December 4, 2019

Can animals help us heal from trauma?

Helen Kemp, 48

Can animals help us heal from trauma? ‘In the stars’ is from a collection of work charting my recovery from a breakdown in 2014. A late-diagnosed aspie, words often allude me, but simple forms and colours can speak volumes. I find solace in the beauty of simplicity. Animals, in various forms, have been pivotal catalysts in my recovery journey. ‘In the stars’ is a tribute to emotional support dogs that provide cherished moments of joy and safe connection. The green of compassion, pink of kindness and yellow of hope dominate the constellation. Can animals help us heal from trauma? Yes, I believe they can.

In the stars, 2019