Animal Assisted Therapy

Animal Assisted Therapy

Animal-assisted therapy uses animals, and dogs in particular, to improve cognitive and emotional functioning. Animals help to build a report between the therapist and the patient, and can include domesticated pets and farm animals.

During the first stages of animal-assisted therapy, the therapist will assess the client's needs without animals present. The animal is only introduced once the therapist has developed a treatment plan.

The next stage involves a bond being developed between the client and the animal through motor skills. The animals are used to motivate the client, and to create positive interactions that can be translated into human interaction.

The therapist will monitor improvement and once a positive interaction is established between the client and the animal, the client is given independence in making choices for their partner in Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) therapy.

If you are looking for a counsellor who offers Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) therapy, please browse our list of practitioners below..

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Rosanne Johnson

M.A., RCC
As a counsellor, Rosanne offers therapy to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Greater Vancouver and Burnaby. She understands how important it is for these populations to have a therapist who... Read more

Heather MacPherson

M.A., RCC
My passion lies in assisting individuals to live their lives to their fullest potential.  I believe that creating a safe space for individuals to explore their lives and that building a strong therapeutic... Read more

Louise Chivers

M.A., RCC
Many people struggle with anxiety, stress, fear of the future, fear of things others aren’t be bothered with. They are tired of worrying about things they can not change, or things they have trouble figuring out... Read more

Patricia Nitkin

Ph.D., CCC
 Adults, adolescents, couples and families are welcome. I am committed to psychotherapy and believe strongly in the potential for healing and growth through connection: with other people, pets, animals and... Read more

Dawn Holt

M.A., RCC
With 15 years of experience, education and expertise in the mental health field, I have helped my clients access their own strengths, gain insight and build skills to improve their lives. I help people Feel Better, Do... Read more