Winnie the Therapy Dog
Winnie is our brown and white labradoodle (pictured here playing Therapist of the Day). We sought her out with the intention of her being a “co-therapist.” She has soft fur, a sweet personality, and is a “hypoallergenic breed.” She comes to the office with Sean most days. The benefits of pets to our mental health is well documented (see here for a list of benefits with citations). She came from a breeder who specializes in breeding dogs with temperaments appropriate to therapeutic settings.
Many of our clients enjoy the experience of Winnie greeting them at the door and tend to miss her if she stays home. For many of us, there is something about dogs that puts us at ease and lifts our mood.
That said, if you are uncomfortable around dogs, she has a crate and will happily nap in it through your session. Just let us know.