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  • Talula Mae

    Therapy Dog & Chief Bark Officer

    Talula is a medium sized, black, Cavapoo. She is gentle, loving, and intuitive. Talula is trained to obey basic commands and has earned the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification from the AKC. 

    Charlena Priddy, MS, LPC, RPT partners with Talula to provide Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT). Talula visits with some clients in therapy sessions to work towards specific goals. Talula will not be in sessions with all clients and will not be in sessions with other counselors. However, Talula is often at the WholeHeart Counseling office and chances are you or your child will come into contact with her. Feel free to engage with Talula at your comfort level and at your own risk.

    Let's work together

    Charlena and Talula work together to provide therapy to clients when it is appropriate for the client and helps to meet the client’s counseling goals. Working with a therapy dog may not be appropriate for every client or at every session. Using the therapy dog in sessions will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Some benefits that have been found in utilizing a therapy animal include:

    • Animals help improve motivation and engagement in therapy.
    • Animals provide a sense of security and emotional support.
    • Dogs offer unconditional acceptance and positive regard.
    • Animals can promote relaxation. Research has demonstrated that petting an animal can help lower blood pressure, heart rate, and increase oxytocin (a feel-good chemical in the brain).
    • Animals can help clients learn frustration tolerance and other anger management techniques.
    • Animals can help in the areas of focus and attention.
    • Animals can be instruments of learning, which can increase self-confidence and self-esteem.
    • Animals offer humor and fun due to their playful nature.
    • Animals in therapy ask for clients to develop empathy, nurturance, and responsibility, and model other skills like forgiveness and patience.