Meet Gracie. She is a young Labrador Retriever who was recently certified in animal-assisted therapy through the AKC.
Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is a complementary type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. The goal of AAT is to improve a patient’s social, emotional, or cognitive functioning.
Gracie accompanies Dr. Babin in some (but not all) patient visits. The addition of AAT can elevate a sense of calm, comfort, or safety. This is especially helpful for those who struggle with grief and loss, acute anxiety or depression.
Each person’s treatment is unique, and the addition of AAT can be discussed and planned as an adjunct treatment option.