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Incorporating the human-animal bond in a psychotherapy process is called Animal Assisted Therapy (A

Working with a friendly and well-trained dog as co-therapist can facilitate a faster access to the emotional brain.


Animal-assisted therapy can be a useful intervention for individuals or groups. A meta-analysis of 49 studies reporting on animal-assisted therapy found positive outcomes and overall improved emotional well-being in those with autism, medical conditions, or behavioral issues. Another review of randomized, controlled studies found that animal-assisted therapy can be helpful for those battling illnesses like depression, schizophrenia, or addiction.

Waters Edge Counseling and Play Therapy of Northwest Arkansas has several clinicians who assist with animal assisted therapy.



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