Frequently Asked Questions
What is animal-assisted psychotherapy?
|Animal-assisted psychotherapy incorporates animals into the mental health and psychotherapeutic treatment of people. Christine has found that having an animal present in the therapy process provides the child, adolescent or adult with a sense of comfort not equaled in traditional therapy.|
As described by and adapted from Boris Levinson in Pet-Oriented Child Psychotherapy:
When the child plays with the animal he establishes his own world, the boundaries of which he himself prescribes. The therapist, therefore, participates in common adventure by entering into a corner of the child's world where the child feels secure. This is where the therapist and the child find an equal footing; this is where the doors of communication are likely to open early between child and therapist.
It also appears that all children have an intense need to master someone or something that does not talk back, that accepts one regardless of what one is. They want to be accepted, admired and permitted to regress as far as possible without being berated by someone or something loved and without the consequent guilt.
What types of animals will my child or I work with?
|Christine has one dog, a horse and two ponies with whom she currently works in her therapeutic practice. The individual will be matched with the appropriate animal through his/her treatment. The choice of animal will depend on the individual's presenting issues and may change through treatment. All animals are up to date on shots, groomed and handled daily.|
Are other forms of treatment available?
Yes, in addition to animal-assisted therapy, Christine also utilizes play therapy, bibliotherapy, talk-therapy, etc. In addition, one or more treatment methods may be utilized at one time.
What is the process to beginning treatment?
Step One: Contact Christine at 978-582-7103.
Step Two: Christine will meet with the individual (as well as parent/guardian if individual is a minor) for an intake session. At this appoinment, you will be asked to sign release forms so that Christine can:
At this appointment, Christine will arrange weekly or bi-weekly appointments. More frequent sessions can also be scheduled.
A method of payment will be determined. See Rates for payment schedule.
What other services are provided?
In addition to clinical work, Christine can also:
If you have additional questions, please call Christine at 978-582-7103.
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Christine Randle, LICSW
Lunenburg, MA 01462
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