Meet our Therapy Dog!
Name: Veda (a.k.a. “Wondermutt”)
Age: 1.5 years old
Breed: low-shed standard poodle mix
“My name is Veda and I am full of love and energy! My job is to make sure you feel safe and comfortable when visiting our clinic. I love pettings, playing, and being read to. You can tell me stories while I rest my chin on your chair. When I am not working hard, you might see me running around the office playing fetch with my blinking ball, or even bounding on the sandy shores of Lake Superior! Someday, I might even attend events and work within the community. Until then, feel free to come visit me sometime! P.S., I love healthy treats.”
Why AAT (Animal-Assisted Therapy) at The Creative Counseling Group:
Attending a therapy session can be difficult. An animal can lower the stress associated with attendance and help to facilitate ongoing mental health treatment. While optional, including an animal could benefit a range of conditions in both children and adults. All precautions are considered for safety. The animal undergoes trainings, treatments, and health checkups.
Scientific research shows that animals in mental health settings:
- Reduce depression and anxiety
- Decrease loneliness
- Encourage communication
- Provide comfort
- Increase socialization
- Lower blood pressure
- Strengthen the immune system
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