Master of Science Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Class of 2021
Osprey PERCH Student Life Counseling Intern- AAT-C Certificate Program
Hello, my name is Heather. In my previous years, I was an elementary school teacher before deciding to be a stay at home mother. Throughout my life, volunteering in my community has remained a priority and my greatest joys have been helping others help themselves. As life continued, I felt the calling to continue to help people in a more personal manner, thus began my journey to become a mental health counselor. I am excited to be half-way through my program and now a member of the PERCH program as an intern with an animal partner. My therapy animal partner, Bandit, and I are in the process of becoming a registered Therapy Animal Handler Team with Pet Partners and anticipate receiving our registration in the fall. As an intern counselor with the Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling certification program, I look forward to working with Bandit in helping clients experience calmness and comfort during sessions that may take us out of the office, inviting movement and nature into the healing process. After graduation, I plan to go into private practice with holistic health practitioners offering services that support the health of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit.
Hi, my name is Bandit (also pictured with my mom, Heather) and I am excited to join the UNF PERCH team. I am a four-year-old mixed breed pup. At six months old, I was given to a shelter where I lived for six months then took a long ride from KY to CT where I met my forever family. It was love at first sight for us all. Heather (my mom) told me that one day, I would have an important job to do, so she and I have been working together preparing for this new job. I LOVE PEOPLE. I am happy just sharing space with people, but I am also known as “the melting dog” because when I am invited to sit next to someone, I gently flop or melt into them as my way of snuggling. My hobbies include long walks, meeting new people, snuggling on the couch, playing with my squeaker toys, training games, and going for rides. Just like the human’s have degrees, we Therapy Dogs do too! I received my Registration as an official Pet Partner (with my mom) this summer. I cannot wait to wear my UNF Jersey and see everyone around campus! SWOOP!