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Animal Assisted Therapy

Animal Assisted Therapy is a proven therapeutic method that can have measurable mental and physical benefits.

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a form of therapy that plays on the human-animal bond. In addition to the calming effect an animal can provide, certain activities can dramatically impact a person’s wellbeing when expertly coordinated.

The animal’s non-judgmental character is a key component in moving the client toward reaching their individualized emotional, social, and behavioral goals. Conditions that respond well to Animal Assisted Therapy include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationship problems
  • PTSD

For referrals or to learn more, please call us at 989.401.9015.


Mental Health Benefits

  • Decreases depression
  • Reduces loneliness and isolation
  • Encourages communication
  • Increases socialization
  • Decreases anxiety
  • Helps a person focus and be present in the moment

Physical Health Benefits

  • Stabilizes blood pressure
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Releases endorphins (oxytocin) that have a calming effect
  • Diminishes overall physical pain
  • The act of petting produces an automatic relaxation response and slows breathing

Referral Process

We’re pleased to offer Animal Assisted Therapy to adults ages 18+ seeking outpatient therapy in our Saginaw Enhanced Outpatient program. Please contact us to talk about scheduling an intake.

For referrals or to learn more call 989.401.9015.

Associated Fees:
Insurances are accepted. Fees for services will be based on a sliding scale.
Payment arrangements are also available.

Monday–Friday, 9:00am–5:00pm | Evenings and Saturdays by appointment


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