Skip to main content

Web Extra: Paws for Reflection Ranch's Owner Answers a Few More Questions

Sep 21, 2016 04:30PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger

Paws for Reflection Ranch. Photos courtesy of their Facebook page.

In our article, "Animals Heal at Midlothian’s Paws For Reflection Ranch," we got to know owners Melode and Stan Seremet. Below are a few bonus questions Melode answered for us. Take a look!  


Q: What’s unique about the ranch?

A: All Ranch services are client based, designed for the individual.  We do not offer "cookie cutter" services.  The peaceful setting of the ranch speaks to each person that comes through the gate.  It is certain that each client and family member will find an animal to connect to, one that reaches them at a soul level.

The ranch has been designed for the whole family to benefit from time spent here.  While a rider is having a therapeutic lesson, the caregiver may take a walk on the nature trail.  While a child receives counseling, the parent may spend quality time with their sibling on the playground.  We are unique in that due to the strength of our counseling team, we can offer services to the entire family, sometimes scheduled at the same time if most convenient. 

The relationship between our professional staff and ranch animals offers a unique approach to providing clinical services in a non-traditional setting.  The relaxed environment of the ranch creates a healing environment where one feels safe and can focus on their personal challenges, able to take time to "pause and reflect".

Our educational and outreach programs allow us to introduce uncommon animals to the community, broadening their awareness of the animal kingdom. Our nature trail offers opportunity to learn more about nature and the many treasures found there. 


Q: Why is Paws For Reflection so important? 

A: There are limited services for veterans, for youth-at-risk, and for those with special needs in the southern region of the D/FW metroplex. No one offers the wide range of therapy services with the variety of animals that we do. 

We are able to treat the entire family if need be.  This is typically not available in other counseling settings.  The ranch environment is equally comfortable for men, women, youth, and children. 

One of the goals of the ranch is to teach good stewardship of our animal friends.  With the help of our animals, we are able to teach empathy and compassion in each of our programs.  As our clients strive to create a relationship with the animal(s) they feel most connected to, they learn emotional control, empathy for others, communication skills, and how to build healthy relationships. 


Q: Has the program faced challenges/obstacles? Explain. 

A: The ranch is a pioneer in the animal assisted therapy field, therefore, it is challenging for people to understand the depth of what we do.  People need to experience the healing firsthand in order to truly understand.

Lack of funding and donor support for the many services we provide is a major obstacle.  We have not yet been able to capture the interest of major corporate sponsors, though their employees may be benefiting from our programs. We have received generous funding through private and state funded grants which we utilize to provide services for specific target groups. 

Despite daily efforts to engage in the community, we still hear "we didn't know all this was available, and right in our backyard" way too often.  


Q: What do you like most about being involved with Paws For Reflection? 

A: It is tremendously rewarding to witness people overcome major life obstacles through the help of the professional therapists and animals of the ranch.


Q: What’s your best memory of being involved with the organization? 

A: One of our best memories centers on the success story of a veteran who suffered from PTSD.  He was unable to hold down a job, had difficulty with personal relationships, and struggled with the challenges of daily life.  Successfully graduating from our Boots of Honor program, he has gone back to school and has a rewarding job.  Since, according to him, his dramatic life change happened at the ranch, he and his bride began their marriage here with family and friends in attendance.

 

Q: What else do we need to know about Paws For Reflection? 

A: Paws for Reflection Ranch provides an innovative approach to the therapies we provide.  Our professional therapists and trained ranch animals offer a level of treatment and care comparable to none.  We are truly pioneers and leaders in the realm of animal assisted therapies.


Q: How can someone find out more about Paws For Reflection? 

A: They can visit our website www.pawsforreflectionranch.org, visit our Facebook page, email pawsforreflection@att.net or call 972-775-8966 to make an appointment for a visit.

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Mansfield Magazine's free newsletter to get regular updates



Embed this content on your website

Embed
Today, Community web extra q&a
  • Exhibit: Seeing is a Nervous Habit

    09/22/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    A retrospective of Kenda North’s work. The exhibit will be accompanied by a group exhibition of f...


  • Texas Coin Shows in Grapevine

    09/22/2017
    02:00PM — 06:00PM

    Add to your collection at the Texas Coin Shows on Sept. 22-24 at the Convention Center, 1209 S. M...


  • Maverick Home Volleyball Game

    09/22/2017
    06:30PM — 08:30PM

    Volleyball match being hosted at The College Park Center by the UT Arlington Mavericks Collegiate...


  • Exhibit: Seeing is a Nervous Habit

    09/24/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    A retrospective of Kenda North’s work. The exhibit will be accompanied by a group exhibition of f...


  • Intro to Fishing

    09/24/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    Ready to cast your bait and reel in the big fish this summer? Join us for beginning fishing class...


  • DFW Solar Awareness Day

    09/25/2017
    12:00AM

    Hello! We are putting together a day for solar awareness in the DFW area! Talk to your friends...


  • SusieCakes Grand Opening Happy Hour

    09/25/2017
    03:00PM — 07:30PM

    Enjoy the grand opening of SusieCakes in Fort Worth with a week of happy hour deals! Monday 9...


  • Kayaking

    09/26/2017
    09:00AM — 10:30AM

    Take a break from hiking trails and get on the water! We will go out in dual‐seated kayaks along...


  • Exhibit: Seeing is a Nervous Habit

    09/26/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    A retrospective of Kenda North’s work. The exhibit will be accompanied by a group exhibition of f...


  • SusieCakes Grand Opening Happy Hour

    09/26/2017
    03:00PM — 07:30PM

    Enjoy the grand opening of SusieCakes in Fort Worth with a week of happy hour deals! Monday 9...


 

Image title
Mansfield Area High School Sports

Community Champions