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Furry Therapists: Animal-assisted Therapy

Many people already know the healing power of a pet. Many pets seem to know almost instinctively when something is wrong, and they often respond by curling up in a lap or offering a sympathetic paw.

For people facing behavioral health problems like depression or life after a traumatic event, animal-assisted therapy can be a significant treatment option in helping them return to a healthy life.

With animal-assisted therapy, the canine "co-therapists"—which patients say do not judge people the way other humans do—help patients understand empathy and engage patients in nurturing ways that can bring them out of their shell and helps promote self-esteem. Animal-assisted therapy provides patients with social contact, entertainment and allows them to experience acceptance.

Willowbrooke at Tanner employs animal-assisted therapy options for children, adolescents and adults in inpatient and outpatient treatment programs.

Animal-assisted therapy

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