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Animal Therapy Benefits Struggling Teen Girls  

Animal Therapy at New Lifehouse Academy Benefits Struggling Teen Girls  

Parents looking for effective therapy methods to help a struggling teen girl can learn about Animal Therapy at our therapeutic boarding school in Oklahoma.   

New Lifehouse Academy, a boarding school for Christian teen girls, understands that parents want to send their daughter to a safe, monitored environment where their child receives personal care and individual therapies that help heal disorders–whether brought on by trauma, adoption or family genetics issues.   

And while your teen enrolls in our therapeutic boarding school for counseling, treatment, and improving academic/life skills, New Lifehouse Academy also helps troubled girls improve mental and physical health through Animal Therapy, led by licensed therapists. Animal-Assisted Therapy is a therapeutic intervention that incorporates animals, such as horses, dogs, cats, pigs, and birds, into the treatment plan.

It has been shown that interacting with a pet animal can aid in various mental and physical issues such as insomnia and anxiety disorder. Some of the many benefits of animal-assisted therapy include the reduction of stress, alleviation of pain, reduced blood pressure, and an overall improved mental state.  Additionally, therapy with pets helps with improving joint movement and motor skills, developing social skills, increasing motivation for exercise, decreasing isolation and loneliness, and helping kids develop nurturing and empathic skills. One of the biggest benefits of pet therapy is the reduction of stress and anxiety levels. When interacting with a friendly animal, the human brain releases “feel-good” chemicals called endorphins that make the patient feel relaxed and more at peace. 

Animal Therapy at New Lifehouse Academy therapeutic boarding school Improves Effects of Individual Therapy.

Animal Assisted Therapy is used to enhance and complement the benefits of traditional therapy at New Lifehouse Academy. When a teen girl struggles with trauma-induced disorders, i.e. anxiety, depression, lack of social interaction, Animal Therapy can help him or her:

  • improve socialization and communication
  • reduce isolation, boredom, and loneliness
  • brighten effect and mood, lessen depression, and/ or provide pleasure and affection
  • improve memory and recall
  • address grieving and loss issues
  • improve self-esteem, be presented with opportunities to succeed and feel important, and improve feelings of self-worth
  • improve reality
  • improve cooperation and problem-solving ability
  • improve concentration and attention, and increase engagement
  • decrease manipulative behaviors
  • improve the expression of feelings
  • reduce general anxiety
  • reduce abusive behavior
  • improve an ability to trust

Equine therapy, also known as Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT), is a treatment that includes equine activities and/or an equine environment to promote physical, occupational, and emotional growth in persons suffering from ADD, Anxiety, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Dementia, Depression, Developmental Delay, Genetic Syndromes (such as Down Syndrome), traumatic brain injuries, behavioral issues, abuse issues, and many other mental health problems. Equine Therapy can help the individual build confidence, self-efficiency, communication, trust, perspective, social skills, impulse control, and learn boundaries. Since the horses have similar behaviors with humans, such as social and responsive behaviors, it is easy for the patients to create a connection with the horse.

The two main reasons why horses make for perfect therapeutic animals are due to their ability to be completely unbiased and mirroring. Pet therapy research suggests that equine therapy is extremely effective in treating patients with a wide array of disorders as horses have the ability to be non-judgmental and patient.

Furthermore, horses are sensitive and observant creatures that provide the patient with quick feedback, helping the patient be more aware of themselves. That’s why New Lifehouse Academy boarding school for troubled girls offers Animal Therapy in addition to Individual and Group therapy. We want each student to experience effective counseling as well as improve daily life at school, and back home with family.


If you want to learn more about how Animal Therapy helps troubled teen girls open up and heal at New Lifehouse Academy therapeutic boarding school, please call (918) 435-8206 now.

We can also help you in your search for private boarding schools, troubled youth schools, ranch schools or best boarding schools. NLA is a Christian therapeutic boarding school for troubled teenage girls offering teen counseling for girls with adoption issues (reactive attachment disorders), self-harm (self-mutilation) or cutting, or eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, anorexia nervosa). Other behavioral issues and disorders we deal with include: defiance, depression, post traumatic stress, abuse, and general anxiety. If you have an out of control girl, please think about New Lifehouse Acadedmy, a school for troubled girls that offers teen counseling and teen counselors for troubled girls. We offer counseling for troubled teens and out of control teens and especially work with RAD girls and adopted girls with emotional disorders. If you are searching for residential treatment centers for girls, troubled youth homes, troubled teen schools or troubled teen boarding schools, you have found one. Homes for troubled teens and boarding schools for teens don't typically offer teen counseling and therapy, but we do. A top therapeutic school, NLA may also be referred to as a "school for troubled teens". Troubled teen schools and residential treatment programs for teens are often quite costly, but this one of few residential treatment centers and residential schools for teens that is affordable. NLA is an all-girl school that provides troubled pre-teen and teenage girls with counseling and adolescent therapy. It is more relational and helpful long-term than boot camps and military schools. The Christian therapeutic residential school and home for troubled girls serves at-risk teen girls from homes in the Midwest, including Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa, Texas, Arkansas and Illinois. Let us know if you need help with boys homes, teenage boarding schools, therapeutic ranch or troubled teen programs.

Animal Therapy Benefits Struggling Teen Girls  

Animal Therapy is a therapeutic method that incorporates the care of animals at New Lifehouse Academy boarding school for at-risk teen girls.

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