Thousands of years of domestication has instilled in dogs an uncanny ability to read human emotions, and an instinct to form attachments with us and include us in their ‘pack’. The presence of a friendly dog in the counselling room can provide a sense of security and reassurance, helping you to build a trusting relationship with the counsellor. Its affectionate greeting can encourage you to unburden your difficult feelings, whilst stroking or hugging a dog can provide comfort at moments of emotional vulnerability.
What is the role of a dog in counselling?
A dog can: