Each day there is a child who experiences the death of a loved one, witnesses violence, is victimized by crime of intense bullying, disfigured by an accident, or other countless events - all resulting in severe childhood trauma. In the extreme, child trauma may cause flashbacks, blackouts, and may result in severe and harmful physical behavior.
Team Velvet, Inc. provides multi-modal horse therapy for traumatized children ages 5-12 with psychologist Dr. Susan Edwards. Therapy horses may be involved in interactive games, kick a soccer ball, dance or be taught liberty performance. Children do not ride the horses, they interact while working towards goals of increased self-esteem and resiliency over adverse childhood events.
Team Velvet has treated 40 families with children who have experienced severe trauma. Many of these children have been referred to us by other professionals who found the child's problems intractable with traditional therapies. We do not have the funding and resources to treat all of the children referred to us. Therefore, we are seeking generous donors to help us to be able to accept all referrals of the most emotionally vulnerable children.
Our successful, continuing counseling service is located on our farm in Flemington, NJ. If you have any questions whatsoever about our history, therapy methods, potential therapy costs (if any) beyond insurance coverage, success stories, to arrange a visit to our farm etc., see out "Contact Us" page on how to contact Dr. Edwards directly.
Christmas in July with Team Velvet, Inc.
There are many sad events that can change a child's life.
Since 2009 when Team Velvet Inc. began our charity has helped children transcend many types of trauma and profound loss. Some include parental death, devastating illness/suicide of a loved one, physical disfigurement, witnessing/experiencing violence, and psychological bullying, among others.
The kids are 5-12 years old. Our equine mental health therapy services are FREE because of donations like yours and Christmas in July is one of our major fundraisers.
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In this first episode of the "Women Who Inspire Series," Dr Susan Edwards shares her expertise and experience with this amazing therapy, the fastest-growing modality of therapy in the world today. As an added bonus, she shares her personal inspirations - inspirations that have guided her personally and professionally. Her inspirations include: favorite writers, mentors, the goodness network, and love.
Thank You Northfield Bank Foundation!
Northfield Bank Vice President and Business Development Officer Kari Mastrioanni, third from left, presents a ceremonial check to Dr. Susan Edwards, Psychologist/Director of Team Velvet Inc., with therapy horse, Velvet. On the left is therapy horse Precious, with Kathy Piparo, PhD, Board Secretary, and right is therapy horse Little Annie with board member Lillian Shupe.
The Northfield Bank Foundation awarded a 2021 grant for mental health therapy for children to Team Velvet Inc.,
May 1, 2021. We are saddened to hear of the passing of Charlie Harrison. He was a special friend of Team Velvet and was well-loved by the staff, horses, the children we serve, and the greater WDVR 89.7 Sergeantsville, NJ / WPNJ 90.5 Easton, PA community which extended across the internet. We will miss him.
Virtual Visits With Velvet will be scheduled soon.
If interested in enrolling a child or for more information e-mail email@example.com or call 609-924-4330
Sessions are just $10 per child and are conducted from the farm.
Team Velvet recently took part in a 30-Day Horseshine Challenge.
The horses were given Horseshine, a product from Omega Fields for one month.
"I am amazed at the qualitative difference in our three therapy horse herd in this short time. All three horses show more shine, thickness and improved texture after we followed the recommended feeding guidelines by weight. All of the improved in appearance which is significant as they started out as beautiful horses," said Dr. Susan Edwards.
See the blog on Omega Field's website.
YOU Can Make a Difference in the Life of a Child
The continued success of Team Velvet depends on generous contributors like you. We are in urgent need of funds to ensure our continuing operation. Your donation provides therapy scholarships for children and help feed and care for our therapy horses. Your dollars can help to heal a child's heart and mind, one smile at a time.
Tax-deductible monetary contributions can be made through PayPal via our "Tax Deductible Donations" page or mail checks made out to Team Velvet, Inc. to PO Box 268, Rocky Hill, NJ 08553-0268.