Dog Blog A Day for National Pet Month – Inspired to Change
Question of the day (QotD) – What is your most treasured item you have kept from a past pet?
Dogs have an amazing capacity to help us heal but sometimes it is beyond even their love and devotion to help us with our mental health. Sometimes we need outside help and just sometimes we need that help because we are grieving for the pet that has helped us through life and is no longer around.
Emma Treby is a clinical hypnotherapist with Inspired to Change. I wanted to bring her to your attention as she has helped me so much with my anxiety. What has this got to do with my dog I hear you ask? The answer is two fold, helping with my anxiety has in turn has helped me sleep so I am able to be more present for my work, my animals and my family. Relationships have all improved dramatically. But where did my anxiety come from, lots of things but grief pushed the anxiety from manageable, into one that I needed to get help with. Losing a pet for me was like losing a member of the family but sadly people around do not always understand that and the impact it has on us. What I really appreciated with Emma is we didn’t delve into the past we looked forward, looked at coping mechanisms. I think very highly of her and her empathic manner.
How does your business help dogs and their people?
I support people who are feeling stuck, anxious or lacking in confidence to get the best from their relationship with themselves and their dog and also help them to cope in times of loss and grief. I am also a mental health educator, providing mental health awareness training to employees so they can better manage their mental health for the benefit of themselves, their family and those that they work with.
What are your goals and ambitions for your business over the next year and how can we help?
To continue supporting clients on a one to one basis and through group training to be the best version of themselves by helping them overcome feelings of anxiety, depression or a lack of confidence and to support the process of grief.
What was your biggest triumph from the last year?
As a member of Inspired to Change we think our biggest achievement has been to reach over 165,000 people through our free online relaxations and educational talks through the Covid-19 pandemic.
What is your favourite part of your job?
Enabling my clients to work towards being the best version of themselves and seeing my clients go from surviving to thriving.
What is the funniest thing that has happened in your job?
Online therapy sessions always provide the opportunity for a surprise or two, normally relating to the clients' animals! I have had a cat climb up onto their human whilst we are undertaking the relaxation part of the session, only for me to have a view of their backside for the next 20 minutes. I have had dogs fall asleep so deeply through the relaxation sessions that they begin snoring - loudly! And I had another client, whose dog used to appear just at the right time to have a snooze, only to wag their tail over their human's face whilst they were relaxing.
What are your favourite things about your community of clients, customers and supports?
I love the fact that my clients value their relationship with their animals so much. It is wonderful to share the most precious moments relating to their special animal.
If this wasn’t your job what would you do instead?
Possibly an educational psychologist as supporting parents of children with neurodiversity is another passion of mine.
If you were to start a business again, what advice would you give yourself in general?
Reach out for support when you need it. There are always other like-minded people only too happy to support you.
If you could be any dog, what breed would you be and how does that align with your personality?
I think it would be a King Charles Spaniel as they are sensitive to the emotions of others and my joy is seeing those I care for and love be happy.
What is the earliest dog related memory that you can recall?
Playing hide and seek with my friend's gorgeous greyhound. She used to cover her face with her paw as if I couldn't see her and when I 'found' her she used to give me a big toothy grin.
Name three things you couldn’t live without?
Family, my diary and lip balm.
If you feel at all overwhelmed or know anyone who might appreciate some help please like and share and most importantly get in touch with Emma,
Question of the day (QotD) – What is your most treasured item you have kept from a past pet? Answer Here.
If you missed any of last week’s blogs click on the links below to support these local businesses and charities
Monday –The Lamb Inn, Sandford
Tuesday - The Delighted Dog – Dog walker in Exeter
Wednesday- Tuff-E-Nuff dog toys
Thursday – K9Focus – rescue
Bye for now,