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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Charlene Kostecki

M.A., RCC
Individuals, couples and families achieve positive success thanks to Charlene's professional and affordable counselling services. She provides a respectful, safe environment to restore life's balance. Contact... Read more

Sandy Brooks

M.S.W., RSW
Sandy Brooks is a Registered Social Worker (#03369) approved for private practice.  She has over 30 years experience of helping individuals and families. Sandy draws from her many years of diverse... Read more

Tamara Adilman

M.A., RCC
Tamara has specialized training in relationship therapy and individual psychotherapy. As a relationship therapist she works with couples, adult children with their parents and adult sibling relationships. Her goal is to... Read more

Delyse Ledgard

M.A., RCC
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To be understood, seen, feel the comfort of another’s presence is the heart of therapy.  With over 30 years of experience I have encountered and worked with people from all walks of life... Read more

Lorilee Keller

M.Ed., RCC
I’m Lorilee Keller, a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor based in Vancouver, BC. For many of us, the ability to live a meaningful and fulfilled life often includes feeling... Read more

Colette Mrazek

M.Ed., RCC
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My counselling career began 20 years ago and since then, I have worked in a variety of settings with many different populations, such as youth at risk, children who have been orphaned, young parents, GLBTQ,... Read more

Diana Mawson

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Mawson has been providing counselling and therapy services since 1989. She has worked in community mental health settings, psychiatric treatment facilities, and private counselling practices. She works with adults... Read more

Karen Ergas

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Karen Ergas is a registered clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience working with individuals who have eating disorders. She worked at St. Paul's Hospital Eating Disorders Program from 1994-2011.... Read more

Daryl Ternowski

Ph.D., R.Psych
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  I typically consult with adults and older adolescents who are successful in many ways, but feel unsatisfied with some aspect of their life. They choose to participate in therapy because they want to feel... Read more

Josh Slatkoff

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Josh Slatkoff is a Registered Psychologist (CPBC #1774) who sees adult clients in Victoria, BC. He works with clients to develop coping skills to face challenges and accept limitations. He believes that clients... Read more

Heather Rennie

M.A.Sc., RCC
Life got you down? Feeling alone? Welcome to Leap of Faith Counselling Services. I am so glad that you are here. I offer affordable, professional counselling to individuals, couples, families and groups- regardless of... Read more

Becca Smith

M.S.W., RSW
Counselling is a deeply personal experience. A therapy relationship is one that is built on trust and trust is built over time as we gain knowledge and experience of another person. I have 15 years counselling... Read more

Rebecca Corcoran

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with over 14 years of training and experience working with children and families in counselling, child development and family support roles. My ongoing commitment is to... Read more

Mary Khashabi

Ph.D., RCC
Mary has a Ph.D. in Psychology and a doctorate in Natural Science ( Human Biology) from medical school. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC), and a Certified Trauma... Read more

Daniele Doucet

Ph.D., RCC
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Dr Daniele Doucet (nee Duplassie) is the Founder and Director of The Shanti Counselling Centre. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, a Certified... Read more

Debbie Leung

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Debbie Leung is a Registered Psychologist and director of the Wise Mind Centre. She provides assessment and scientifically supported treatments to adolescents and adult clients. She has helped clients... Read more

Kathleen Beaton

M.Couns., RCC
Sometimes dealing with life’s difficulties can leave you feeling overwhelmed, stuck, alone, or unable to cope. You may notice patterns in your life that continuously leave you stranded in the same stuck places,... Read more

Anna Richards

M.Couns., RCC
Anna Richards Counselling & Consulting I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a certified mediator in downtown Vancouver. I am also on faculty at the Justice Institute of British Columbia... Read more

Jim Smith

M.A., RCC
Jim is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#522) and a Registered Social Worker (#03507) and consultant with 49 years experience working with children, youth and families. He has specialized training and experience... Read more

Lisa Otterstein

M.Ed., RCC
Lisa is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a private counselling practice in North Vancouver.  She has a Masters degree with honours from UBC, and advanced training in EMDR.  She has extensive training... Read more

Yana Petronis

M.A., CCC
I approach therapy as a creative and collaborative process that involves the whole being of both the therapist and client. In order to lead fulfilling, joyful lives, humans need access to the intelligence available... Read more

Moira Haagen

M.Ed., RCC
Welcoming You...Thank you for taking a moment to learn about me and how I work.  For what seems to be most of my life, I've been centered in a strong and heartfelt motivation to really contribute in this... Read more

Cathy Hill

Ph.D., R.Psych
  My practice includes clients from all walks of life, and I am privileged to learn from and with people as they grow and change. My approach is eclectic and evolving, although I rely on some traditional... Read more

Mandy Thiessen

M.Ed., RCC
Hi! My name is Mandy and I’m a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#16462) with a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from UBC. I bring to counselling a warm, collaborative, client-centred perspective... Read more

Kate Blassnitz

M.S.W., RCC
"Life is so perfect, it doesn't always go our way."  It's the times when life doesn't go our way, or when habits have controlled our life one too many times, or that relationship is... Read more

Heidi Sheehan

M.A., RCC
With over 20 years of experience providing therapy to couples and to individuals of all ages, including children, teens, and adults, Heidi has an intuitive and sensitive counselling style that ensures most people... Read more
Counselling is a Smart Investment in Yourself From time to time, we reward ourselves with a treat-a cup of coffee, a new electronic gadget, a massage, perhaps a new watch or clothing. However, we often forget the... Read more

Danielle Aldcorn

M.A., RCC
Danielle Aldcorn, BSW, MA, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Co-Director of Satori Integrative Health Centre. Her primary areas of practice are child, adolescent and family counselling for anxiety, behaviour... Read more

Josef Zaide

Ph.D., R.Psych
For over 35 years I have worked with clients in hospital, school and private practice settings. In my therapy practice I see individuals and couples from a variety of cultural and religious backgrounds. They bring a... Read more

Paula Wise

M.A., RCC
Paula is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. She has extensive knowledge and experience working with people... Read more