Animal Assisted Therapy in Madison, WI
Animal-assisted therapy involves animals as an adjunctive component of treatment. A therapist who has a pet in the office may be less threatening, particularly to children or vulnerable adults. This can help to build rapport and a sense of safety. Nox, Westside’s senior therapy dog, is trained to provide affection and comfort. Nox's co-therapist is Elise Comello, LCSW. Dr. Theodore McTubbins (Theo) entered the field of therapy at a very young age. Theo brings a fresh perspective to everything. Still in training, you might be lucky enough to play with him between naps. Working with Ben Heinrichs, LPC, Theo brings levity and curiosity to every encounter.
Only present when the client agrees, therapy dogs have been found to have calming effects on humans, activating the parasympathetic nervous system, resulting in lower blood pressure and heart rate. When discussing difficult emotions, clients report feeling comforted by the presence of Nox or Theo.