The Healing Power of Pets in Psychotherapy

Elderly Couple with Their Pet DogAt Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado (AATPC), dogs, cats and even horses are used in therapy sessions to help patients sort through their problems.


"We have found we can reach therapeutic goals much faster by incorporating the animals into the sessions," says Linda Chassman, a therapist for more than two decades who first began using kitty kindness with clients 10 years ago and went on to seek certification in a specialty known as animals and human health."

The presence of an animal helps AATPC therapists build rapport with their patients. According to Chassman, "people are much more willing to get to the issues, especially kids, who, rather than directly confronting something, can speak to or about the animal."

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