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Over the last several years there is more evidence based studies supporting the importance of pets to improve one’s emotional and physical wellbeing.  We have a few of our clinicians that have dogs they use in the counseling sessions.

What do mental health therapy dogs do?

To some extent, therapy dogs do what all pets do: provide unconditional emotional support and companionship. They also facilitate social interactions and help reluctant therapy patients embrace the process. In some cases, dogs act as liaisons between psychotherapists and patients, “co-therapists” in a very real way.

Pet-assisted therapy can significantly improve the lives of many people suffering from various mental health related issues. Some examples include:

  • Children having dental procedures

  • Cancer patients

  • Long-term care patients

  • People hospitalized away from family

  • Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Contact Waters Edge Counseling and Play Therapy of Northwest Arkansas today and schedule a private consultation.

Insurance & EAP'S

April 11, 2018

Those of us who own pets know they make us happy. But a growing body of scientific research is showing that our pets can also make us healthy, or healthier.

That helps explain the increasing use of animals — dogs and cats mostly, but also birds, fish and even horses — in settings ranging from hospitals and nursing homes to schools, jails and mental institutions.

April 11, 2018

Scientists are now digging up evidence that animals can help improve mental health, even for people with challenging disorders. Though the studies are small, the benefits are impressive enough that clinical settings are opening their doors to animal-assisted interventions–pet therapy, in other words–used alongside conventional medicine.

April 11, 2018

We can all attest to the mood lifting and stress relieving benefits of having a pet around. We can’t help to smile when our dog cuddles up to us or our cats crawl into our lap. There are proven physical and mental health benefits to owning a pet and being around animals. Therapy animals are a way for people in lonely, stressful, or traumatic situations that might not be able to own pets to share in the health benefits.

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