Welcome on "Giulio´s Way" - Animal-Assisted Therapy and Consolidation of Compassion
„Working with an animal means working on yourself© “– this statement describes the content and process of our different offers at its best. We believe that through the contact with an animal we can discover new aspects about ourselves. The animal mirrors us; it reacts on our behavior – and that means: by having contact with an animal, we are able to actually learn more about our appearance and impact on others. By this way of learning we get the opportunity to reflect on ourselves and to grow as a person. More concrete: we can learn to become self-confident and authentic and - by this way - to face our life better.
The name „Giulio´s Way“ refers to the significance of our team-member for the development of our particular form of animal-assisted therapy. His history and character have influenced our professional and private growth and our attitude towards humans and other animals.
Besides our belief "Working with an animal means working on yourself©" our most important credo is that humans and animals have the same imperturbable value. Animals may have partially different needs, different perceptions and different Goals, but this does not diminish their right to express their individuality and their right to live a species-appropriate and peaceful life.
Special form of Animal-Assisted Therapy
All our animals are adopted and derive from maltreatment or are former stray dogs. They all experienced disregard or being abandoned. But they managed to survive and overcome their hard lot. Every single one of them represents the chance to overcome loneliness and despair and to develop acceptance and love of life. Our animals, hence, live what any concept of psychotherapy tries to communicate: Despite of a hard past and/or negative learning experiences there is always room for living a joyful life in the Here and Now.
Katharina Sabine Blesch
- Graduated Psychologist (University of Heidelberg, Germany)
- Graduated Specialist in Animal-Assisted Therapy (University for Veterinary Medicine of Vienna, Austria)
- Graduated Specialist in Animal Psychology (ATN Switzerland)
- Advanced Trainings in Animal Training (especially dogs, cows, horses)
Educated in Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Working experiences with different species (amongst others horses, dogs, cows, rabbits, lamas) and in different sectors (psychosomatic and psychiatric institutions, prison, educational facilities).
Current main occupation: Specialist in Animal-Assisted Therapy at a private Psychiatric and Psychosomatic Institution. Current part-time occupations: Lecturer (amongst others at the University of Genova, Italy) and private courses and sessions in Animal-Assisted Therapy (see „Activities“).
The Dogs Giulio, Cleo & Toni
Giulio was born in 2009 and is a German-Shepard-Mix. He derives from the South of Italy and has spend his first years of life in a dog shelter. This difficult period of his life shaped him in many ways and it took time and patience to overcome these experiences. Since he left the dog shelter Giulio absorbs all new experiences and is enjoys every new encounter and contact with people. He is gentle and friendly and by now an „old-timer“ in his work as a therapy-dog: From 2012 to 2015 he worked as a therapy-dog at a Psychosomatic Institution, where he accompanied singular and group therapies. Since 2015 until now he works as a therapy-dog at a private Psychiatric and Psychosomatic Institution.
Cleo was born in 2008 and is a female Volpino-Mix. The first three years of her life she spend as a stray-dogs on the streets of Caserta, an Italian town close Napels. She survived many dangerous situations and is a fighter. Having to learn to take care of herself Cleo has developed an independent, sensitive and vigilant character. She wants to get to know a person before she is going to trust. When she once trusts she has the most loyal and reliable character. Cleo is now in the stage of retirement, so she is only once in a while present during therapy sessions.
Toni is our new-comer! He is a Segugio-Mix and was born in 2015 as a stray-dog in Central Italy. As a puppy he was collected from the street and brought to a dog shelter from where he was adopted. Toni is an absolute sweetheart, always in good mood, always ready to play and to give a good time to anybody around. Since 2016 he is part of our pack and after trainings and specific education since 2019 he works with us as a therapy-dog.
The rabbits Alice & Frederick
Alice and Frederick are two gentle rabbits. Frederick was born in 2008 and was abandoned by his former owners. Alice was born in 2009 and abandoned in an industrial area where she was found by activists. By now both of them are experienced therapy-animals. To date they have worked from 2012 to 2015 as therapy-animals at a Psychosomatic Institution and are now (since 2015) working as therapy-animals at a private Psychiatric and Psychosomatic Institution.
The guinea pigs Fritz & Philip
The two male guinea pigs Fritz and Philip have been abandoned and are part of our team since 2018. Fritz is funny and very self-confident. Philip is gentle and cuddly.
Publications & Co
!NEW! Blesch, K. (2020). Tiergestützte Therapie mit Hunden. Grundlagen, Tierethik und Praxis der therapeutischen Arbeit. Heidelberg: Springer Verlag. https://www.springer.com/de/book/9783662614396
Blesch, K. (2013). Hunde - Musik - Emotionen. Saarbrücken: AV Akademikerverlag.
Interdisziplinäre Arbeitsgemeinschaft Tierethik (Hg.) (2007): Tierrechte - eine interdisziplinäre Herausforderung. Erlangen: Harald Fischer Verlag.
Blesch, K. (2015). Tiergestützte Gruppenpsychotherapie. Gruppenpsychotherapie und Gruppendynamik. 51, 86-97.
Blesch, K. (2012). Da liegt die Zuversicht - eine empirische Untersuchung im Pflegeheim zum Vergleich der Effektivität von Hundebesuchsdienst und musiktherapeutischer Aktivität. Tiergestützte. 1/2012, 26-30.
Animal-Assisted Therapy at the Rhein-Jura Klinik (Tiergestützte Therapie an der Rhein-Jura Klinik)
We offer the following services (all services can be held in German, Italian or English):
Conferences, courses and more
Please contact us without engagement if you are interested in a conference or a course (or also an interview or an article) on the following topics:
- Animal-Assisted Therapy
- Empathy and Ethics within Animal-Assisted Therapy
- Training and Preparation of Therapy-Dogs and other animals
- And related topics
Contact & Impressum
For any question you have concerning our work and services please contact us without engagement!
Katharina Sabine Blesch
D- 79737 Herrischried
Tel: 0049 (0)159 02778430
We are always pleased about a collaboration with agents of the media. We are happy to answer your questions on:
- Animal-Assisted Therapy
- Animal-Assisted Consolidation of Empathy
- Animal Welfare and Animal-Rights/Animal-Ethics
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