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Dr. Elana Rimler
Dix Hills & Melville, NY
Tel: (917)833-5069

Animal Assisted Therapy

Animal Assisted therapy is a complementary type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. This practice uses canine-assisted therapy only when requested and when it is appropriate to meet the patient’s therapeutic goals. The goal of AAT is to improve a patient’s social, emotional, or cognitive functioning and literature reviews state that animals can be useful for educational and motivational effectiveness for participants. There are various studies documenting the positive effects of AAT reported through subjective self-rating scales and objective physiological measures, such as blood pressure, hormone levels, etc. The practice’s dogs can be used for just a few moments of a session, at the end of the session as a reward for working on challenging issues, or for the entire session to help manage symptoms. Only one dog would be present at any session and would only come to session after assessment of needs and safety planning. Animal assisted therapy could be used to facilitate socialization, help practice effective communication skills, to practice mindfulness and grounding techniques, exposure when a phobia is present and to provide support and comfort.

Staff Members

Fiona-therapy dog


Fiona is a border collie/retriever mix and is 3 years old. She was adopted locally from a rescue. She has an abundance of love to give. She can be jumpy so is better with teens and adults. I love to have her join sessions with people who are sharing traumatic experiences or feeling depressed, as they often struggle with dissociation or disconnection from the present moment. Having Fiona play and kiss (Yes she will kiss you. A lot.) will help you practice staying in the moment. 


Jax is a hound/pointer/lab mix and is 3 years old. He was rescued locally.  He is shy, but very smart. His face is so adorable that he has been nicknamed “baby.” He is great with people who struggle to connect, as he is very gentle and somewhat timid.

Jax-therapy dog
Allergy Alert

*Every person responds differently to animals and it is imperative that you have clearance from a physician prior to starting any animal interaction. 

**We do our best to sanitize the office after every animal assisted interaction. Please notify the practice if you have any allergies.