In-Person & Telehealth Options Available
Low-fee option for qualified individuals
Animal Assisted Psychotherapy (AAP) is the integration of an animal as an adjunct to traditional counseling or psychotherapy. The animal works with the therapist within a specified treatment plan and interventions are designed with the specific client and specific animal in mind to achieve a particular therapeutic goal. Historically, Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) has been used primarily in institutional, school or residential settings with volunteer handlers and their animals. However, it is becoming more common for therapists and counselors to specifically train and include their own pets with clients directly without the use of the intermediary volunteer handler. We choose to use the term Animal Assisted Psychotherapy (AAP) to differentiate the work of mental health clinicians working with animals from that of volunteer teams. True AAP requires that the animal and handler be trained, that the professional is working within their scope of practice and experience, and that the interventions are goal-directed.
Organizations contract with AATPC for on-site group therapy.
Free virtual groups meet weekly.
Our Nurse Practitioner is currently taking new clients for medication management.
Provide animal assisted psychotherapy with rescued animals to facilitate healing for all people in need regardless of insurance or income.
AATPC's mission is to provide our services to all who need them regardless of income or insurance statuses. Our Co-Founder's cat Mazey offered the inspiration for Mazey's dream and we are proud to be able to provide our services at a very low fee for members of our community who demonstrate financial need. We charge a small, income-based fee to all recipients of Mazey's Dream as we believe this ensures the level of motivation and commitment needed for successful treatment.
There are several requirements as part of this program. Before applying we request that you read the following important information:
Your counseling will be provided by a Master’s level unlicensed intern under the supervision of a highly experienced licensed counselor or therapist. As part of their training experience, your counselor is required to audio and/or videotape your sessions, which may then be viewed as part of their and other counselors’ learning experience. Your information, including content of sessions, will therefore be shared with the intern’s supervisor and possibly other counseling students. We take your confidentiality very seriously, all efforts to maintain your privacy will be taken.
The value of your counseling is between $80 to $140 per session, depending on your counselor’s level of training and experience.
In most cases, it is recommended that counseling continue on a regular weekly basis. Exceptions may be discussed with your counselor.
Payment is expected at the beginning of each session. Counselors cannot carry a balance owed or take post-dated checks.
For payments of $50 or more AATPC can accept payment by credit card. Otherwise we accept cash or check. Checks should be payable to: AATPC.
We charge $25 for all returned checks, and all counseling sessions will cease until payment is collected in full.
This program does not offer a discount for pre-payment of multiple sessions.
We do not accept insurance. If you would like to use your insurance, we will negotiate a fee with you. Upon request, we can provide you with a monthly super bill for you to send to your insurance to request reimbursement.
There is often a waiting list for these services, and we ask that you be respectful of your counselor’s time by attending all scheduled appointments. After two no shows or three late cancellations (less than 24-hour notice), we will presume that you are no longer interested in receiving these services and terminate your case. We can provide you with a list of referrals if necessary.
You are paying for your counselor’s time and expertise. You must give 24-hours notice when cancelling your appointment or you will be automatically charged for the session.
AATPC requires a current credit card or debit card number on file and will be automatically billed $75 for all appointments that you do not show or cancel with at least 24 hours notice.