ANIMAL CARERS WELL-BEING
Can You Relate?
THE UNIQUE WORK?
Having to be involved in euthanasia or mass euthanasia in a day. Depending on the
circumstances this can lead to a moral injury.
Working under pressure and having no time between patients to take a break and
the previous one was hard or sad
Feeling you need to always be at your best in front of others
Having to listen to pet owners describe a pet's traumatic situations
Seeing pets who are distressed
Seeing a pet who has been neglected or something could have made a difference if the owner had taken action sooner. But you are expected to save their pet.
Trying to decide when it is the right time to stop treatment
Being concerned or scared of pets who are aggressive
Discussing difficult and/or bad news
Having to justify the costs of a pet's care
Trying to support and manage pet owner's reactions when they are struggling with indecision, loss and grief, anger and blame, feeling like you have to be their therapist
IMPACT ON YOU?
You feel overwhelmed, stressed or emotional
Worry about what pet owners think if they leave unhappy, judge you and what they might say about you
You are experiencing imposter syndrome
Not recognising your level of stress and reacting out of character
Sometimes feel neutral about the trauma involved in your work and wonder why
Getting caught up dissecting, reliving or not able to stop thinking about cases
Feeling responsible if things didn't go as you thought or would have liked
Turn on the sound to hear Shadow
I'm invested in looking after your well-being. I'm aware that animal care professionals (ACP) are faced with unique work with many complexities that can significantly impact on your well-being. This is often not understood or appreciated and leaves you open to challenging your well-being threshold, getting easily stressed, experiencing compassion fatigue, and being exposed to secondary trauma and burnout.
I value working collaboratively, leveraging my extensive experience, offering evidence-based therapies, and tailoring strategies to address your specific needs. My aim is for you to feel confident in knowing what to do, why it works and when to take action for your self-care. Let me support you in navigating your way to living well while having the capacity to do your work the way that’s important to you, thus meeting your sense of purpose.
Individual Tailored Sessions
ACP Well-Being Workshops
Increase your awareness of self-care needs based on evidence-based knowledge and strategies
Helps you develop confidence in knowing what to do, why it works, and when to do it
Understanding your role in your well-being
Supports your workplace to develop a well-being context
Ways to normalise workplace well-being
Developing a well-being environment at work
Managing difficult interactions with pet owners
Managing your reactions so you feel you respond
the way you want and not react
Immediate relief strategies and daily resets
Living your legacy (what you want to be known for)
Understanding possible workplace side effects: compassion fatigue, cumulative stress, secondary trauma and burnout
Work debriefing and peer supervision to get perspective
Understand what is well-being
Learn how your well-being can change
How to recognise your stress levels and warning signs
How prevention can reduce related workplace side effects
Self-care strategies: mindful relaxation, physical activity, sense of purpose (thought and emotion care) and compassion, social support at home
Communicating your self-care needs and the type of support you need
For the team
For your self-care