Canine Counselor Joins Ascension Counseling Center Staff

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief
Java, a five-year-old mix breed dog, is now lending her services for pet-assisted therapy at the Ascension Counseling Center.

GONZALES – The Ascension Counseling Center has a new member on its therapy team! Java is a five-year-old, medium-sized mixed breed dog who joins her counselor, Kristi Boggs, in sessions for pet-assisted therapy.

Java volunteers her time with Tiger H.A.T.S. (Human Animal Therapy Services) for monthly visits to a local senior living community center. She also partners with Trafficking Hope, a non-profit organization that provides safe housing for victims of human trafficking. Java and Kristi will be making frequent visits to the Hope House once it opens in South Louisiana.

Java enjoys belly rubs and visits to the dog park, and is excited to be working with her clients at the counseling center. If you would like an appointment for counseling with Kristi and Java, please contact Ascension Counseling Center intake coordinator Sarah Cuti at 225-621-1113.