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Davidson LifeLine Hosts Mental Health Fair

by | Apr 20, 2018 | Davidson Lifeline

All Citizens are Invited to

Davidson LifeLine’s Mental Health Fair

2nd Annual Spring Into Wellness

Saturday, April 28, 1:00-4:00 at Triple Play Farm

19516 Kistler Farm Rd, Davidson

Join Davidson LifeLine as we ‘Spring Into Wellness’. Try your hand at art therapy, a drum circle, horticultural therapy or equine therapy. How about a mindfulness walk in the woods or chair massage? Participants can sign up for some of the sessions and drop in for others. Light refreshments, including Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, will be served. This event is free to the public and intended for ages 15 and older.

Equine Therapy with Chris Nealy, LCSW, Triple Play Farm – Animal assisted therapy is a goal-directed intervention, working with animals as an integral part of the clinical  treatment process. Animal assisted therapy can be effective in treating behavioral health needs such as mood disorders (including depression and anxiety), ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum and communication disorders, behavioral management, college student transition/development, eating disorders, substance use disorders, grief, trauma (including PTSD), premarital & marital counseling, and parenting skill development.

 Horticultural Therapy with Bobbie Mabe, MA, Growth Through Gardening – Therapeutic benefits of garden environments have been documented since ancient times. In the 19th century, Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and recognized as the “Father of American Psychiatry,” was first to document the positive effect working in the garden had on individuals with mental illness.

Art Therapy – Art therapy joins psychology and art where creativity is used to express what cannot be expressed, to make visual that which cannot be said, and to develop greater awareness and foster insight with the intention of movement towards healing or reconciliation.

Music Therapy through a Drum Circle with Julie Alexander, Core Health Partners – Explore sound and rhythm as a way to practice mindfulness, decrease stress & anxiety, build listening skills, and enhance well-being for yourself and others.

Yoga Therapy with Lisa Firullo, Healing Tree Counseling and Wellness, PLLC – Yoga is a mind body exercise that focuses on breath and yoga poses to assist with calming both the body and mind, as well as the nervous system. Yoga is effective for reducing stress, anxiety, depression, improving sleep, and can help increase concentration and attention. Yoga is increasingly being introduced in therapeutic settings to teach simple and effective techniques accessible to anyone.

Tai Chi with Tai Chi Mike – Through gentle movements, Tai Chi has been associated with reduced stress, anxiety, and depression, and enhanced mood, in both healthy people and those with chronic conditions.

Chair Massage with Jessica Meaker – Chair messages will begin at 1:00 p.m. and you can sign-up for a time at check-in.

Register for experiences with Art Therapy, Equine Therapy, Horticultural Therapy, Yoga, Tai Chi, and/or Music Therapy at the website (search for ‘2018 Spring Into Wellness’) or email [email protected] with your RSVP by April 18.

In addition to the sessions listed above, drop in to learn about other self care strategies, like a guided walk in the woods and talk to exhibitors about nutrition, therapeutic yoga, and experiential methods of mental health therapy.

Light snacks will be available, as will Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream!

NOTE: Rain date Sunday, April 29, 1:00-4:00

NOTE: The offered sessions are designed to provide experiences in therapy options; they are not designed to be therapy sessions.

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