss of two beloved dogs, “Daisy” and “Dusty”. Pet Loss Bereavement Counselling Services is a living memorial to honour the cherished memory of her dogs, and to provide support and grief education to others coping with pet loss.

Nina has a counsellor certificate from the Association of Pet Loss Bereavement (APLB). She has been published in the APLB Newsletter, The Animal Wellness Magazine, and in “The Early Years” Column, Peterborough Examiner. She was a presenter at the 2004 APLB conference in New York City (“Children and Pet Loss”). Nina also has certificates in Bereavement Education and Grief Counselling and Therapy, from the Canadian Centre for Bereavement Education and Grief Counselling.

Nina has training in the use of Emotional Freedom Technique (a highly effective method that can rapidly alleviate negative emotions, change undesirable thought patterns and behaviours), as well as Critical Stress Incident Management (trauma debriefing). EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), an effective approach to treating trauma and emotional distress is also available. Nina can also provide professional counselling for a range of personal concerns, including anxiety, depression, stress management, relationship conflicts, grief counselling, and trauma recovery.

Nina is currently a member of The Association of Pet Loss Bereavement, The Human-Animal Bond Association of Canada andThe Ontario Association of Social Workers. Nina is registered with The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.


pet loss bereavment counselling services