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The benefits that animal companionship provides for your emotional and mental wellbeing are enormous. Animal-assisted therapies are a type of psychotherapy that incorporates animals into peoples mental health treatment plans. People worldwide rely on animals like dogs, cats, and even horses to help them cope with acute and chronic mental health challenges.

Wherever you are located in District of Columbia, Mental Health Match can help you easily find an experienced therapist or counselor who best meets your needs.

How Can Animal-Assisted Therapy Help?

Animal-assisted therapy can help you in various ways, but here are some of the most common benefits:

  • Companionship to reduce feelings of loneliness.
  • Feeling less stressed, agitated, or anxious.
  • Self-awareness as you see animals reflect your emotional state.
  • Learning to set new boundaries.
  • Overcoming fear.
  • Developing trust.

Animal-assisted therapy can also help with physical health, offering such benefits as reduced perception of pain and improved cardiovascular health.

Interested in learning more about how animals improve our lives? Read more from licensed therapist Dr. Beverly Pedroche about the 5 lessons learned from her dog.

Experience the Benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy

Deciding that you want to seek animal-assisted therapy is a gigantic step, and finding a quality therapist who specializes in animal-assisted therapy can prove to be challenging. Luckily, our team at Mental Health Match is here to help you find a qualified animal-assisted therapist in no time! Start by browsing experts below or by using our free therapist matching tool.

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Together we work to help you make changes that stick. Hypnosis is a powerful tool that will enable you to make permanent, life-enhancing changes by reaching your subconscious mind, where true and lasting change occurs.

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I use a client-centered approach, understanding that each client is different. I listen and work with you in your best interest.

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Find techniques that work for your concerns and stay with them. If a technique doesn't work we stop using it and find ones that do. I keep up to date on all the major CBT techniques, and personalize them to your needs to help you succeed.


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Find techniques that work for your concerns and stay with them. If a technique doesn't work we stop using it and find ones that do. I keep up to date on all the major CBT techniques, and personalize them to your needs to help you succeed.

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I use scientifically backed approaches including CBT, CBT, and ACT that help you identify your problems and give you an array of solutions. These techniques focus on the present and are procedure based to help you make positive changes.

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Address the issues preventing you from becoming the best version of yourself. People seek therapy for a range of issues, but the common goal is reducing and addressing barriers that get in the way of living a fulfilling life.


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Address the issues preventing you from becoming the best version of yourself. People seek therapy for a range of issues, but the common goal is reducing and addressing barriers that get in the way of living a fulfilling life.

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Therapy is about change. During our work, I will support you and assist you in identifying and changing the patterns that are not serving you. I approach therapy with an integrative approach, combining relational and cognitive-behavioral techniques.

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Help you: 1. Take your life back from the grip of trauma, grief/loss, or addiction 2. Communicate better and improve intimacy with your partner(s) 3. Explore your identities (i.e., gender, sexual orientation, relational) & 4. Be your authentic self!


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Help you: 1. Take your life back from the grip of trauma, grief/loss, or addiction 2. Communicate better and improve intimacy with your partner(s) 3. Explore your identities (i.e., gender, sexual orientation, relational) & 4. Be your authentic self!

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Together, we work to more deeply understand your identity, struggles, grief, trauma, communication styles, and patterns. We customize solutions to move you towards the life you deeply desire and wholly deserve.

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help you feel calmer, more confident, and find ways to improve the relationships most important to you. We will also explore patterns of responding that are holding you back and leaving you feeling frustrated.


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help you feel calmer, more confident, and find ways to improve the relationships most important to you. We will also explore patterns of responding that are holding you back and leaving you feeling frustrated.

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We'll work at your pace to practice proven strategies for social anxiety, stress management, and organization to meet your goals. Let’s work to to improve your confidence & connection and relieve your stress and frustrations.

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