Animal Therapy for PTSD

Bring your dog with you to help during therapy

Animal Therapy for people living with PTSD.

We offer therapy with your support animal in Wagga Wagga. This may be your own pet or a PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) support dog that is trained to reduce the impact of specific symptoms for people living with this condition, and improve their overall quality of life.

We do not supply the support animal.

Help

Help guide those people living with the effects of trauma back to a sense of safety

Encourage

Encourage engagement within the community and move away from isolation

Improve

Help to improve your interpersonal relationships

Regain

Regain areas of function that may have been affected by trauma

What is PTSD?

Some people who are have been repeatedly exposed to traumatic events, or have experienced a particularly traumatic incident, can go on to develop PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). Our bodies automatically react to threats to help us survive either by getting away or fight the threat. This is commonly referred to as the Flight or Fight response. If the person experiences intense or repeated trauma it can lead to this response when the person is not experiencing an immediate threat. When this happens almost any environment can be threatening, and anything relating to the traumatic incident provokes an activation of the Flight or Fight response.

We offer the Therapy.

We do not offer animals for therapy. If you are a veteran, psychiatric assistance dogs may be provided to veterans that are eligible under the Rehabilitation Appliances Program, RAP. Contact the Department of Veteran’s Affairs for details.

We offer counselling, CBT, EMDR, PTSD debriefing, trauma counselling with your animal in Wagga Wagga NSW. Often due to childhood trauma, interpersonal trauma or an traumatic events in one’s life, one can struggle with attachment and relationships, however through attaching to animals such as a dog, one can rebuild trust and stability through attachment EMDR THERAPY with your support animal such as your dog.

However, if you require a crisis service immediately then please contact Life Line on 13 11 14.

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References

Mims, D., & Waddell, R. (2016). Animal Assisted Therapy and Trauma Survivors. Journal Of Evidence-Informed Social Work, 13(5), 452-457. doi: 10.1080/23761407.2016.1166841

Wildlife and Wellbeing: An Animal-Assisted Intervention for Veterans With PTSD. (2019). Case Medical Research. doi: 10.31525/ct1-nct04116489

Altschuler, E. (2017). Animal-Assisted Therapy for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Lessons from “Case Reports” in Media Stories. Military Medicine, 183(1-2), 11-13. doi: 10.1093/milmed/usx073

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