We were recently introduced to a very special dog known as a “comfort dog” or a “therapy dog” and we were touched by the way these dogs interact with the people who need them. Many times when people experience traumatic events, or even if we view those events on television, we can experience a sense of fear, feel sad and depressed and for some people, it can be difficult to open up and talk about their feelings.
Of course, we know that being able to talk about how the trauma has effected us can help us process the sense of fear we sometimes feel. Expressing our feelings to a counselor or therapist can help us better understand those confusing feelings, like the feeling of helplessness when we realize there is nothing we can do. This is especially true for people who view traumatic events from a distance. (continue reading…)