This is a recent New York Times Article about how a golden retriever named Devon is helping a returning veteran deal with post traumatic stress disorder. The power of human/animal bond in providing secure attachment and healing is rapidly becoming a hot topic that will hopefully generate more research. Part of my internship for a Masters in Counseling will involve study in attachment theory. To my total delight, my internship sites value the healing presence of a dog in the counseling venue and I’ve been encouraged to bring one of my therapy dogs – either Irei or Tess – with me.
I’ll also be able to use my equine facilitated psychotherapy work toward internship credit. If you are unfamiliar with the healing power of the Horse as co-facilitator in the counseling and growth/learning process, I invite you to check out the website for my 501c3 non-profit: Work of Heart: Horse as Mentor that I share with psychiatrist, Nancy Coyne (www.workofheart.net).
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