Animal Communication

For as long as I can remember, animals have always been an important part of my life.  I was brought up to realise that all animals, matter enormously. My parents instilled a feeling of respect for all living things.

With a background in Change Management, and a career in Management Learning and Development, I equally am passionate about helping individuals be the best they can be, in whatever they are hoping to achieve. 

My path toward Animal Communication began several years ago, initiated through my decision to undertake my Reiki training. I am now a Reiki Master Teacher, offering Reiki, to both people and animals.

Having attended many Animal Communication Workshops, working with individual clients and giving support to animal charities, I have come to realise that developing and supporting Animal Communication capabilities in others is a key part of my life. 

It is a great privilege to work with animals, their guardians/caregivers and students and I learn a great deal from all of them.  I truly believe that the interactions for all involved can be life changing. 


The connections and understanding through communication that we have with animals, teaches us a great deal about ourselves too.  The animals that come into our lives can sometimes adopt our emotional and even physical issues, manifesting, sometimes, as their own. This can sometimes be exhibited through certain behaviours.

Perhaps, therefore, we have a responsibility, through communicating, to bring these to the surface, if they wish, to help them where needed and in turn, to understand our relationship with them a little better.  

 Sometimes "through their eyes we often see ourselves more clearly”.   

"Through their eyes we often see ourselves more clearly"

- Brightwater Reiki

Frequently asked questions

What is Animal Communication?

Animal Communication is inter-species telepathic communication.

Inter-species telepathic communication is something we can all do and indeed, was well known/is well known, to indigenous people. In addition, in my opinion, small children below the age of formal education, seem to have an innate ability, prior to the process of un-learning these things.

It is not to be confused with Animal Whispering, where an experienced behavioural practitioner works on understanding and communicating through body language.

From an animal Communication perspective we are seeking to create an environment of trust in order to receive information, feelings (both emotional and physical), images and so on in order to create a "dialogue" with another energy - after all, in my opinion, animals are clearly another energetic being, with a soul essence, the same as us, simply in a different, physical envelope.

Whilst we maybe in a state of “stillness” in order to communicate, it is not a passive process, we are engaging all of our senses to receive information from an animal that we maybe in communication with. I like to refer to it as “mindless mindfulness”!

It is very powerful work and I reference a code of ethics developed by a well-known Animal Communicator (Penelope Smith) in all of my workshops.

How do we know that Animal Communication is actually possible?

As a leading light in the field of Animal Communication, Penelope Smith discovered, in 1971, that animals could be supported through emotional traumas and other issues using similar counselling techniques that helped humans. It was she, who originated the name “ inter-species telepathic communication”.

Penelope Smith has a Bachelor's and Master's degrees in social sciences; years of training and experience in human counselling, nutrition, and holistic body energy balancing methods; animal nutrition, anatomy, behaviour, and care; plus the first hand education from the thousands of animals she has worked and communicated with.

Author of the popular classic books in the field, Animal Talk, When Animals Speak, Animals in Spirit, many audio recordings, and founding editor of Species Link magazine, Penelope is well regarded by the world-wide, growing number of Animal Communicators.

Penelope's visionary work has been featured in newspaper and magazine articles, numerous books, and on radio and television, in the United States and abroad. She has developed tried-and-true telepathic communication techniques, which complement current scientific knowledge and traditional healing methods. Her methods foster people's ability to understand and communicate with animals on many levels - physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

How does Animal Communication help?

I may be asked to engage in a communication session with an animal, by their care-giver/guardian, in order to understand a behaviour, or perhaps what they need more of in their world to make them happier. In my experience, some physical presentations can arise as a result of an unresolved emotional issue and so, animal communication really helps in this respect.

As in the case of any complementary therapies we are never diagnosing physical/medical issues. That, is always for a Vet.

I also believe, very strongly, that animals act as mirrors or sponges and because they have the most amazing capacity for unconditional love, will often take on "our stuff", not because we want this, but because of the bond that we share.

