What is Animal Assisted Therapy?

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Animal Assisted Therapy incorporates animals into your treatment plan. The inclusion of animals into mental health treatment can benefit many people of varying ages. Generally, the types of animals used in AAT include dogs, horses, and cats. But counselors can incorporate other animals into treatment if they’re trained and handled correctly. These animals include rabbits, lizards, fish, or turtles.

For some people, the mere presence of an animal is comforting, allowing them to open up and engage in conversation with their therapist more fully. Regardless of your situation, the presence of an animal may provide consolation during difficult conversations.

If you’re interested, ask your therapist if Animal Assisted Therapy is something you could incorporate into your sessions.

Therapists Who Specialize in Using Animal Assisted Therapy