About Wali

Joyful Balance Counseling Rafia Rebeck Introducing Wali

Wali is a gentle, sweet Boston Terrier who offers his support through animal-assisted therapy.  Animals lend an extraordinary presence to the therapy process, and while their unique gifts vary, animals are wonderful teachers.  Whether by interacting with a client or filling the room with his loving presence, Wali helps to build the field of unconditional positive regard.  At the heart of all good therapy is kindness and presence, and Wali embodies these qualities.  For clients who love dogs, Wali is a warm blanket across their laps, welcoming the totality of their experience.  For others, he offers moments of comic relief and sweetness.

“Wali” is an Arabic word that invokes the divine quality of friendship.