Animals have been deeply important to humans throughout history. Our companion animals, those who have spent the most time with us, often understand what we’re feeling and provide unconditional love to us. This bond can be incredibly healing. The presence of an animal can calm and soothe when emotions are feeling overwhelming. This is why I incorporate animal-assisted psychotherapy for my clients who feel it will benefit them.
Meet Sherlock, a bunny-soft rag-doll cat who is happy to be held like a baby or allowed to climb all over you and groom your hair, whichever you prefer. Sherlock is available to join your session and can interact with you as much or little as you would like.*
If you are not interested in animal-assisted therapy, Sherlock can be kept out of the room during your session.
*Watson is another cat in the home (an orange tabby) and I have found that, although he is not the “therapy cat”, Watson is particularly attracted to certain clients and has been extremely helpful when people are experiencing dissociation.