August 30, 2019

Meet Sadie, the Therapy Dog

It’s been an exciting few weeks at Maryhurst since the latest member of our team has come on board.

Sadie, who completed a thorough training program at Pawsibility in Frankfort is a fully-insured and certified Therapy Dog. She will be available for sessions in our outpatient counseling program Renewal on Wednesday in our Portland neighborhood office.

Animal-assisted therapy like the kind Sadie provides can help kids ease anxiety, encourage interpersonal connection, and relieve stress.

An exhaustive list of mental health benefits is below, per UCLA Health:

  • The simple act of petting animals releases an automatic relaxation response.
    • Humans interacting with animals have found that petting the animal promoted the release of serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin- all hormones that can play a part in elevating moods.
  • Lowers anxiety and helps people relax.
  • Provides comfort.
  • Reduces loneliness.
  • Increases mental stimulation.
    • Assist in recall of memories and help sequence temporal events in patients with head injuries or chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Can provide an escape or happy distraction.
  • Can act as catalysts in the therapy process.
    • May help break the ice.
    • May reduce the initial resistance that might accompany therapy.

Welcome Sadie! 

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