Here are just a few ways that dolphin therapy benefits individuals recovering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health issues:
Stress reduction: Being around dolphins and interacting with them in the water relieves stressors that affect mental health.
Calmness: People experiencing anxiety and PTSD find that the soothing nature of being around these peaceful mammals continues to induce feelings of calmness and focus even after the therapy session ends.
Sound therapy: The sounds that dolphins emit during the therapy sessions have a profound impact on one’s well-being. Scientists believe these sounds influence heart rate, breathing, memory, and even immune function.
Confidence: Working with large aquatic animals in a controlled setting improves confidence. When patients feel more confident in their abilities to handle even small situations, such as feeding a dolphin, this spills over into their everyday lives.
At Kinder in the Keys, we believe that the story and journey of every woman is unique. As the only residential non-substance abuse inpatient mental health facility in Key Largo, FL for women, we provide clients customized, safe and holistic care.