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A Furry Friend!

Duke is a hypoallergenic Cavapoo (King Charles Cavalier and Poodle mix...for the non-doodle owners) who has already provided many of our patients emotional support during their sessions. He provides a sense of calm, comfort, and safety as he diverts attention away from the stress one may be feeling. He LOVES chilling on the couch as you talk, playing fetch if you are more active in the room, or just BEing there with you as become comfortable with the therapeutic process.

Advocates of animal-assisted therapy say that developing a bond with an animal can help people develop a better sense of self-worth and trust, stabilize their emotions, and improve their communication, self-regulation, and socialization skills.

Duke will only visit your sessions with your permission and if you have a fear of dogs, this is a perfect place to work on that! 

Duke is working with a young lady to desensitize her fear of jumping puppies; he is also  helping a girl with ASD improve her social communication and empathy; and he regularly helps adolescents and younger children feel comfortable as they laugh and play with Duke.

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