"Be the change that you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi
The Problem Therapaws Therapy Wants To Solve
Individuals with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders do not always have access to affordable, adequate, and quality treatment. Some treatments provided need to incorporate more creative, effective techniques, and interventions to ensure people in the community who suffer from these disorders can live successfully in the community and have their needs met. In today's society, mental illness and substance abuse is in a crisis, it is so prevalent all over the world, and it has the potential to affect everyone. That is why it is so important to have an organization like Therapaws Therapy because it gives those who are affected by the crisis, a place to come to get the quality, effective treatment, and some unconditional support and love from our pet therapists.
Therapaws Therapy Solution To The Problem
The need for both mental health and substance abuse treatment is extremely vital in general but especially today and Therapaws Therapy will be an integral part of the solution. Over the years, the founder of the organization has seen different treatments and interventions and one that is true to her heart is pet therapy. She has taken her dog, Brinkley (a very fluffy and lovable Golden Doodle) into every mental health care facility she has worked at in the past four years and has experienced magical outcomes from her patients that received pet therapy services from Brinkley. She has seen patients who are very withdrawn and are refusing treatment and the minute that Brinkley walks into their room or onto the unit, they instantly light up, smile, and their mood is positive and uplifting. She often states that he creates miracles and to incorporate the use of pet therapy with counseling services, it increases the opportunity for more miracles to occur. The incorporation of both pet therapy and counseling services at Therapaws Therapy will truly have a healing power and will provide quality services with proven positive outcomes. Individuals who suffer with mental illness andor substance abuse disorders deserve to heal, to find their own magic and hope, and to live their best lives in the community. Therapaws Therapy will offer that magic and hope to as many people as possible.
Who We Are And Why We Want To Make A Difference
A Message From The Founder: Lauren Biles
Hi everyone!!! My name is Lauren and I am the Founder of Therapaws Therapy. My entire life has been dedicated to helping people and I have dreamed of the day I could finally open my own non-profit organization since I was college (15 years ago!). I truly believe that I was put on this earth to help people and I now have an incredible opportunity to do that in such a significant way and I could not be more excited. My entire 15 year career has been dedicated to the mental health and social services field and I have recently fallen in love with working with addiction disorders as well. Currently, I am receiving my Master's Degree in Social Work and it has truly helped develop my understanding and skills needed to effectively help this population, it has inspired me to be an advocate, and now I am just ready to really make that positive change. Our society, our communities, and our neighbors deserve affordable, accessible, and quality mental health and substance abuse treatment and I am dedicated to ensuring that Therapaws Therapy accomplishes that goal every single day.
The Therapaws Therapy Team
Currently, our team at Therapaws Therapy consists of the Founder, Lauren, and Brinkley, our therapy dog. As this is just a start up organization, the plan is to grow the team with qualified, caring, supportive, ethical, knowledable, and dedicated licensed Counselors, Clinical Counselors, Clinical Social Workers, and Pet Therapy Animals.
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How You Can Help
You can help by deciding to help Therapaws Therapy grow in any way so that we, all of you, and all of the animals in the world can come together to help as many people as we can. Every person deserves to live their best lives and here at Therapaws Therapy, we want everyone to have a life they feel hopeful and excited about :)
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*Rewards For Your Kind Donations*
The Moo Cow
Will receive a shout-out on our Facebook page recognizing the donation
The Waddling Penguin
Will receive a Therapaws sticker and thank you note
The Gold Fish
We will send you a Therapaws Dog Bandana
The Singing Bird
Will receive a free annual membership which includes 20% off discounts on pet therapy sessions and merchandise, invitation to every event for free, and potential to be on the board of directors.
The Tabby Cat
We will send you a Therapaws T-Shirt and a free annual membership which includes 20% off discounts on pet therapy sessions and merchandise, invitation to every event for free, and potential to be on the board of directors.
The Mini Doodle
Will receive 10 free pet therapy sessions and a free two year membership which includes 20% off discounts on pet therapy sessions and merchandise, invitation to every event for free, and potential to be on the board of directors.
The Full Doodle
Will receive 20 free pet therapy sessions and a free two year membership which includes 20% off discounts on pet therapy sessions and merchandise, invitation to every event for free, and potential to be on the board of directors.
Thank You All For Your More Than Generous Support! With Love, Lauren :)