Want help but traditional therapy just not for you?
“First of all I want to say thank you for the sessions you have given XXX. He has really looked forward and enjoyed them immensely. I think he has benefitted 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.
Let Leo and me help you, I’ll explain how:
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 (http://thek9project.co.uk/) 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.
I subsequently 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 Coram (fostering and adoption service) and 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.
Leo and I are lucky enough to be involved with a new well being drop-in service for young people in Huntingdon; the Here:Now Project led by the Huntingdon Locality Team. Our aim is to provide a range therapeutic services for young people that they feel confident and comfortable in accessing, improving their awareness of mental health and learning healthy coping strategies
My dog Leo has been independently assessed and approved as a therapy dog and now as well as helping dogs he helps 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 AAT enables them to access the support and help they need.
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