Using play therapy, we will work together to learn and practice healthy emotional and social skills. A safe environment will facilitate discussion and exploration of perceived challenges and/or past trauma which may include abuse, loss, or divorce.
I will integrate cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness techniques to help reduce anxiety and depression and manage stress. We will work together to uncover barriers standing in the way of healthy thinking towards ones self and others. Learn to enhance emotional awareness, self-confidence, build relationships and decrease loneliness. Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy may be applied to those working through trauma-related symptoms.
Build introspection to identify and manage emotions. Participate in the development of ways to reduce stress and enhance self-esteem. Trauma-focused therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy will help uncover triggers and negative thought patterns standing in the way of healthy functioning. Additional areas of focus may include: overcoming barriers to goal attainment, adopting a mindful approach, creating a healthier work-life balance, and enhancing communication.
Focusing on the human-animal bond, Paws4Health utilizes canine-assisted services with "Obie" to help individuals achieve personal goals. Studies have shown that AAT increases efficacy in the therapeutic relationship. Research also shows that AAT has psychological and physiological benefits including:
Reduces anxiety & depression
Enhances social integration & overall morale
Lowers heart rate
Boosts oxytocin, dopamine, prolactin, norepinephrine (feel good chemicals in the brain)
Lower cortisol (stress) levels
Obie's participation in therapy allows children to have something to turn to for emotional support during times of need. His presence can assist the child with learning to trust, build a sense of confidence and competence, improve attention, concentration and verbal interactions. Children's interactions with Obie can help develop a greater sense of empathy for others, enhance their self-esteem and social skills.
Obie's presence in the therapeutic setting can enhance a teen's sense of self and reduce barriers to treatment. He can help teens feel at ease during visits, help them express affection, develop empathy, and reduce loneliness. Obie also serves as a tool to help build confidence and self-esteem.
Obie's presence can shed light on interpersonal and family dynamics. Obie's presence helps secure a positive relationship between the therapist and client, provides opportunities for activity, reawakens memories and reflections of the past.
Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT)
"a goal-directed intervention in which an animal that meets specific criteria is an integral part of the treatment process. AAT is directed an/or delivered by a health/human service professional with specialized expertise, and within the scope of practice of his/her profession. Key features include: specified goals and objectives for each individual; an measured progress" (Delta Society/Pet Partners).
Animal-Assisted Activities (AAA)
Motivational, educational, recreational, and/or therapeutic opportunities that can enhance an individual's quality of life. Paws4Healtlh may encourage or incorporate such activities in a variety of environments including the outdoors and community based settings if applicable and/or desired by client.
Human-Animal Bond (HAB)
"a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and other animals that is influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both. This includes, but is not limited to, emotional, psychological, and physical interactions of people, other animals, and the environment" (JAVMA, 1998).