Meet our Wellness Director, Riley!
Our newest addition to Bella ADHD & Family Coaching is our Wellness Director, Riley. She is a golden-doodle ball of furry fun, who is learning the ropes to become registered as a Canine Coaching Assistant (AKA - Wellness Director).
When Winston Churchill said, "there is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man," he may have been more right than he realized. A growing body of research is beginning to confirm what has long been observed, animals can help us heal in ways both physical and psychological.
What is it about animals that helps us get back on track?
Animals share a deep, genetic bond with us. We are wired to react to animals. Our evolutionary survival has depended on our noticing them and responding to them. Animal assisted coaching puts the ancient bond to work in new ways.
Animals give us immediate, honest feedback. Animals mirror our physical and emotional states but without our need for filters. Instead, we get nonjudgemental feedback and new insights into our moods and emotions. Perhaps most important, animals don't care what you look like, how successful your love life is, how many friends you have, what you do for a living or how much money you make. They respond without criticism only to your mood and actions.
Animals lower barriers to communication. An animal's mere presence and its unscripted behavior is, in essence, a neutral conversation piece that can spur and improve interaction. People also appear friendlier, less threatening and more relaxed when in the presence of animals, according to several studies. In the case of a life coach and a client, this can act as a shortcut to developing rapport, a key component in successful life coaching session.
Resource: What Therapy Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human by David Sack, M.D. - Psychology Today, April 2014