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Therapy Dog Joins Team

June 23, 2020

A private practice in Forest has added a new partner to help those coping with everything from PTSD, to autism, or physical abuse.

Advanced Psychotherapeutics and Center for Neuroplastic Research says they offer complete psychological evaluations to include cognitive, social/emotional/personality, and neurological. They offer counseling, tele-health, Christian counseling, and Psychological/ Neurological/ Educational Testing.

Along with their clinicians, counselors, psychologists, and therapists, Advanced Psychotherapeutics has added a new certified therapy dog.

Stella, a 6-month-old Australian Labradoodle, joined the team a week ago.

Dr. Tim Barclay is her main handler and clinical director of Advanced Psychotherapeutics said Stella is certified in multiple areas and can even accompany people in court to provide support.

“With the right temperament, it brings an emotional and behavioral calm to the individual,” Dr. Barclay said.

Her bio on the website shows she went through a tough vetting and selection process before going to ‘school’ and received the highest scores where she was then trained in Indiana. Stella trained to work with children and adults with PTSD, physical/sexual abuse, emotional and behavioral problems, and also individuals with autism.

If you would like to use Stella in therapy, just tell the receptionist when you call to make an appointment.

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