Could Your Cat Be a Therapist?

Sometimes it seems as though our pets really understand how we’re feeling. They cuddle with us when we’re feeling down, and they never interrupt when we just need someone to listen. Yet, could a cat ever be qualified as a licensed psychotherapist?

One man set out to prove that it was not only possible, it was actually laughably simple.

Psychologist Steve Eichel, frustrated by the number of mental health practitioners using unmerited credentials, decided to see how hard it would be for his cat, Zoe, to get certified. First up for Zoe D. Katze: a certification whose only requirement was to pay a fee. That first certificate made it a breeze to get a few more.

With several certifications under their belts (or collars), Eichel and Katze moved on to something a little more reputable: board certification from the American Psychotherapy Association. They met a bit of a hurdle after applying to the APA when asked for a curriculum vitae from Dr. Katze. Undeterred, Eichel whipped up a resume, including such experience as working at the “Tacayllaermi Friends School” (“I’m really a cat” spelled backwards). The CV was accepted, and Zoe D. Katze was made a Diplomate. Zoe was now officially a Certified Hypnotherapist and Board Certified Psychotherapist. All without a day in the classroom. Whew.

With her newfound acclaim, Zoe D. Katze, Ph.D., C.Ht., DAPA, started receiving emails, including one from “a reporter from a major magazine [who] wrote to ‘Dr. Zoe D. Katze’ for input on an article she was writing on hypnosis for childbirthing. She had stumbled across Dr. Zoe’s name on the American Association of Professional Hypnotherapists’ website. I had to tell her the truth,” wrote Dr. Eichel.

At that point the cat was out of the bag, so to speak, and Eichel had proven his point. When you’re looking for a (human) psychotherapist: “Licenses, certifications and graduate degrees do not guarantee a competent hypnotist/therapist, but they are a good start.” (If you’re looking for a non-human therapist, nutritionist, or business professional, there are many to choose from. Plus, check out Dr. Zoe’s facebook page, where you can see photos of her and some of her degrees.)

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Valentina R.
Valentina R.3 years ago

lol @ photo

tetyana polischuk

living with cats is already a therapy itself! :) they are my only reason to go to work everyday!!!!

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley3 years ago

He probably already is!

Ana R3 years ago

WauMiaow... Any pet can be a therapist!:))

William Eagle
Bill Eagle4 years ago

Petting our cat and listening to him purr helps lower our blood pressure.

Susana L.
sue l.4 years ago

Very funny!

Jay Evas
Jay Evas4 years ago

owning a cat is a form of therpy in itself. you learn patience, tolerance, respect and how to give and recieve unselfish love.
everyone should own a pet if not a cat.

Siti Rohana
Siti R.4 years ago

got a bemused look now!

Maria Papastamatiou

I couldn't help laughing! Now, seriously... I think that what we actually need is a sympathetic ear, and many pay through the nose. Best thing is to have good friends, who will always be there for you. If human friends are not available, why not animals, man's - and woman's - best friends.

Lynde Toom
Lynde T.4 years ago

Wow, this is scary. But right now I could use some of Dr. Zoe's therapy right now. My personal therapists are still living 4 hours away with my parents till my husband and I can afford the pet deposit of our new apartment.