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The Truth About Animal-Assisted Therapy

Pet lovers will happily vouch for the positive impact their pets have on their lives. But is there anything significantly beneficial about involving animals in therapy? Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) is quite popular, gaining wide acceptance and evolving into mainstream psychology. This is evident in the increasing number of universities, such as the University of North Texas, that offer a graduate course in animal-assisted therapy. Therapy animals have also returned the positive benefits of touch to counseling. Touch has been understandably removed from therapy, especially with counseling youth, but at a cost. Therapy animals also provide a purely nonjudgmental space for individuals to work out their problems.

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