Psy Plus is a clinic of standard psychotherapy and animal-assisted therapy, aimed at children and adults, which recently opened in Cluj-Napoca.
Why does animal therapy help?
The presence of a quadruped induces a state of calm, and the moment we reach it in our body, more oxytocin and serotonin, hormones of happiness, are secreted. It also lowers the level of cortisol, a stress hormone.
Such therapy can be beneficial to anyone and anytime, but most of all, such therapies are beneficial for those suffering from emotional disorders, such as depression, the most widespread nowadays, panic attacks, anxiety, but also for people who suffer from various disabilities, such as autism.
For example, in the event of a panic attack, the quadruped helps you focus all your attention on him and not on the negative thoughts that provoke him. These sessions help you distract yourself, learn to invest in your emotional development or increase the quality of life. At the same time, the animal also benefits, being more relaxed and happy when it receives attention and affection.
Special dogs trained
The quadrupeds present at the clinic went through a special training program for therapy dogs, being desensitized to certain tactile, olfactory, auditory stimuli. This training is necessary if working with a child. He can touch it in places where other dogs might have become aggressive. The dogs are trained and in the case of loud noises, it will not scare or react in an unwanted way.
Attending the therapy sessions will also be a canine conductor, to make sure everything goes as it should, but also to realize when the animal is tired and needs a break. If there are people who do not want a therapy to interact with patients, the Psy Plus Clinic also offers the possibility of a traditional therapy.
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