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Animal-Assisted Therapy

Our center provides mental health services through the use of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT). Our services are provided to clients of all ages that seek emotional and mental well being. Solace Health is composed of a team of trained Mental Health Counselors who are under the supervision of a Licensed Mental Health Therapist. These counselors are dedicated in conducting counseling through the use of AAT interventions in a warm, supportive, and motivating environment. Solace Health is a dwelling where clients come to discover consolation, comfort, and support through life’s challenges and mental health issues.

Seeking psychological well being through animal-assisted interventions (AAI) has been around since the 19th century. Empirically, AAT is a contemporary theoretical approach that was introduced by Boris M. Levinson in the 1960’s with his paper published in Mental Hygiene. With the example of a dog as a co-therapist, Levinson paved the way for many other theorists to continue his research and discover more and more ways that AAT is an effective theoretical perspective to serve clients of all ages and backgrounds.

According to Delta Society (2012), the national organization that certifies and regulates human-animal interactions during therapy, AAT is defined as:

AAT is a goal-directed intervention in which an animal that meets specific criteria is an integral part of the treatment process. AAT is directed and/or delivered by a health/human service professional with specialized expertise, and within the scope of practice of his/her profession.

AAT is designed to promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning. AAT is provided in a variety of settings and may be group or individual in nature. This process is documented and evaluated. (From Standards of Practice for Animal-Assisted Activities and Therapy)

Through this theoretical perspective, Solace Health incorporates animals during counseling as an essential companion that positively impacts the client. Our team provides goal-directed interventions that promote meeting specified objectives and obtaining measured progress. Solace Health mental health professionals are both certified and practice AAT within the scope of practice.

Research information can be found here.