Animal Communication

Close-up on a cat's white paws with a grey heart visible in the fur of her left footie.
Tina gives us a glimpse of the heart that lives in one of her paws.

Animal Communication / Interspecies Couples Counseling

I grew up in a cat-loving household. At any given time, there were at least four house cats as well as a wild parade of feral, outdoor cats that we would feed and care for. Growing up as an only child of very introverted parents, our cats were often my only companions and I bonded deeply with all of them. Recently, I was reading one of my mother’s journals from when I was a newborn. In it she says, “Trismar [her nickname for me at the time] can’t even speak yet, but I swear she is already having conversations with the cats.”

For a long time, I was skeptical of my gifts. I knew I was receiving information from the animals I interacted with, but I was always worried that I was just “making it up,” despite the consistent confirmation from my friends and their animal companions that my insights were not only absolutely correct, but incredibly helpful for both the animal AND their human companion!

Through my own healing work, I have found my own solid ground in my skills in animal communication, or more specifically, Inter-Species Couples Counseling! I like this term better, (and I will forever be grateful to the wonderful Amanda Piasecki for being the first to recognize and use this term for what I do!) because I have found over the years of doing this work, that when a human contacts me with an issue/worry/question with their animal, the human needs just as much support as the animal does!  Often, there is a miscommunication happening, and both the animal and human need to feel heard and understood, which is why it feels so much more like counseling than any kind of one-sided receiving.

I have worked with a huge variety of animals including chickens, an iguana, a llama, many horses, and a very sassy cockatiel! 

Details: If you live in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, I can come to you! There is an extra fee for travel time. If you prefer online, I have discovered that as long as I can see your animal briefly on the screen (not necessary for the entire session), we can do sessions over Zoom. 50-minute sessions are $125. Email for more information.

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The experience that really transformed me: As I have explained above, I knew I had some gifts around animal communication, but I didn’t really believe my gifts could actually be helpful to anyone. This changed when I met Ziji the cat. Ziji was having major issues with their penis, urinary tract and bladder. There were myriad trips to the vet that left everyone (including Ziji!) feeling helpless and frustrated.

When Ziji’s human family asked me to connect with them, I received immediately that they very much identified as “gender fluid,” and hated being referred to as a “he.” Sharing this information alone with their parents helped a lot of the behavior issues that were challenging them as a family. Once Ziji’s human family started referring to them in this non-binary way, they calmed down a lot. But the next piece was more challenging for me. Ziji kept telling me to “cut it off, cut it OFF,” referring to their penis. I tried to gently explain to them that they needed their penis to urinate and that I couldn’t understand how cutting off their penis would be of help to what was bothering them. This was my bias in listening to Ziji. I could not properly hear what they were trying to communicate.

I did also share Ziji’s request to have their penis cut off  with their human family, but I felt nervous and scared that I wasn’t “hearing Ziji right,” because how in the world could “cutting off their penis” be accurate? Meanwhile, the human family and their vet decided to move ahead with a challenging surgery to help Ziji with their urinary tract pain and the surgeon discovered that Ziji was born intersexed and that their sexual parts were a bit tangled up and causing them great pain. The surgeon essentially removed Ziji’s penis and their issues began to clear up immediately. 

When one of Ziji’s parents shared this information with me, I started to cry because I realized that Ziji was clearly communicating what was needed, and it was my own self-doubt and issues that stopped me from receiving it clearly. I have committed my work from here on out to be as open and receptive as possible to whatever the animal needs to communicate, without questioning it or “getting in the way.” I have Ziji to thank for being such a good teacher for me and I am very grateful for the whole experience.

I asked Ziji if I could use a picture of them on my website, and received a firm NO, but they are very happy that I am sharing my experience with them!

Pepi the dog
Pepi during an Animal Communication session over Zoom.

“Tristy has a beautiful gift for communicating with animals (and their human companions!) in a way that allowed me to connect with my sweet 7-year old Goldendoodle in a whole new way. I’ve raised Pepi since she was a young puppy and have been fortunate to be able to take her to work with me for most of her life. I’ve always felt I understood her pretty well, but since we introduced a new cat into the family I wasn’t so sure how she was doing. Our session with Tristy helped me better understand Pepi’s needs and how best to support her through this household transition. Tristy’s intuitive and graceful guidance through the conversation immediately established trust with everyone involved, and the results of our session have positively rippled out over the last few days in ways I couldn’t have expected. I feel more confident that we made the right choice to bring a new member into our little pack, and that I know more about how to encourage Pepi in the rough spots. Thank you, Tristy, for sharing your wisdom and doing amazing work in the world! You are a treasure.” – Pepi & Abby, May 2020

Some issues I have helped with:

  • A very scared and traumatized rescue cat needing more time to acclimate to a new home.
  • An overstimulated dog that needed her human companion to do very different things with her at the dog park.
  • Checking in with a dog about her experience at a new doggie day care and what she needed to feel more comfortable there.
  • Major drama in the pecking order of a henhouse.
  • Hearing the concerns of a very protective llama and helping his human companions understand his needs better.
  • Why a cat was peeing in the house and what needed to change.
  • A very cold iguana that wanted his needs understood more clearly.
  • A nervous cockatiel, that was pulling her feathers out because of a new roommate.

Details: If you live in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, I can come to you! There is an extra fee for travel time. If you prefer online, I have discovered that as long as I can see your animal briefly on the screen (not necessary for the entire session), we can do sessions over Zoom. 50-minute sessions are $125. Email for more information.

Sasha, a long-haired black cat looks at the camera
Sasha slowly warming up to me during an animal communication session over Zoom.

“As being a new cat owner, I wanted to hear what my new friend was experiencing. This reading helped me build a stronger bond with her, as well as really understand what she was experiencing and that keeping her was a good choice for the both of us. We have a bond, and I’m grateful for the support and reaffirming reading for our loving relationship!” ~ James and Sasha

three cats on a Zoom call
It's surprising how easy it is to communicate with animals over Zoom!

Details: If you live in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, I can come to you! There is an extra fee for travel time. If you prefer online, I have discovered that as long as I can see your animal briefly on the screen (not necessary for the entire session), we can do sessions over Zoom. 50-minute sessions are $125. Email for more information.

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