What are some signs that my family 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
  • Blending Families
  • Communication Deficits

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

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

Animals can help families come together to process emotions and past hurts and wounds. Animals depend on one another for survival and are in many ways much like humans and need community and family to survive. They can teach people how to work together for the common goal and how to communicate in a clear and effective manner. Animals always speak truth of the moment to who they are communicating with. Many times through defenses and emotions we find ourselves not able or willing to speak truth to those in our families. Animals can help create a buffer in being willing to speak truth.