We can offer structured Animal Assisted Interventions for the effective treatment of many mental health issues, as listed below:
Research has shown that clients who work with animals can find therapy to be a less stressful and more enjoyable experience. This means that people are more likely to engage in and continue to attend future sessions. Increased attendance assists the likelihood of enjoying positive outcomes from therapeutic interventions. This is particularly true for children and adolescents, the use of AAT techniques helps to disguise the clinical nature of psychotherapy. The therapist is perceived as being much friendlier and introductions with the therapy dog create a great ice breaker. During sessions the client gets to share the focus with the therapy dog, instead of feeling as though the spotlight is on them. During interventions with the dog, the therapist is able to observe how the client interacts with the animal, and make reflections on that interaction. There are times during therapy where the therapy dog is not actively involved in the intervention, however, the presence of the dog helps to reduce state anxiety – allowing the person to feel more comfortable and relaxed throughout their sessions.