Certified AAPT Professionals

Lisa Mink McGowan, LMFT, RPT-S, CAAPT-S

Lisa Mink McGowan is the owner of Therapooch Family Counseling Center in Camarillo, California. She started working with kids 25 years ago as a preschool teacher and often brought animals into her classroom. She graduated with her Master’s degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Lisa has 20 years of experience conducting animal assisted therapy in a variety of therapeutic settings. Her first working dog was Koko, who accompanied her in a variety of therapeutic settings. Lisa and Koko also volunteered at Hospice, Paws for Reading, and other community programs. In 2008 she published an award winning children’s book about Koko. Lisa and Koko opened Therapooch Family Counseling Center in 2009. Lisa designed her spacious therapy office and playroom specifically with AAT in mind. In 2012, her playroom earned runner-up honors as the nation’s (USA) Top Playroom by the Association for Play Therapy (APT). Over the past 10 years Lisa has been presenting on AAT and has been featured in several newspapers and magazines.

Lisa currently works with her two chocolate labs, Mocha ( 8 years old) and Kona (2 years old). They are both AAPT-Approved and have their CGC certificate. Mocha has also earned the Distinguished Therapy Dog title from the AKC. Mocha and Kona both know many tricks and love to play games like hide and seek. They are enthusiastic and playful and love going to work.

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