“Magical, Groundbreaking, Healing”. These are just a few of the words that have been used to describe the results of animal assisted therapy (AAT) or pet therapy.
Is it really possible that a dog, a cat, or a horse can make people feel better?
What is Animal Assisted Therapy and is it different from Pet Therapy?
Animal assisted therapy involves the use of animals in therapy provided by licensed professionals, such as social workers, marriage and family therapists, and psychologists. A wide range of animals can be used with this type of therapy, but most often dogs or horses have been used. At A Mind Above dogs are used with AAT. In contrast to AAT, pet therapy involves the use of animals typically by volunteers, not licensed professionals, to help people in various settings. For example, pet therapy is used to cheer people up at hospitals, nursing homes, or even airports. Pet therapy is often described as a “meet and greet” interaction between the person and the animal. Whereas, AAT is used to treat a variety of mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or even post traumatic stress disorder.
How can animal assisted therapy help you?
Your social skills can approve, along with learning appropriate way to interact with others.
Your problem solving and communication skills can increase.
Your fears or phobia can decrease.
Your symptoms of depression or anxiety can decrease.
Your symptoms from trauma can be reduced.
Your level of interest, focus, and mental stimulation increases.
You develop a more positive attitude and your level of motivation increases.
You can experience a wide range of physiological benefits such as an improvement in sleep, heart rate and blood pressure,