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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.

Whether you are located in downtown Oak Park, the suburbs of Oak Park, other nearby places such as Elmhurst, Chicago, or anywhere else in Illinois, 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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Help you to understand yourself in a deeper and more meaningful way. Start to heal from the things that trouble you. This is your space to process your emotions, thoughts, & challenges (old or new). I hope to watch you grow throughout your journey.


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Help you to understand yourself in a deeper and more meaningful way. Start to heal from the things that trouble you. This is your space to process your emotions, thoughts, & challenges (old or new). I hope to watch you grow throughout your journey.

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I try to meet each individual where they are at. That may mean challenging some negative thoughts you may have about yourself or the world or helping you build a set of realistic coping skills to get you where you want to be. Non-judgmental is key.

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Together, we will work together to identify the root causes of your anxiety and depression. We will explore past traumas—intergenerational and relational—which might also be contributing these feelings and reduce feelings of overwhelm and isolation.

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I believe integrating influences of culture, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation contribute to a client's feeling of wholeness. My approach utilizes psychodynamic, CBT, mindfulness, somatic, attachment, spiritual and coaching interventions.

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Explore whatever it is that is distressing you this week, this year or ten years ago. Whether you are looking to heal past trauma or work through a current obstacle, I am here to create a supportive space with you to help you reach your goals.


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Explore whatever it is that is distressing you this week, this year or ten years ago. Whether you are looking to heal past trauma or work through a current obstacle, I am here to create a supportive space with you to help you reach your goals.

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My approach is holistic and rooted in creating a sense of safety. Just as every person is different, our work together will be unique to you.

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We’ll start by creating a plan based on your primary concerns, and identify everyday problems that have you feeling stuck and unsatisfied. Together, we can explore how to develop narratives and utilize tools to help you shift and reach your goals.

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I am passionate about helping you pivot. It’s OKAY to want to step out of old patterns that have you experiencing unsatisfying outcomes. Together, we can work to acknowledge the pain and discomfort without becoming it.

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Gain insight into Self-Concept, Self-Esteem, and Personal Development.

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My approach focuses on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, with an emphasis on Irrational Belief Systems and Thinking Errors.

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