SoulPaws, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, offers unique and evidence-based animal-assisted therapy experiences designed for people impacted by eating disorders and other mental health issues. With every workshop, SoulPaws aims to decrease shame, increase compassion, and inspire courage.
SoulPaws utilizes a variety of therapy animals, including dogs, miniature horses, guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, and more. Offered in-person and online, our workshops are led by SoulPaws trained facilitators. Each workshop involves group and one-on-one interactions with therapy animals, journaling on recovery-oriented topics, and optional sharing
Studies show that time spent with animals not only improves our physical health, but our mental and emotional well-being. Animals can help us to access a place of inner-wisdom inside. In simply being themselves, SoulPaws therapy animals serve as guides to compassion, mindfulness, and emotional vulnerability. Their nonjudgemental nature helps to create an environment for open-hearted truth-telling. Their ability to live in the present moment increases a sense of calm and self-awareness in participants. Each workshop is an opportunity for participants to experience the many benefits of animal-assisted therapy, and to learn tools that will benefit them in overcoming any mental health issue.