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Finn,Therapy Dog

Finn is my therapy dog. I adopted him from a rescue organization in 2014. He's about 11 years old, and very sweet.  He loves working with clients of all ages although he is rarely in the office at this time. 

Animal-assisted counseling can be beneficial to the counseling process (Gammonley, et al., 2000).  Having a therapy dog present in counseling can help:

  •  improve socialization and communication
  • reduce isolation, boredom and loneliness
  • brighten affect and mood, lessen depression, and/ or provide affection
  • improve memory and recall
  • address grieving and loss issues
  • improve self-esteem
  • be presented with opportunities to succeed and feel important, and improve feelings of self worth
  • improve reality
  • improve cooperation and problem-solving ability
  • improve concentration and attention, and increase engagement
  • decrease manipulative behaviors
  •  improve expression of feelings
  • reduce general anxiety
  • reduce abusive behavior
  • improve an ability to trust
  •  learn appropriate touch (Gammonley, et al., 2000; Chandler, 2001).