This is a 2-part post. Part 1 is here.
Have you ever wished for a cat-human relationship therapist?
Perhaps you have a cat with an odd habit that puzzles you.
Or maybe you and your cat are always at opposite ends of the mood spectrum: when you feel affectionate, he is flicking his tail and running away. When you need alone time, he wants to sit on your book.
Wouldn’t it be great to talk to someone who is part psychotherapist, part cat behaviorist, and part animal communicator?
I’ve come across just such a person. Her name is Layla Morgan Wilde. She’s a life coach with intuitive skills—skills that also happen to apply to cats.
Layla is a former psychotherapist and serious cat person with a sense of humor–a Daily Show segment was filmed at her house! You may recognize her from her popular blogs, The Boomer Muse and CatWisdom101.com.
If you are the kind of cat lover who is interested in intuitive readings for humans or cats, you’ll be intrigued by what Layla offers.
Let’s get to know her a bit more…
Tell me about the kind of consulting you provide for cat lovers
“I consult both jointly and separately for either cats or people.
The line between human and animal clients often blurs. I offer intuitive life coaching for people who usually happen to have cats. I believe issues with cats mirror their guardian’s issues.
The consulting about cats can be anything from behavioral issues and cat-care fundamentals to numerology consults to choose a cat name.”
Layla explains that rather than giving you a psychic “brain dump,” she works with her intuitive gifts and arts to offer you practical solutions to challenges you are facing. (See her site, InsightLifeCoach.com, for more details.)
Can you share one of your favorite stories about what you do?
“I joke about having 50 years of experience with cats because I’ve had them all my life, but professionally speaking I fell into cat consulting by accident or perhaps fate.
A few years ago, a life coaching client with an anxiety disorder, with no experience with kittens decided to adopt a tiny six-week old kitten. Before long, our coaching relationship blurred into cat consulting when he called in a panic, ‘Why is my cat sucking on my ear?’
The rest, as they say, is history.”
What inspired you to do this work?
“Long before I consulted with cat clients, my cats consulted with my therapy clients and aromatherapy students. My cat Merlin has been my assistant and teacher for sixteen years. Before moving to the U.S. from Canada ten years ago, I taught aromatherapy for many years. I am the founding director and past president of the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapy.
I also practiced body-centered psychotherapy incorporating bodywork and other modalities like Reiki and NLP (neurolinguistic programming). Many clients insisted on a cat on their lap or body before we began a session. It came as no surprise that the healing between cats and humans was mutual.
In 1997, I founded the Annex Cat Rescue in Toronto. The registered charity has saved the lives of over 1000 cats since then. My idea was to create a network of foster homes for cats and match the ideal person for each cat.
I used my psychology and intuitive skills to interview potential adoption pet parents with the ideal cat. I believe it helped us achieve an extremely low rate of returns.
Cats remain my daily teachers in communication that transcends species. Simply put: cats are my muse. Their intelligence, beauty and healing powers inspire me every day.”
To contact her about her consulting: See Layla’s website Insightlifecoach.com. Note that she has a sliding scale plan for clients in financial need.