Samoset, affectionately called “Sammy”
Sammy joins Julie in the therapy room every day. He has a great job as receptionist. When asked if he is “ready to go to work”, he leaps up, goes to the door and when opened, he heads out to the reception area to let clients know it is time to come in.
Clients are greeted with a happy, tail wagging dog. After his initial greeting, he spends the rest of the session napping on his own bed. Sometimes, (only if desired by an individual), he will join you on the couch.
Sammy is an American Indian Dog, a registered rare breed. He is appropriately named after the historical Maine Native American, Samoset. Samoset is reportedly the first Native American who strolled straight through the middle of the encampment at Plymouth Colony and greeted the Pylgrims in English, which he had begun to learn from an earlier group of Englishmen to arrive in what is now Maine.
For couples: If you are afraid of dogs, then this would not be an appropriate place to come for couples counseling. He does not attend the Hold Me Tight retreat, however, so you can participate in those. And, if you need help finding another therapist we would be happy to refer you.
For individuals: If you are slightly afraid of dogs and would still like to attend counseling here, we can work together to create safety. Sammy does not have to be the welcome committee for you, but he will remain in the room with us.