Patricia "Paddy" Doherty,
Counseling Intern, CHAIS, AATC

Hi! I'm a student counselor, along with clover, the dog co-therapist. My current Masters degree is in Clinical Mental Health and will be completed in December. I have two additional Master's degrees, the first is Outdoor Education with a Field Biology and Forest Work emphasis and a Special Education degree specializing in Learning Disability focusing on the biological factors along with trauma and crisis work of special needs students. In addition to my Master's program, I have worked in the special education field for over 15 years, as a Master Teacher and as an advocate for the special needs students. This experience extends to the psychological needs of the military, both in the transition to civilian life and active duty. In the future, I will also receive Wilderness Therapy training. Clover obtained his STAR Puppy certification and is working towards his Therapy Dog certification.

I have unique and alternative qualifications with therapy and counseling. I integrate many different models, theories, and philosophies in my approach to counseling, especially in the great outdoors. Clover is my co-therapist, and being an Australian Shepherd, he can assist with many different counseling issues. My approach to therapy is person-centered with a focus on the future and present concerning depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief and loss, life transitions, and many other issues. My focus is with Veterans, Elders, and Special Needs.
Horticulture therapy is a connection to nature by facilitating the sensory experience through the power of the garden. Forest therapy is absorbing and grounding with the animals and trees, while exploring our purpose in life. Both horticultural therapy and forest therapy teaches mindfulness and helps minimize trauma by connecting with the natural healing of plants with the healing process of therapy work. Animal therapy is a hands-on approach where clients are given the space to project and analyze their situations, make connections, and find their solutions that are personally experienced in conjunction with intellectual understanding with animals. My unique qualifications will provide many opportunities to explore issues that can assist with realizing your true self.

I believe that everyone strives to become successful and to grow. I believe that changing negative thoughts to more appropriate feelings help increase the quality of life and the ability to make choices that result in healthy, positive lives. I believe that people are self-determining and have control over their behavior and choices. I believe that all people have goodness, and given the right environment, strive towards self-actualization. I believe that all people have the will and the ability to change their lives and actions by finding meaning and value.


  • Adults
  • Elders
  • Special Needs


  • Individual
  • In-Person

Common Issues Treated

  • PTSC
  • Veteran-Related Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Pet Loss
  • School Related Issues
  • Stress
  • Coping Skills
  • Peer Relationships
  • Special Needs Issues
  • Behavior Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Forest Therapy
  • Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Horticulture Therapy
  • Adlerian Therapy
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
  • Choice Therapy
  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Existentialism
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Therapy
  • Humanistic
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Trauma Focused Therapy
  • Play Therapy

Education & Certifications

A concise list of some of the most valuable professional skills I possess. My tricks of the trade and what I can bring to the table.

Master of Arts in Counseling

Oakland University

2019 *Expected*

CHAIS and AAT Certification

Oakland University


Master of Science in Outdoor Education, Field Biology, and Forest Work

University of Akron

Master of Arts in Special Education

Oakland University