Animal Assisted Therapy
At the moment Marta is working
without a co-therapist, as Belle retired in July 2017.
Marta is looking forward to continue AAT in her
In 2018 Marta will start searching for another canine friend. She hopes to find and train another dog to follow Belle´s loving and
Belle - Therapy Dog
Belle is a 11 year old Yorkshire Terrier. She is a therapy dog, which means she was trained to sense the emotional state of the client and was able to give her attention to keep the patient calm and focussed on the task at hand.
She had been working with Marta since she adopted her in October 2010. They teamed up and she was her full time co-therapist until July 2017, when Belle retired.
Belle was highly sensitive to the different states of mind of people and reacted accordingly to what she sensed. She developed a unique relationship with each client, being a source of unconditional love in the room.
She was wonderful both with children and adults. She loved being a working dog and having a career! Belle was the 1st full time Therapy Dog at The Priory Hospital, where she worked in CAHMS.
If you would like to read more about the benefits of AAT (Animal Assisted Therapy) and how dogs are being used in different settings as a tool to improve the emotional health follow the link bellow:
Research shows that a few minutes of stroking a pet dog decreases cortisol, the stress hormone, in both the human and the dog. It also increases prolactin and oxytocin, hormones that govern nurturing and security, as well as serotonin and norepinephrine, neurotransmitters that boost mood. One study found that five minutes with a dog was as relaxing as a 20-minute break for hospital staffers.
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