Mobile Veterinary Social Worker - Therapist - Consultant - Presenter
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in the State of WA, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and Veterinary Social Worker (VSW-CP) with expertise in grief, bereavement, and the intersection of veterinary medicine, mental health and wellness. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology/Drug & Alcohol Studies from Washington State University; my Master of Social Work degree from University of Washington; my Post-Masters Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Social Work from University of Tennessee (through the Colleges of Social Work and Veterinary Medicine) and am a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist with the Grief Recovery Institute.
I have worked in the counseling field since 1996, providing services to clients across the lifespan (children, adolescents, families, adults, seniors) within a variety of settings including: clinical, community mental health, residential treatment, school-based, human hospitals and hospice agencies. In addition, I worked as the Director of Programs and Therapy Animal Program Manager for Pet Partners for 6 years promoting the power of the human-animal bond, and for many years integrated four of my furry family members as registered therapy animals (Byron, Mia, Clover and Coach) providing Animal-Assisted Therapy to counseling clients. In addition, I practiced as a Pet Partners Instructor and Evaluator for many years, teaching and evaluating handler-animal teams to work in the field of Animal-Assisted Interventions. Over the years, my beloved therapy animal partners have passed away and therefore I do not currently have a therapy animal in practice with me; however I am working with my kitten Cairn in the hopes of becoming a therapy animal team for integration into counseling sessions.
I have worked as a Veterinary Social Worker for the last 5 years within general practice, specialty and emergency medicine settings; and have provided consultations, presentations and supportive services to practices and organizations on a variety of relevant topics. I am the founder and leader of the Veterinary Social Work program at Summit Veterinary Referral Center in Tacoma, WA and work with their hospital on a contractual and consultant part-time basis.
I have always been passionate about the beauty of the human-animal bond and have been gifted to spend my life with such precious animal companions (dogs, cats and rabbits) who have been my constant and most profound teachers and guides.
My passion for my work stems from my own experiences with the human-animal bond, grief, bereavement, life transitions, and intensive caregiving for loved ones. In 2020, I was faced with a near death experience which resulted in surgery and extensive recovery, and then shortly thereafter lost 3 of my beloved furry family members. I understand the road to healing from grief, loss, trauma and heartbreak and I am here to companion and walk alongside you every step of the way to support you in your journey.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my partner and husband of 20+ years and my furry family - Bear the goofy basset hound and two adorable kittens - Cairn, the calico and Byson, the tiger tabby. I adore photography, traveling, camping and being in nature - whether that be hiking on the trails, being at the ocean, or exploring a new National Park. I am passionate about being vegan and protecting and preserving our environment in micro, mezzo and macro ways.
I believe that therapy is an emotional, psychological and financial investment we make in ourselves for personal growth, wellbeing and healing. I would be honored to be a support to you...to hold space, and be a witness and guide to help you discover meaning making and transformative healing through your own unique and beautiful journey.
• Individual grief therapy sessions for human and animal loss
• Individual therapy sessions for caregivers navigating medical care for a beloved person or animal with a chronic or terminal illness
• Individual support and therapy sessions for all types of veterinary/animal care professionals
• Individual and group debriefing sessions for all types of veterinary/animal care professionals
• A range of different support groups for the veterinary community and clients (grief and loss, compassion fatigue, etc.)
• Consultations with all types of veterinary/animal care practices and organizations on a variety of topics, including: debriefing the emotions of challenging cases, communication and team dynamics, mediation techniques, wellness initiatives, client experience.
• Presentations/webinars on a variety of topics for all types of veterinary/animal care professionals (e.g., Finding Meaning in Veterinary Medicine, Building Better Boundaries, Compassionate Communication, Navigating Treatment Decision Making, Medical Meaning Making in Grief).
*I am an out-of-network provider for most insurance carriers. Payment is due after each session, and I accept all major credit cards and checks. I do not bill insurance directly, but would be happy to provide you with a Superbill for services that you can send to your insurance carrier for reimbursement.*
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Rachel Wright, MSW, LICSW, VSW-CP (pictured with former therapy animal partner, Coach)
Veterinary Social Worker, Therapist & Consultant