Animal assisted and nature based psychotherapy

INTEGRATING many modalities of healing

...and when she sang, the sea,
Whatever self it had,

became the self
That was her song,

for she was the maker,

Then we,
As we beheld her

striding there alone,
Knew that there never was

a world for her
Except the one she sang

and, singing, made.

Wallace Stevens, poet

Just as each of us has a different modality for learning, we respond to modalities of healing differently. Some clients prefer to grow in conversation while others prefer a more expressive means by which they can externalize their internal struggles.

In trying to make these explanations as simple as possible, they lose a bit of of

the essence from which they were created. For more information on any of these

modalities, please ask. More detailed information about those that interest you

can be provided.

EMDR: Per the EMDRIA, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.

Somatic (Movement): Somatic psychotherapy recognizes that every human experience co-exists in the mind, body, and spirit. This is the effort to reach your memories and emotions through the body. For example, how could you move to begin a dialogue with that pain in your neck?

Narrative: This is the opportunity for you to unearth your personal story, discover your strengths, resources, passions, and road blocks to growth or change through sharing your experiences.

Cinema: Film has the ability to bridge all cultures, religions, and differences so that we may understand our beings in relationship to the collective conscious that knows how to heal.

Sand Tray: Sand tray is the opportunity to create a physical manifestation of your inner world using sand, water and miniature objects, providing a creative, safe symbolic for expression that may not come forth in conversation or other means.

Art: Art in psychotherapy does not implement critique or ability. Instead, it is an opportunity to engage flow into the expansion of self and gives voice to the creative spirit. The creative spirit has much to say when we give it the freedom and means to express. For example, when was the last time you meditated by drawing with your less dominant hand? And did that hand have anything it wanted to say?

Animal Assisted Therapy:  Miniature donkeys, hedgehogs, dogs, chickens, and soon -- goats. Coming into relationship with animals is an exploration of what it is to discover self in the presence of another. Establishing vulnerability and trust with animals is the natural first step to doing the same with your friends, family, and peers.

Adventure/Wilderness: With these modalities, you seek to reset your buttons with expanded self-efficacy and wholeness in relationship with nature. These experiences might include a simple walk along the river, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, skiing, etc. The means by which nature can contribute to your healing are endless -- especially in places in Colorado and Belize, where 'wild' is abundant

Shamanic Journeying: Shamanism is not a religion. It is one of the oldest tribal healing traditions of indigenous people throughout the world. Despite the variations of culture and country, the one thing all of these traditions have in common is their communication and interaction between inner self and the spirit world. Prayer, ritual, ceremony, meditation, etc. are all similar paths of communication. Through such a discipline of connection to spirit, transformation can happen. In a shamanic journey, drums and rattles are often used to shift your internal rhythms, similarly as soothing music can achieve a more meditative state.The drum rhythm closely mimics the frequency of the rhythm of the Earth. And from this a conversation, like prayer, can ensue.