Welcome to the Compassion Fatigue Couch!

Mental health support, education, and resources for animal advocates


Hi, I'm Jen!

My name is Jennifer Blough and I'm a licensed professional counselor, certified compassion fatigue therapist, certified pet grief and loss specialist, and author of To Save a Starfish: A Compassion Fatigue Workbook for the Animal Welfare Warrior. I'm also the owner of Deepwater Counseling in southeast Michigan.
As a vegan and former shelter worker and animal control officer, I have an extensive background in animal welfare and animal rights, and I'm passionate about helping those who love, care for, and work to protect animals. I had traveled extensively to give workshops and speaking engagements on compassion fatigue -- then COVID hit. So I created The Compassion Fatigue Couch as a "pandemic proof" way to continue to help others online. I hope you'll check it out and join us on the couch!

Membership Community

The Compassion Fatigue Couch Membership Community is dedicated to helping those involved in animal welfare and animal rights manage compassion fatigue, burnout, and traumatic stress. Join this safe and nonjudgmental community and find understanding, guidance, education, and support to help you build resiliency and make your passion sustainable.

  • Live and recorded trainings 
  • Online support groups
  • Community forum and private Facebook group
  • Worksheets and assessments
  • Self-care challenges
  • "Members only" discounts, perks, and prizes
  • Individual and group rates
  • Convenient and affordable!

Get Your free Compassion Fatigue Care Package!

Struggling with compassion fatigue? Sign up to get your free symptom check list, guided meditation, and self-care e-journal with mood tracker.

Live Workshops

What if there was a way to help your staff combat compassion fatigue and build resilience? This live training allows your employees and/or volunteers to gain valuable tools to help them manage compassion fatigue, which in turn can lead to improved work performance, less sick days, decreased turnover, and ultimately, better care of the animals.

‚ÄčThis interactive self-care workshop is geared toward all animal professionals, including shelter staff, animal control officers, veterinarians, vet techs, euthanasia techs, rescue workers, volunteers, foster parents, wildlife rehabilitators, management, support staff, and all others involved in animal welfare or animal rights.


Purchase the Book!

"An excellent read for anyone in the animal welfare field. Allows the reader to really work through their emotions in a way that is specific to animal welfare and written by someone who understands. In a world where working in animal welfare can be so heavily judged, it is comforting to take a step back and self-reflect without judgement, guided by someone who has been there."

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Get the support you need with The Compassion Fatigue Couch Membership Community