Through support from and partnership with Christ Episcopal Church, our therapy dog, Theo, is a very special HopeWay family member!
Imagine you are feeling anxious, sad, lonely, or overwhelmed. Now imagine sitting beside a dog, petting him or her, and noticing yourself starting to feel better. Animal assisted therapy, also known as pet therapy, is beneficial for many reasons. It can help lessen depression, increase feelings of happiness and joy, and help those dealing with feelings of hopelessness, stress, and fatigue. Spending time with animals can bring feelings of comfort in stressful situations and can help people feel more optimistic.
At HopeWay, our pet therapy dog, Theo, is available for clients whenever they may need additional emotional support. Currently, Theo attends group sessions and is also included in individual therapy sessions at the clients’ request. As clients go through the treatment process, they may experience flashbacks, nightmares, increased anxiety and other uncomfortable feelings. Some of our clients will be away from their homes and family members, and this will cause feelings of unease. Theo is there to help provide comfort and feelings of peace during those times. Clients are also able to take Theo on short walks with their primary therapist, allowing them to be outside and exercise as well. Theo is a valuable member of the HopeWay team.