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Animal Assisted Therapy | Provided by Dr. Brenda Graham and Gabe

What Is the Dog Doing In The Playroom?


Research shows that Pet Therapy is used to help build rapport, decrease anxiety and encourages empathy, sharing and caring. Pet Therapy also improves cooperation and problem solving, nurturance and acceptance and increases openness.

Studies have shown ATT (Animal Assisted Therapy or Pet Therapy) to be valuable for a variety of problem areas, such as children with autism (Sams, Fortney, & Willenbring, 2006). Youth maladjustment and conflict with parents (Strand, 2004) Adolescent anger management (Hanselman, 2001. ATT) also proven to help in anxiety, depression and self esteem.

Benefits Of Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)

  • Reduction of anxiety, depression, grief, and isolation

  • Self-esteem increased & provides nurturance and acceptance

  • Release of endorphins (oxytocin) that can have a calming effect

  • Increases empathy, caring, and sharing

  • Rapport building

  • Increases focus and attention

  • Reduction of blood pressure can occur

  • Provides comfort

  • Helps children overcome speech and emotional disorders

  • Improves cooperation and problem solving

  • Increases openness

Conditions And Disorder That Animal Assisted Therapy Can Treat

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Addictions

  • Developmental disorders

  • Autism Spectrum disorders

  • Dementia

  • Emotional and behavioral disorders

  • Grief and loss

  • Cancer

  • Heart Disease

  • Chronic pain


If You Or Your Child Is In Need Of Therapy, We Are Here To Help 

Therapeutic services are fee based or provided on a sliding fee scale. Contact us today.

Animal Assisted Therapy
Dr. Graham and Gabe

Dr. Brenda Graham, PhD, RPT

Certified Member, Association of Animal Therapy (APT)

About Our Dog, Gabe

Gabe is a Havanese and he was trained to play with children and adults at an early age. He has received the Canine Good Citizenship Award. He is hypoallergenic, which means he does not shed or have dandruff. He loves to play and to perform the following tricks for a treat: jump through the hoop, sit, roll over, shake hands, fetch the ball, and touch the frisbee.


To find out more please email us or

call Dr. Brenda Graham at (912) 604-5967

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