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As an additional service for the College of Veterinary Medicine,
Lanice is able to provide grief counseling services for clients of
the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. This service is intended
to be short-term in nature, and is focused specifically on issues
related to grief and loss. If you are interested in learning more
about this service, please consult the following brochure:
Services are provided by Lanice Chappell, a Licensed
Professional Counselor employed by the Texas A&M Student
Counseling Service who works in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Since services are provided in a teaching hospital, professional
students in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program and/or
students in mental health disciplines on the Texas A&M campus
may also be involved at times as a part of their training. For
example, students may observe or help in leading a pet loss support
Availability of services will depend on Lanice’s schedule.
Generally speaking, individual counseling will be available on
weekdays and by appointment in the evenings. Services are not
available during weekends or on an immediate basis.
Individual grief counseling is offered for individuals who have
experienced the loss of a companion animal, or who are facing
potential loss. This counseling is short term in nature, and is
intended to only address grief issues. Additionally, a pet loss
support group is an option that may be available depending on
current levels of interest.
If you are interested in individual counseling, contact Lanice
for an appointment. Prior to your first session you will need to
complete an online registration form that reviews the nature of
services and gathers some basic information. The first session will
also focus on reviewing your current status, general history, and
present goals. If it appears that you would be better served by
utilizing other referral services for longer term issues, Lanice
will assist you in exploring potential referral sources.
In regards to the Pet Loss support group, the aim is to provide
a time for individuals experiencing grief due to the loss of a
companion animal to come together and support each other, express
their grief, and honor the bond they shared. The hope is that the
group will help in facilitating the grieving process and make
adjustment to the loss of a companion animal less distressing.
Individuals participating in the group can expect to share stories
and memories, describe their feelings in response to their loss,
and offer support to other members of the group. Active
participation in the group is encouraged, along with showing
respect to other members of the group and allowing time for others
to share their own personal experiences.
If you are interested in utilizing counseling services, please
contact Lanice by email to schedule an appointment, email@example.com
No. Humans and animals can develop intense bonds. This is
natural, as the relationship between humans and animals is mutually
beneficial. Numerous studies have documented the physical and
mental health benefits that companion animals can offer. Grief is a
natural response to any significant loss; therefore, it is very
common for humans to experience strong grief reactions to the death
of a beloved companion animal.
Ordinarily, we expect counseling will have a positive impact on
clients and their concerns. Benefits may include decreased
depression, confusion, anger, or anxiety; grief feeling less
overwhelming; and increased acceptance of your loss. In regards to
risks, clients may experience some temporary discomfort when
addressing difficult issues such as the powerful feelings
associated with grief in counseling. Generally people feel better
in the long run when they address these issues; however, there is
not a guarantee for how you may feel in counseling.
If you are interested in other resources, the following listing
suggests some potential options:
Ohio State University
Staffed by veterinary students
Available Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, 6:30-9:30 PM, ET
Michigan State University
Staffed by veterinary students
Available Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 6:30-9:30 PM,
Iams Pet Loss Support Resource Center
The American Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Stephanie LaFarge, Ph.D.
(800) 946-4646 pin #140-7211 and leave your number
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