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Special Therapies

When recommended, we use the empathy of some special animal friends or the creative arts — such as drawing and music — to reach and communicate with our patients.

These therapies, when employed individually or in combination, help our patients establish equilibrium and engage — at first with just the animal or creative arts, but eventually with our therapists — taking their first small steps toward healing.


Animal-assisted therapy

Our pets seem to know instinctively when something is wrong, and they often respond by curling up in our laps or offering a sympathetic paw.

Willowbrooke at Tanner recognizes the potential healing power of animals and offers animal-assisted therapy options for children, adolescents and adults.

Benefits of animal-assisted therapy

Animal-assisted therapy can be a helpful treatment for people struggling with depression or the aftermath of trauma. At Willowbrooke at Tanner, we provide animal-assisted therapy through both inpatient and outpatient programs.

Our canine "co-therapists” help patients empathize, engage them in nurturing ways and build their self-esteem. The therapy eases patients into social contact and allows them to experience acceptance, which they may find challenging with other people, including family members.

Female patient petting a dog.

Patient petting a horse.

Equine therapy

Horses are social animals, often mirroring the actions of people. Through our equine therapy program, Willowbrooke at Tanner helps patients foster this unique connection that is rich with opportunities for focused, interactive learning.

What is equine therapy?

Equine therapy, also called equine-assisted therapy, is a behavioral health treatment that uses horses to help patients process emotions and overcome personal challenges. Through various equine-assisted activities, patients can:

  • Enhance and restore self-image and confidence
  • Strengthen social skills and relationships
  • Develop appropriate coping skills
  • Learn more handle new challenges
  • And more

Benefits of equine therapy

Research indicates that equine therapy can be effective for patients dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, autism, dementia, conduct disorders and more.

Equine therapy may especially benefit children and adolescents who tend to shy away from physical and emotional closeness with other people. The unique bond between a person and a horse can foster mutual trust, respect, acceptance and confidence.

Willowbrooke at Tanner operates a weekly equine therapy program during the summer months for patients enrolled in various Willowbrooke at Tanner programs. The equine therapy program is offered in partnership with Rachel’s Wish Foundation and the Possum Snout Horse Arena in Tallapoosa, Georgia. Transportation, picnic lunches and snacks are provided.


Expressive therapy

The process of creating art can be both healing and life-enhancing. At Willowbrooke at Tanner, our registered expressive therapists use the creative arts of drawing, painting, drumming, drama and other artistic techniques to assess and treat patients with emotional, cognitive, physical and developmental disorders.

Early teen girl showing her art to her therapist.

Benefits of expressive arts therapy

Expressive arts therapy can provide healing benefits for patients of all ages. These benefits include:

  • Better relationships with family and friends
  • Enjoyment of the creative process
  • Improved ability to cope with stress
  • Increased cognitive abilities
  • Increased insight and judgment
  • Support for working through traumatic experiences

Therapists design expressive therapy sessions by tailoring techniques and materials to each patient’s needs and treatment goals.

For more information about any of these special therapies, call 770-812-3266.

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The skilled and sensitive psychologists, therapists and counselors at Willowbrooke at Tanner can help lead you and your loved ones to recovery. 

Willowbrooke Psychiatric Center - Children and Adolescents

Willowbrooke Psychiatric Center - Children and Adolescents

101 Quartz Drive, Villa Rica, GA 30180
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Phone: 770-812-3530

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Willowbrooke at Tanner - Villa Rica

Willowbrooke at Tanner - Villa Rica

20 Herrell Road, Villa Rica, GA 30180
Villa Rica

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Phone: 770-812-3266

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Willowbrooke at Tanner - Carrollton

Willowbrooke at Tanner - Carrollton

523 Dixie Street, Carrollton, GA 30117
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Phone: 770-812-3266

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Willowbrooke at Tanner - Cartersville

Willowbrooke at Tanner - Cartersville

958 Joe Frank Harris Parkway SE, Cartersville, GA 30120
Cartersville

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Phone: 770-812-3610

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Willowbrooke Counseling Center - Carrollton

Willowbrooke Counseling Center - Carrollton

523 Dixie Street, Carrollton, GA 30117
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Phone: 770-812-8863

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Willowbrooke Counseling Center - Cartersville

Willowbrooke Counseling Center - Cartersville

958 Joe Frank Harris Pkwy. SE, Cartersville, GA 30120
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Phone: 770-812-8863

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Willowbrooke Counseling Center - Villa Rica

Willowbrooke Counseling Center - Villa Rica

101 Quartz Drive, Suite, Villa Rica, GA 30180
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Phone: 70-812-8863

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Willowbrooke Psychiatric Center - Adults

Willowbrooke Psychiatric Center - Adults

209 Cooley Drive, Villa Rica, GA 30180

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Phone: 770-812-3530

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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