By listening to them, allowing this dialogue, in a place of trust, it can often uncover a great deal that can be shared with an animal’s guardian, helping them understand and support their animal better and build upon the relationship and love that they share.

Obviously, communication is a two-way process, both the listening to and the sharing of information.

In a communication, it maybe, that I am asked to share information to an animal, that their guardian feels important and I will always attempt to do this. However, I would note that animals have free will in the same way as we do, and I find that attempting to exert our wishes upon them, or provide instruction seldom works. Better to understand their perspective on an issue and work together in any resolution. That said, clients do share that improvements have been evident or behaviours have changed after requests have been made to their animal.

The animals that come into our lives have their unique personalities and the more we learn from them, through communication, the more we can understand how to support them and build on the relationship we share.

Does an animal need to be physically present in order for a communication to take place?

The simple answer to this question is “no”. During the workshops that I teach, we practice Animal Communication with both animals present at the workshop but also with photographs of animals. Communication proves equally effective whether face to face or through a photograph. In fact, a connection can often be made more readily without the “distraction” (in the nicest possible way!) of an animal sometimes moving around a room or with their Guardian physically present. I often work through photographs, via e-mail and can provide advice on appropriate photographs to enable communication. The photograph acts as an energetic connection to the animal and the same is true for those animals that have passed into Spirit.

How is Animal Communication different to energy-based therapies or interventions? e.g. Reiki

I consider, and treat these things, quite separately.

When we offer Reiki to an animal, in my view, whilst we have set the intention for the highest good of that animal, we are allowing the "intelligent" energy to go where needed, for a healing purpose. It seems almost passive on our part. We are holding space, if you like.

Animal Communication, in my opinion, is a far more active process.

Many Reiki and other energy-based practitioners attend my animal Communication workshops, but it is important to understand that the two areas are very separat. Equally, many people learn Animal Communication but are not energy therapists at all!

Sometimes a communication with an animal, may lead to a separate Reiki offering, with discussion and agreement from their Guardian, but that is not always the case.

Sometimes, by just hearing, listening and dialoguing with animal and sharing with their guardian, significant resolution of issues, can occur.

Animal Communication Workshops

Workshop Review - June 2021

This was the first workshop I had been able to run, in person for 18 months. I would like to thank some participants who had patiently awaited it for that period of time!

The most wonderful group of participants, from diverse backgrounds, with different experiences, but all sharing an openness to the possibilities, the weekend would bring.

Click HERE for a full review of this event along with feedback from the participants.

Brightwater Reiki - Animal Communication Workshop
Brightwater Reiki - Animal Communication Workshop

Previous Workshop Reviews:

Communication Consultation Testimonials

Sam has a wonderfully unique way of communicating with both humans and animals. She puts you and your pets at ease from the first moment you're in touch with her and leaves a hugely positive & lasting impression and sense of peace long after she leaves. I was blown away at how much compassion, insight, healing and support Sam gave us through her animal communication sessions & supportive reiki. Sam is talented, gifted (in so many ways) and the very essence of what you expect from a communicator, healer & reiki master. Thank you Sam, from the bottom of our paws and hearts. Without question I would recommend working with Sam.

Michaela, Luna & Orion

Michaela, Luna & Orion

We met Sam, thanks to a friend. We saw how she came in contact with our friend's animals and we got curious, so having two little problematic kittens we decided to try it too.
We couldn't really imagine the world that lies behind our animal companions; the sharing and precision we received of details on personal items and character of the cats. A world made of wisdom, sympathy and intelligence, that has allowed us to get more in harmony with our cats. An incredible thing.
Thanks to the very special skills of Samantha, we were also able to receive communication from our Cat, who passed a few years ago. Thanks Sam. Thanks to you, our hearts are now lighter.

R and M, Italy

R and M, Italy

“I first met Sam when I lost my dear Blue, a kitten that I had rescued in Italy. Sam very kindly helped me and supported me through my search for my dear little friend. Being an owner of two lovely and interesting cats, I have often turned to Sam for a deeper connection with them.

