What happens during a consultation?
Consultations take place in your animal’s environment. Ideally I will travel to you, but if this is not possible because of distance, we can conduct a session via platforms such as Skype, Facetime or Zoom, as long as we have a reliable internet connection. You will need to set aside a couple of hours when you can be undisturbed. Consultations can be done in English or in French.
We first have a chat about your animal and what you would like the consultation to focus on. You may be starting a new relationship with a recently acquired animal, or wish to connect on a deeper level with one already sharing your life; you may want to help your animal with various issues (aggression, separation anxiety, lack of trust, fear of travelling to name a few); or you may be interested in learning a technique which will allow you to teach your animals new actions or habits in a peaceful and enjoyable way. It is important to note that the Trust Technique® can help with emotional/behavioural problems, but it is also a strong healing tool, as physical problems often reflect emotional blocks. It is a non-touch method, so can be particularly well suited to animals who are fearful of touch or aggressive; once they are familiar with the Trust Technique®, this problem can then be addressed.
After this initial assessment, I go through the principles of the Trust Technique® with you and do a demonstration with your animal to show how it reduces their thinking levels. We talk about how to support the animal during the process. I then guide you as you start gaining more insight and understanding by working with your animal yourself. The aim of this first session is to get you to a point where you feel confident that you can use the technique on your own.
A follow up call takes place 7-10 days after the initial consultation, and I am available by phone or email if you have any questions as you start using the technique. It is recommended to practise with your animal for at least 15 minutes a day (or more) during that time, so that you can familiarise yourself with the practice, notice any changes and ask any questions that may arise. One consultation may be sufficient, but additional sessions can be arranged if you feel more support is required, or if there is a ‘difficult’ issue you wish to address once the basic practice is established. Making the Trust Technique® an integral part of your life and relationship with your animal companion(s) can lead to some truly amazing results. Changes can take place quickly or may take more time, depending on the animal’s sensitivity and the issue to be addressed. It is also worth pointing out that the commitment of the carer is essential if long-term positive outcomes are to be achieved.
Please note that the Trust Technique® is not a substitute for veterinary opinion and care. It is a complementary therapy which has many benefits and is an invaluable tool for your relationship with your animals, however results cannot be guaranteed. The more you use it, the greater the benefits! You should only use it with your own animals or animals under your care – the Trust Technique® really builds the trust an animal has in you, and it would be unfair on the animal to introduce them to this very peaceful method if their owner was not prepared to take the same approach.
“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.”