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Nicole Vykoukal, LCSW

Our fast-paced world can take us away from the instinctual and inherent wisdom we hold within. Many of us are stressed, anxious, depressed, and overwhelmed. Set aside time to connect with nature and be free from phone or computer distractions.

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Your best friend, your furry soulmate, your devoted companion is gone and your heart is broken. Know you’re not alone in struggling with this loss.

Many experts say the death of your companion animal can be especially traumatic because our companions depend on us comple...

Did you know that loss can trigger depression? It’s true. A significant loss, such as the death of a loved one (including your companion animal), could trigger symptoms of depression.You can suffer from both depression and bereavement simultaneously. A double whammy....

The holidays can be a time of cheer, sharing gifts, and gathering with family and friends. However, for many people the holidays bring sadness, loneliness, and reflection of lost loved ones, including pets who were family members. On long, winter, holiday evenings it i...

Thanksgiving is here, and it can be a psychologically and emotionally complex holiday for many. You may feel an array of emotions including loneliness, grief, joy, envy, guilt, and even anxiety. One thing is certain, the holidays bring stress (even if the stress is ant...

I have compiled a list of ways to memorialize your beloved companion animal when they die. These suggestions have come from my own experience with pet loss and countless others’ suggestions for remembering and honoring their lost loved ones.  

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From years of experience working with people facing adversity, crisis, and trauma, I can tell you loss is one of the most trying human experiences. Difficult losses include losing a job, health related losses, a relationship ending, and the death of a loved one. For ma...

Find inner peace through meditation with your best friend.

Practicing mindfulness by focusing on your senses, allowing your dog to serve as an anchor to the present moment, can reduce stress and help you feel calmer and more grounded.

When you’re feeling tired, overwhelm...

I was in my mid-twenties and in graduate school. On a breezy spring morning, my dog, Lucy, and I were out for our usual morning walk when we came across a white, plastic bag caught on some vines and billowing in the wind.

Instantly, Lucy went on alert. Her ears perked u...

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