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If you work with animals in veterinary medicine or animal welfare and sometimes feel the effects of compassion fatigue then this podcast is for YOU! Your host, Julie Squires, Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist and Life Coach is all about helping you feel better by teaching you the tools you need to balance your work and your life and to have exceptional mental and emotional health so you can continue to help animals and make a difference in their lives.

Rekindling: Compassion Fatigue Solutions for Animal Workers Julie Squires

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 90 Ratings

If you work with animals in veterinary medicine or animal welfare and sometimes feel the effects of compassion fatigue then this podcast is for YOU! Your host, Julie Squires, Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist and Life Coach is all about helping you feel better by teaching you the tools you need to balance your work and your life and to have exceptional mental and emotional health so you can continue to help animals and make a difference in their lives.

    Ep# 273 Lessons From My Mentor

    Ep# 273 Lessons From My Mentor

    I've been thinking a lot about all the things I learned from my veterinary mentor Dr. Skip Leighton and wanted to share that with you. He's even partially responsible for the work I do today. Listen and find out how. 

    • 22 min
    Ep#272 Dysregulated Clients

    Ep#272 Dysregulated Clients

    Whether you serve veterinary clients, the general public or someone else, you need to be aware of how your policies and procedures may be creating (or adding to) nervous system dysregulation in others. What I'm about to say in this episode may not be agreed upon by everyone but hear me out. It just might have the potential to help!

    • 20 min
    Ep# 271 Motherless Daughters:A Heartfelt Chat with Kelly Burich

    Ep# 271 Motherless Daughters:A Heartfelt Chat with Kelly Burich

    The "club" we never wanted to be in, being a motherless daughter. Join me as I welcome back to the pod, the fabulous, spunky and always witty dynamo Kelly Burich, for a conversation about love, loss and grief. In honor of Mother's Day, we talk about our beloved mom's Pamela and Nancy. You won't want to miss this as we laugh and cry about our mama's. 

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Ep# 270 Best Of: The 5 Chapters of Your Life

    Ep# 270 Best Of: The 5 Chapters of Your Life

    Today's episode is from the archives of 2022. 
    An Autobiography in Five Chapters
    by Portia Nelson
    Chapter 1
    I walk down the street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
    I fall in. I am lost….I am helpless.
    It isn’t my fault.
    It takes forever to find a way out.
    Chapter 2
    I walk down the same street.
    There is a deep hole in the side walk.
    I pretend I don’t see it. I fall in again.
    I can’t believe I am in the same place.
    But it isn’t my fault.
    It still takes a long time to get out.
    Chapter 3
    I walk down the same street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
    I see it is there.
    I fall in….it’s a habit…but my eyes are open.
    I know where I am. It is my fault.
    I get out immediately.
    Chapter 4
    I walk down the same street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
    I walk around it.
    Chapter 5
    I walk down a different street.

    • 18 min
    Ep# 269 Conscious Compartmentalization

    Ep# 269 Conscious Compartmentalization

    "Compartmentalization is a defense mechanism in which people mentally separate conflicting thoughts, emotions, or experiences to avoid the discomfort of contradiction" according to Psychology Today. I believe compartmentalization can be an effective coping strategy for people who work in the emotionally charged fields of vet med, animal welfare and lab animal research. But it has to be conscious. Listen and learn what I mean by that. 

    • 17 min
    Ep# 268 Mindset & CBT

    Ep# 268 Mindset & CBT

    Understanding the interconnectedness of your thoughts, feelings and behavior is the key to self-awareness and empowerment. We all just want others to behave differently so we can feel better. That's the long way. 

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

Lucidkitty ,

Julie Squires is A

I found Julie for one on one coaching after contemplating it for several years- and my only regret is not pulling the trigger sooner. I would undoubtedly have lived the last few years very differently, but HEY! Always better late than never. Yes the focus may seem to be Compassion Fatigue- and that’s a big topic. Don’t have it? I didn’t either. But I sure did have burnout! And a host of other belief systems, behaviors, and mindsets that were not serving me- and tackling them felt very overwhelming. So like we all do, I blamed myself for not doing better. About what? Insert topic here ( )- you can add more to that space if you like.
I was so busy overestimating my capabilities to run on fumes, and underestimating what I was bringing to my work, that I ran myself into the ground. I am begging you, not to let that be you.

I have had 6 sessions with her, and will have many more as long as she does what she does- for we all know, that we can always be a better version of ourselves. I am not fixed, because I was not broken- but I feel better, and I love better, and I want more of THAT!
What we all often don’t know is that we already are a better version of ourselves than we think we are, that there are SO MANY things to learn here that will just click and change your life, that we also have so many very shared, but sometimes enshrouded in shame, experiences.
Fortunately for us- she picked Veterinary workers as her client base. But guess what! You don’t have to be. Just be a caregiver! To someone! Lots of someones or to pets! You will learn a whole lot here, about how attending to yourself is critical, about how to do that, about how to ask for help (just listening to a podcast is asking for help- did you know??) and about how that will let you spread your wings and fly, with so much less effort, and so much more authentically. You will learn to SHINE!
If you are not sure about one on one, fine- don’t take my spot LOL! But maybe give a listen to any of her hundreds of podcasts.
You found your tribe. Right here. Now quit dimming your shine!

skunkjam2 ,

Insightful podcast

I’ve been listening to this podcast for several years. Julie encourages me to challenge how I perceive myself and the world. I would highly recommend to anyone who works with animals daily to listen to the podcast and get the help we all need.

KeriBurch ,

Essential listening for those in animal welfare.

We see and do so much, and it can be so difficult to make sense of it all, appreciate it, grieve for it, and celebrate it. Julie has taught me so much about the ways to honor this work, the heartbreak and the hope. And she is honest, and funny, and compassionate. And she has wonderful guests that offer unique insights beyond her own.
Julie, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for lifting us up.

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