Imagine being so paralyzed by doubt, social anxiety, or memories of past traumas that you couldn’t hold down a job. A simple errand like going to the grocery store or the bank is a terrifying prospect. Relationships with family and loved ones are strained by your illness. You wish you could just turn it off, but you just can’t make the pain and fear go away.
For millions of people, this is the reality they live with every day. Mental illness can have a crippling effect on a person’s ability to live a happy, functional life.
Around 20 years ago, licensed psychotherapist and Healing Companions, Inc., founder Jane Miller began training psychiatric service dogs to help her clients struggling with severe mental illnesses that left them unable to function in society.
Many of our dogs were once unwanted puppies from various shelters. We rescue them and train them to aid our clients as psychiatric service dogs. In this way, our dogs get a second chance at life just like our clients.