Marta Shoman comes to the Companion Animal EOL Doula work through multiple professional and personal streams of activities and study. Her relationship to companion animals (dogs and cats) is a heart connection that supports inter-species communication and counsel to humans. After living with 2 rescue Standard Poodles, a Labradoodle and one large black cat, she now provides long- and short-term dog and cat care for people in her community, dog walks and behavioral problem-solving support.
Marta is a Colorado Registered Psychotherapist with her Master’s degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University, Boulder Colorado. Over several decades, she has applied her counseling work in correctional, educational and private settings. She holds a state license as a Certified Nursing Assistant where she provides home health care services and care team coordination in private settings and in hospice. Marta is a member of the Crestone End of Life Project (CEOLP), a non-denominational community-based group promoting informed end of life choices and supporting their fulfillment for local residents.
Marta has her UVM End of Life Doula Professional Certification (December 2019) and in April 2020, she will complete the Companion Animal End of Life Professional Certificate. Marta is developing local EOL doula services in southwest Colorado based on supportive presence and non-judgmental counsel for people and their loved ones, as well as companion animals and their humans. Her other passions include: social justice and reconciliation work, and rambling along the Rio Grande river in the San Luis Valley and in the high country of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. She enjoys writing, contemplative practices, singing with a women’s group, and sharing healthy food with loved ones.