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Therapy and the Human-Dog Bond

Animal Assisted Contextual Therapy

Those who are familiar with my writings about contextual therapy, whether in books or blog posts, may be wondering how my more recent writing about the human-dog bond and about pet therapy–and animal assisted therapy– are connected to contextual therapy.

The answer is straight forward, and it takes us back to the core of contextual therapy. Two ideas hold contextual therapy together: its openness to any kind of intervention that is helpful to people; its commitment to being mindful of the effects of what the therapist does on any person who may be touched by the therapy.

The value of a therapeutic relationship with an animal, whether one’s pet or a therapy animal who works with a professional, is apparent. From a more technical contextual perspective, a person’e relationship with a special animal affects all dimensions: facts, psychology, transactions, and fairness.

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