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Animal Assisted Therapy

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.

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

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 AAT include
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationship problems
  • PTSD
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
animal assisted therapy dog
animal assisted therapy dog
animal assisted therapy dog

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.

Associated Fees:

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

Hours:

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

Saginaw County Therapy and Counseling Services
1320 N Michigan Ave
Saginaw, Michigan 48602