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The benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) are wide ranging. Anya can be use for the purpose of supporting or improving patients’ social, emotional, physical, or cognitive functioning . Research has shown AAT may improve outcomes and reduce various symptoms for people with depression, anxiety, dementia, loneliness and more. Additional work in substance abuse has shown it can make a nerve-wracking experience easier to manage, while for those who have experienced trauma or are unable to verbalize emotions, working with animals can provide a source of confidence and confidentiality.
Animals are used in therapy because they can help people relax, minimize stress, and offer a sense of safety and unconditional acceptance that puts therapy patients at ease. As stated by the American Counseling Association, this can help draw withdrawn or noncommunicative patients into conversation and the therapeutic process so they can get the most out of their therapy.