The days and weeks can be long. The animals can be as unwieldy as their parents. Some employers and coworkers only make the job harder. The rewards aren't always equal to the effort. It all adds up, often amounting to feeling worn down, overwhelmed, and emotionally drained. Talking it out and sharing solutions can help.
Most people shield themselves from the realities of death. Those in the veterinary field lack this luxury. Exposure to the death and suffering of innocent animals, especially when preventable, can lead to grief, trauma, and other complex emotional struggles. Together, healing grief and trauma is a less daunting task.
High-stakes work in a fast-paced environment, with diverse personalities, communication styles, and priorities, with all the economics and politics present in any business, makes strong emotion and conflict inevitable. Mutual support between colleagues lightens the burden of coping with workplace issues.
Making a job into a career in veterinary support takes patience and creativity. Balancing the need to make ends meet with the education and experience required to advance, along with necessary self-care, is a tricky proposition. The collective wisdom of a group can shed light on untold strengths and possibilities.
Work takes up a lot of space in life, but not all of it. Personal relationships have the capacity to both enrich and diminish well-being, and for better or worse, can overlap or collide with work life. Examining and healing relationships, in a safe and supportive environment, can enhance every aspect of life.
Depression, anxiety, ADHD, and similar issues are more common than most people think, partly because they aren't discussed in professional environments and in many families. Yet, these issues can deeply affect daily experience. Exploring mental health with others can reduce stigma and build new capacity for living well.
1st & 3rd Sundays
This group meets on the Zoom video conference platform. To protect confidentiality of all participants, group members are expected to attend meetings from a private location.
$80/month for veterinarians and $40/month for support staff for 2 90-minute group sessions. No obligation. Fees are reduced for months with fewer than 2 sessions to attend.
This group is open-ended and will meet indefinitely as long is it has 3 or more members.
This group is for adults in Texas & Florida who work as veterinarians and veterinary techs, assistants, and office professionals seeking support in addressing burnout, secondary trauma, workplace culture and dynamics, grief, career, mental health, and emotional coping.
Read more and use the contact form below to set up a required pre-group consultation, at no cost to you.
The Veterinary Commiseration Club is a reduced-cost group where you can experience mutual support in coping with and thriving in life as a veterinary support professional while managing challenges in mental health and personal relationships.
If you are interested in joining this group, fill out the form below or text/call 512-806-0137 to schedule a free, 60-minute pre-group consultation. Scheduling a pre-group consultation is not a commitment to join the group.
The pre-group consultation is a structured, informal, one-on-one meeting where we will discuss:
• Professional challenges
• Difficulties in relationships
• Past & current mental health experiences
• Potential benefits of group participation
• Expectations for group members
• Your questions and concerns about the group
• Other relevant information
After the consultation, if we both feel the group is a good fit for you, you can attend the next scheduled group meeting or take as long as you need to make a decision about joining.
I look forward to seeing you in group!
Use the form below to contact me about joining The Veterinary Commiseration Club.