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April 13th, 2021

Parenting Education: How to help your children after trauma

By New England Psychologist Staff

Some basics for managing trauma in your child: In some ways, helping children recover from traumatic experiences, can be simple. In other ways, the healing process can seem endless and grueling. In order to make this process doable, let’s discuss some basic concepts you can incorporate from the get go. • Physical contact – Be affectionate with your child. This will help him/her feel safe. • Daily Routines – Structure during times of stress is very healing. Structure provides a sense of security. When everything feels out of control, having structure provides an anchor for the child. • Frequent soothing and reassurance – [More]

April 18th, 2020

Pets help as co-therapists

By Catherine Robertson Souter

A cat who knows when someone is distressed. A rabbit who bonds with clients more than its owner. A dog who nudges a child who is panicking during a neuropsychological evaluation. This is the world of the pet co-therapist. From dogs to cats, rabbits, birds, and more, a wide range of animals are being used in offices, on college campus counseling centers, and in grade school settings as part of solution-focused therapy. Imagine walking into a therapist’s office to be greeted by a wagging tail or a ball of fur waiting for you to give her a lap to snuggle [More]

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