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In Donauesching, lame helps in psychotherapy

Blades are a trend – as a companion for a child's rest or simply as a pet. In Donauesgue, psychologists now also use animals as co-therapists in the long term.

Who is in Baara on the road, which is probably no longer asking if you can see somewhere in the area, because four-way friends are very popular. Now another area of ​​action is coming: the Mediclin Center for Mental Health and the Mediclin Clinic at Vogelsang in Donaueschingen, animals are used for therapeutic purposes.

Throughout the year, four-year-old animal therapy has been offered all over the year, and for three years the collaboration with Brunlinger Gelndespielers, belonging to the animals, is explained by Matthias Holzapfel, Senior Psychologist of the Center for Mental Health.

At first it was used for pure recreational purposes, and then noted the positive effect of animal contact with the patients. Meanwhile, for four cows Emil, Fridolin, Karl and Alois at the clinic have a private housing with a stable and sufficient throat. "They are with us from Monday to Thursday, we collect them from Brunlingen together with the patients and return them on Thursday." Over the weekend, Gelndespieleri takes care of animals, "says Holzapfel. Of these, bladders are sometimes called co-therapists.

Blades are certainly not stuffy animals

"The blades are not so good to dominate as other animals used for therapy, and if they want to breed, the animal will strike," explains Holzapfel. From this nature, a lot can be learned from patients: "You have to build relationships and recognize borders, blades are not like a trained dog." They are not stuffy animals. Combined with relaxed nature, contact with animals promotes self-esteem for life, perception of identity as well as feeling of closeness and attention.

This is especially suitable for people with depressive illness, fear or trauma. "Particularly accentuated patients who are trapped inside themselves come out of the Lama contact." Especially those who are verbally barely active speak their first words to animals, "explains Holzapfel.

Three different forms of therapy

In Donaueschingen, there are three different forms for animal therapy with lamas. Patients can choose one of them. In order to build confidence in the Lama, it is important to offer therapy twice.

Driving in the open with the help of animals: Rehabilitation patients pick up animals on Monday in Brunlingen and walk with them to the clinic. On Thursday, patients will be back on foot. Hiking takes three to three and a half hours. There is a Lama Walk: the patients go with the blades for two hours of walking in that area. The therapeutic themes of walking and walking are building relationships, attention, confidence, slowing down, assertiveness, closeness and distance.

Further, the blade supplies: This includes morning feeding and drinking the blade. In addition, getting out of the stalls and caring about the enclosed space. The therapeutic theme here is structured work, planning work processes, organization of work, responsibility and concern.

Eight out of ten patients decided to bump

The offer is received by patients. You will be notified about this when you arrive at the object and you can apply for it later. "Eight out of eight reported in the end," explains psychologist Larissa Br. It is scientifically involved in animal therapy with the help of horses and integrates data from lamotreatment, for which there is still no material that can be estimated. Four blades have different character traits. If one animal relaxes and runs, others take care that the herd remains together.

Blade therapy is sometimes more effective than medication

"Connecting with nature is important for many patients, and positive human experience is connecting with something natural," explains Holzapfel. To gain access to the llamas, the animal requires attention. "It's a serious therapy, which also has preparation and monitoring." Sometimes it was better than the drug. "We've also heard from patients who after the therapy said that contact with the lamas helped and that I would be enough," says Miriam Pirch, a therapist for animal therapy. But lame also spit. "They just spit when they are in conflict with each other to regulate ranking, people just spit on them when they have bad experiences with them," says Pirch.

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