Animals in therapy can improve a child’s social, emotional, and cognitive functioning. They can help a child see therapy as less threatening and can build rapport necessary for effective treatment.
Animals can help
Animals help clients of all ages develop a sense of feeling loved, connected, important, and accepted. The relationship with the animal creates opportunites to learn how to interact with others that can translate into their relationships with friends and family.
Alison and Rae
Alison Leslie, one of our therapists, works with Rae the dog. Ms. Leslie holds a certificate in Animal Assisted Social Work and teaches classes on the topic at the University of Denver. Rae is very popular with children. Rae and Alison provide unique opportunities to engage clients who may be quiet, traumatized, anxious, or hyperactive.