Welcome to Little Wing Counseling!
Welcome to Little Wing Counseling
As you prepare to address problem areas in your life, finding the right person to work with to help and support you as you move forward toward your goals, is the first step. My therapy practice focuses primarily on children, families and young adults. I believe that better communication and understanding each others perspectives, can be key in building better relationships. Typical sessions involve the basics of support, and building on the existing strengths of a person or the family as well as developing better techniques in managing difficult emotional problems. Psychoeducation, which involves helping to understand the mental health symptoms that are being presented and learning how to manage them, as well as skills to build deficits with anger control, social interactions and stress relief, are also taught.
As a Service Dog Coach, I am able to offer dog training that specializes in helping people gain Skilled Companions to assist them as at-home-only service animals. My extensive training and work with canines combined with my knowledge and experience working as a therapist has made me passionate about helping people teach their own pets to help support them, as Skilled Companions, Emotional Support Animals or even Therapy Dogs.
My therapy pet partner, Chewbacca, works as a liaison and support during therapy sessions by providing a safe venue for reflecting feelings and contributing to a client's insight about themselves and the world around them. Much research has shown that animal therapy can be beneficial in treatment of all kinds, including medical and mental health. Chewbacca is registered as a therapy pet with Pet Partners. This is a national organization that leads in promoting all sorts of human-animal interactions by registering therapy teams to work in many different areas, such as hospitals, schools and outpatient/inpatient clinics. Please check out their website for more information on this growing phenomena.
Research shows that positive interactions with animals increase endorphins, oxytocin, prolactin and dopamine. These are the hormones associated with blood pressure regulation, pain relief, stress relief and joy. Visits from therapy animal teams can normalize stays away from home for hospital patients, improve motivation to participate in treatment protocols and lessen worry, anxiety, unhappiness and pain. -Pet Partner )