To inquire about therapy services please call Betsy at 508.429.4440 or email Betsy.
For more information about Betsy and her practice, please go to: www.elizabethhandley.com
Betsy Handley is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor
(LMHC) who holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. She
is an outpatient mental health clinician practicing in Boston,
Massachusetts. Currently,she is a member of the Massachusetts Association
of Mental Health Counselors and the American Counseling Association.
She works with adults, adolescents, and children along with their
Betsy is also certified as a Therapy Dog Handler
along with two of her three dogs. She is committed the use of
Canine Assisted Psychotherapy as a co-therapy
with other established practices. She is also interested in the advancement
the evidence base for Canine Assisted Psychotherapy, as well as the credentialing
process for those who wish to practice Canine Assisted Psychotherapy.
philosophy is based in part in the historic relationship between humans
and animals, particularly dogs. Until very recently, the daily
including children, involved a relationship with animals. The necessity
to work with and rely on animals was common in every society and
to the very young. It is not surprising then that she has found that clients
who establish a relationship with a dog often make great gains
in the reduction of symptoms of anxiety and depression, develop
improved self esteem, feelings of mastery and accomplishment, and
feelings of empathy for others.
Many therapists have found that the addition of a
dog helps clients feel more comfortable in the therapy session.
The dog can make the development of trust easier for a client which
can help clients progress more quickly.
Betsy also sees
Canine Assisted Psychotherapy as a way to approach concerns that
have grown around the growing sedentary nature of children’s
lives. Dogs can win in the battle with video games, the computer,
and TV for the
of children and teens.