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About Elizabeth Handley, M.Ed., LMHC, DCMHS, NCC, CCMHC

Betsy Handley holds a Masters of Education in Counseling Psychology (M.Ed.) and has over ten years of experience working with individuals, children, adolescents, and families in community clinic settings and currently in her private practice. Betsy is a Massachusetts Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC# 7154). She has been nationally recognized as an American Mental Health Counselors Association’s Diplomate in Clinical Mental Health specializing in Child and Adolescent Counseling (DCMHS) as well as by the National Board of Certified Counselors Center for Credentialing and Education as both a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a National Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC). Since 2013, Betsy has been a member of the board of Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, who elected her as President Elect in 2015, where she also serves as their Director of Professional Development.

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 of the evidence base for Canine Assisted Psychotherapy, as well as the credentialing process for those who wish to practice Canine Assisted Psychotherapy.

Betsy’s philosophy is based in part in the historic relationship between humans and animals, particularly dogs. Until very recently, the daily life of humans, including children, involved a relationship with animals. The necessity to work with and rely on animals was common in every society and extended from adults 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 attention of children and teens.