Supporting the Veterinary Community, Pet Owners, Grievers and Caregivers

Specializing in therapy for grief, bereavement and caregiver support; and mental health support for veterinary and animal care professionals.
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Veterinary Social Worker - Therapist - Consultant - Presenter

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and Veterinary Social Worker 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 and my Master of Social Work degree from University of Washington. I received 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 integrated four of my furry family members as registered therapy animals (Byron, Mia, Clover and Coach) providing Animal-Assisted Therapy to counseling clients. While I do not currently have a Therapy Animal Teammate in practice with me, my calico cat Cairn and I are working together to become a Pet Partners Therapy Animal Team. 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 greatest teachers and guides. 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 and presentations to practices and organizations on a variety of relevant topics. My passion for my work stems from my own personal experiences with the human-animal bond, grief, bereavement, life transitions, and intensive caregiving for loved ones. I bring these experiences forward to inform my practice, while always honoring, holding space, and being a witness and guide to help you discover meaning-making and transformative healing through your own unique and beautiful 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 and Byson. 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. My Services Include: • Individual grief/bereavement therapy for human and animal loss • Individual therapy for caregivers navigating care for a beloved person or animal with a chronic or terminal illness • Individual support and therapy for veterinary/animal care professionals • Individual and group debriefing for veterinary/animal care professionals • Support groups (e.g., Pet Loss, Mindfulness in Grief, Grief Recovery Method) • Consultations with veterinary/animal care practices and organizations on a variety of topics, including: challenging cases, communication dynamics, client experience, wellness initiatives • Presentations/webinars on a variety of topics (e.g., Finding Meaning in Veterinary Medicine, Building Better Boundaries, Compassionate Communication with Clients, Coping with Covid-19 in Veterinary Medicine, Navigating Treatment Decision Making with Your Pet, Medical Meaning Making in Grief)
Rachel Wright (pictured with former therapy animal partner, Coach)
Veterinary Social Worker & Therapist
Services

I will help you through

  • Grief
  • Bereavement
  • Pet Loss
  • Caregiver Support (Human and Animal)
  • Caregiver Fatigue (Human and Animal)
  • Life Transitions
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Work Stress
  • Burn Out
  • Veterinary Medicine and Mental Health
  • Women's Issues

Approaches

  • Compassion Focused
  • Client-Centered
  • Strength-Based
  • Systems Lens
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Depth Psychology
  • Existential Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Animal-Assisted Therapy

Insurance Accepted

  • Out of Network Only
  • Out of Pocket Only

Fees

  • Initial 20-minute consultation: $0
  • 60-minute individual counseling session: $125
  • 30-minute debriefing individual session: $65
  • 1 hour - Consultant Fee: $85 - $100
  • 1 hour - 2 hour group session: $250 - $500
  • 1 hour - 2 hour presentation : $500 - $1,000
Location

My Office Location

North Star Offices

Redmond, WA 98052