Animal Assisted Therapy : An Old Form Of Therapy

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Animal-assisted therapy is an old form of therapy. It has been used in various ways dating back to 1792 when it was used to help patients in the York Center, a mental hospital, learn to care for animals (Janssen). There have been numerous studies that test it’s value since, and a majority of studies have stated that it has positive effects for people. Within animal-assisted therapy (AAT), there are different aspects of therapy that animals can enhance or provide. Animals assist therapy by making therapy sessions appealing, being an example for patients, and having positive effects on their moods.
AAT can help several types of therapy. It can be used in physical therapy and different psychological therapies, such as Person-Centered, Cognitive-Behavioral, Behavioral, Adlerian, Psychoanalytic, Gestalt, Existential, Reality, and Solution-Focused. Though this large list varies in processes and understandings, they all attempt to fix a problem. With the help of animals, this becomes much easier. The animals contribute to “client’s comfort, attention, concentration, and skill-building and thereby increase chances for successful practice of new feelings, thoughts, and behaviors that result in enhanced client self-confidence,” (Chandler, et al, 370).
In a few cases, animals are used to attract patients. Animals generally excite patients and develope sessions to have added fun and desire. For some post-war troops in North Carolina, a dog named Lexy has helped motivate soldiers to…

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