The simple act of petting a dog or a cat can have immediate calming effect upon the client. Therapy animals and emotional support animals can sense a wide range of emotions. Per the UCLA, it was found that
Humans interacting with animals have found that petting the animal promoted the release of serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin- all hormones that can play a part in elevating moods.
Increases mental stimulation by assisting in recall of memories and help sequence temporal events in patients with head injuries or chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Queen Quinn is my therapy assistant and kitten in-training. Since she was a kitten, she has an innate ability to sense anxiety and she will go into action helping to produce a sense of calm. She enjoys ear scratches and belly rubs, and she will purr until you feel calm and relaxed. Quinn is a short-haired Snowshoe Siamese mix cat. Her therapy modality is lots of purr-fect cuddles. You will often find her resting comfortably on my shoulders!