Animal Assisted Therapy

Animal-Assisted Therapy or pet therapy is when an animal is used to help achieve treatment goals. An animal may be used in a session with an individual, couple, family or group.

It’s remarkable to witness the comfort and relaxation
that an animal can bring to a human being.

In 2001, Michele, a graduate-level social worker, brought her dog, Ferris to work to help build rapport with a 14-year-old male client.  Ferris, a Jack Russel terrier
would bound the hallways to greet people, but would quickly settle into a client’s lap,
helping the client feel more comfortable, relaxed and open. Clients would pet Ferris, talk and
laugh. The experience as a young clinician stuck with Michele, as she witnessed the
benefits her clients received.

Animal Assisted Therapy

Michele now owns and handles Neo, a gentle and loving Rhodesian Ridgeback. Neo is a young dog and has been undergoing extensive training. Neo has earned his Canine Good Citizen Certification and continues to work toward being a registered therapy dog. Neo loves to snuggle, play with his “sister,” Xena, go on walks and take naps on a bed.

Animal-Assisted Therapy is a service by request.

Mission

To help others live with the freedom and joy that connecting our mind and heart brings

Vision

So that we may live with our whole being

Values