PET ASSISTED THERAPY
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
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.