Animal Assisted Therapy

Do you want help but traditional therapy just not for you? Let Leo, Barnaby and me help you, I’ll explain how:

My dogs have been independently assessed and approved as therapy dogs and now as well as helping dogs they help people lead happier and more fulfilling lives. We can help people of all ages to overcome anxiety, depression, self-harming behaviours, phobias and many other mental health problems or distress. Many people find the traditional forms of therapy hard to engage with and currently even harder to access so can find that Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) enables them to access the support and help they need.

Please contact me to discuss how Animal Assisted Therapy could help you or someone you care about.

Carrie walks with Leo and Barnaby

The healing powers of animals

I was sure there must be a way to combine my two interests of dogs and mental health and started to look into Animal Assisted Interventions and Therapy. I was lucky enough to come across the K9 Project founded by Chris Kent, author of What a Difference a Dog Makes and began working with them in 2014 supporting their group work and doing 1:1 work with individuals. This confirmed my belief in the healing powers of animals and how dogs in particular can facilitate the processing of difficult emotions safely and enable people of all ages to reach their potential.

Carrie sits with her animal therapy trained dogs, Leo and Barnaby
Carrie, Leo and Barnaby are qualified to help with a variety of conditions

I completed a diploma in Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) to develop my skills further in using dogs as an integral part of therapy and am now an approved provider of therapy for Together for Families (Cambridgeshire’s version of the national Troubled Families programme). I have developed a programme for groups and individuals combining Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) skills with AAT. I work with the Cambridge Acorn Project and I provide individual therapy to some young people in local schools funded either through the school’s pastoral budget or individual students’ EHCPs. I have co-founded the charity A Mindful Paws providing a range of mental health and wellbeing support services to young people in the area. Please see our website for more information.

Please contact me to discuss how Animal Assisted Therapy could help you or someone you care about.


“First of all I want to say thank you for the sessions you have given us.  He has really looked forward and enjoyed them immensely.  I think he has benefited a lot from them. I know he was so sad that this Monday was his last session. Thank you to you and Leo.  Your report it is very insightful.  I think it’s also going to help us as parents see how we can help him more with his interactions with others.”

From the parents of a teenaged boy Leo and I worked with recently.

Contact me now and let us help you.

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