Animal-Assisted Therapy

  • Do you find the presence of an animal comforting?
  • Have you had a strong bond with an animal in your life?
  • Does the thought of stroking a dog relax you?

The therapeutic effects of companionship in the human-animal bond have long been valued. Mutual interactions with therapy animals can decrease our emotional distress, strengthen the therapeutic relationship, and encourage relaxation. Stroking animals has been found to decrease stress hormones and increase our social bonding hormones, increasing feelings of being loved and supported. This can make us feel more settled and empowered to share painful memories and increases our motivation to continue with self-exploration during more challenging times. Animal-Assisted Therapy gently enhance the healing process by amplifying unconditional positive regard and empathic understanding within the therapy environment.

  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Self-Esteem
  • Social Bonding
  • Oxytocin
  • Empathetic Development
  • Boundary Setting
  • Self-Confidence
  • Social Interaction Skills
  • Autonomy & Independence
  • Responsibility
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