Finn is my therapy dog. I adopted him from a rescue organization in 2014. He's about 2 1/2 years old, and very sweet. He loves working with clients of all ages. With your consent, Finn can be a part of your therapy sessions.
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
be presented with opportunities to succeed and feel important, and improve feelings of self worth
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).
For these reasons, Finn has received training to be a therapy dog. He's available to come to your session, with your consent.