Schedule with a Junior or Student Consulting Associate

The Gurney Institute Junior and Student Consulting Associates are students of The Gurney Institute of Animal Communication HeartTalk Program® Certification Training.

Our program involves training in communicating with animals about behavioral or physical issues, helping lost animals be found, and assisting with animals who are near the end of their lives or who have passed over.  A hallmark of our Program is our Client Action Plan, which gives you specific, realistic steps to help with your animal’s behavioral or other issues.

Junior Consulting Associates have successfully completed 4 of our 6 Training Modules, and have consulted on over 40 cases, with professional mentoring.

Student Consulting Associates have successfully completed 3 of our 6 Training Modules, and have consulted on over 20 cases, with professional mentoring.

Those who choose to schedule with a Junior or Student Consulting Associate are agreeing to complete the provided Client Evaluation Form within 24 hours of the consultation.  This helps us monitor the results of your consultation and is an essential part of the Junior and Student Consulting Associates Program.

To schedule a consultation with a Gurney Institute Junior or Student Consulting Associate simply follow the steps below to arrange your consultation.

Step 1 – Choose which Gurney Institute Consulting Associate you prefer to work with. Please note: should you have questions prior to purchasing a consultation you have the option to email or call the Gurney Institute Consulting Associate. Consulting Associates check voice mail and email Monday – Friday. Gurney Institute Consulting Associates offering emergency consultation services check voicemail and email daily and typically reply to inquiries within hours.

Step 2 – Once you have paid for a consultation, you will need to complete the Client Intake Information on-line.

(Click here for Client Intake Form).  Please e-mail a photo of your animal to

In the event you choose to pay for the consultation via check, please send the check payment to:
The Gurney Institute of Animal Communication
3715 North Cornell Road
Agoura, California 91301 USA

Step 3 – You will receive correspondence from The Gurney Institute Consulting Associate to schedule your consultation between 24 hours to 2 (two) business days depending on the consultation type you choose.

View the Consultation Terms in its entirety.

Fee Schedule for Student Consulting Associates

By purchasing a consultation through The Gurney Institute of Animal Communication, you are agreeing to The Gurney Institute of Animal Communication Release of Liability.

Monies are NOT refundable. Monies can be rolled over to another consultation or tutoring session at a later date or used towards the purchase of other products offered by The Gurney Institute.

Student Consulting Associates


Madeleine Balcer is an animal lover just like you.

She has a BA in Biology, and two Masters in Information Science and Project Management. She worked in the field of Library Software and Automation until 2006.

She always liked to walk in the forest, hear, smell and feel nature surrounding her. Early in her life she talked to animals in the wild. She feels fortunate to have met Carol Gurney and completed the HEARTTALK PROGRAM® CERTIFICATION TRAINING. Through this she discovered she could engage in a two-way conversation with an animal.

Madeleine’s mission is to give your animal a voice.  Knowing how your animal feels and thinks creates a stronger bond between you, and can also help you understand and address any physical or behavioral problems, assist both of you during his transition, or help you find him if he is lost.  If you believe in reincarnation, or are simply curious and would like to explore something new, she can look into any past life you may have had with your present animal.

Madeleine is located in Quebec, Canada and is fluent in both French and English.

Click here for Madeleine’s client testimonials.

To contact Madeleine, email her by clicking here.

REBECCA SEDGWICK, Student Consulting AssociateRebecca Sedgwick

Not Currently Available for emergency cases

Ever since as a young girl Rebecca watched Dr. Doolittle and Walter Farley’s Black Stallion, she dreamed of being able to communicate and connect with animals that transcends and defies the rational mind.

Rebecca was always rescuing animals as a child – strays, rodents, wild birds of prey and volunteering at local stables and rescue centers.

Following studies in Law, a career in the military, government and the corporate world, Rebecca left the traditional careers to follow her passion in studying natural horsemanship and established a horse rescue and animal and rehabilitation center in Africa. This center also provided education and training, as well as connecting local autistic children and children with cerebral palsy with horses. Rebecca has developed a passion for therapeutic riding and her own son Daniel, would not be walking if it were not for horses.

Rebecca’s passion for animal communication is innate -yet this is something we all have the power within us to achieve!

Rebecca is located in the U.K.
To contact Rebecca, email her by clicking here.

SHELLI ORAVA, Student Consulting AssociateSHELLI ORAVA

Shelli has always been associated with the animal world. She grew up on the Eastern side of the Canadian Rockies with a family of animal lovers, and was constantly surrounded by cats, dogs, horses, llamas and the omnipresent rescued beast or bird.

In the Orava family, the philosophy of animal care was: treat them as an equal, feed them before yourself and always pass kindness and love toward your four-legged friends. Shelli went beyond.  She had the innate tools to communicate naturally with the animal world. This was especially evident seeing her, from a young age riding bare back through the country, without bridle with a half dozen four-legged friends charging behind!

Shelli is married to a man who shares her many passions.  Multi-day horse packing trips through the rugged Canadian Rockies is one of their loves.  They live in a small hamlet in the Rockies and continue to be close to nature and the animal world.

Shelli has a calm, intuitive approach to life in both human and animal realms.  She has further developed this ability through life coaching,  and now through animal communication.  Her abilities result in building a bridge between the human/animal connection.

Click here for Shelli’s client testimonials.

To contact Shelli, email her by clicking here.