This was a monumental moment for the AAT movement because it shed more light on the topic and it was there that Dr. McCulloch stated that animal therapy offers hope.
Benefits of Animal-Assisted Therapy Animal Assisted Therapy has been found to have positive effects in the therapeutic session. Those benefits include, but are not limited to: companionship. The animals presence can serve as a stimulus of communication between the therapist and the client: they can be a calming presence for the client and facilitate more conversation than would normally occur. Therapy is an intense time for people, you are opening up to a stranger in the hopes that they will be able to guide you in the right direction. The animal can make the therapy session less intimidating to the client. In my experience, people can begin to get bored in the therapy session: an hour with a stranger where you tell all your secrets. Having an animal present in the therapy session can reduce that boredom, and create the motivation for the client to move faster in their