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Animal Assisted Therapy

Animal assisted therapy (AAT) is a form of therapy that aims to improve childrens physical, emotional, social, behavioral, and cognitive functioning through the involvement of animals.

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What is: Play Therapy

Play therapy is a method of meeting and responding to the mental health needs of children and is extensively acknowledged by experts as an effective and suitable intervention in dealing with children’s brain development. It is generally employed with children aged 3 through 11 and provides a way for them to express their experiences and feelings through a natural, self-guided, self-healing process. As children’s experiences and knowledge are often communicated through play, it becomes an important vehicle for them to know and accept themselves and others.

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Play therapists encourage the advancement of the psychosocial development and positive mental health of children through play and Play Therapy. Play therapists foster the child’s interest and welfare which includes securing and supporting nurturing relationships in the child’s life.

The Therapist: Sandy Lilliecrona Kennedy

“Healing comes from a network of people in the child‚Äôs life who provide healthy and secure connections…”¬†

Dr. Bruce Perry 

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Play Therapy is a form of psychotherapy for young kids. We all learned how to interact with the world by playing. I help kids deal with life by learning new skills through play. 

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Benefits of the program include

 

          

  • Reduced aggression

  • Improved focus

  • Improved adjustment to routines and guidelines

  • Increase in self-esteem

  • Increase in self-respect

  • Friendships feeling less stressful

  • Emotional awareness

  • Social skills

  • Impulse control

  • Confidence

  • Trust and empathy

  • Problem solving skills

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Sandy is a mom, a childrens book author and has assisted in many local and international charity campaigns. She has always had a love for children and animals and has been working with both since 1996.

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For the sole purpose of helping children, Sandy specialized  in Advanced Play Therapy (Dr. H. Schoeman, Center for Play Therapy and Training), Animal Assisted Interventions (Dr. Hannes Slabbert, Ethology Academy), Specialized Child Trauma (Australian Childhood Foundation), Dealings with Child Sexual Abuse in South Africa (Medical Practice Consulting), Healing High Conflict Families (Monica Johns, LPC, NCC), Counselling Children and Adolescents (Almira Strange LCP), Professional Counselling (KEW Academy). 

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“Relationships are the agents of change and the most powerful therapy is love”

Dr. B Perry

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Please get in touch…

072 573 8888 or 

sandy@animalplaytherapy.com 

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