Mona, a French Bulldog, is a trained therapy dog and a regular visitor to my practice. She loves people, animals and pretty much any inanimate object that she encounters.
As a therapy dog, Mona's presence in the therapy room can act as a calming influence, a stress relief, and a source of grounding.
Animal assisted therapy works to encourage a felt sense of security within the therapy room, which can then help to facilitate the experience of processing and ultimately, of healing. Interacting with an animal can promote safety, consistency, security and stability and these traits can then be transferred into other situations and experiences.