PAWS TO CONNECT COUNSELING, LLC

Supporting Grievers, Caregivers and the Veterinary Community

Specializing in therapy for grief, loss, trauma, caregiver fatigue, women's issues; and the intersection of mental health, wellness and veterinary medicine.
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Mental Health Therapy & Veterinary Social Work

NEWS: **I am out-of-town and away from the office 11/23/22 - 11/30/22. I will return to the office on Thursday, 12/1/22 and will respond to all messages at that time.** I currently have a waitlist for all new therapy clients. I am FULL for the rest of 2022 and am now booking new client appointments for 2023. I am providing therapy sessions by telehealth only, statewide. My schedule for all new mobile/virtual veterinary social work services is currently FULL for the rest of 2022. I am now booking new mobile/virtual veterinary social work services for 2023. I offer and encourage a free, non-obligatory 20-minute initial consultation (by video or phone) to all new clients, veterinary practices/organizations. This is a good opportunity to ask questions, get to know each other, and see if we will be a good fit working together. Even though I currently have a waitlist, I am scheduling the initial consultation. I am scheduling the consultation for new clients, practices/organizations through 12/14/22. To schedule this, please email me at: pawstoconnectcounseling@gmail.com or complete the contact form on my website. Due to my current schedule, I am unable to schedule the consultation by phone. WEST COAST VETERINARY SOCIAL WORK/MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL CONSULT GROUP: I host a monthly professional consult group for veterinary social workers/mental health professionals in veterinary medicine, who are located on the West Coast. Our group is held virtually every 3rd Tuesday of the month 8 am - 9 am PST. Our next meeting is 12/20/22. Please contact me for details and to join us. We currently have wonderful group members from WA, OR, and CA! ******************************************************************** ABOUT ME: Welcome! My name is Rachel, and I am the owner of Paws to Connect Counseling, LLC. I practice as a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) and mental health therapist in WA, veterinary social worker for the PNW, and consultant and presenter. I am also a certified grief recovery specialist and animal-assisted therapy professional. 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; and my Post-Masters Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Social Work from University of Tennessee (through the Colleges of Social Work and Veterinary Medicine). I have also been a field instructor/supervisor for social work and counseling practicum students, interns and externs for the last 5 years. I have worked in the counseling field for the last 25+ years, providing services to a wide variety of clients across the lifespan in community mental health, inpatient addictions treatment, school-based, hospitals and hospice agencies. I have integrated the intersection of mental health/the human-animal bond within different capacities for the last 20 years. I was the Director of Programs/Therapy Animal Program Manager at Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society) for 6 years, leading the international program, teaching and evaluating therapy animal teams, and integrating my own furry family members - Mia (bassador), Byron (flat-coated retriever), Coach (basset hound), and Clover (rabbit), as therapy animals into counseling with clients in clinical, healthcare and school-based settings. Over the years, my beloved therapy animal partners have all passed away from lymphoma, and therefore I do not currently have an animal partner in practice with me. However, I am currently working with my calico cat, Cairn kitty, to become a therapy animal team for integration into counseling sessions. I was the founder and leader of the Veterinary Social Work Program at Summit Veterinary Referral Center in Tacoma, WA for 6 years where I worked as an embedded veterinary social worker, consultant, and supervised interns/externs and another full-time social worker. I was the first veterinary social worker in WA, and created the first Mobile Veterinary Social Work Model in the field. 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 always been my most profound teachers and guides. My passion for this work is rooted in my own journey coupled with the honor of being a witness to many others' journeys with the human-animal bond, grief, life transitions and caregiving. Over the last 10+ years, I have had extensive professional and personal experience with caregiver fatigue (I was a long-time caregiver for many years), anticipatory loss, grief, trauma and personal/professional moral injury. I understand the twists and turns on the road to healing. While it is very challenging and painful work, it can also be incredibly transformative, life-changing and beautiful. I am here to companion and walk alongside you every step of the way; to support you as you journey along this path to find your way to hope, healing and recovery. