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Grief Counseling for Pets Helena MT

As we tend to the animals in our care, we will lose patients to death despite our best efforts. Often at these times, we are exposed to the emotions of the families who have loved them. For some, there are dramatic outbursts; for others, emotions will be put on hold for private moments.

Kathryn Kelley
(406) 461-5412
Helena, MT
Practice Areas
Career Development, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sports Counseling, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Perrine, Donald, Dvm - Companion Animal Hospital
(406) 449-4455
4880 N Montana Ave
Helena, MT

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Ms. Ashley Olsen
Praxis Pain Solutions, Inc.
(406) 600-5606
1001 West Oak, Ste B
Bozeman, MT
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LCSW
Licensed in Montana
10 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Pain Management, Physical Illness/Impairment, Stress, Life Transitions, Sleep Disorders
Populations Served
Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Disabled, Caregivers, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Grandparents, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Joseph Cassidy
Billings, MT
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Robyn Butler-Hall
(406) 248-9808
Billings, MT
Practice Areas
Career Development, Clinical Mental Health, Rehabilitation, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Animal Center Veterinary Hospital
(406) 430-1090
1301 Cedar St
Helena, MT
Hours
Monday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Bird Vet, Declawing, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Reptile Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Docking, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary House Calls, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Companion Animal Hospital
(406) 449-4455
4880 N Montana Ave
Helena, MT

Data Provided by:
Ms. Ellen Savage Cole
Amalia PC
(496) 262-4242
325 10th Street
Havre, MT
Credentials
Credentials: LCPC
Licensed in Montana
28 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Disorders, Sexual Orientation, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Dual Di
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Transgendered, Step Families, Gifted
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Kathe Randle
(406) 883-3058
Polson, MT
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
Master Addictions Counselor, National Certified Counselor
Language Proficiencies
ASL : American Sign Language, French

Dennis Cox
Billings, MT
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, School, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified School Counselor, Master Addictions Counselor, National Certified Counselor

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Respect and Accept: A Look at Grief With the Veterinary Client

Death and dying are uncomfortable subjects. For some, it stirs up painful memories of past losses. For others, it is a reminder of our mortality or the mortality of those we love.

As we tend to the animals in our care, we will lose patients to death despite our best efforts. Often at these times, we are exposed to the emotions of the families who have loved them. For some, there are dramatic outbursts; for others, emotions will be put on hold for private moments.

As different as people are, so are their reactions. No right or wrong. We must respect and accept the fact that we all grieve and express grief in our own way and in our own time, and we must be there to support our clients through this time.

Often, we’re uncomfortable with client reactions. No one likes seeing someone sad and crying, and we fumble, sometimes, in an attempt to make them feel better. Recognize, first of all, that it’s not possible to make them feel better at that time. With that in mind, there are some things you can do and some things that shouldn't be done during those times of client grief.
 
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Ø Find a place for quiet

Whatever the situation—a client rushing in with an injured pet or a pet dead on arrival, or an expected euthanasia—find a quiet place for the family. If a comfort room is not available, an exam room is the next best choice. If they need to fill out paperwork, take it with you as you escort them.

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