Stone Ridge Address: 24600 Millstream Drive, Suite 340 Stone Ridge, VA 20105
Pet Therapy Stone Ridge VA

 What Is Pet Therapy?

Although animals have been used for centuries to help humans heal, it wasn’t until the 1900s that pet therapy first became documented in the United States as a way to help improve the treatment outcomes of patients. Since then, there has been growing scientific research that proves the efficacy of using animals to help alleviate physical and mental health symptoms.

Pet therapy can be offered in a variety of settings, including schools, mental health facilities, hospitals, and hospice centers. Cats and dogs are two of the most common types of animals used; however, rabbits, horses, dolphins, birds, and guinea pigs can also be used.

What are the benefits of Pet Therapy?

Pet Therapy Improves Mental Health

Pet Therapy can help:

  • Increase communication
  • Strengthen rapport between patient and provider
  • Increase patient satisfaction
  • Improve ability to cope with injury or illness

As well as a decrease:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Loneliness

Pet Therapy for Adults, Children, and Adolescents

Everyone can benefit from pet therapy. This creative practice can be used in combination with psychotherapy to treat the following issues:

  • Family and Relationship Problems
  • Grief and Loss
  • Personal Fulfillment 
  • Self Esteem 
  • Trama
  • Addiction
  • Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Illness
  • PTSD

Pet Therapy in the Stone Ridge, VA

At the Wellness Connection, pet therapy is facilitated by a licensed mental health clinician. For some clients, this may be the first time they pursue mental health treatment. The clinician will use the presence of a trained therapy dog to help patients feel more comfortable and identify what they would like to work on in treatment. 

For more information about Pet Therapy in the Stone Ridge, VA area, please call (703) 327-0335 or schedule a free Teletherapy Consultation Now!

Not Sure where to begin?

Schedule a Free Consultation Now or Call our office at 703-327-0335, and after a few quick questions from our intake coordinator, we will have you on your way. Feel free to email us with any questions:

About Us

The Wellness Connection is a “one-stop-shop” that brings you together with your providers in a collaborative partnership to optimize health and well-being. We believe that wellness requires a system of healthcare professionals, collaborating on the overall care of the patient to initiate permanent positive change. We are committed to confronting the issue of mental health and improving overall health and wellness.

Find Us

Stone Ridge
24600 Millstream Drive, Suite 340
Stone Ridge, VA 20105

Monday-Friday: 7:00 am–8:00 pm
Saturday: 7:00 am–5:00 pm
Sunday: Closed