Animal assisted therapy
What is it?
It is an alternative or complementary type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment to bring joy, comfort and companionship to many individuals who appreciate being able to touch and stroke a friendly animal. It is used to enhance and complement the benefits of traditional therapy.
Animals can provide a sense of calm, comfort, or safety and divert attention away from a stressful situation and toward one that provides pleasure. Advocates of animal-assisted therapy say that developing a bond with an animal can help people develop a better sense of self-worth and trust, stabilize their emotions, and improve their communication, self-regulation, and socialization skills.
You and your therapist may discuss your animal while you are working with it, or you may set aside another time to talk about your experiences.
Animals are evaluated with strict criteria before being used in AAT. The criteria include appropriate size, age, aptitude, typical behaviours and the correct level of training.
What is it for?
To help lift spirits, facilitate recovery and help establishing trusting relationship with others. The interaction between clients and therapy animals also aids reducing stressful and anxious feelings clients have. Due to those benefits, animal assisted therapy is used as a complement to other therapies to treat diagnosis such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and dementia.
It is found that brings positive outcomes and overall improved emotional well-being in those with autism, medical conditions, or behavioural issues. Another review of randomized, controlled studies found that animal-assisted therapy can be helpful for those battling illnesses like depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, isolation or addiction.
Anyone who dislikes or fears animals or is allergic to them, is not a likely candidate for this particular intervention.
This is Lolo.
Lolo is our therapet cat.
He is now 7 months old.
He is training hard to be ready to certify as an assisted Therapy animal once he reaches one year old.
He loves going out in his lead so this way he can meet loads of people and get used to different settings.
He is a very loving cat and hopefully soon he will be able to share all the love he as to give.
If you would like a session with Lolo please email BestYou Therapies to express your interest.
Lolo is very much looking forward to working with you.
pedro joining us soon
BestYou Therapies is working in getting Pedro, a chocolate Labrador.
Pedro will be intelligent, loving and people oriented.
BestYou Therapies will train him from a young age so he can become a certified assisted therapy animal and spread the love.
If you are interested in working with Pedro, please email BestYou Therapies. The more demand we have the earlier we can make Pedro a reality.
We are looking forward to hearing from you.