Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling

Updated October, 2020.

I started in Animal Assisted Therapy with my canine co-therapist, Tyson, a retired greyhound racer. We worked with persons with disabilities (mental, physical and cognitive) at TEAM Work Cooperative in Halifax https://teamworkcooperative.ca/self-employment-services Tyson lived a long and happy life; he died in 2016. In 2019, I adopted Taurus, also a retired greyhound racer. Taurus is in training to be Therapy Dog.

Working as a Therapist with another species, in my case dogs, is one of the most rewarding, inspiration, and moving experiences of my life. Tyson was a natural Therapy Dog, who instinctively went to humans who were in need of help. He quickly and easily provided comfort and and joy. Inspired by Tyson, I founded, and was the first President of the Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling Chapter of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). I am now the Past President and Animal Voice Coordinator.

If you are interested in our Chapter’s activities, please take a look at the Chapter section in the CCPA website. https://www.ccpa-accp.ca/chapters/animal-assisted-therapy-counselling/ We are presently looking at developing a training program for Chapter members.