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There seems to be a natural tendency for humans and animals to form a relationship with one another, even if the animal is not the persons.

This involves goal directed activities designed to improve the client’s quality of life through utilization of the human-animal bond.


This involves such tasks as visiting with animals and friendly petting with playful activity.


It may also include education about or related to the animal itself.  A counselor would set therapeutic goals, guide interaction between client and animal, measure progress toward meeting goals and evaluate the process. 


Why involve animals in counseling?

·         The client may be more motivated to attend and participate in counseling because of the desire to spend time with the animal.

·         The client may receive healing nurturance and affection through physical contact with the animal

·         The client may experience soothing comfort from petting or holding the animal

·         The client may experience enjoyment and entertainment from the interaction with the animal

·         The client may be able to form a more trusting relationship with a counselor by the way the counselor interacts with the animal.


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