Each time I have been blown away with the accuracy and the connection she has with them. Because of this, I have since introduced Sam to many of my animal loving friends and she’s been a wonderful and great help to us all in deepening our understanding through connecting and sharing their information.

I would recommend 100 times over, Sam, to anyone that needs to connect with, communicate with and develop a greater understanding of their animal companions.”

AM, Italy and France

AM, Italy and France

Sam is simply a superstar. My dogs mean the world to me, and I was so worried about my Roxy, not knowing what was wrong but realising she needed help. She seemed so depressed, was drooling from her nose, her tail tucked in and all was not well with her mammary region. I booked her in with my vet, in the meantime Sam was able to communicate with Roxy and tell me how she was feeling, what I could do to help her emotionally, and where she felt Roxy was uncomfortable physically. She also told me the chamomile in her biscuit was potentially creating a reaction. I was able to take this information to my vet, and he came up with a plan for her, which included hormone replacement therapy and I cut out the chamomile biscuit. The change in Roxy has been quite remarkable, she plays with the other dogs, her tail is wagging again, her nose has stopped drooling. I am so glad I have such a fantastic vet who listened to me and to Sam, I will never be able to repay Sam for her compassionate and caring service to my Roxy.

G Hampton, Surrey

G Hampton, Surrey

I had noticed that my cat Topaz didn't seem to be his normal chirpy self and had spent most of summer lying around and not going far at all. I came across Sam's Website on Facebook about Animal Communication and was very intrigued and wondered if she could help Topaz. She was able to connect with his energy remotely just by his picture and was able to describe a long term relationship where my cat had being friends with another cat, and described how this other cat got lost one time, the number of years they knew each other, and the fact that he moved away and the hearing of news of his death. Using imagery Sam was able to describe the changes around the area and how Topaz felt about that, the wind chimes in the garden, and some items in my family home. She was also able to describe an instrument my father played and a small part of my pet's personality described as "in and out, in and out" which Topaz does frequently. Since Topaz has received Reiki he has being much brighter and much improved. Although I suspected my cat was grieving, Topaz was able to confirm and that he was glad I was asking. Sam was also able to describe the inter-dual relatedness of Topaz and my experience as I also lost an animal companion and friend a few years ago. I would highly recommend Sam and I have valued her honesty and integrity as this was done just using a photo of Topaz showing his face and eyes. I only spoke to Sam by telephone after the reading and can genuinely say no other contact had being made before then.

Jean & Topaz

Jean & Topaz

Sam has kindly helped my Cat twice now. I wasn't sure at the start how it all worked but Sam made a connection with Red and was able to then let me know how to help Red feel more settled. Sam has an amazing gift and had relayed things back from Red that she couldn't have possibly known about previously. I can't thank Sam enough for her advice. She truly loves animals and they certainly respond to her.

Lucy & Red, Surrey

Lucy & Red, Surrey

In looking for someone to communicate remotely with one of my cats who has been diagnosed with some health conditions, Sam and Brightwater Reiki was recommended to me through a mutual friend. Sam was very quick to respond to me and very kind and generous with her time. She explained in great detail the content of the communication with my cat and has of been of great help at an emotionally challenging time. This has deepened my own understanding of my cat and her needs and has helped me understand how to move forward for her best interests. Sam's love, dedication to and understanding of animals is clear to see. I would definitely recommend!

EJ, Kent

EJ, Kent

Our cat Minka went missing. We were quite worried as it was very unlike her so a colleague of mine recommended Sam. She was very warm, kind and helpful. She tuned into Minka's energy and was able to communicate with her. Sam told us she felt Minka was OK and that it felt like she got a fright and was stuck somewhere. “Could I ask whether there is a circle of grass or roundabout type thing nearby? I was shown that. She has a slight tummy ache it seems (maybe hungry?) and felt like she was chased“, revealed Sam. My neighbour’s house has a roundabout right in front of it and there's grass around it! As it turned out, my neighbours were on holiday and their mum went to water their garden. Minka must have been in their garden and gotten a fright because of the water hose and so she ran into their house. The neighbours got quite a surprise when they returned a few days later. Minka was upset, hungry and thirsty but otherwise fine. I can't thank Sam enough for giving us hope and comfort. I would highly recommend her as she's kind and clearly has a gift.

