WOULD YOU LIKE JAKE TO JOIN YOU?
In Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) a dog or other animal joins in session to support the therapeutic process. So if you happen to be an animal-lover, you might want Jake to sit with you during our meetings. Jake has more than five years therapeutic experience and he is often requested by clients to serve as a companion during therapy.
Jake is not nearly this ferocious during therapy.
Studies show that introducing a pet into session often helps clients feel more connected to the therapist and to the therapeutic process. There are a number of theories about why animals are so beneficial in therapy. One interesting line of thought, called the biophilia hypothesis, suggests that our connection to animals stems from our primitive roots, when early humans relied on signals from animals to know whether a situation was safe or whether it posed a threat. Thus, seeing animals sleeping or in a peaceful state may signal us to have feelings of security and well-being. In a therapeutic setting, this serves to support an environment where healing and personal growth can more easily occur.
Jake has never met a person he didn’t like, and no dog-person has ever met Jake without falling in love with him. He is a calm and loving six-year-old sweetheart who, upon your request, will join you in therapy to provide a quiet, peaceful presence.