Bauer and Lilo are my Siberian Husky pup assistants who are likely to join our sessions (upon agreement only).  You will have a choice whether Bauer or Lilo are present during sessions and will be required to sign a waiver if Animal Assisted Therapy is something you are interested in.  Both pups are purebred, champion bloodline, Siberian Huskies from Missouri.  They are AKC certified and are currently training to become  AKC Canine Good Citizens.


 The American Humane Association defines Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) on their website as:  “a goal-directed intervention in which an animal is incorporated as an integral part of the clinical health-care treatment process. AAT is delivered or directed by a professional health or human service provider who demonstrates skill and expertise regarding the clinical applications of human-animal interactions.”
 

over 15 years.  She believes in a holistic approach to treatment and has a background and passion for Nature Therapy which also includes Ayurvedic teachings and lifestyle changes.  She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2000 with a bachelors in psychology, worked full time for 3 years at Hampstead Psychiatric Hospital on the children's unit and earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire in 2004.  She worked for over 10 years as a clinical therapist in a community mental health setting primarily with children, adolescents and families.  In August 2014, she left community mental health to open her private practice called, Mind, Body, Spirit Counseling in Derry, NH.  “I believe that we all have a purpose in life.  I believe that we were born with an intuition as a means of helping us make decisions regarding our health and well-being.  I believe that we learn through life and childhood experiences to ignore our intuition in order to meet our culture and society's expectations of what is "normal".  I believe that by learning how to balance the mind, body and spirit we can gain wisdom and knowledge about ourselves, understanding of our struggles and therefore find a life of balance, peace and happiness.”  Katie uses a variety of techniques and interventions to accomplish this goal depending on the age and goals of each client.  


"Bauer" & "Lilo"

AKC Certified Pet Therapy Dogs

(Currently in Training)

 Katie LaPlant is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional with additional certifications in Intuitive Eating, Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy and Coherent Breathing.  She is also author and creator of the RENEWED program.  Katie has been working with children, teens and adults in a therapeutic setting for 

Katie LaPlant, LICSW

Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Certified Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapist, Certified Coherent Breathing Therapist, 

Life Coach & Author




and family. During this pause from nursing Chrisitna went through a challenging season as she began to truly learn what it means to take care of herself while caring for others. The concept of self care was a completely foreign one and this was the beginning of a personally transformational journey requiring confronting mindsets and belief systems. After this break from the bedside in 2014 she began to transition into school health as a school nurse as a substitute nurse in Windham NH and in 2020 she was offered a position in a very large elementary school while pursuing her BSN. Over the past 10 years Christina has gained a greater understanding of just how common and difficult it is in today's culture for individuals to take care of themselves physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually and developed a passion to assist others in areas of their own personal growth, health and wellness. In 2023 Christina began pursuing special training in the art and science of nurse coaching. Nurse coaching is a nursing specialty that focuses on a holistic approach to health and wellness. It is a collaborative process in which the coach and the client considers the health of the whole person, mind, body, spirit, emotions, environment, values, purpose, and seeks to improve health and elevate quality of life.  The role of a nurse coach is to help you see what you cannot see on your own, to elicit focus, clarity, and a new perspective so that you can reach an personally optimal state of health and wellness.

Chrisitna Dunn has been a registered nurse for 24 years with extensive experience in a variety of health care settings caring for individuals across the lifespan. She graduated from Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 2000. As a new graduate she worked at Newton-Wellesley Hospital on medical/surgical/telemetry units and in the ICU for 3 years before moving to Lahey Clinic in Burlington MA where she worked for 10 years in the MICU and on the critical care float team. After 10 years of providing ICU level care Christina experienced burnout and made the decision to leave bedside nursing with the hope and faith of prioritizing her own health

​​Mind, Body, Spirit Counseling Derry LLC

230 Rockingham Road

Derry, NH 03038

Call Me:  (603) 475-9030

Christina Dunn RN, BSN

Pre-Certified Nurse Coach