Does Your Shrink Have a Therapy Dog?

Would you be more likely to attend therapy sessions with a therapy dog? I have one, but she does not come to work every day.  She works with me both at the office and when I visit nursing homes.  In nursing homes, touch and unconditional love is something that many lack due to family issues or due to lack of loved ones living nearby.  Thus, therapy animals can provide a vital service.  They also facilitate therapy in helping more reticent clients open up in session.  Some people need a focus other than the therapist when discussing sensitive information.  In that way, therapy dogs are beneficial with adults and children in the office setting.  

Meet Mimi. She is working today in my office.   


Author Bio

Dr. Sears is a licensed psychologist with a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work. She has worked with clients from 7 to 99. She is the 2013 Recipient of the Psychologist of the Year Award from the Florida Psychological Association and the Past President of her local chapter of the Florida Psychological Association.

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