Description of Services
In-depth counseling services are provided to pet owners during their animal’s illness or elder years, after pet loss from death or euthanasia, need for placement outside of home, divorce situations, or when pets wander off and are not recovered.
An eclectic blend of transformational therapies (detailed in the paragraph following this information) provides each client with a personalized course of therapy to address the issues that may arise from the loss of a pet including:
- coping with feelings
- depression and sadness
- guilt over death, euthanasia, lost animal or accidents
- loneliness and despair
- memories of other past losses and past unresolved grief
- somatic components:
- pain or other unexplained symptoms
- issues of personal growth and development
- anticipatory loss stirred by pet loss concerning:
- elderly parents
- children leaving home
- other elderly or ill pets
- illness of family member or close friend
- one’s own mortality and health status
- impending divorce
- infertility issues for couples – current or past
- inner child feelings and issues:
- unresolved developmental needs
- never felt as loved as by this pet
The following therapies utilize dynamic interventions to gently support yet effectively facilitate the client’s:
- emotional expression
- ability to cope with change
- awareness and employment of spiritual, religious or philosophical
- inner guidance and wisdom
Mind/body therapy addressing inner child feelings and memories. Old negative patterning addressed by emotional remapping – first mapping out current experience (negative voices that denigrate or limit client) and then remapping new choices and possibilities where formerly such options felt impossible. Psychomotor therapy can be particularly helpful if memories of past losses or difficult childhood memories surface as a result of pet loss. For more information about PBSP Therapy see http://www.pbsp.org .
"Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of other challenging symptoms. Brainspotting gives us a tool to neurobiologically locate, focus, process, and release experiences and symptoms that are typically out of reach of the conscious mind and its cognitive and language capacity. Working with the deep brain and the body, Brainspotting allows for direct access to the autonomic and limbic systems within the body's central nervous system. Brainspotting is accordingly a physiological tool/treatment which has profound psychological, emotional, and physical consequences.
It is theorized that Brainspotting taps into and harnesses the body's innate self-scanning capacity to process and release focused areas (systems) which are in a maladaptive homeostasis (frozen primitive survival modes). This may also explain the ability of Brainspotting to often reduce and eliminate body pain and tension associated with physical conditions.
A "Brainspot" is the eye position which is related to the energetic and emotional activation of a traumatic experience. Located by eye position, paired with externally observed (by the therapist) and internally experienced (by the client) reflexive responses, a Brainspot is actually a physiological subsystem holding emotional experience in memory form. The maintenance of that eye position/Brainspot within the attentional focus on the body's "felt sense" of that issue or trauma stimulates a deep integrating and healing process within the brain. This processing, which appears to take place at a reflexive or cellular level within the nervous system, brings about a de-conditioning of previously conditioned, maladaptive emotional and physiological responses.
Brainspotting appears to stimulate, focus, and activate the body's inherent capacity to heal itself from trauma. It is also very useful to access and develop internal resource states end experiences. These resources allow the therapist and patient, where necessary, to "pendulate" between resource or positive states and trauma states during a Brainspotting session to enable more gradual, graded processing and desensitization of intensely traumatic and emotionally charged issues and symptoms."
Quote from David Grand, Ph.D, creator of Brainspotting Therapy TM: