Animal Assisted Therapy Services of Denver Colorado

Meet Siena

Siena is a 4 1/2 year old golden retriever rescue who lives with her companion human, Michela. She is a registered Canine Good Citizen and Psychiatric Support Dog in Denver CO.

She gets excited to meet her clients at the door, however her temperament is mellow and she will likely snooze near your feet during session.

What to Expect

Animal Assisted Therapy in Denver at Connected Brain Counseling

On the days that Siena goes to work, she makes the rounds at our office in Edgewater providing animal assisted therapy services. You may see her throughout your neurofeedback program, qEEG Brain Mapping Therapy Program, and can also request counseling sessions with her present.

Siena will interact as appropriate with clients though is most frequently used in the room as a calming source of energy. Most clients find that having a dog in the room increases their ability to relax…even if they didn’t recognize they were stressed to begin with!


According to a meta-analysis from 2005-2011 93% of mental health clients show measurable improvements in mood and affect when an animal assisted therapy services (via Psychology Today)


Sometimes yes, sometimes no! Siena will likely greet you at the door for some pets then relax in her bed during session unless she is called upon to work.

The friendliest! Siena loves all people and dogs, though you may hear a bark at the door as you come in to greet you hello.


AAT guidelines ask that clinicians only have therapy animals who show signs of enjoying work. Getting excited to go to the office, greeting clients positively and having an engaging demeanor when working all demonstrate a positive response to AAT. If there comes a time when a therapy animal no longer demonstrates these qualities, they may retire.

You may run into Siena in the hallway, however she only works with Michela in session. Dogs need their humans, too!


Siena usually works on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, though if she demonstrates any signs of wanting to stay home – she gets to play hooky! 

For animal assisted therapy services, inform your primary clinician of any allergies or fears of dogs and we will prioritize you in Room #1 which is kept allergy free. 


Learn More About Animal Assisted Therapy in Denver

We all know how therapeutic it can be to come home to your 4 legged friend wagging their tail. Naturally, having a therapeutic animal in the counseling room makes therapy a more positive, relaxed experience as well. 

Connected Brain Counseling is founded on empirically backed research for all modalities used in sessions. Animal Assisted Therapy services are no different!

Read the Research

SSome of the documented benefits of a psychiatric support dog in Denver CO during a counseling session include:

  • “[Clients] had less agitation and more social behavior with pet present” (1)

  • “Subjects had lower blood pressure and heart rates in response to an acute mental stressor in the presence of a pet” (2)

  • “Using animals in therapy sessions leads to a remarkable drop in stress, anxiety, depression, fear, and loneliness among patients” (3)

  • Hypothesized positive feelings of attachment with animals contribute to overall feelings of happiness (4)

  • Decreases depression, anxiety, and disruptive behavior (Hartwig, 2017)

  • Enhances psychological health (Fine, 2006)

  • Increase in client motivation to participate in counseling and sense of safety (Lange, Cox, Bernert, & Jenkins, 2006/2007)

Puppy Love is In Your Future.

Schedule a consultation to learn more about animal assisted therapy services in Denver Colorado

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