Patty Dobbs Gross received her MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut, and now uses this knowledge to offer in-person and telephone therapy sessions, as well as to create cutting-edge nonprofit placements with North Star dogs...which are seen as an invaluable tool for a child’s animal-assisted therapy.
Patty also sees clients privately, or in small groups (such as with marriage or family therapy) at the main North Star facility, for a suggested donation to North Star Foundation of $50 per hour. Check or money order should be made out to “North Star Foundation”, or made as an online donation here on this site (please note: no cash, gifts or personal donations will be accepted).
Patty’s daughter, Jen, practices yoga therapy, and has been certified to work with North Star children via her Kid Calm training. Jen also works with children with high anxiety levels, through her work with thyroid yoga. She specializes in working with people with conditions such as autoimmune disease, generalized anxiety disorder, and depression, using a blend of mindfulness, yoga and breath work.
Patty’s practice focuses on developing alternative forms of communication with children, and developing pragmatic solutions using animal-assisted therapy within the family system. Evidence-based approaches to developing alternate forms of communication are used, and North Star’s philosophy of placement is to always keep the child central to our services.
Solutions to anxiety and emotional deregulation in children often require a blend of mind and body approaches, with more than one therapy considered...such as music, yoga, occupational or animal-assisted therapy. Great care is always taken to respect sensory and individual differences, and all services rendered are for suggested donations to North Star Foundation, to be certain this field remains affordable to all children who would benefit from it.
Please call Patty at (860) 423-0664 or Jen at (860) 576-2493, to set up a telephone or in-person consult. You can also visit Jen's yoga therapy website, at: https://www.lotusjenyoga.com/animal-assisted-therapy/
Together, we are helping children find their way…
North Star Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help children who face social, emotional or educational challenges. We have been incorporated for sixteen years and in this time have created over 275 assistance dog partnerships with children around the world. Over half the children North Star serves are on the autism spectrum, but we also work with children who have suffered a loss or a trauma, or are living with a serious illness.
North Star dogs are bred specifically for soundness as well as temperaments conducive to working with children with social and emotional concerns, and then carefully partnered with their children and socialized with them at a young age. We travel to the town where our children live and employ local positive trainers and quality training facilities to allow the child served to be on the ground floor of training and socialization of their North Star dog. There are two supported hours a week once a North Star dog comes to town, one a private hour within our child's own home and the other a classroom hour for the parent to improve their handling skills in public. This training support will last until the team earns full public access, or if a therapy placement is desired, limited public access.
The true cost of a North Star placement with public access is $15,000 ($10,000 for the more limited public access of a therapy placement); in both cases families served are required to raise just half this amount ($7,500 or $5,000 respectively). Both our levels of placement include ongoing support for the therapeutic aspects of the partnership employing the children's existing therapists, teachers, friends and family.
Free DVDs and brochures are available upon request, as education is an important part of our mission.