therapy pup

Dana R. Falk, Ph.D.
 Experienced psychotherapy for adults 
Clinical supervision of mental health providers


On most days, this practice has a resident therapy pup.  Babette is a French Bulldog mix with a sweet disposition and a talent for keeping secrets.  Babette’s presence is meant to impart a warm, therapeutic environment. Her role is to help us get to work, not to distract us from it.


Each client may choose whether the dog is in the therapy office with us or whether she stays outside the office (but remains in the building.)

Babette is perfectly happy on her little balcony downstairs from the waiting room and therapy office. Clients should not feel guilty if they’d prefer she not be in our sessions.

Babette is very shy and rarely chooses to be on the couch with clients, so please don’t take it personally!
More often, she retires to her own little bed after taking a treat, contributing occasional flatulence to keep us grounded.

During session, Babette will never be (1) walking around the office or (2) on my lap. Either of these could be distracting, and the priority is our ability to concentrate on your session. We’re all ears.

Please understand that if we choose to work together, Babette would nearly always be in the building.

If you prefer the dog not be in session, that’s easily arranged, but you would still walk past her.
You would probably see Babette sitting behind a gate as you head up to the waiting room. If having a dog present is not the therapy experience you desire, that’s perfectly understandable. My practice would not be the right environment for you, but I can recommend other skilled therapists, if you’d like.

Babette has excellent empathy, having gotten help with anxiety herself as a puppy (no kidding.)

Because she’s shy, Babette is cautious, but she’s happy to take a treat from your hand. There is always a box of treats in the waiting room for your use.
Tip: Babette likes under-chin scratches but not being patted on the head.

During initial phone consultations, I always invite your questions about my practice. Please feel free to ask any questions you have about how it would work to have a therapy dog in the office.