Sadie, who completed a thorough training program at Pawsibility in Frankfort is a fully-insured and certified Therapy Dog. She will be available for sessions in our outpatient counseling program Renewal on Wednesday in our Portland neighborhood office.
Animal-assisted therapy like the kind Sadie provides can help kids ease anxiety, encourage interpersonal connection, and relieve stress.
An exhaustive list of mental health benefits is below, per UCLA Health:
- The simple act of petting animals releases an automatic relaxation response.
- Humans interacting with animals have found that petting the animal promoted the release of serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin- all hormones that can play a part in elevating moods.
- Lowers anxiety and helps people relax.
- Provides comfort.
- Reduces loneliness.
- Increases mental stimulation.
- Assist in recall of memories and help sequence temporal events in patients with head injuries or chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.
- Can provide an escape or happy distraction.
- Can act as catalysts in the therapy process.
- May help break the ice.
- May reduce the initial resistance that might accompany therapy.