Wendy Till

Senior Therapist

Professional Experience

Wendy is a qualified, experienced social worker and counsellor who is passionate about personal, family and community wellbeing. Her experience includes clinical work within hospital settings, child protection, mental health, women’s health and family and domestic violence. Wendy has specialised training and interest in the human-animal bond and can support both veterinarians and animal-lovers within this relatively new field of practice.

Professional skills

Honouring personal journeys and lived expertise, Wendy facilitates a kind, safe, and deep listening space for reflection, exploring choices and discovering new ways of being with yourself. Narrative techniques as well as other helpful therapies can be drawn upon to support you through your experiences and bring new perspectives to your thinking and any changes you may find helpful.

Veterinary social work: The animals who share our lives can provide a special kind of companionship and unconditional love. Veterinary Social Work can support you, your family and children with treatment/end of life decisions, grief and loss, domestic violence involving animals, resources and information. Wendy creates a space where the relationship with the animals in our lives is valued, supported and celebrated.

Support can also be provided for veterinarian mental health and wellbeing, acknowledging the unique context of working within the human-animal bond. Wendy offers individual and organisational support informed from research to address workplace stressors including financial, psychological and ethical issues which may result in compassion fatigue and burnout.

Issues Wendy Can Help With

  • Mental health distress (depression, anxiety, etc.)
  • Problematic relationships (including family and domestic violence)
  • Grief and loss (including the loss of an animal companion, adults and children)
  • Life transitions
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Trauma (including complex trauma, childhood trauma, sexual abuse)
  • Unplanned pregnancy
  • LGBTIQ+ support (special interest in Transgender experiences)
  • Veterinarian wellness
  • Navigating systems and advocacy (Health, Child Protection, Aged Care, Employment, Housing, etc.)
  • Voice hearing
  • Working with families of fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) workers

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Social Work (Curtin University, Perth)
  • Postgraduate Training in Veterinary Social Work (University of Tennessee, USA)
  • Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) Comprehensive Assessor