Boris Levinson in Pet-Oriented Child Psychotherapy wrote:

When the child plays with the animal he establishes his own world, the boundaries of which he himself prescribes. The therapist, therefore, participates in common adventure by entering into a corner of the child's world where the child feels secure. This is where the therapist and the child find an equal footing; this is where the doors of communication are likely to open early between child and therapist. It also appears that all children have an intense need to master someone or something that does not talk back, that accepts one regardless of what one is. They want to be accepted, admired and permitted to regress as far as possible without being berated by someone or something loved and without the consequent guilt. 

Animal Assisted Psychotherapy

What is animal assisted psychotherapy?

Animal assisted psychotherapy incorporates animals into the mental health and psychotherapeutic treatment of people; equine-facilitated psychotherapy (EFP) refers specifically to horses. Having an animal present in the therapy process provides the individual with a sense of comfort not equaled in traditional therapy.

What takes place?

The animals are incorporated in a natural way - horses can be groomed, ridden, fed, etc. Individuals enjoy feeding the various animals, observing and interpreting the way the different animals interact with each other.

Which animals?

Flying High Farm currently has ponies, dogs, cats, goats and bunnies available. The choice of animal will depend on the individual's presenting issues and preferences and can change throughout the child’s therapy. 

Are other therapies offered?

Yes, in addition to animal assisted therapy, clinicians also utilize play therapy, bibliotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, etc.

How much does it cost?

Payment for sessions can be made through accepted forms of insurance, out-of-network payment or self-pay.