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AATPC’s mission is to make the benefits of animal-assisted psychotherapy accessible to people of all ages, income levels, insurance statuses and life circumstances.
AATPC provides counseling and psychotherapy to clients of all ages with the assistance of our therapy animals. Linda Chassman and Ellen Winston founded AATPC in 2010 based on their belief in the powerful effect animals have in healing and facilitating change. Counseling is provided at one of our centers in Lakewood and Boulder, CO. Barking CAAT Ranch is our small ranch in Lakewood where clients work with a range of animals including dogs, cats, horses, goats, rabbits and rats, all as partners in their therapy.
AATPC became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2013 because we found that more than half of our clients were low-income, on Medicaid, Medicare, or CHP+, or were veterans. We wanted to be able to make the benefits of animal-assisted therapy available to everyone who contacted us, regardless of their ability to pay. The program is specifically geared to serve economically, physically, and/or mentally disadvantaged individuals and families. AATPC offers Denver-metro area clients and their families the opportunity to improve their psychological and mental health through strategic therapy sessions with a trained Animal Assisted Therapy Counseling therapist or intern.
As a pioneer in the development of Animal Assisted Therapy as an integral part of counseling and psychotherapy, we provide a range of other services for mental health professionals, including in-person trainings, an online Certificate in Animal Assisted Psychotherapy, agency consultation and training, and group or individual consultation.