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A group of independent counselors serving Kingwood and Houston
Specializing in Gottman MethodTM Couples and Marriage Counseling

Fred

(also known as “Sigmund Fred”, Therapy Dog

AKC Canine Good Citizen

My name is Fred.  I am a therapy dog and companion animal for Mary Beth George.  Sometimes I join her in therapy sessions to offer comfort and support for her clients. 

I was born on September 3, 2016.  My history is not clear but I know I was surrendered by my original owners to Montgomery County Shelter in 2018.  Because I am such a sweet and good-looking dude, the shelter turned me over to IDOG Labradoodle Rescue.  I needed treatment for heartworm before I could be adopted.  They received 50 applications and selected the George’s to be my fur-ever family. 

Even though I was already a well-behaved dog, my mom signed me up for training with Bobbye J. Smith at Let’s Go Train Dogs.  Bobbye trains therapy dogs at Humble ISD and quickly realized I would be great at doing animal assisted therapy.  Over the course of a few months I completed all levels of training, including meeting the criteria to a be an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen.  

My mom completed a 2-Day Certificate Course in Animal Assisted Therapy to learn how to best utilize my charm and loving nature in her therapy sessions.  Here’s what I can offer her clients:

  • I always give a warm greeting.  I want to you to feel welcome in our office. I never judge people and accept you for who you are.
  • Please pet me to feel my soft fur.  It’s very comforting for both of us.  I am non-shedding so you don’t have to worry about fur getting on your clothes.
  • You can talk to me.  If you don’t want to talk to my mom or your partner, I will listen with great enthusiasm. I promise to keep everything you say a secret.
  • I sense when people need me.  If you are upset I may come and sit by you or put my head on your lap.  I help boost a hormone called oxytocin, aka “the cuddle hormone”, so if you pet me you might find it very soothing.  Studies have shown that the presence of a friendly animal can help reduce heart rate and blood pressure.
  • I work well with people who are stressed, anxious or have PTSD.  You can learn how to be calm by modeling what I do, such as slow breathing and being present in the moment.  If you put your hand on me and try to breathe like I do, you will be able to calm yourself more quickly.
  • Sometimes I will lay down by your feet.  I want to be close in case you need me.  Feel free to reach down and rub my belly.  It makes me very happy and I think you will like it too.  If I sense you are just fine I may take a nap on the other side of the room.  But if you need me, call me by my name and I will come sit by you. 

If you are afraid of dogs or have allergies, I will be happy to take a day off from the office.  Mary Beth will always ask your permission before she brings me into a session, but please don’t hesitate to let her know that you prefer not have me in the room.  There will be a stuffed animal to take my place.  

Couples Counseling and Psychotherapy Associates provides service to Kingwood, Humble, Atascocita, Porter, Fall Creek, Summerwood, North Houston and surrounding areas.

Couples Counseling & Psychotherapy Associates

2330 Timber Shadows Drive
Suite 106
Kingwood, Texas 77339
Ph: 281-812-7529

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