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!
I build relationships to help others develop success.
Therapy Dog Talk
Founder + Producer
A podcast of weekly interviews with Therapy Dog teams.
California Family Counseling
Marriage & Family Therapy Trainee
Under the supervision of Diane Lee, MA, LMFT (29423).
Developer Relations, Experience Cloud
Created and operate an international virtual event series tied to departmental strategic initiatives.
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.
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:
Texas State University
Animal-Assisted Counseling Academy
Dr. Elizabeth Hartwig,
LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S
2022 (in progress)
Phillips Graduate Institute at Campbellsville University
Marriage and Family Therapy Masters Degree
Tellington TTouch® Training Canada
Tellington TTouch® for Dogs – Level 1
Animal-Assisted Therapy: A Practical Model to Incorporate Animals in Your Current Treatment
MSW, LCSW, ACSW
Stone Counseling & Consulting Services
From “Oh No!” to “Yes, I Can!”: Responding to and Evaluating Emotional Support Animal Requests
Rebecca Stone, LMFT
Animal-Assisted Play Therapy®: Meeting Clients’ Therapeutic Goals One Paw at a Time!
LCSW, RPT-S, CAAPT-S
Pro Dog Trainer
Dr. Tom Mitchell,
BSc BVSc MRCVS
Evidence-Based Strategies for Helping Clients Make Meaning After Loss
Joy R. Samuels,
D.MIN., LPC-MHSP, NCC
Pet Loss Grief Counseling Trained Professional
Diana Sebzda, LPC, FT
Emotional Support Animals: Ethical, Legal and Practical Issues to Consider Before Providing an ESA Letter
Diana Sebzda, LPC
The Gottman Institute
Clinical Foundations in Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level 2
John Gottman, PhD
Julie Schwartz Gottman, PhD
Working with Dogs in Practice: Clinical, Ethical, and Personal Considerations
Hannah Herkert, M.A.
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.