Animal Communication & Healing

DISTANCE Reiki Treatment

Done via phone, video, or email

How animal healing sessions work

Honoring your companion to the highest degree possible is my goal in every session, but perhaps especially with animals, since they can't always advocate for themselves.  This intention guides every aspect of what happens before, during, or after each session.


Before the session, we can communicate via email, or a brief phone or video chat about your companion's situation.  This helps me to learn what is (or isn't) happening, what questions you'd like to ask, what messages you'd like to communicate, etc. 


If you decide you’d like to have a session for your companion, I’ll do my best to tune in with them to see if they’re willing and open to having a session.  I do this to honor that, like people, not every animal may want to work with me, or they may have questions or concerns to share about me or sessions.


If your companion seems on board, we can schedule the session right then.


While I often seem to get Yes, this isn’t always the case.  There can be many reasons for it.  So when it happens, I try to respectfully ask intuitive questions to understand if the No may relate more to an understandable desire to know more about me or Reiki, a timing issue, or anything else.


If it still seems like a hard No, we can also discuss whether I may be mistaken. If you feel I am, I’m happy to schedule a session and do my best to honor and support your companion. 


Or, if you’re open, I can check in periodically (daily, every few days, once a week, ...) to see if the No may have changed.  The goal with checking-in isn’t to pester them.  Each time we touch base, they get to see that I’ll be as respectful, neutral, and supportive as possible when interacting with them.  This often helps to cultivate familiarity, comfort, and trust.



At the scheduled time, I will conduct a 90-minute distance session with your companion.  You can observe or participate via phone or video.  Or, I can do the session without you via email, then send a write up of what happened during the session.


I start each session by asking, again, for your companion's permission to interact with them, then honoring their answer.  If I get a hard No, I'll refund your donation – or, I can keep checking in, as I do with scheduling.


At this stage, hard No’s tend to be rare.  But I do my best to honor any form or degree of No.  As before, this may start with politely questioning if the No is more about resistance, uncertainty, hesitancy, or other issues that may not have come up initially.  You might think of this like the difference between being OK with scheduling dental work, then experiencing anxiety, resistance, and similar things when the appointment time arrives.


Because animals don’t often have much agency in their lives, it’s crucial for them to see that they can have it in our sessions.  As with some people, it may take time and patience to cultivate their trust. 


Depending upon the degree of hesitancy, etc., a session may be broken into small segments over a day, or however long it takes to help them feel safe and supported.  For clarity, when this happens, the amount of time and the donation fee are the same – it’s just that the 90 minutes may get broken down into 5-10 minute segments.


I let your companion set the pace and tone for anything we do. I follow their lead as we communicate, do energy work, or anything else.


If you'd like more background and context about animal communication and healing, please continue reading...



Animals bring so much to our lives.  They are sentient beings.  Most people will tell you that their furry family members communicate with them, even if they’re not able to fully understand their companion's messages.


If you've ever seen a cat or dog doing the 'feed me' dance, asking to go outside, or offering a paw or a rub on your leg when you feel blue, then you have experienced just a small degree of animal communication.


From a certain perspective, animals intuitively communicate with one another (and us) all the time. People can do it too.  We all seem to have innate intuitive abilities that are listed in our 'Owner's Manual'.  However, as we became more 'civilized', it seems like most people forgot about those chapters in the manual.  It doesn't mean the abilities aren't there, so much as that they may be unused or under-developed - and that's ok.  


The wonderful thing is that it is quite easy to do and, with practice, it can happen more frequently and accurately.


As I do communication, I work from the perspective that your companion sets the tone for anything and everything.  I also do my best to remind all involved that everything I'm sharing is merely a perception.  I do not presume to speak your companion's truth for them, nor do I assume every perception is always accurate.


This part is important.  I'm pretty accurate, and I do my best to be as nuanced and accurate as possible.  However, I'm not perfect - and neither is my intuition.  From my perspective, it doesn't really matter how accurate I tend to be, because even 99.99% accuracy isn't 100%.  It’s not about perfectionism, just honoring the possibility for error.


