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..

Note: You may narrow your search by selecting more than one filter below.

Rochelle Chapman

M.A., RCC
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Counselling can be a way to grow while facing difficult circumstances. It can also be about building resources or heading in a new direction. In each case, you have the opportunity to become more yourself. Whatever... Read more

Elizabeth Holland

M.A., RCC
Elizabeth Holland is a Registered Clinical Counsellor practicing in Victoria, British Columbia. With a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology, she works with adults, young adults and teens from diverse... Read more

Youki Kato

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology and aa ceirtified Expressive Arts Therapist. I have expertise in helping people who have experienced Domestic Violence or... Read more
Barbara Clay is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#3074) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Counselling Psychology. Barb has additional registration with the Crime... Read more

Dr Joti Samra

Ph.D., R.Psych
Life is not always easy, and it is a core belief that all of us – if we live long enough and go through enough life experiences – will struggle with psychological health difficulties at some point in our... Read more

Clara Morgan

M.S.W., RSW
Clara is therapist who provides a safe, non-judgmental, and queer-friendly space for her clients to share and explore their stories. She is compassionate and understanding, yet she is also honest; she will... Read more

Ally Abrami

MC, RCC
I (Ally Abrami) am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC #15901) and I currently see clients in my office in Kitsilano, Vancouver. I have a Masters of Counselling from City University of Seattle in Vancouver, BC... Read more

Eric Ochs

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Eric Ochs was awarded his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from McGill University in 2000. He was trained and worked for a number of years at the Royal Victoria Hospital (Montreal) in the Sex & Couple... Read more

Cate Pelling

M.A., RCC
As a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a MA in Counselling Psychology, I have been working in private practice since 2003.  Previous to this, I worked for a number of years in clinical settings... Read more

Meris Williams

Ph.D., R.Psych
Hello, and welcome to my counselling practice!  I have a PhD in Counselling Psychology (from the University of British Columbia), and I'm a Registered Psychologist (#2188) in BC.  My practice is located in... Read more

Diane Cronk

M.Couns., RCC
From my many years of working in coaching and recruitment and having hundreds of conversations with people in the corporate world, I know the pressure working professionals face, where work issues can lead to problems... Read more

Michael Boyle

M.S.W., RSW
I am a graduate of the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary. I am a Registered Social Worker with the British Columbia College of Social Workers. My counselling experience is in the area of... Read more

Mary Munro

M.C., RCC
I can help. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor practicing in downtown Victoria.  Counselling can help you function better: to feel more effective, to give you insight, to help you meet challenges and live... 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

Elizabeth Anderson

M.S.W., RSW
Elizabeth Anderson has a Master of Social Work, is a Registered Social Worker with the BCCSW, and is a qualified Coach, recognized by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Elizabeth has over 18 years... Read more

Laurissa Kowalchuk

M.Ed., RCC
Our work together will allow us to explore both your internal and external experiences to shed the light of awareness on what may be contributing to the places that feel stuck and confusing, as well as those that... Read more

Peter M Williamson PhD

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Peter Williamson is one of only 7 officially Certified Gottman Method Couples Therapists in the province of B.C. (at time of this writing - 9/2017). Although extensively trained and with 25+ years of expertise... Read more

Meera Dhebar

M.S.W., RSW
Most people seek out counseling with me when they find themselves stuck in the same repetitive patterns and are looking to break out of them. I help clients to better understand their habits and thoughts, and... Read more

Judy Zhu

M.Ed., RCC
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, or feeling stressed out? Are you also experiencing health issues such as digestion problems, poor sleep, pain and fatigue? I am a registered clinical... Read more

Deborah Fung

M.A., RCC
Whether you are a student, just graduated, making a career change (or thinking of doing so); whether you are somewhere in between life stages/transitions or feeling stuck within one; whether you are... Read more

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

Paul Brennan

M.C., R.Psych
Do you struggle with worry, sadness, or difficulty managing your thoughts or feelings? Are you frustrated by doing the same things over and over? Are you ready to make a change? Or perhaps you find that your mind... Read more

Andrea Yeo

M.Ed., RCC
Andrea Yeo is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BCACC, a Child Interviewer for BC Hear the Child Society, a Secondary School Teacher with North Vancouver School District, a Certified Parenting Facilitator and... Read more

Heather Gretton

Ph.D., R.Psych
Are you struggling with anxiety or panic?  Are you looking for more understanding and a more meaningful connection with your partner? Perhaps you are feeling down, discouraged, or depressed; or maybe there a... Read more

Janet Black

M.A., RCC
Janet Black, Masters in Clinical Psychology, is a British Columbia Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC#2934) who welcomes new clients in each Union Bay (Comox Valley) and Nanaimo, British Columbia. She is also a... Read more

Brigitte Clark

M.Ed., CCC
  My goal as a therapist is to provide honouring - honouring for you as an individual and for your experience of self and your experience in relationship.  From a holistic perspective, everything you... Read more

Paul Bains

M.A., RCC
Paul Bains, B.Sc., M.A., RCC is a Registered Clinical Counsellor. He has over 23 years experience working with couples, families, children, adolescents and individual adults. Benefits you may gain or learn by... Read more

Rebecca Rauscher

M.Ed., RCC
Are you feeling scared because of a new diagnosis or health concern (e.g. cancer, car accident, depression)?  Is an illness taking over your life?  Are you feeling alone? Hopeless?  Are you having trouble... Read more

Deborah English

M.A., RCC
My name is Deborah and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor. I hold a MA in Counselling Psychology from Adler University, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Manitoba. I work with individuals (youth and... Read more

Lorne Pierce

M.A., R.Psych
I have been in private practice since 1999 providing counselling services to individuals, couples and familes. I have over 20 years experience in the helping professions in both government (federal and provincial)... Read more