Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT), a type of psychotherapy utilizing the presence of animals within the therapy setting. Animals can help circumvent difficulties in the therapeutic process as well as providing additional tools for reaching the client. This distinct avenue of therapy can be extremely beneficial for children who have suffered from abuse and neglect (Parish-Plass, 2008). AAT may offer additional support to assist the client to feel comfortable in a therapeutic setting.

Meet Latte! Latte is a Chocolate Labrador Retriever who loves people, swimming, going hiking, and being pet by anyone! Ms. Blandford and Latte are a certified handler couple through Therapy Dogs International.

Be-YOU-tiful, inside and out.

Inner beauty can be achieved by anyone willing to take time to maintain his or her own mental health. Biologically, our body lets us know when assistance is needed. For example, a stomach grumble near mealtime or even an age spot changes color to communicate the skin may acquire attention. However, through the daily shuffle many people get caught up in busy lives neglecting the most important thing, a healthy relationship with ones mind and body.

Through therapeutic sessions one can achieve emotional wellness. Emotional wellness differs for many people. A few examples of easily obtainable goals with the assistance of a trained professional are:

~ Being comfortable talking to someone about your emotional concerns.

~ Capability to share feelings with others.

~ Learning to say "no" without feeling guilty.

~ Feeling content in life.

~ Creating positive support systems.

~ Ability to relax.

~ Feeling good about who you are.

Ms. Blandford is a therapist specializing in the treatment of individuals between the ages of 5 to 65 dealing specifically with depression, anxiety, trauma, LGBTQ struggles and several childhood diagnoses.

Introducing Renee Blandford,

PA. State Board Certified Licensed Social Worker & Animal Assisted Therapist.