Animal-Assisted Play Therapy

Animal-Assisted Play Therapy

Onyx looking down the beach at the ocean near Dover, NH.

Therapy for your child

Is your child moody, angry, or easily frustrated? Does he have trouble making or keeping friends? Do you sense these problems are masking excessive worry, anxiety, or depression? Many children benefit from counseling when they are struggling at home or at school.

Kids today often need assistance developing skills to improve self-esteem and self-confidence. I can help your child develop a greater expression of happiness and hopefulness. I work with your child individually but help him or her learn how to share important information with you to improve your relationship.

I specialize in providing Animal-Assisted Play Therapy to children who are depressed or anxious and help them learn how to feel better both at home and at school.

What is Animal-Assisted Play Therapy?

  • Animal-Assisted Play Therapy is a type of play therapy using my dog, Onyx. It works on building your child’s self-confidence, self-regulation, self-efficacy, empathy, and problem-solving skills.      
  • Animal-Assisted Play Therapy is great for reluctant kids because the sessions are kept light and fun. To a child, it does not feel like ‘therapy.’
  • Through Animal-Assisted Play Therapy, the therapy helps children to address and resolve their own problems.
  • Animal-Assisted Play Therapy is an enjoyable, fun activity that relieves feelings of Anxiety, Stress, and, most importantly, helps your child express themselves.

How does Play Therapy help?

Play therapy helps children:

  • Become more responsible for their behaviors and develop more successful strategies
  • Develop new and creative solutions to problems
  • Develop respect and acceptance of self and others
  • Learn to experience and express emotion
  • Cultivate empathy and respect for thoughts and feelings of others
  • Learn new social skills and relational skills with family and friends

I am in the process of finishing my rigorous certification program in Animal-Assisted Play Therapy. If you are interested in learning more about this type of therapy or Play Therapy in general and how it can help your child grow, contact me today for a free 15-minute consultation.