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Animal Therapy Purpose, Benefits, and Types

what is animal assisted therapy

Based in attachment theory, attachment-based therapy helps you explore how your earliest experiences with caregivers taught you to form relationships. MBCT combines cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). Exposure therapy helps people overcome their fears by gradually and repeatedly facing them in a controlled way.

Are There Risks with Animal-Assisted Therapy?

Any type of therapist may conduct AAT, including occupational or physical therapists, although when we refer to AAT, we are typically speaking about animal-assisted psychotherapy. Furthermore, the data regarding animal welfare during the intervention lacked in most of the studies. Then, it would be interesting to further deepen this topic, investigating, also, any adherence to specific guidelines.

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