What is Animal-Assisted Therapy?

Animal-Assisted therapy improves patient's mental, physical, social and emotional functioning with the aid of animals. 

Harnessing the Healing Power of the Human-Animal Bond

Since the dawn of civilization, humans and animals have shared a powerful bond. Through the ages, this bond has been a source of solace and relief for those who suffer from physical or emotional pain. To explore the healing and learning power of this relationship, American Humane Association has been a leader in a field of study and practice known today as Animal-Assisted Therapy, or AAT.

Animal assisted therapy has been shown to help children who have experienced abuse or neglect, patients undergoing chemotherapy or other difficult medical treatments, and veterans and their families who are struggling to cope with the effects of wartime military service.

With new research and a continued commitment to professionalism, AAT will continue to grow in mainstream healthcare acceptance and practice – one more tool to enhance individuals' well-being, and one more reminder of the vital and multifaceted role that animals can play in every aspect of our lives.

What type of client do we use Animal-Assisted Therapy for?

The animals are often at the Uptown Dallas and Rockwall offices even if they aren't actively being used in therapy. We typically use the animals with children and adolescents who struggle to open up to a therapist. We also use them with clients who have experienced a significant amount of trauma. Some of our clients just like having the animals around, even if they aren't actively involved in their treatment. 

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