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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Dawn Holt

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

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

Bonnie Mason

M.A., RCC
Bonnie Mason and Associates currently has six  associates providing services to White Rock and South Surrey, Melanie Huck, Tia Noble,  Sherri Calder, Leanne Fessler, Eva Pedersen and Teal Maedel... Read more

Alexandra Cope

M.Couns., RCC
I provide traditional talk therapy at ARC Counselling in Vancouver.  My counselling approach is primarily person centred. I believe that you have a unique journey and have within yourself the resources needed for... 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