A Well-rounded, non-profit Program for PTSD survivors.
The PTSD Relief Project has applied for status as 501(c) non-profit organization with the mission of providing acupuncture, equine therapy, and other non-traditional approaches in treating PTSD for veterans and survivors of trauma. The PTSD Relief Project plans to pursue grants for the initial program costs to provide programs for women veterans and then expand the programs from there. The founder of the PTSD Relief Project, Jenny-Marie Greenough, has a unique collection of skills and experiences and a broad selection of healers to partner with.
Jenny-Marie Greenough is a disabled Navy veteran, graduate of the US Naval Academy and the owner and founder of Raja Wellness. Raja Wellness is a full service East Asian Medical Clinic offering acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional and lifestyle counseling, Tai Chi, massage, Jin Shin Jyutsu and aromatherapy. Jenny-Marie is a life-long horsewoman who specializes in helping people overcome fear of horses, natural horsemanship and the energetic exchange between horse and rider. She has successfully worked with people recovering from addiction, overcoming PTSD, and simply to better understand their own emotional state through groundwork with horses. She is also a teaching student of Grand Master Ming Ye Ding, a World Heritage Grand Master of Tai Chi Chuan who has been recognized internationally numerous times for his contributions to martial arts.
Jenny-Marie is able to combine her knowledge of the therapeutic aspects of Tai Chi, the healing principles of East Asian Medicine and the unique skills of her equine partners to help people access deep levels of healing and growth. Horses are excellent partners in the healing process due to their natural orientation to herd dynamics, large number of mirror neurons that allow them to quickly and accurately read the emotional state of others around them, including humans, and their strong play drives. The primary equine programs used by the PTSD Relief Project will be equine assisted learning and the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method—both of which use ground-based interactions with the horses to help the human partners become more aware of their internal emotional states and how to control them. All equine partners are monitored for signs of stress and the PTSD Relief Project is careful to maintain a work to play ratio for each horse that keeps the horses fresh and avoid burnout. All horses get basic ground training, and if physically appropriate, basic skills under saddle to ensure they are well-mannered and engage in a variety of activities for their mental and physical well-being.
The PTSD Relief Project brings a unique blend of skills and experience creating a whole person approach to the treatment of PTSD and with the support of other healers is able to integrate other therapies as appropriate for the individual being treated. All of these approaches have proven to be beneficial individually, the PTSD Relief Project is unique in integrating these into a single program.