Equine-assisted therapy focuses on teaching clients how to manage their behavioral and emotional responses by reading the horse’s responses. Each session helps clients improve their communication skills and reflect on their behavior because of the horse’s ability to read and mirror human emotions. This animal-assisted activity allows clients to improve their social interactions, self-management, and personal responsibility.
Horses aren’t the only animal that create a therapeutic benefit. Canine therapy is one of the most popular methods of animal-assisted treatment. Therapy dogs make excellent companion animals, and caring for one creates responsibility and purpose.
Feline therapy offers excellent mental health benefits. Cats help to relieve loneliness, depression, and anxiety. For older adults, cats are also easier to take care of.
Animal Assisted therapy programs for substance abuse treatment are growing in popularity since animals make wonderful companions and bring mental health benefits to patients.