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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?

Patricia McCoy
(406) 599-7218
Great Falls, MT
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Disaster Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Kimberly Dickman
(671) 349-5246
Great Falls, MT
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, School, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

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 +)

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Sherilyn Knight-Rossiter
(406) 544-6182
Missoula, MT
Practice Areas
Career Development, Clinical Mental Health, Counselor Education, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Robert Hagstrom Jr
(406) 245-4005
Billings, MT
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Wava Goetz
(406) 290-9383
410 Central Ave., Suite 509
Great Falls, MT
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Relationship Issues, Loss or Grief, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: South Dakota State University
Year of Graduation: 1990
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$80 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

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:
Margaret Moffatt
(406) 535-5990
Lewistown, MT
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

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

Ms. Laurie Thatcher
(406) 365-1734
612 West Main
Bozeman, MT
Specialties
Eating Disorders, Anxiety or Fears, Loss or Grief, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Utah
Year of Graduation: 1994
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$110 - $110
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

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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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