Guadalupe County Children's Advocacy Center adds therapy dog to staff

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SEGUIN, Texas – The Guadalupe County Children’s Advocacy Center recently added a new therapy dog to its staff.

"She's a lot of fun. She has a lot of energy,” Kimber-Lea Raef, therapist, said.

Fyrenz, a 5-year-old boxer mix, is the newest staff member at the center.

"Some of the things she can do is she can clue me in whenever she starts to notice clients getting uncomfortable with something. She will pick up on that,” Raef said.

Raef and Fyrenz work together to provide the children with one-on-one sessions.

"She is another way we can help kids learn their own confidence and be OK with the things that they've been through,” Raef said.

The children, clinical director and therapist Stephanie Opiela said, may have "experienced a form of trauma themselves, physical abuse or sexual abuse. Or if they've been witnessed violent crimes or domestic violence."

The center's staffers believe Fryenz’s work can help them provide the best and most professional therapy services available.

"What we hope to achieve by having an animal involved in the counseling process is working towards their therapeutic goals,” Raef said.

In Fiscal year 2017, the center served 633 children and this year, it has already surpassed that figure.

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