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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 Idaho from Boise to Twin Falls or even Meridian, or anywhere else nearby, 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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We will tackle all those pesky, sometimes embarrassing, sexual issues so that you can get back to a fulfilling sex life, as you define it.


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We will tackle all those pesky, sometimes embarrassing, sexual issues so that you can get back to a fulfilling sex life, as you define it.

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I'm trained as a Clinical Trauma Professional and Sex Therapist. When it comes to trauma it's all about learning why the body and mind are reacting, how to shift those reactions, and learn to integrate the experiences into your reality.

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Find the best version of you! We'll get rid of those unwanted behaviors and faulty thoughts. We'll evaluate your values and make sure you walk in them. We will work at your pace with your permission.


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Find the best version of you! We'll get rid of those unwanted behaviors and faulty thoughts. We'll evaluate your values and make sure you walk in them. We will work at your pace with your permission.

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It's unique to each person. I don't use the same skills or approach with everyone. I tailor it to your needs that best fit your goals. I bring in CBT, DBT, psychodynamic and/or spirituality where appropriate and necessary. We'll laugh too ;)

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I assist clients with the healing and integration of wounds that fuel their issues with food, body and other addictions. If your goal is beyond symptom reduction and into life-long, visceral transformation, I can help you achieve it.


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I assist clients with the healing and integration of wounds that fuel their issues with food, body and other addictions. If your goal is beyond symptom reduction and into life-long, visceral transformation, I can help you achieve it.

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My primary therapeutic approach is Internal Family Systems (IFS), an evidence-based and deeply transformative model. I’ve worked many years in the eating disorder and addiction recovery communities and have seen IFS transform lives.

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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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Marcia Starkman
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talk about our changing world. Relationships are the foundation of life. Neither are easy or simple to navigate. I’ll help you feel less alone, calmer & supported, as we discuss stress, life transitions, folks in your life & how to manage it all.


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Together, we will:

talk about our changing world. Relationships are the foundation of life. Neither are easy or simple to navigate. I’ll help you feel less alone, calmer & supported, as we discuss stress, life transitions, folks in your life & how to manage it all.

Something to know about my approach is:

I’m active, involved, & I talk! I treat everyone with dignity and respect. With my 40+ years experience as a psychiatric RN, my practice is eclectic. This means I can tailor my approach specifically to you. But, you are your own best expert on you.

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