Roy Nakai exemplifies a strong man with enormous insight, profound compassion and great wisdom. His life journey prepared him to reach the height of growth and the ability to overcome diversity. I consider it an honor to have joined his path toward wholeness, acceptance, purpose and meaning. In true Roy Nakai fashion he has shared his story with others as a means of enlightenment and enhancement.
- Lois Abrams, Ph.D.
After a series of life-altering tragedies, including failed marriages, and a hand injury that ended his 25 year career as a pediatric dentist, Dr. T. Roy Nakai reached the unenviable stage in life of a person who had lost almost all hope. With the persistent encouragement of his family and life-long friends, he sought professional help in the form of therapy, a place he always felt was for other people.
Upon meeting his therapist, Lois Abrams, he discovered that she always had her dog, Duke, in the office for their sessions. He discovered that Duke was both a comfort and a calming distraction while reliving his difficult journey. Over time, Lois enabled Dr. Nakai’s to accept events that he could not control in his life, shikata ga nai, and move forward, gaman, with his life to find new meaning.. He is now a strong proponent of counseling and therapy and of stress specialists who use animals as an aid during their sessions.
His own therapist, Lois Abrams studied the methods of Viktor Frankl* of Vienna, the neurologist and psychiatrist and founder of a branch of psychotherapy known as Logotherapy. Unlike Freud who promoted the concept of pleasure as the motivating force behind human achievement or will to life, or Adler’s will to power, Frankl’s analysis focuses on the concept that finding one’s “meaning” in life is the basic and most powerful motivation that drives all humans. There is further detailed information on Logotherapy at Wikipedia
Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists
The mission of the ATSS is to help the traumatized through international service, education and professional development.
The Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS) has internationally recognized certifications for trauma responders. It is a membership Association which develops standards of service and education for those who provide critical emotional care to trauma victims and survivors. ATSS has always endeavored to recognize and support both service providers and the consumers affected by all aspects of trauma in the international setting. ATSS is dedicated to excellence in training, education and experience to ensure that victims of crime, abuse, war, terrorism and disasters receive the most compassionate and effective care as possible.
Marriage and Family Therapists
MFTs are licensed mental health professionals who work with individuals; couples whether or not married; families of all types; and groups to cure or relieve mental, emotional, and relational concerns of all kinds. MFTs work in a variety of settings throughout the country providing mental health services, as well as providing services in independent practice. MFTs have minimally acquired two-year masters degrees, 3,000 hours of supervised experience, and have passed two rigorous exams.
CAMFT is an independent professional organization representing the interests of licensed marriage and family therapists throughout California. It is dedicated to advancing the profession as an art and a science, to maintaining high standards of professional ethics, to upholding the qualifications for the profession and to expanding the recognition and awareness of the profession.
The Delta Society is a non-profit organization that brings individuals together who share a common passion – a love of animals and people. They are committed to making a difference within our local communities and across the globe. It is their belief that people are healthier and happier because companion, service and therapy animals enrich and positively impact their everyday lives.
Myth: Delta Society is an animal-organization similar to a humane society.
Truth: Delta Society is a human-services organization dedicated to improving people’s health and well-being. We do this through positive interactions with animals.
The mission of Delta Society is to help lead the world in advancing human health and well-being through positive interactions with animals, thereby helping those in need to become healthier and happier by incorporating therapy, service and companion animals into their lives.
In the process the mission of he Delta Society is to:
Delta Society is an international, non-profit organization promoting the human-animal bond through the use of animal-assisted activities and therapies that is based in Bellevue, WA. For further information follow their link: The Delta Society
About the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) is the professional association for the field of marriage and family therapy. They represent the professional interests of more than 24,000 marriage and family therapists throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.
Since their founding in 1942, the AAMFT has been involved with the problems, needs and changing patterns of couples and family relationships. The association leads the way to increasing understanding, research and education in the field of marriage and family therapy, and ensuring that the public’s needs are met by trained practitioners. The AAMFT provides individuals with the tools and resources they need to succeed as marriage and family therapists.
*Viktor Frankl’s 1946 book Man’s Search for Meaning is in two parts: one for his experience and the second about his theories. Although Frankl died in 1997, his book has been printed in 24 languages and sold over 10 million copies