July 18, 2018

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Kinder in the Keys is a safe, calm and therapeutic residential center for women seeking physical and mental trauma recovery. The center offers its pool and certified therapy dogs between counseling sessions and as a way to heal.   

THERESA JAVA/Free Press Kinder in the Keys is a safe, calm and therapeutic residential center for women seeking physical and mental trauma recovery. The center offers its pool and certified therapy dogs between counseling sessions and as a way to heal.   

KEY LARGO — Kinder in the Keys, a mental health treatment center focused on total body and mind recovery from depression, anxiety, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and eating disorders, has recently opened.

Kinder in the Keys welcomes anyone wishing to seek change — to lead a more purposeful life with confidence, joy and direction.

The facility offers residential treatment to women, partial hospital programs, intensive outpatient treatment, standard outpatient programs and intensive recovery workshops.

Director and licensed clinician Laura Tanzini, Ph.D., offers trauma therapies and psychotherapies that include cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, which shifts trauma victims’ focus on emotions felt while watching hand techniques.

These therapies are a part of Tanzini’s prescribed daily regimen in addition to physical exercise, solid nutrition, art therapy and meditation.

“We need emotional support, daily routine, positive thinking, and time and patience for ourselves while we heal,” Tanzini said. “The ways to overcome emotional traumas are through a variety of different treatment methods, which include counseling and overall rehabilitation. Daily changes can be made in a person’s life to allow for the healing process to begin and for the mindset and outlook on the situation to change.”

Kinder in the Keys, through mutual services with Deena Hoagland, also offers dolphin-assisted therapy. Hoagland is a licensed social worker. Tanzini said she’s excited to be able to offer this kind of therapy as an effective treatment for trauma.

Kinder in the Keys is punctuated with resort-style luxuries and amenities.

There’s chocolates and snacks, bottled water, a workout station, pool and Jacuzzi with privacy landscaping. There are two French Bulldogs, Brooklyn and Lola, that serve as therapy pups. Two other dogs are also on the premises.

A private chef is brought in daily to prepare gourmet meals made with organic and non-GMO ingredients — a sticking point with Tanzini.

Deb Magana, Kinder in the Keys facility manager, said, “We have a yoga instructor come in every day and offer a class and meditation. We have kayaks to go out on tours when the weather cools off a little. We do art therapy, group therapy, we are always doing something here.”

Magana oversees the home’s day-to-day operations and sets high standards for cleanliness.

Tanzini, who also studied nutrition, believes that good nutrition isn’t just the cornerstone for physical health, but is paramount to mental recovery and well-being.

She warns against the danger of glyphosate, the active chemical found in the herbicide Roundup. She believes that this Monsanto-manufactured chemical may be directly linked to major depressive disorders.

The herbicide came under scrutiny after the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organization, classified it as a “probable human carcinogen” in 2015.

Last week, a California judge’s ruling allowed hundreds of claims to move forward against Monsanto with more than 4,000 plaintiffs alleging that glyphosate caused non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other ailments in themselves or loved ones.

“I’m always pulling weeds,” said Malagra of the facility that sits on an oversized lot with expanses of pea rock.

Tanzini said that anything can trigger a past traumatic event, such as abuse, loss or accident. This can lead to emotional difficulties, panic attacks, anxiety and cause physical stress symptoms. She said that trauma, if left untreated, can be debilitating.

Nearly one in five U.S. adults lives with a mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. In 2016, there were 44.7 Americans living with a mental illness, with 10.4 million of them serious.

Kinder in the Keys accepts most insurances and will verify coverage. For more information, call 800-545-4046 or visit kinderinthekeys.com.

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