Animal Advocacy and Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)
Our practice supports the prevention of cruelty to animals and the use of animal-assisted therapy as part of my clinical work. We are a member of the Humane League, SPCA and support the work of Guide Dogs for the blind and other similar organizations.
What is AAT?
Animal-assisted therapy is the utilization of animals as a therapeutic modality to facilitate healing and rehabilitation of patients with mental illness and acute or chronic diseases. People of any age can see benefits from interacting with animals in a psychotherapy setting. AAT can be particularly beneficial for individuals who are resistant to treatment or have difficulty accessing their emotions or expressing themselves in talk therapy.
Animal-assisted therapy can significantly reduce pain, anxiety, depression and assist with other psychological, emotional and medical conditions.
It can also benefit by:
Increasing focus and attention
Reducing blood pressure
Increasing social skills
Increasing trust and empathy
Enhancing problem solving skills
Increasing self esteem
Who it Helps
AAT is a good fit for children, those with anxiety and depression, patients with coping issues, and patients who have a hard time expressing emotions.
How it Works
During therapy you will be accompanied by a certified and registered ADA (Assistance Dogs of America) Dog. You can pet and interact with them during your therapy session.
What's in It for You
Animal have healing powers, their presence has been shown to calm, heal, and allow those who might not have been able to open up before find peace and freedom in their therapy sessions.
Meet Fancy Lou!
Hi! My name is Fancy Lou, but you can call me Lulu for short! I am a 9lb, two-year-old Chiweenie. I get along with all humans, young and old. I love cuddling and lap snuggling. I also love taking walks and playing outside, but only if it isn’t raining! I know I am small and will take advantage of this by fitting almost anywhere. I will gladly sit on your lap or next to you on the couch if you would like. If not, that’s okay too. I can also have a seat in the chair and will be there if you need me.
Lulu is registered with the ADA (Assistance Dogs of America) and US Service Dogs.
*Please let us know if you have any health conditions that might affect or complicate an experience with animal-assisted psychotherapy.