What are some signs that my relationship would benefit from animal-assisted therapy?

Children communicate through play and through experience. Many children have a hard time talking to express emotions or to express complex thoughts. Working with an animal can help children within the experience during therapy. The struggles that are most commonly seen when working with relationships in animal-assisted therapy are:

  • Divorce or Separation
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Complex Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Family Dynamics
  • Communication Deficits
  • Confidence of a Partner

  • Lack of Trust
  • Lack of Understanding
  • Constant Fighting
  • Not Being Heard
  • Not Being Present
  • Anger Outbursts
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Parenting Difficulty
  • Substance Use of Partner

What are the benefits of animal-assisted therapy for my relationship?

Animals can help teach people how to operate within a relationship. They can provide feedback of certain behaviors that one partner may not feel comfortable providing. Working with animals can help show relationship dynamics that are deep rooted in beliefs and patterns that we were raised with that carry over to present relationships. Animals can help partners find new ways of relating to one another in a relational and compassionate way. They can provide feedback around how teamwork and working together can help us get somewhere faster than if we were to go at it alone. Animals can help couples come together to process emotions and past hurts and wounds.