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my partner and husband of 22 years and my furry family - Bear the sweet-and-spicy basset hound and two incredibly adorable and mischievous sibling cats - Cairn, the calico and Byson, the tiger tabby. I adore photography, traveling, reading, writing, camping and being in nature - whether that be hiking on the trails, being at the ocean, exploring a new National Park, or traveling to a 'bucket list' destination. I am passionate about being an empath, a vegan, and protecting and preserving our environment in micro, mezzo and macro ways. PRACTICE DAYS: My Practice Days are: Monday - Thursday. SERVICES: MENTAL HEALTH THERAPY • Individual grief therapy sessions for human and animal loss • Individual therapy sessions for women's issues, across the lifespan - mental/physical health, trauma, grief, familial and relational issues • Individual therapy sessions for caregivers navigating medical care for a beloved person or animal with a chronic or terminal illness • Couples therapy sessions, specific to grief or caregiving • Individual therapy sessions for all types of veterinary/animal care professionals • Individual debriefing sessions for all types of veterinary/animal care professionals MOBILE/VIRTUAL VETERINARY SOCIAL WORK • I provide mobile (on-site at practices/organizations) or virtual (via Zoom) veterinary social work services for veterinary/animal-care staff and teams • Individual support or debriefing individual sessions (on-site or virtual) • Support, solution and topic-focused, de-stressing, and debriefing groups (on-site or virtual) • I also work with veterinary practices and organizations on a contractual basis to provide individual therapy or debriefing sessions to their staff/members. (virtual, directly through my practice) GROUPS • Support, solution-focused or debriefing groups for veterinary practices and animal-care professionals (mobile or virtual). Please talk with me about options and pricing. • Support groups for grief, loss and caregiving (virtual). Please check back for 2023 offerings. PRESENTATIONS/CE EVENTS For National or Regional Conferences or Organizations only. Presentations/webinars on a variety of topics for all types of veterinary/animal care professionals (in-person, mobile, or virtual). Please talk with me about options and pricing. CONSULTATIONS I provide consultations to social work/mental health colleagues, leaders, and veterinary/animal care practices and organizations. Please talk with me about options and pricing. PRACTICUM/INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT & OPPORTUNITIES I have been a field instructor and supervisor for masters-level social work and clinical counseling interns, externs, and practicum students for the past 5 years. For more information on current opportunities and requirements/parameters/scope of practice, please contact me. RATES & INSURANCE For my current rates, please see below. The time we schedule and spend together is reserved specifically for you. Please note, late cancellations (less than 24-hours) or no-shows for sessions will result in being charged the full fee. There is no fee for cancellations made 24-hours or more in advance and/or for rescheduling within the same week. I do not work directly with/accept or bill insurance. However, I am an out-of-network provider for most insurance carriers. Upon receipt of payment for therapy services, I provide clients with a "Superbill" that can be sent to their insurance carrier for reimbursement. Payment is due after each counseling session/veterinary social work service, and I accept all major credit cards and checks.
Rachel Wright, MSW, LICSW, VSW-CP (pictured with Cairn kitty)
Therapist & Veterinary Social Worker
Services

I will help you through...

  • Anticipatory Loss
  • Grief
  • Traumatic Bereavement
  • Caregiver Support & Fatigue
  • Pet Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Burnout
  • Moral Distress/Moral Injury
  • Veterinary Medicine and Mental Health
  • Mood Disorders
  • Women's Issues

Approaches

  • Strengths-Based
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Humanistic Therapy
  • Mind Body Somatic Therapy (Integrative Psychotherapy)
  • Trauma Focused
  • Systems Lens
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Depth Psychology
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Existential Therapy
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
  • Animal-Assisted & Nature-Based Therapies

Fees

  • 20-minute initial consult (all services): $0
  • 60-minute individual therapy session: $150
  • 90-minute individual therapy session: $200
  • 60-minute couples therapy session: $175
  • 90-minute couples therapy session: $225
  • 30-minute vetmed debriefing session: $80
  • 1- 1.5 group debriefing session: $250 - $450
  • presentations (contact me for specifics): $500 - $2,000
  • groups (contact me for specifics): $300 - $550
Location

15600 Redmond Way, Suite 101 Redmond, WA 98052

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