Moon Shadow the Therapy Dog
Advanced Certification in Animal Assisted Psychotherapy
Master Class in Animal Assisted Psychotherapy and Mental Health Trauma
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WHAT IS ANIMAL ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY ?
When you book an appointment with me you will most likely meet my beautiful girl Moon Shadow. Her gift is to help those around her experience her calmness.
We are a Certified Advanced Therapy Dog Team. We have also completed our Master Class certification in Mental Health Trauma, trained and registered with Lead the Way Institute Australia. Moon Shadow attends group workshops and can attend private sessions if you wish. All you need to do is ask and she will be there at no extra expense to you.
Animal Assisted Psychotherapy interventions may enable new
experiences of trust to develop, building a stronger sense of self while
lowering a stress hormone, cortisol levels, blood pressure and heart rate.
Part of the work that Moon Shadow and I do, is supporting people who
experience Cynophobia (Fear of Dogs).Animal Assisted Psychotherapy can alleviate Cynophobia (Fear of Dogs) though CBT, psychotherapy and gentle exposure therapy. We use relaxation and self regulation techniques to build resilience to enable a healthy relationship with our fear responses. We then practice our new skills while exploring our story.
Through careful, sensitive and supported exposure, using words, pictures,
video footage, sounds and our fluffy helpers, an introduction to dogs can
take place. Anxiety may be alleviated using our new skills, leading to full
exposure with Moon Shadow the Therapy Dog and the joy of being with a
calm and contented dog.
ANIMAL ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY
Moon Shadow loves a cuddle and a pat and always looks forward to playing games, but Therapy Dogs differ to comfort animals. We may also engage in interventions that enhance relationships, trust, bonding, assertiveness and consistency of self care which, you might choose to practice in your every day life. Together we may enable changes, allowing the flexibility of our boundaries to become more suitable to our needs.
You can be assured by our continuous training and regular re-certification, that Moon Shadow is a calm, highly trained dog who is temperament assessed.
Moon Shadow the Therapy Dog and I can assist with, Trauma interventions by engaging in outdoor activities such as Walk and Talk therapy at Altona Beach, Cherry Lake and the many other parks in the precinct and by accompanying you on a trip to Bunnings to Aid Social Anxiety while we explore the wide variety of craft, gardening, building and many other creative inspirations that may help with your healing process.
Proven Benefits of Working
with a Therapy Dog
The emotional and physical health benefits of being close to a friendly, animal, is something that many of us have experienced since childhood. Scientist have now proven what we already know. Close, positive contact with animals provides many health benefits. When combined with Animal Assisted Psychotherapy, and an animal trained specifically in the arts of the therapists profession, the positive benefits to all involved can be quite profound :
Lowers cortisol levels in the blood stream leading to lower blood pressure, slower heart rate, regulated breathing and a sense of overall wellbeing. strengths focused, empathy building, assertiveness and patience building, and encouraged both team work and individual goals.
Physical – interaction with a furry friends reduces blood pressure, provides tactile stimulation, assists with pain management, gives motivation to move, walk and stimulates the senses
Social – a visit with a therapy dog provides a positive mutual topic for discussion, promotes greater self esteem and well being, and focused interaction with others
Cognitive – Canine companionship stimulates memory, problem solving and game playing
Emotional – an adorable four-legged visitor improves self-esteem, acceptance from others, calming effect, lifts mood often provoking laughter
Environmental – a therapy dog in a session or a facility decreases the feeling of a sterile environment, lifts mood and this continues after visit
(Data courtesy of the Australian Companion Animal Council)
To find out more about Moon Shadow and the work of Animal Assisted Teams , Check out Moon Shadow the Therapy Dog on Face Book.
Visiting You ,Exposure Therapy, Accompanying You as you Learn to Process Anxiety :
If you would like Moon Shadow and I to visit your School, Work place or other venue, a booking fee can be negotiated depending on your requirements.