Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


I don’t believe that there are dumb, stubborn or vindictive animals. I believe that viewing the behaviours that lead to these labels as nervous system responses, we are in a position to initiate change. I believe that animals and people share feelings – nervous systems ‘communicate’ with each other, the scientific term for this is neuroception. 

I don’t believe that euthanisia is the only or – for most animals – best way to end their lives. I believe in the body’s wisdom about being born and dying. Both, entry and exit from this world, require patience and allowing. These processes are beyond our control though we often interfere (from a place of fear) and influence the unfolding, hurrying the progress. I believe support (from a place of surrender) serves all involved. 

I am passionate about advancing people’s understanding of animal intelligence and consciousness as well as helping rehabilitate and restore peace and trust in animal-human relationships where needed. 

My favourite part of my job is to witness my clients step out of their frozen or frenzied state into empowered and effective action. Stepping out of despair, hopelessness, frustration or worried concern into clarity, calmness and peace. Their faces soften, their bodies relax, their breathing deepens when they see possibility where before change seemed impossible. They are seeing their animal with new eyes. 

I see myself as a pioneer who challenges the status quo of traditional animal care practices (feeding, training, desexing, vaccinating, parasite control, use of antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals, end of life). 

People see me as inspiring, caring and knowledgeable. They find my writing (blogs and posts) engaging and heart opening.

My tribe are people who have found the traditional approaches and ideas wanting, who are curious and open to new perspectives and practices. Our understanding of animal intelligence and sentience transcends the concept of ownership. We see ‘problem behaviours’ as a dysregulated nervous system doing the best it can and are willing to help co-regulate until self-regulation is possible. We are death-positive – we believe it’s not morbid or taboo to speak openly about death. We see honest conversations about death and dying as the cornerstone of a healthy society. 

What I struggle with are closed-minded and closed-hearted actions which put principles over compassion, and dominance attitudes.   

My mission is to increase kindness and peace in the world. I envision animal-human relationships free of fear and unresolved trauma because tools for mental health hygiene are common knowledge and taught from little. 

Our life with our Mini Australian Shepherd, Alfie, is so greatly improved and Alfie’s experience of the world is settled, calm and positive now. I highly recommend the Trust Technique. It changed our whole experience and I honestly believe that Alfie wouldn’t have grown into the trusting, happy & confident, relatively easy dog he is, without […]

Monica Rampertshammer

Mia helped me through one of the most vulnerable and sacred experiences of my life. Caring for my beloved Zuri (my friend and dog of almost 15 years) as she transitioned from life to death was one of the most difficult and yet meaningful events of my life. Mia provided me with the support I […]

Lindsay Palkovitz

I just had my first session with Mia. Wow is all I can say. She really listened so deeply to what my dog and I were needing and worked with us with non-judgement and grace supporting us both in resolving a complex issue. My boy relaxed into the session and showed us both very clearly […]

Kate Muller

I recently had the privilege of experiencing a Trust Technique session with Mia. The focus was on my beloved mare, Kiah, who has always been reticent to let others stroke or care for her in my absence. My goal was to help Kiah trust another person enough to feel comfortable being lightly handled by them, […]

Jeanette Woolerton


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