Animal-assisted therapy is considered the most fun version of therapy anyone could ever partake in. This is because it involves receiving treatment that includes animal participation, all in the effort to better your mental health.
Who wouldn’t want to feel better while also getting to spend some time with a cat or dog, or even a horse, or whatever pet they favor?
If you’re interested in therapy sessions that involve therapy dogs, find a therapist who is involved with animals or has connections to help you find a therapist find the right therapy animal for you.
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Benefits Of Animal-Assisted Therapy
Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is used for those who are struggling with conditions like autism, abuse, depression, schizophrenia, dementia, substance abuse, assisted living, and PTSD.
It is important to note that people who either fear or are allergic to the animals used in a particular course of treatment should refrain from partaking in that treatment. It wouldn’t do much good for anyone to receive treatment involving animal participants that either scare you or trigger you to sneeze every five minutes.
Animal-assisted therapy is a thing because animals can often reach us in ways that other human beings cannot. They can form connections with us that can help us heal faster than connections other people try to form with us. It is for this reason that therapy dogs are often used more than any other animal. A dog’s bond with a human is practically unmatched when compared to the bonds humans form with other animals. Horses, however, make for a close second.
Finding A Good Animal-Assisted Therapist
If pet therapy seems like something you’re really interested in to heighten your therapy’s quality, then it’s not hard to find a therapist. You just have to know where to look. Find a treatment center and ask some questions about whether they provide pet therapy of any kind. Can the center find what you’re looking for is all dependent on what kind of facility it is.
Alternatively, you could find a support group that works in pet therapy and see if it is suitable to your needs. A group find like this can help you overcome the struggles of your mental disorder. As popular and rewarding as pet therapy may seem, to find a therapist who qualifies to work in this area may not be that easy.
You can learn more information about animal assisted therapy from this BetterHelp.com article.
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