Intuitive inaccuracy can take many forms.  Sometimes, perceptions may only be partially true (like pieces of a large puzzle, where the pieces are accurate, but they don't accurately represent the bigger picture to which they belong).  They could also be partially mistaken in some form or degree.  And of course, they may even completely inaccurate for countless reasons - but mostly, because I'm not omniscient (… yet  ;) ).


So, if there is ever a discrepancy between what is shared and what you perceive as true for your companion, I welcome a respectful discussion in which we can explore the difference(s).  Sometimes, it might be that I’m sharing new information that may not have been observed or considered; or a piece of a larger puzzle that hasn’t been put together yet; or, I’m simply mistaken in some way(s) or degree(s). 


It's also important to note that being able to communicate with your companion is not the same as controlling them.  Like humans, they have a degree of free will and personality.  While many don't have the ability to exercise full self-determination / agency, they do have the ability to make choices and to develop habits of belief and behavior. 


As with humans, anything can be possible at any time for your companion.  However, it sometimes takes multiple sessions to notice progress, particularly if the issue(s) seem behavioral in nature.  It may take time to help your companion learn to consider their behavior and how to change it, then to learn and master how to do things differently or better. 


(NOTE:  I highly recommend a vet checkup whenever there’s a behavioral issue, as the issue may reflect a medical condition that your companion is struggling to manage, rather than ‘misbehaving’ – see more about this in “Healing” below…)



If you're interested in learning to communicate with your animal family and friends, I highly recommend a book called Learning Their Language:  Intuitive Communication with Animals & Nature, by Marta Williams (New World Library, 2003).


If you would prefer someone to do the communication for you, or if you would like training, I’m happy to teach you.  Or, if you’d like feedback on your perceptions, I am happy to work with you to support communication with your animal companion in a session - but perhaps not the first one.  The reason is two-fold.  First, it helps to focus on them, especially as we’re getting to know one another.  Second, as I get to know them, I can better distinguish their 'voice', so to speak – it helps me to discern your intuitive ‘voice’ from theirs.



Whenever a companion is open, I also do healing sessions for animals as I communicate with them.  Just like people, animals can greatly benefit from Reiki and intuitive healing sessions. 


If they are in good health, it can help them to sustain it.  Alternately, it can assist animals in recovery from illness or injury when they weren't responding to veterinarian-recommended protocol, or it can shift significant behavioral problems that would have otherwise meant giving the animal to a shelter if not corrected.  It can also ease discomfort and support a more peaceful transition into death.


Please do not think that I am implying that veterinary care is unnecessary or unimportant.  It's just that medication side-effects or other issues can sometimes make an animal very uncomfortable (and perhaps resistant) while receiving medical care.  Doing Reiki while also sharing exactly what may be happening with them may help to minimize stress, side effects, & other issues.


I also strongly support contacting a veterinarian and/or pet behaviorist for any behavioral problems.  It has been my experience that many ‘behavioral’ problems are either medically-based or just inappropriate forms of communication (attempts to let you know there is a problem, but not knowing how else to get your attention &/or to share what the problem may be).


The benefit of doing energy work and intuitive communication along with medical, material, and behavioral treatment is that reiki supports healing on all levels:  physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.  It allows your companion to get everything they need to move through their challenge. 


That said, not every animal is willing or able to fully heal from a given situation.  I hold space for miracles in every session, but this doesn't guarantee that they will occur.  Sometimes, a situation or condition just needs time to fully heal.  Other times, the gift in a healing is to ease pain and other forms of discomfort during the transition into death. 


SIDE NOTE -  Having survived the incredibly frustrating and overwhelming experience of having cats eliminate inappropriately, I would like to share a little more about working with a pet behaviorist:


I worked with behaviorist Mieshelle Nagelschneider.  I consulted with her via email, and I confess that my first impression was that her responses were a bit generic, or formulaic.  However, within a few days of following her recommendations, things started to change.  Within 3 months, the behavioral 'problems' had been completely eliminated because she'd helped me learn more effective ways to meet my girls' needs. 


