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
- Grief and loss
- Relationship problems
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
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.
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