Kirsten's approach to therapy is to offer support that is both targeted and practical, in a comfortable and relaxed setting.
Her approach generally draws on the the following types of therapy:
1) Anxiety and related disorders
2) Animal-assisted Therapy (AAT)
Animal-assisted therapy often serves in conjunction with traditional work done by a registered psychologist or other mental health–care providers.
Studies show positive outcomes and overall improved emotional well-being, and that AAT is very effective in helping clients suffering from anxiety.
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Nugget is a trained and accredited Animal Assisted Therapy Dog.
He is a Cockalier (Cocker Spaniel x King Charles Cavalier). Clients have commented that his presence in the office provides comfort and support and helps decrease anxiety. From the moment clients arrive, Nugget has an uncanny ability to respond to stress, helping clients to relax and feel more able to talk about worries and fears.
And if your fear is dogs, Nugget would love to help you solve this problem.
Having completed her thesis on the coping strategies of preschoolers, Kirsten has always had a keen interest in coping and its effects on psychological wellbeing.
Coping skills help you tolerate, minimize, and deal with stressful situations in life. So learning your own coping styles and developing new ones is a key component to good mental health.
Kirsten aims to help her clients identify their current coping strategies, both positive and negative, and help clients move toward more positive and long-lasting coping skills.