5 Health Benefits of Animal-Assisted Therapy

December 28, 2018By The Calli Institute

Has this ever happened to you? You’ve just had a stressful day—maybe projects are piling up at work, or you’re experiencing difficulties in your marriage, with your kids, or over finances—and now you’re on the verge of tears. Then suddenly, a stranger’s dog spots you from afar and trots over to greet you with a … Read More

Man’s Best Friend (And Therapist)

January 29, 2016By Cathy Malmon, LMFT, LICSW

Every other Saturday at the Calli Institute in Maple Grove, Otis greets patients at the door and offers support and attentive listening during therapy sessions. As the official Calli Institute therapy dog, Otis has worked side-by-side with his owner and boss, therapist Cathy Malmon, LICSW, LMFT since the mental health clinic opened its doors in … Read More

Pain is a Teacher

February 4, 2014By Cathy Malmon, LMFT, LICSW

Pain is a teacher. It reminds us of our limitations, our frailty and our vulnerability. I have been increasingly disabled by arthritis in my right hip. This was likely generated by a riding fall I had 3 years ago. I have or had considered myself active , healthy and pretty resilient. The pain has become … Read More

I almost lost Otis, but thankfully he is OK

June 27, 2013By Cathy Malmon, LMFT, LICSW

I almost lost Otis May 18th. Not the kind of “lost” where he wandered off though he has been known to do that. The lost as in he could have died because of Canine Bloat, which was accompanied by volvulus; his stomach rotated and twisted.  This condition is lethal if untreated within 6-12 hours and … Read More