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Veterinary Training Bellingham WA

If veterinarians follow the pediatrician model, we need to inform the “parents” about their pet’s condition. Are physicians and veterinarians too blunt when they inform us with the statistical prognosis?

Melanie Springer
(360) 524-2981 x2
Lutheran Counseling Network2600 Lakeway Drive
Bellingham, WA
Specialties
Loss or Grief, Chronic Pain or Illness, Career Counseling
Qualification
School: Argosy University
Year of Graduation: 2007
Years In Practice: 3 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Elders
Average Cost
$40 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: WA Women in Need

Debra Young
(360) 464-1953
1116 Key St.
Bellingham, WA
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Loss or Grief, Depression
Qualification
School: Antioch University
Year of Graduation: 1988
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$80 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Cynthia Paffumi
(360) 676-6177
Bellingham, WA
Practice Areas
Eating Disorders, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Lisa Harmon
(360) 820-9469
Bellingham, WA
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Jean Kleinhesselink
(360) 988-9423
Sumas, WA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Corrections/Offenders, School, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Michele Boudreau
(360) 647-0911
Bellingham, WA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor
Language Proficiencies
Spanish

Patricia Fabiano
(360) 650-3074
Bellingham, WA
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Counselor Education, Aging/Gerontological, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor
Language Proficiencies
Spanish

Tresa (tess) Wiggins
(360) 329-2968
1116 Key Street
Bellingham, WA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Loss or Grief, Divorce
Qualification
School: Seattle Pacific University
Year of Graduation: 1985
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$100 - $110
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: APS Healthcare

Elizabeth Snyder
(360) 734-2664
Bellingham, WA
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Dr. Diane Dempsey Marr
(360) 770-0647
Diane Dempsey Marr, PhD715 Seafarers Way
Anacortes, WA
Specialties
Mood Disorders, Loss or Grief, Parenting, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: University of Idaho
Year of Graduation: 1991
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$120 - $190
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Why is Deception So Common?

It has always bothered me when doctors and nurses blandly tell dying human patients that they will be “OK.” I am also bothered when I hear veterinarians and their support staff tell pet owners that their pet is going to be “all right” despite a poor prognosis looming overhead.

We may feel guilty if we take away a person’s hope, but should we lie about reality? Deception is all too common a habit in the human health care field, but should veterinarians also support the false hopes of their clients? Should frank lies come straight from health care professionals who encourage terminal patients to thrash in the gears of the “mindless machinery” of medicine? Is there harm in giving clients the truth about their pet’s actual condition and probable prognosis, at least as a reality check?

If veterinarians follow the pediatrician model, we need to inform the “parents” about their pet’s condition. Are physicians and veterinarians too blunt when they inform us with the statistical prognosis? Is there a more compassionate way to say, “You have six months to live”? How can this difficult information be gently delivered to the family without ripping their hearts out and stomping on their hope?

Deception is commonplace in the human and pet food and supplements industry. We know that 38 percent of the labels in the supplement and nutraceutical industry are not what they claim to be.

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