A woman holding a small dog.

Hi,
I’m Sherrie.

I love dogs, especially my own, and I have a passion for helping others to improve their mental health. So, you can imagine how excited I was to find that it was possible to combine the two in Animal Assisted Therapy.

Along my journey, I decided to pursue a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute, which I completed in May 2022. In 2021, I decided to take training my dog to the next level by becoming a Pro Dog Trainer through Absolute Dogs.

My goal is to be able to work in Animal Assisted Therapy while helping others on their path to Therapy Dog. I am pursuing this goal as a member of the Animal-Assisted Counseling Academy cohort for 2022.

P.S. If you’re an aspiring Therapy Dog team, I can’t wait for you to check out my free guide on How to get started as a Therapy Dog team. I know you will love it!

My Experience

I build relationships to help others develop success.

Therapy Dog Talk

Founder + Producer

A podcast of weekly interviews with Therapy Dog teams.

2021-Present

California Family Counseling

Marriage & Family Therapy Trainee

Under the supervision of Jan Wilson, MA, LMFT (30200).

2021-Present

Adobe

Developer Relations, Experience Cloud

Created and operate an international virtual event series tied to departmental strategic initiatives.

2020-Present

eBay

Magento

Adobe

COMMUNITY MANAGER, MAGENTO

Connected the Magento community with the people and resources they need to be successful through strategic initiatives and international public speaking engagements.

2015-2020

Therapy Dog Talk

Thinking about training your pup to be a Therapy Dog? Each week I interview a different team to talk about their journey:

Education

Phillips Graduate Institute at Campbellsville University

Marriage and Family Therapy Masters Degree

2020-2022

Tellington TTouch® Training Canada

Lindy Dekker

2022

PESI, Inc.

Jonathan Jordan,
MSW, LCSW, ACSW

2022

Stone Counseling & Consulting Services

Rebecca Stone, LMFT

2022

PESI, Inc.

Tara Moser,
LCSW, RPT-S, CAAPT-S

2022

Absolute Dogs

Pro Dog Trainer

Lauren Langman
Dr. Tom Mitchell,
BSc BVSc MRCVS

2021

PESI, Inc.

Evidence-Based Strategies for Helping Clients Make Meaning After Loss

Joy R. Samuels,
D.MIN., LPC-MHSP, NCC

2021

PESI, Inc.

Pet Loss Grief Counseling Trained Professional

Diana Sebzda, LPC, FT

2021

PESI, Inc.

Emotional Support Animals: Ethical, Legal and Practical Issues to Consider Before Providing an ESA Letter

Diana Sebzda, LPC

2021

The Gottman Institute

Clinical Foundations in Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level 2

John Gottman, PhD
Julie Schwartz Gottman, PhD

2021

IE-CAMFT

Working with Dogs in Practice: Clinical, Ethical, and Personal Considerations

Hannah Herkert, M.A.

2021

In the Press

From Website Developer to Relationship Development

August 6, 2021

“It’s really been a journey for me about following my heart. I enjoyed my work in the digital arena, but felt like I could make a different impact on others and the world with my work in mental health.”

 

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Please note that use of this website does not infer a therapeutic relationship, or replace therapy, and I will not be able to provide therapy through this contact form.

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.

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