For animal lovers of all ages, having a therapy dog or cat present during counseling sessions can be very relaxing and comforting. Simply petting an animal is proven to reduce human stress levels and increase positive emotion. For children who may be nervous about attending therapy, the presence of a therapy animal can make the experience positive and fun. Therapy dogs have passed rigorous tests to ensure their safety and emotional ability to connect with humans and assist with expressing emotions. At ECS Psychological Services, P.C. we can involve a therapy dog or cat in counseling sessions, if requested by the client.