The Program has uniquely adapted its group programing to provide Partial Hospitalization Programming (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Programing (IOP) into content created to speak directly to the Sheepdogs.
Its fair to say it isn't for the standard civilian.
It is adapted to speak directly to the heart of those who have sacrificed a part of themselves to protect this way of life.
Adventure Therapy, Behavioral Activation, DBT Skills Training, and other modalities are implemented in new ways to provide clients with a forum that translates and modifies empirical therapeutic treatment into a language that resonates true with the protectors of the flock.
From Kayaking to Gym workouts. Fishing to marathon training.
Why would we keep ourselves locked in an office when we could talk on the water?
Sheepdog clinicians are trained in the use of cutting-edge Virtual Reality hardware. This hardware utilizes various software programs uniquely designed to create scenarios which expose the client to situations they consider adverse. Exposure to these scenarios helps the client learn to control their reactions to these triggers. Eventually the adverse stimuli no longer has as strong of an effect. After continued treatment many clients gain control of their response to these triggers. This is very similar to older models of exposure therapy. However exposure therapy using Virtual Reality allows for much greater applications.
From combat scenarios to public gatherings. Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy truly helps clients gain increasing amounts of control over their reactions. VR Exposure therapy is an amazing new intervention that has shown incredible results for the clients who have participated in it.
Anywhere else in the world, when someone spends 4, 6, or 10 years studing their trade and refining how well they perform in their profession they come back with a bachelors, masters or doctorate degree. However many times we come back from serving and have little from our military career that translates over into civilian life. You have experience , but it is in a different type of knowledge. For some, the longer it takes finding your new place in this world the more bitter you become. You may look around and get bothered that those around you take this life for granted. They don’t know what you know, and seem happy in their ignorant bliss. This feeling grows and only seems to make you feel more and more separated from others.
Other times we return home and realize that after we hung up the uniform for good, we no longer truly know who the man or woman is that was underneath. It may not settle in for a while. Perhaps a year or two. But then one morning we recognize that we don’t know who we are anymore. There is a loss of identity.
Sometimes we recognize that after we have packed the uniform away and open our eyes, we are faced with a family that is broken. We find a partner or children who have been holding onto straws for years. They may be angry, exhausted, and unsure how this new change is going to affect them. The only thing everyone can agree on, is no one knows how you fit into this picture anymore. Especially now that you are home all the time.
Couples counseling might be the modality of choice is you are experiencing difficulty in family or romantic relationships. Effective couples counseling can help with include repetitive arguments, premarital/pre-commitment anxieties or issues, problems of infidelity, life-stage issues (such as managing career, children and the relationship or perhaps the empty-nest phase or mid-life issues), or phases in which one partner has changed in a manner that is different from the other partner.
Often, couples fear the ‘need’ to go to counseling, and as a result, they often wait until the relationship is in a crisis. While anxiety provoking for many couples, couples counseling can be a great opportunity to grow together. Couples counseling provides an opportunity to work on communication, return to a better place in the relationship, but even more importantly, it offers a unique opportunity for each partner to learn and to grow in the presence of the other. This truly profound experience of growing together can be life changing.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. The adaptive information processing model posits that EMDR therapy facilitates the accessing and processing of traumatic memories and other adverse life experience to bring these to an adaptive resolution. During EMDR therapy the client attends to emotionally disturbing material in brief sequential doses while simultaneously focusing on an external stimulus. Therapist directed lateral eye movements are the most commonly used external stimulus but a variety of other stimuli are often used. EMDR therapy facilitates the accessing of the traumatic memory network, so that information processing is enhanced, with new associations forged between the traumatic memory and more adaptive memories or information. These new associations are thought to result in complete information processing, new learning, elimination of emotional distress, and development of cognitive insights.