As a result of the pandemic, natural disasters, conflict between the Ukraine and Russia, and the most recent events that occurred in Uvalde, the importance of having a friend to lean on has never been so necessary. Friendships don’t always have to be between people as one can find the most loyal of companions among those with fur and four legs.
Emotional support animals can come in all different shapes and sizes; however, their purpose remains the same: providing comfort and company to an individual. Emotional support animals can include dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and horses. Dogs, for example, are known to make excellent emotional support animals as they have a more developed sensitivity towards human emotion. They have repeatedly demonstrated sympathy and empathy by nuzzling when they detect sadness or emotional pain from a human. Those who suffer with depression, stress, anxiety, or trauma may find it challenging to speak freely, yet the presence of an emotional support dog provides unlimited emotional support. It is also important to keep in mind that dogs do not judge, which can make the human- dog connection a valuable one, especially among those who have a fear of being judged by others.
At Well Child Psychiatric NP, PLLC – LCSW, PLLC, you may see one of our furry friends in the office. Allergies will always be taken into consideration, so we will ask your permission prior to your session.