Feedback from Professionals about Comfort Critter®

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I have a 9 year old client who has a phobia of having her blood drawn. Because of some medical issues, this has to happen with relative frequency and so we have been working on treating it.  Because she was so excited the first time she saw the Comfort Critter, I decided to utilize it in her treatment.  We began using the monkey as a stand-in for her as the patient, and she herself acted the role of the phlebotomist. First, we tied the tourniquet around the monkey, she even pumped his hand as the phlebotomist has done with her.  We went through all the steps, even having her insert the needle into the monkey’s arm, pretending to draw the blood.  She talked to him comfortingly throughout the “procedure.” Eventually, we moved to the Comfort Critter sitting in her arm while we went through the steps with her as the patient, using some of the same soothing language she has used with the Comfort Critter. On the last session before her next blood draw, my client asked me if she could take the Comfort Critter home with her to take to the blood draw appointment. Of course, I agreed (although I have to admit to my own pangs of regret when I watched the Critter leave my office with her).  My client indicated it was the best she had ever done at a blood draw…of course I had to get a new Comfort Critter because that one never made it back to my office!
– Kim Kelly, LMHC
Certified EMDR Therapist
www.ModalityGroup.com
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I gave a Comfort Critter to a 7 year old boy today who lost his mom last Friday.  He loved it!!!  He hugged it, held it and named it Jo Jo!  He really liked the Comfort Cards he can write secret notes on and put in the heart pocket. He was excited to show the rest of his family.  I wanted you to know how much comfort your beautiful creation gave to this little boy today. Thank you for making these available to use for our clients!  It felt so good to be able to provide him with some kind of comfort today.

– Jennifer Maggiore, LCSW, OSW-C
Patient Services Director
Ackerman Cancer Center

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I am thrilled to have a Comfort Critter in my therapeutic playroom. He is typically found sitting on the shelf (or in a lap) with his pouch stuffed full of drawings and notes. He is currently wearing a necklace a 4 year old client made for him. (She also made a matching one for herself). He has been a wonderful addition to the playroom and dutifully holds many feelings for my young clients. The story is just beautiful and applies to so many different situations. A Comfort Critter is a wonderfully safe and concrete way for young children to express their needs, wants, and wishes.

– Anna L. Farrin, LCSW
Registered Play Therapist
www.thehealingplayroom.com

Comfort Critter
I have a patient with advanced metastatic cancer.  I am working with her on expressing her feelings to others and specifically to her son, who struggles with sharing feelings, along with acceptance of her diagnosis.  One of her biggest fears is about what will happen with her son with autism as her cancer worsens and when she dies.  I decided to give her a Comfort Critter today to help comfort her.  She immediately burst into tears and was so excited to share it with her little boy.  She was thrilled that it was a monkey, since her nick name for her son is My Little Monkey!   I’m very excited to have these as a resource!
– Chelsea Foote, LCSW
Oncology Social Worker
Monk Monk - Comfort Critter - Therapy Monkey
Comfort Critter
The young son of a man fighting for sobriety accompanied him to my office last week when his child care arrangements fell through. The father settled his son in the waiting area so he could play his computer games while he had his session with me. As soon as the little boy saw the Comfort Critter sitting there, his eyes lit up, he ran and picked it up, and asked me if he could play with it.  I explained what it was all about and assured him he could play with it while I was with his father. When I came out of the session, the young boy ran to me and whispered that he had written a message on a Comfort Card and put it in its heart pocket for his father.  I asked him if he wanted the Comfort Critter to give his message to his Dad and he said yes. When his father pulled the Comfort Card from the Critter’s heart pocket, it read, “I wish for my Dad the better life that he should have.”  Needless to say, my client teared up immediately and hugged him. I realized then the power this Comfort Critter could have in communicating heart felt thoughts and feelings in a more protected way. It was a very powerful experience for all of us, and my client and I will be working with the material it created for many sessions. What an amazing monkey!
– Susan Lassiter, M.S., LMHC
Jacksonville, Florida