Meet Bella

I am currently in the process of training Bella, an affectionate 5 month old Australian Shephard mix, to be an AAT dog. Having Bella be part of your therapy session comes at no extra cost, it is an optional service to add value to your experience. At this time she is in the process of learning basic commands and manners. If you decide to include her in your services, you will be part of her training.

What is ATT?

Animal-assisted therapies (AAT) are approaches to mental health care that incorporate animals into the psychotherapy process, emphasizing the bond created during human-animal interactions. Emotional recovery and positive psychological transformation often occurs when the relationship between an individual and the therapy animal grows.

How Can AAT Help?

Animal-assisted psychotherapy can provide numerous psychological and physiological benefits. People who interact with animals for the purpose of therapy may experience improvements in health, including:

  • Decreased stress levels
  • Reduced anger and aggression
  • Decreased hostility toward the self and others
  • Improved social interactions
  • Decreased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Rise in release of beta-endorphins
  • Improvement in self-esteem, patience, and trust
  • Sense of empowerment

Source: GoodTherapy