Victoria

&

gene

In

therapeutic

Partnership

Dog Assisted Creative Therapy

We care about you


Together we deliver Dog Assisted Creative Therapy to children between the ages of 4 - 18, to address the need for therapeutic intervention in schools at an affordable price. With a growing level of SEMH and SEND students within mainstream schools, we work with a variety of needs and conditions to assist in improving self esteem, confidence, awareness, behaviour, attendance and overall school morale. We combine dog therapy with creative modalities so that every student is able to access the service, no matter what their preferred method of communication is.

Victoria and gene

Gene came to me as a 1 year old, training Guide Dog. He had been earmarked for Breeding Stock due to his exceptional nature, temperament and health. Together, we continued Gene's training, achieving both Bronze and Silver Obedience before the Pandemic struck.

At 4 years old Gene was retired from his working career and offered to me as a full-time pet. I knew that he had so much more to offer and so registered him as a PAT dog. Within this new role he can connect with people to make their lives a little brighter; such as hospitals, palliative care, residential homes and prisons.

What Makes Our service Special

German Shepherd Sitting Hand Drawn Dog

Dog therapy

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COUNSELING

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Creative therapy

helps clients feel relaxed

increases ocytocin levels

reduces stress & anxiety

focused on a person's present life

doesn't delve into past experiences

person-centered

holistic

reduces blood pressure

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dog

therapy

projected play

humanistic

gestalt

therapy

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art materials

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Therapeutic Modalities

play

therapy

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modelling clay

laban movement

drama and movement therapy

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sand play

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psychotherapy & counselling

exploring past trauma

role play

embodied play

stories & myths

symbolism

talking therapy

analysis

what does that mean for our clients

Dog Therapy, or Interacting with a dog may help lower blood pressure, increase the mood-boosting Oxytocin and decrease the stress hormone cortisol.


Many therapists believe a pet or dog in the therapist's office appears to enhance the patient's ability to cope and possibly heighten the individual's sense of safety.


Clients were comforted by the dog, there was a perception of the dog as being accepting and non-judgemental, clients developed a special relationship to the dog, the dog provided a connection to the therapist. (Research by Dr Theresa DePorter, Psychology Today, 25.01.2015)

Sand Play Therapy is a nonverbal, therapeutic intervention that makes use of a sandbox and toy figures to create a scene of miniature worlds that reflect a person's inner thoughts, struggles and concerns.


This is a form of play therapy; other methods include imaginary play with toys and puppets or myths and fables, that uses literature to help a client interpret stories and how they may relate to the client's own difficulties.


Sand play is practiced along with talking therapy, using the sandbox and figures as communication tools. (Psychology Today)

Gestalt Therapy is an approach to psychotherapy that helps clients focus on the present to understand what is actually happening in their lives, at this moment.


Instead of simply talking, clients are often encouraged to engage in intellectual and physical experiences that can include role-playing, re-enactment or artistic exercises like drawing and painting.


In this way clients can learn to become more aware of their thoughts and actions, of how negative thought patterns and behaviours may be blocking their self-awareness and making them unhappy, and how they can change. (Psychology Today)

We are committed

to growth and development

Since becoming a Drama and Movement Therapist in 2018 I have found that; to offer a therapeutic space in schools I had to develop and adapt the modalities available to be easily accessible by all. Some clients didn't want to talk, some only wanted to talk, most could channel emotion through creative materials but there are some who connect strongly to animals. All of the therapeutic modalities are available to all clients and every session is client led.

get in touch

PHONE

07887 878737

EMAIL

v.rash@ymail.com

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