VETERINARY & ANIMAL-CARE PROFESSIONALS

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I provide counseling, psychotherapy and de-briefing sessions for veterinary professionals (veterinarians, technicians, assistants, support staff) and other animal-care professionals (rescue groups, shelter staff). Please see my “Counseling Fees and Scheduling” webpage for fee breakdowns.

I work with:

  • Individuals

  • Groups
               

Areas of focus:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Vicarious Trauma/Secondary Traumatic Stress

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Compassion Fatigue

  • Moral Distress (Challenges with Ethical Decision-Making)

  • Emotional Labor

  • Burnout

  • Work-Life Balance

On a daily basis, veterinary and animal-care professionals are faced with incredibly high rates of vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress, death and dying. Veterinary professionals have higher incidences of clinical depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. In fact, veterinarians have the highest rate of suicide out of all of the helping professions, and are 3.5 times more likely to die by suicide than the general population. An abundance of empathy coupled with perfectionism for animal care and well-being in a highly demanding work environment, can lead to compassion fatigue and exacerbate other mental health issues.

The following articles provide valuable information on this concern that is endemic in veterinary medicine:

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/veterinarians-far-more-likely-die-suicide-other-americans-research-confirms-n950671

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/08/06/488248402/for-vets-caring-for-sick-pets-and-grieving-owners-takes-a-toll

https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2016/09/18/why-many-veterinarians-commit-suicide/iCCgr46bIJpgEeesPHTe2L/story.html

http://time.com/5485552/veterinarians-suicide/

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