How Animal Assisted Therapy
can assist in treatment
When you choose to work with my therapy dog Zeke at my Littleton, Colorado practice, Zeke serves as my “co-therapist” during our sessions. Therapy dogs like this cuddly guy are specially trained to help you relax, feel comfortable and even add a warm, furry touch to therapy sessions if you’d like.
Zeke works with kids, teens and adults. He’s always happy to help calm you down, cheer you up with some tail wagging, and provide a fuzzy head for patting. He loves going out side with active kids and playing fetch or going for a short walk. Plus, Zeke is hypoallergenic, so many people who experience animal allergies aren’t allergic to his soft hair.
Simply being around a therapy dog
has calming effects on both mind and body.
The benefits of animal assisted therapy even effect short-term exposure.
Research shows that animal assisted therapy is beneficial to a range of people, such as:
Children who have experienced neglect or abuse
People experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD
Children and adults experiencing depression, stress and anxiety
Those dealing with medical issues such as cancer
Adults with memory disorders or dementia
Those who live with autism, obsessive compulsive disorder, or attention deficit/hyperactive disorder
Anyone who needs an unconditional, non-judgmental space in which to work through issues