Canine Assisted Psychotherapy

1 hr. session: $125

Canine Assisted Therapy involves social interaction, the experience of delight, and multiple therapeutic benefits derived from canine companionship. It is used with both children and adults, in hospitals, nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers, mental health facilities, elder care centers, boarding schools, and schools for special needs children.

Studies have shown that being around dogs, playing with them, and just handling them decreases stress, increases physical activity, relieves depression and anxiety, calms and motivates patients in hospitals and rehab centers, and helps normalize difficult situations. Groups of people that have benefited from Canine Assisted Therapy include nursing home patients, hospice patients and their families, special education students and children, autistic children, children with behavioral problems, prison inmates, teenagers and adults with substance abuse problems, senior citizens, hospital patients, and rehabilitation patients. Canine Assisted Therapy works particularly well for very young children and autistic kids who are not verbal because they are too young for talk therapy. It also works well for children that do not trust adults and children that have difficulty focusing and sitting still.