Animal-Assisted Therapy

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a goal-directed intervention in which an animal, meeting specific criteria, is incorporated as an integral part of the clinical healthcare treatment process. Animal-assisted therapy is delivered or directed by a trained professional health or human service provider, who demonstrates skill and expertise regarding the clinical applications of human-animal interactions. The goal of AAT is to improve a patient’s social, emotional, behavioral or cognitive functioning.

Therapist Holli Farrell of Playful Nature Kids Counseling, LLC is specially trained and certified to be able to provide the powerful benefits of both canine-assisted therapy and equine-assisted therapy into treatment sessions with clients.

For more information about the effectiveness of animal-assisted therapy in successfully treating a number of behavioral, social and emotional disorders, please review the article below or contact our office with any additional questions.


boy hugging a dog during canine-assisted therapy      girl hugging horse after equine therapy