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Animal Assisted Therapy; a Practitioner’s Approach | Deepika Bhandari

Ms Deepika Bhandari joins MHT Conversation and shares her expertise on Animal Assisted Therapy; the theory, it’s applications, techniques and also limitations. Watch this short clip from the MHT Conversation to know about some of the many benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy.

Animal Assisted Therapy; a Practitioner’s Approach | Deepika Bhandari | MHT Bytes

Animal Assisted Therapy, also known as AAT, is used for a variety of purposes. In this MHT Conversation, the speaker Ms. Deepika Bhandari, shares the many benefits of animal assisted therapy in mental health illnesses such as depression, anxiety, addiction, ADHD and even Autism. Moreover, research has also proven that animal assisted therapy leads to positive results in overall emotional wellbeing, health conditions and also behavioural issues. 

About Ms. Deepika Bhandari

Ms. Deepika Bhandari is a psychologist based out of Mumbai. She is currently working with Animal Angels Foundation, Mumbai and received training in Animal Assisted Therapy from the same. Ms. Bhandari specialises in Animal Assisted Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt Therapy, REBT, CBT. As a psychologist, Ms. Deepika Bhandari provides evidence-based treatment, with an approach to therapy that is decided and based on the unique characteristics of the client.

Watch the full Conversation: Animal Assisted Therapy; a Practitioner’s Approach | Deepika Bhandari | MHT Conversation

Animal Assisted Therapy; a Practitioner’s Approach | Deepika Bhandari | MHT Conversation

As a resource for getting an in-depth theoretical knowledge, Ms. Deepika Bhandari recommends Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling by Ms. Cynthia Chandler. This book can be helpful for all future and existing psychologists. To know more about this book,click here – Animal-Assisted Therapy in Counseling

About MHT Conversation

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