Animal Assisted Therapy

Animal Assisted Therapy

Animal Assisted Therapy is a specific type of Pet Therapy that uses a trained animal and therapist.   People of all ages choose to have animals involved in their therapy.  Socializing with a pet proves beneficial to clients in a variety of ways.  Animal Assisted Therapy can improve a person’s emotional well-being, help people cope with various disorders, increase self-esteem and reduce anxiety.  Research has revealed that animals can have a calming effect on people, reducing feelings of depression and isolation, as well as bringing about positive social interactions.  Children are typically attracted to the animal and are often better able to express themselves through Animal Assisted Therapy. 

There are other factors to consider, such as allergies, a reduced immune system, or those on certain medications.  If any of these are present you must get clearance from your physician before participating in Animal Assisted Therapy. 



                                                       Meet our therapy dog Tucker.  Tucker is a 3-year-old Yorkie-poo.  He loves being involved in therapy. 



If you are a licensed counselor, a counselor intern or interested in individual or group supervision and would like to join our team, please contact us.

Meredith Akin-Ivey, is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and a Registered Play Therapist- Supervisor.  Please E-mail or call her for more details.

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Compassion Counseling
2214 Michigan Ave
Suite F
Arlington, Texas

Phone: (817) 723-1210

Fax: (866) 776-5116

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At Compassion, our counselors have experience counseling a variety of issues including but not limited to: adoption, anxiety, abuse, body image, depression, couples, faith, families, grief, play therapy, parenting, teens, trauma, christian sex therapy, and self-esteem. Please call our office for more information regarding each counselor's specialty.