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Marta M. Pires, CPsychol

Clinical & Counselling Psychologist                        

EMDR Therapist​​

Animal Assisted Therapy

Chloe Lily Bear -Therapy dog


Marta has in her practice used Animal Assisted therapy, working with a therapy dog.

Being a therapy dog, means that the dog is fully trained sense the emotional state of the client and was able to give her attention to keep the patient calm and focussed on the task at hand./him

                                     Chloe Lily Bear -Therapy dog​

 Chloe lIly Bear is a toy poodle . Chloe is Marta's second therapy dog.

Chloe Lily Bear is wonderful both with children and adults. She loves people and dogs and life in general., and is looking forward to became the best therapy dog possible.. At the moment is still filled with puppy Joy and playfulness. 



Belle , a Yorkshire Terrier, was Marta"s 1st therapy dog. Belle worked with Marta in her private practice, since she was adopted in October 2010. Belle was Marta's full time co-therapist until July 2017, time when Belle retired. Belle was a pioneer in private practice and the 1st Therapy Dog at The Priory Hospital, where she worked with adolescents in a n CAHMS.​acute unit .

If you would like to read more about the benefits of AAT (Animal Assisted Therapy) and how dogs are being used in different settings as a tool to improve the emotional health follow the link bellow:

Research shows that a few minutes of stroking a pet dog decreases cortisol, the stress hormone, in both the human and the dog. It also increases prolactin and oxytocin, hormones that govern nurturing and security, as well as serotonin and norepinephrine, neurotransmitters that boost mood. One study found that five minutes with a dog was as relaxing as a 20-minute break for hospital staffers.

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