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Are you a self-proclaimed animal lover? Have you found comfort in the joy and love you share with your pets? You are in great company! It is one of the reasons animal-assisted therapies have had such great results!
Few things comfort us the way animals do. Whether it is from pets we share our lives with or the latest YouTube kitten video, animals have a natural way of bringing us peacefulness and joy much more readily. Well, therapy is no different!
A natural tendency for humans and pets to form a relationship with one another often contributes to quick connections and empathy between a client and therapy animal. Certain animals such as dogs are better suited for interactions with humans because they can more easily feel a deep sense of social connectedness beyond different species. Based on this, we can have meaningful and long lasting attachments with them – and them to us. This advanced social acuity enables them to not only be companionate but to also provide us with social support. Their loving connection allows us to explore things that were difficult for us, whether it’s tough thoughts and emotions or new coping skills we haven’t quite gotten the hang of yet.
Animal-based therapy approaches can help better handle things such as isolation, anxiety, sense of security/safety, depression, and mistrust. Most importantly, people going through a hard time can feel reconnected with themselves and the world through the cute cuddles, love, and fun of interacting with therapy animals. Animals can help provide relief and building of more adaptive coping strategies.
Either way, we benefit from their presence in therapy in a number of ways that extends beyond the session.
In what way has your furry footed loved one enhanced your life? Share with us in our Facebook and Twitter communities!
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PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. It’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. You may find it hard to do normal daily activities, like go to work, go to school, or spend time with people you care about.
For some people, PTSD symptoms may start later on, or they may come and go over time. For some, treatment can get rid of PTSD altogether. For others, it can make symptoms less intense. Treatment gives you the tools to manage symptoms so they don’t keep you from living a fulfilling life.
Any experience that threatens your life, safety, or someone else’s can cause PTSD. These events are sometimes called trauma. A traumatic event could be something that happened to you or something you saw happen to someone else. During this kind of event, you may not have any control over what’s happening may feel very afraid, helpless, or powerless. Anyone who has gone through something like this can develop PTSD.
Going through a traumatic event is not rare. At least half of Americans have had a traumatic event in their lives. Of people who have had trauma, about 1 in 10 men and 2 in 10 women will develop PTSD.
Part 2 will cover some additional guidelines in considering whether you need treatment for traumatic symptoms.
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Now enrolling for our women’s trauma group, The Goddess Curriculum: Empowerment through Living! Beginning October 18th, our integrative and holistic support group will meet weekly on Tuesday’s at 5:30pm to help women move past trauma and abuse to live fully empowered lives.
Embracing the Goddess within begins with taking a look at our flyer below and contacting me for your initial screening.
Goddess Curriculum Flyer
We are so excited about our newest group to introduce to our community! This is an original group created with the unique needs of women living their life following trauma. An integrative supportive and didactic group for adult female survivors of trauma provides a comprehensive and holistic approach to re-empowering women to live their lives as they wish.
We explore the many impacts of trauma as well as healing approaches spanning many modalities and focusing on transformative empowerment in our daily lives. Small group size and interaction allows for comfort in sharing our experiences to heal while focusing on forward movement and changes in our lives. The group meets weekly and is time limited so that members can implement what is learned in the group into their own lives as well as receive feedback within the group while making changes in their lives.
The nature of this group requires a small size to ensure a comfortable, quality experience. Please contact me to register and ensure your spot.
Don’t forget to view our virtual tour on our YouTube channel! You’ll get a peek at the therapeutic and healing environment we’ve selected and customized with your comfort and joy in mind.
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