Assistance Dog Counselling

A man walking down a path in a wooded area. He has his back to the us, he is walking with a white Labrador. The man has a white cane and the dog is looking ahead.

DisabilityPlus empowers you with the opportunity to be supported by a Counsellor who has an Assistance Dog; this enables full cultural support. Assistance Dog Counselling can help you get the support you deserve.

Getting an assistance dog can give you confidence, independence and companionship. It can also be challenging and present owners with a lot of emotional responses. It can be especially hard when the dog you’ve relied on for several years retires – or is withdrawn from service due to illness or death.

Funding – Self-Pay for Immediate Start; Concessions with Saver Plans; NHS free paid applications if you are suffering from grief or more serious mental health conditions.

We Support People Who Have?

Guide Dogs for the Blind, Hearing Dogs, Diabetic Alert Dogs, Seizure Alert Dogs, PTSD Dogs, Wheelchair Assistance Dogs, Dogs to help children with Autism

Understanding

Getting an assistance dog can give you confidence, independence and companionship. It can also be challenging and present owners with a lot of emotional responses. It can be especially hard when the dog you’ve relied on for several years retires – or is withdrawn from service due to illness or death.

Feelings

You might experience feelings of grief, failure and guilt when your dog retires. You may enter a stage of anticipatory grief when you notice the dog you have formed an incredible bond with is getting older – and you know the inevitable time of saying goodbye is creeping closer. It can be challenging if you can no longer keep your dog when it retires or when you are partnered with a new dog.

Comprehension

The death of an assistance dog that has kept you safe and in many ways saved your life can bring up feelings that are difficult to explain. Most people cannot fully understand what you are going through, for example, the loss of your reliance and attachment.

Therapy

Counselling gives you a chance to grieve, but also to think about the good times. Therapy can help you acknowledge your grief, cry if you want and also laugh. So many good memories you’ve made can outweigh that one day when you said goodbye.

Support

Our assistance dog counselling focuses on helping you think more clearly, gain purpose & lead a better standard of life. Our team will support you to find solutions with healthy coping skills. You will be supported by therapists who can offer you a safe, empathic and authentic service where your emotions can be fully explored and accepted.

Quality Assured

Our Assistance Dog Counselling Team is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) (UKCP). We are bound by the ethical framework for good practice in counselling. We comply with the Data Protection Act