Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) involves the inclusion of animals in a range of activities overseen by the trained professional. Generally Animal Assisted Therapy encompasses interventions that are facilitated by the presence of a therapy dog (animal).
At Ivory Health, Kobe is involved in the session to assist clients to open up and feel more relaxed in the therapeutic setting, by patting and cuddling with him. Having a therapy dog present can help with easing the stress of the session.
There is emerging research that suggests Animal Assisted Therapy may be helpful in assisting with the treatment of psychological illness. Studies into mood and anxiety with Animal Assisted Therapy have found some promising results with improving low mood and anxiety. One of the most documented roles of Animal Assisted Therapy is in how the therapy dog can aid with the social component.
The level of involvement of the therapy dog in your session is your choice. Kobe can be an active part of the session or can simply be present within the room.