Understanding the Role of Therapy Animals in Mental Health
Cathy is a dedicated mental health professional who has chosen to specialize in animal-assisted therapy. As an Animal-Assisted Therapist, she uses animals, such as dogs or horses, as a part of therapy sessions to help her clients improve their mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
Animals have a unique way of connecting with humans and can help create a sense of trust and comfort in therapy sessions. For example, a therapy dog can help a child open up and talk about their feelings, or a therapy horse can assist in developing physical coordination and balance for someone recovering from an injury. Cathy works with a variety of different animals, each with their own unique characteristics and therapeutic benefits.
To become an Animal-Assisted Therapist like Cathy, one typically needs to have a degree in a related field such as psychology, social work, or counseling. After obtaining a degree, additional training in animal-assisted therapy is required. This may include courses on animal behavior, how to safely work with animals, and how to integrate animals into therapy sessions.
Animals can also benefit from animal-assisted therapy. It can provide them with a sense of purpose and helps them to develop positive behaviors. Famous Animal-Assisted Therapist include Dr. Boris Levinson, who is credited with coining the term “pet therapy,” and Dr. Karen Allen, who has researched the use of therapy dogs in veterans with PTSD.
Cathy is passionate about her work as an Animal-Assisted Therapist and the positive impact it has on both her clients and the animals she works with. She is constantly learning and growing in her field, and is dedicated to helping as many people as possible improve their mental and emotional well-being through animal-assisted therapy.