SC, Surrey

SC, Surrey

I was introduced to Sam when I was absolutely desperate, not for me but for my dog. Of course I’d heard of her and her incredible gift, but it wasn’t until I needed (and got) her help that I realised how truly life-changing her gift is. At the beginning of this year we lost our cherished Kozak,faithful companion to my husband and I, the whole world to our, at the time, 16-month old puppy, Phoenix. Phoenix had known Kozak since he arrived home at 7 weeks, Kozak was his father, his friend, his mentor, his cuddle-buddy, his security. His loss was devastating. He became depressed, he became physically ill, he lost his hair, he lost weight. And although he responded to our overtures he couldn’t get past his loneliness and grief. Losing my father-in-law, whom Phoenix loved dearly, one month later was another severe blow. We were all of us heart-broken. We didn’t know what to do, how to help him. And then I was put in contact with Sam. That first communication she had with Phoenix was mind-blowing. I knew some people did have this gift of communication and healing, I could never, in my wildest dreams, have imagined how powerful and accurate it could be. From getting my father-in-law’s name, to happy memories of swimming together, to feelings of guilt, abandonment and trying to reassure himself, and much much more. Things which made sense to us but would never have been known outside our intimate family. Knowing what was on his mind, in his heart, was the key to being able to help him (and us!) start to heal. My specific question was should we be distracting Phoenix from his grief or let him live through it, especially in those moments that we could see he was sad. Sam’s advice was invaluable, we followed it and it made a huge difference. It was as if Phoenix and Sam had had a long conversation, a therapy session where Phoenix told her everything. And she was able to tell us. More than that, she was able to send healing energy. I only heard from Sam after she had done so, but I noticed the change before she told me. I will never be able to thank Sam enough for guiding us, for helping us all to heal, and especially for being willing to share her gift with us. Her understanding and compassion coupled with her amazing gift are truly priceless. She helped us to help Phoenix. More than that, she helped us, too. Seeing Phoenix, normally a happy-go-lucky and confident dog, brought so low was incredibly difficult for us, and not knowing how to help him was torture. Seeing him come back to life, seeing him happy again and enjoying life the way that he deserves to, has changed our lives. And knowing that what we do and say and feel has such an impact on him has made us more aware of what he needs from us. Today Phoenix is happy and healthy and enjoying life. I don’t think we would have gotten to this point without Sam’s help. She has given us the gifts of happiness, peace and health, and there are no words of thanks that will ever be enough to express our gratitude to Sam.

FL, Belgium

FL, Belgium

Sam is an exceptionally gifted animal communicator, who we had the good fortune to contact last year. I was initially sceptical but also desperate as Roxy had come out of intensive care, was very ill and unhappy and I didn`t know how to help her. I sent Sam a picture of Roxy with no expectations. I was astonished when Sam picked up on things no one else knew. For example Roxy`s possum like toy which I had put in a cupboard and forgotten about, which she wanted in her basket. And she was able to tell me where Roxy was hurting, quite specifically. On one occasion she told me she felt a tingling painful sensation in her right rear foot, Sam didn`t know Roxy was limping. So I examined her paw and there was a huge black thorn embedded in her pad which I pulled out. Everything Sam told me proved incredibly insightful both about her physical wellbeing and what Roxy wanted so I was able to make Roxy`s illness more bearable, I don`t know what we would have done without her, and she is now Roxy`s honorary guardian. Roxy is currently in remission and a very much happier dog. Throughout Sam has been incredibly caring and professional. Not just an exceptionally gifted animal communicator but an exceptional person as well.

Giselle and Roxy

Giselle and Roxy