Meet Bear, my small Aussiedoodle therapy pup in training. Bear attends therapy sessions, when appropriate, to provide comfort, love and soothing support. Bear’s presence helps alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression and encourages clients to process difficult feelings and emotions.
Animals have been used in human treatment since the 1940s, when The American Red Cross helped veterans recover from their injuries by utilizing animals during the rehabilitation process. Today, Animal-Assisted Therapy is recognized as an effective therapeutic intervention for people of all ages, who are experiencing a variety of mental health conditions.
Bear will be formally trained as an Animal-Assisted Therapy Dog once he’s matured a bit. Once his training certification is complete, he looks forward to visiting assisted living homes and schools too, while also coming to work with his “Mama Bear” every day.
Please contact me to find out more about how I use Bear’s support in session and Animal-Assisted Therapy with clients.