Clinique GOTM is proud to now offer animal-assisted therapy as part of its mobile services in psychoeducation. Animal-assisted therapy is a complementary approach that can be very beneficial to a variety of individuals.
Caroline Boisjoly, a psychoeducator with the Clinique GOTM mobile team, has completed her training in an institute recognized by the Corporation des zoothérapeutes du Québec in order to offer animal-assisted therapy. Read on to learn more about this topic.
Animal-assisted therapy as a complement to psychoeducation
Psychoeducators are professionals who can assist individuals dealing with difficult situations such as a behavioural or developmental problem, an adaptation problem, an intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder, etc. Psychoeducators can also provide services for families, to deal with a crisis or to help improve parenting skills for instance. Psychoeducators prefer to work with clients directly in their environment because that will help them understand how they deal with the issues at hand. They can then recommend an approach that is adapted to their client’s day-to-day reality.
Animal-assisted therapy is a useful tool because it establishes a triangular relationship between the psychoeducator, animal, and client. The professional works with an animal that has been trained to adapt to the client and their needs. This approach makes therapy easier because it seems less daunting, and it can even be more motivating for younger patients.
The benefits of animal-assisted therapy
An animal does not judge and has no expectations. In other words, animal-assisted therapy promotes an environment where the client can act in a spontaneous and authentic way. An animal’s presence is soothing and reassuring and increases the patient’s motivation and focus. In brief, this approach can be very beneficial because it eliminates the barriers that too often exist between a therapist and their client.
At Clinique GOTM, our psychoeducator works with a rabbit or a dog when providing animal-assisted therapy. For now, this approach is generally reserved for younger clients, but we are hopeful it will be available to a wider clientele in the future, such as:
- Individuals with anxiety disorders and other psychological problems
- Individuals experiencing a loss of autonomy
- Individuals affected by neurocognitive disorders (Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, etc.)
- Individuals receiving palliative care.
It’s important to keep in mind that animal-assisted therapy is part of a wider approach. That’s why this service is offered by a psychoeducator who has received the proper training. In fact, animal-assisted therapy fits perfectly into a multidisciplinary approach.
Want to find out more about our mobile services in psychoeducation? Would you like to find out if a loved one could benefit from animal-assisted therapy? Our team is always available to answer your questions and tell you more about our services. Contact us today!