Here is a link to her website:


In our behavioral work, she recommended two (2) products that I found invaluable in the transition process:  


1.  Mister Max Anti Icky Poo, an environmentally friendly odor removal product.  It doesn't hide or mask the odor; it actually removes it - COMPLETELY.  After spending months, as well as hundreds of dollars, trying multiple home remedies and removal products on the market, I can vouch that this proved to be the only one to truly eliminate the odors.   


FYI - if the basic topical treatment doesn't work, you may need to use the entire treatment line (pre-treatment, etc) for full results.  They also have an injector system to get the urine out of carpet and furniture padding, wooden floorboards and framework, etc.  I have had 100% success on the very worst areas when I used the entire treatment line to treat the problem.


This product is beyond amazing, but I have only been able to find it on



2.  Dr. Elsey's Cat Attract cat litter.  Sometimes a cat will go outside the litter box as the only means of communicating to you that it doesn't like its litter.  I don't know if there is catnip in it, or just what makes it irresistible, but after learning that my cats didn't like the large pellet, corn-based, and various clay litters, this litter did the trick. 


This litter is a bit more expensive than other brands, but if you're having elimination problems, it is well worth the expense.  I have been able to find it at most pet stores, but it is also available online at


Mieshelle also offered wonderful information on how to adjust our home environment and routines, how to change the way we interacted with the cats, as well as how to help them to better interact with one another as they adjusted to their new environment.  But I particularly enjoyed her recommendation for clicker training.  It's been a terrific way to both engage and have fun.  


An excellent book is, Clicker Training for Cats, by Karen Pryor (she also has books for clicker training dogs).  You can buy the book only, or a complete clicker training kit on





D. C., Oceanside, CA


Wow!!! She is sooooo peaceful... Comfortable in her own skin today! The whole family is transforming because of the work/play we are doing with you! Joy! Hope! Gratitude!  [My note:  This was written about a session with their dog, and also referring to sessions for human family members]

E. T., Solana Beach, CA


... I contacted Rachel when we were deciding whether or not to adopt out a foster dog who had been with us for over a year. We were unclear if our attachment to Boris was out of our own emotions and if he would be happier moving to a ranch life or if we were truly meant to keep him. Rachel’s incredibly accurate and nuanced communication with Boris allowed me to hear his deepest feelings about staying with us or moving on. I was also able to see a completely new side to Boris, one that made me feel even more connected to him and in the end helped us decide to keep him. Looking back, we now know we made the best choice for Boris and we are so grateful for Rachel’s help in understanding Boris better through Animal Communication.


J. B., San Miguel De Allende, MX


This is so very beautiful, and so heart-centered and lovely, Rachel!  I can't imagine how connected and intuitive you must be to garner this much wisdom from our little Chester! 


We just returned from a long walk in the canyon and passed by Mr. Growly Bulldog. This usually sets Chester off, and he goes mad with defensive barking and yelling. Until Now.  I used your wisdom and kept reminding him that we were 'just looking' over and over again I used that phrase, as well as others that we've been working with: 'easy' and 'quiet' and 'thank you' (as in thank you, we see him there, and we're ok) I swear to you, Rachel Carey, in that moment, Chester behaved 80% better than he normally does!  A miracle!


[My note:  J.B. is referring to email feedback I provided after a session with his baby, Chester.  Chester was rescued from the streets.  He's very loving to his family, but has struggled with  human and animal aggressive / territorial behaviors toward others for the past 2 years.  This resulted in lots of barking, posturing and fighting.]




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Yes, I work on donation.  I trust each person to pay what they can for the value of the healing that they receive.  Surprisingly, many people are uncomfortable with paying by donation and prefer to know a payment 'range'.


For what I do, other practitioners charge between $250-300 per session.  Please know that whatever payment you offer (whether it's more or less than the 'range') for the healing, reading or communication you receive is perfect.



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Distance Healing Sessions 

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Last distance session starts 6p

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3-hour sessions ($300 flat fee)

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Monday - Friday, 7a-4p PST   (Last class starts 4pm)

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Each degree is a single class lasting...


     4 hours for 1-2 people

     Additional 30 minutes needed for each person, 3+ people


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