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Resentment
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Resentment

Hiding resentment I have been struggling with too many balls in the air lately, which leads me to procrastinate. I spend time worrying about how much I have to do rather than doing anything about it. One of the things I had been worrying about is my time with the dogs. They need to be…

What’s at the root of your overwhelm?
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What’s at the root of your overwhelm?

Overwhelm – how it can creep up on us Reading the latest Psychologies Magazine (December 2018), I was drawn to the self-analysis quiz – ‘What’s the Root Cause of your Overwhelm?’  Answering the multiple choice questions I found I scored highest on ‘Perfectionism’. Reading through the other 3 categories I could just have easily identified…

Dogs and human emotions in therapy sessions
My dog as my therapist

Dogs and human emotions in therapy sessions

IntroductionThis is a short description of some of the work I have been doing with my own dogs, studying dogs and human emotions.  The work has involved fellow therapists studying the relationship between our emotions and the dogs’ behaviour. BackgroundI had started to notice that my hounds were sensitive to my emotions. This first came to my attention when…

Understanding Feelings
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Understanding Feelings

 I’ve been trying to write more about my therapeutic principles and I am finding it challenging.  Which is good, but because that makes me WORK .  I have been trying to explain to people in conversation, and in my writing, how we store up feelings in our body, how it is  stuck energy, and our dogs…

Peeling back layers of emotion when your trailhound doesn’t come back
My dog as my therapist

Peeling back layers of emotion when your trailhound doesn’t come back

Its been a while since I have written.  Some would say I’ve just been lazing about, my own inner critic in particular 😉 But I haven’t, I’ve been doing a lot of work and now I am catching up with my writing about it. I wrote some months ago about the experience of losing Logan…

Trust Your Dog
My dog as my therapist

Trust Your Dog

Trust your dog. In response to my last couple of posts, ‘why does a dog retrieve what it retrieves?’ and  ‘your emotions your dog’ some people have commented on my openness in discussing my personal situations and associated feelings . These comments got me wondering. Why was I sharing these stories, to anyone that cared to…

Therapy through a Trailhound!
My dog as my therapist | Natural Dog Training Experiences

Therapy through a Trailhound!

I have decided to concentrate my attention on Logan – rescue dog, unknown past but believed to have been badly treated at an early age, the one of my dogs that is holding back his energy from me. Recently we returned from a session of ‘pushing for food’ where I felt we were making progress. I opened the van…

An event exploring buried emotion – helped by my dogs
Complimentary therapies | Reflections

An event exploring buried emotion – helped by my dogs

I have been following the Natural Dog Training methods for some weeks now.  Mostly pushing for food, to encourage the dogs to invest their energy in me.  Things have been going well and I have been enthusing about the process.  Then last week we had, what appeared at first, to be a set-back.After pushing for…

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