What are some signs that I would benefit from joining a group that does 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:
- Relationship and Boundaries Groups
- Teen DBT Groups
- Grief and Loss Groups
- Trauma Recovery Groups
- Emotional Awareness Building Groups
- Confidence Building Groups
Different Types of Groups
- Support Groups
- Psychoeducational Groups
- Process Groups
What are the benefits of animal-assisted therapy in a group setting?
Animals can help teach people how to operate within a relationship. Groups are a great way to relate not only with animals but also with peers that are working on similar struggles. Community is so important in healing and that is a major benefit to groups.
Animals 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.