Animal assisted therapy has been well supported in the literature to assist in reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety while participating in psychotherapy. Hunter is a Whirlaway Rhodesian Ridgeback, with a strong family history of therapy dogs. He will be joining my office in 2022 after completing his Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification. While you and I talk about challenging emotional experiences, he will provide you with physical contact to increase hormones such as oxytocin, the "warm and fuzzy" feeling, that reduces stress and anxiety.
Since animal assisted therapy is not for everyone, Hunter will have a place to go if this is not a support you would like to utilize. Please do not let Hunter's presence prevent you from engaging in therapeutic services. Simply communicate your concerns and I will take actions to make sure Hunter is not present.