60 Minute Session
Everyone needs a safe space, somewhere they don’t have to armor themselves against the world. And sometimes, it can be difficult to create that space on your own. Benji and I can help you create that space, to give you room to work on yourself. Research has demonstrated that Animal-Assisted Therapy is an effective treatment for easing depression, soothing anxiety, and improving emotional well-being. It is especially good for people struggling with relationship issues or major stressors in their lives.
Emotional Support Animal Evaluation
90 Minute Assessment
Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) can help your home, and the places you travel, feel safe. But there are important considerations involved prior to declaring a furry companion clinically necessary. You must hold a supporting letter from a qualified therapist, social worker, or doctor. You will want to protect yourself by knowing the difference between an ESA and a Service Dog. The evaluation/education will take 90 mins and you will be provided with take-home reading material. Clients assessed with a clinical need for an ESA will receive a signed letter within 1 week of the evaluation.
Healing from Addiction for Loved Ones
60 Minute Session
Benji and I also specialize in helping the folks who help addicts. Partners, parents, and siblings who love an addict can benefit from individual therapy too. Together we can explore your thoughts and feelings about the changing relationship; practice skills for eliminating codependency and enabling behaviors; and turn the focus back on you. Do you put your own needs last? Neglect your own goals and plans? The disease of addiction often derails relationships in this way. It makes sense–you want to help your family member. But you matter, too. Let’s explore a stronger, healthier you.
LGBTQ Affirming Counseling
60 Minute Session
LGBTQIA+ No matter who you are, or who you love, we support your identity without judgment. Although a person’s sexuality or gender identity may not be a source of distress, people in this community often find that the social stigma of living as a minority is a source of stress or anxiety. Benji is especially good at calming the symptoms of anxiety for our clients–and I can teach you the techniques to take that calm feeling home with you. It’s hard to feel safer than with a happy pup in your lap!
Drug and Alcohol Evaluation
90 Minute Session
Not all substance use is abuse. However, if you feel like drugs or alcohol are controlling your life… or are just worried it might be… we can help you evaluate your use without passing judgment on your decisions, and we can work with you, in conjunction with an extended network of addiction specialists, to find the right solution for you.
Animal-Assisted Therapy isn’t my only area of interest. I’ve spoken at conferences and trainings on a variety of topics related to mental health. If your group has an interest in learning more about any of the following topics, give me a call:
- Families in Recovery
- The Opioid Epidemic
- Spirituality and Addictions Counseling
- LGBTQ and Mental Health
- LGBTQ 101 for Law Enforcement
- Multicultural Counseling
- Diversity in the Workplace
- Values-Driven Goal Setting
- Journaling like a Therapist
Benji and I are open to new ways of meeting people and supporting the community. If you belong to a school, club, or just an innovative workplace, and you have an idea for us, please ask! We love to volunteer!