Therapy Dogs Coordinator/Licensed Psychologist

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MA, Science education, The Ohio State University DVM, The Ohio State University MEd, EdS, Counselor Education, University of Florida PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of Florida

Professional Interests

Dr. Welsch’s chief therapeutic interest is in the field of mind-body-spirit medicine. She particularly enjoys working in the area of peak performance with athletes, biofeedback therapy for anxiety and medical issues, energy psychology for fears and phobias, and spirituality issues. She also has a keen interest in the human-animal bond, animal communication and traditional Chinese Medicine. She also practices Planned Single-Session Psychotherapy.

Approach to Therapy

Dr. Welsch’s theoretical orientation is multimodal and interpersonal. She fuses Coherence Therapy with ACT therapy, Somatic Experiencing and Internal Family Systems therapy.  She is BCIA certified in general biofeedback and is a certified instructor in heart rate variability training (Heartmath Corporation).

Approach to Supervision

She is grateful for opportunities to supervise practicum students and interns and post-docs, and prefers a therapist centered approach.

Approach to Wellness

She is a certified Reiki Master and Qigong instructor, and enjoys practicing these skills (along with Contemplative Prayer) to maintain her own wellness. She gets energized by spending as much time at the beach as is possible and being with her pet dogs, Harvey and Siggi.

Other Activities

Dr. Welsch enjoys bringing her certified therapy dog, Sigmund F. Welsch, PhDog, to the CWC for wellness events and weekly Yappy Hour. She also is the owner of Compassionate Way Mobile Veterinary Hospice Services, which provides end of life care and in-home euthanasia for the Gainesville area pet owners.