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Fika and Friends

Fika and Friends provide animal assisted therapy in Boston, MA. AAT is an emerging form
of therapeutic intervention in which animals are used as tools for clients to gain
self-understanding and emotional growth. Dog and equine assisted psychotherapy is a type
of therapy, a field of mental health that recognizes the bond between animals and humans
and the potential for emotional healing that can occur when a relationship is formed
between the two species.
Fika and Friends provide motivational, educational and recreational interactions that
enhance people’s quality of life. Literacy programs help children improve their reading skills
by reading. Further, the animal interaction motivates rehabilitation patients to walk again,
teaches children in special-education classrooms important life skills, and facilitates
counseling sessions in mental health centers.
Animal assisted therapy is thought to be an effective short-term therapeutic approach for
both individuals and families, addressing a number of mental health problems, including
behavioral issues, depression and anxiety, low self esteem, eating disorders, ADD/ADHD,
post traumatic stress disorder, and relationship problems. While there is a need for
research to support anecdotal evidence of the effectiveness of animal assisted
37 Mill Road, Ipswich, MA, 01938, USA.
(617) 872-2399

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