Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a form of creative therapy that utilizes licensed and credentialed therapy animals as a form of treatment. The goal of AAT is to improve a patient’s social, emotional, or cognitive functioning. Therapy animals and their handlers can provide goal-directed interventions to individuals of all ages. AAT advocates state that animals used in therapy sessions can have a calming effect and that their presence can help build a rapport between therapist and patient. Those individuals who have a fear or a previous trauma with a particular animal are especially poised to benefit from animal-assisted therapy.
Introducing Pop Tart & Finley – our perfectly imperfect therapy dogs!
Pop Tart – Registered Therapy Dog
Finley – Therapy Dog in Training
Honoring Drummond – our beloved, trailblazing therapy dog
Drummond was MBC’s first registered therapy dog who was deeply passionate about helping clients learn about setting boundaries. Drummond loved to cuddle and was always looking for a lap to lay upon. Fortunately, he also respected the word “No,” and would gracefully take a nap if his cuddles were not wanted. His ability to shamelessly take up space, ask for love, and his deep respect of others’ boundaries made him a special addition to the MBC team. We miss Drummond endlessly but know he trusts Finley & to pick up where he left off!
*INFORMATION REGARDING AAT SOURCED FROM THE MELMED CENTER AND THE AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION