Animal-Assisted Therapy

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Programs that help emotionally disturbed or isolated individuals by giving them an opportunity to interact with a domestic animal or horse in a variety of manners and settings.

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Statewide Service: Provides online resources, telehealth, or service at a satellite office.
Nationwide Service: Provides online resources, telehealth or services at a regional/national headquarters location.
5870 West 10400 North Ste C
Highland, UT 84003
Phone: 801-756-8900
Address:
5870 West 10400 North Ste C
Highland, UT 84003
Phone: 801-756-8900
Fax: 888-850-4353
Eligibility:

Anyone is eligible, but preference is given to those with special needs. Participant must be at least three years of age and must have a medical release. Doctor's referral is not required.

Services Provided:

Courage Reins offers therapeutic riding, natural horsemanship, occupational therapy, mental/behavioral health therapy, and equine-assisted psychotherapy.

  • Disability Related Sports
  • Equestrian Therapy
Source: United Way 2-1-1
Last Updated: 3/30/2022
1000 Ability Way
Park City, UT 84060
Phone: 435-649-3991
Organization Name: Move United
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Address:
1000 Ability Way
Park City, UT 84060
Phone: 435-649-3991
Fax: 435-658-3992
Email: info@discovernac.org
Wheelchair Access: Complete
Eligibility:

Individuals of all ages with physical, cognitive, or developmental disabilities (friends and family members are also encouraged to participate).

Services Provided: Empowers individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation and educational programs. Offers a wide variety of year-round activities for people of different ability levels, at multiple locations in and around Park City, including alpine and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, swimming, cycling, water skiing, horseback riding, outdoor adventure trips, challenge course activities, leadership development training and more.COVID-19 UPDATE: Following all CDC and state guidelines.

  • Court Ordered Community Service Sites
  • Hippotherapy
  • Health/Disability Related Support Groups
  • Summer Camps
  • Disability Related Sports
  • Equestrian Therapy
Provider Profiles:

Gail Loveland, Executive Director

Source: United Way 2-1-1
Last Updated: 3/30/2022
Statewide Provider
4050 South 2700 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84124
Phone: 801-272-3439
Statewide Provider
Address:
4050 South 2700 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84124
Phone: 801-272-3439
Fax: 801-272-3470
Service Categories:
Email: info@therapyanimals.org
Wheelchair Access: Complete
Eligibility: Call or visit website for full description of eligibility requirements. Animal and owner/handler will be interviewed, assessed, trained, certified, and insured.
Services Provided:

Provides animal-assisted therapy in the areas of physical, occupational, speech, and psychotherapies, as well as special education. 

Source: Medical Home Portal
Last Updated: 8/11/2020
1000 North 1200 West
Ogden, UT 84404
Address:
1000 North 1200 West
Ogden, UT 84404
Service Categories:
Wheelchair Access: Complete
Services Provided:

Provides a recreational equestrian program specifically designed for physically disabled children. Provides balance, coordination, endurance, and improve ambulatory skills to children with cerebral palsy and other physical challenges

Source: Medical Home Portal
Last Updated: 4/22/2022
1218 North 800 West
Saratoga Springs, UT 84045
Phone: 801-836-4325
Organization Name: The Straighter Way Foundation
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Address:
1218 North 800 West
Saratoga Springs, UT 84045
Phone: 801-836-4325
Email: tamtrot@gmail.com
Services Provided: Provides therapeutic horseback riding in Utah for people with disabilities.

  • Equestrian Therapy
  • Disability Related Sports
Source: United Way 2-1-1
Last Updated: 3/23/2022
45 East Vine Street
Murray, UT 84107
Phone: 801-266-4643
Address:
45 East Vine Street
Murray, UT 84107
Phone: 801-266-4643
Fax: 801-266-4775
Email: admin@4healingcenter.org
Eligibility:

Children ages 0-18. Accepts private pay, and several insurance plans including: Aetna, AARP Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, ChampVA, EMI, Health U Medicaid, Humana, Medicare (Part B)/Noridian, Medicaid (Utah State Adult Traditional/Non-Traditional & CHIP), Molina Medicaid and Medicare, Multiplan, Optum, PEHP, SelectHealth, SelectHealth Medicaid, Tricare West, UMR, United Behavioral Health Care, United Healthcare, University of Utah Health Plans, and Vocational Rehab.

Insurance information changes frequently, contact for current information.

Services Provided: Provides trauma-informed therapy is to include the entire family, especially when working with children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional and behavioral issues. Therapists have experience working with individuals of all ages who are diagnosed with physical disabilities, chronic or terminal illnesses and have experienced traumatic life events. Also work with adults and elderly with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, grief, addictions, parenting and family issues or end of life issues.

  • Parenting Skills Classes
  • General Counseling Services
  • Equestrian Therapy
Provider Profiles:

Janelle Nimer, PhD, LCSW

Abigail Anderson, LCSW - provides gender-affirming therapy.

Mariah Peterson, LCSW - provides gender-affirming therapy.

Malisa Lemon, LCSW - provides gender-affirming therapy.

See website or contact for additional provider names and specialties. All providers may not provide all services and ability to accept new patients changes regularly.

Source: United Way 2-1-1
Last Updated: 3/30/2022
2459 West 300 North
Provo, UT 84601
Phone: 801-706-1389
Address:
2459 West 300 North
Provo, UT 84601
Phone: 801-706-1389
Service Categories:
Email: director@utahpetpartners.org
Eligibility:

Serves people of all ages and abilities.

Services Provided:

Provides therapy animal visits and experiences along the Wasatch front area. 

Source: Medical Home Portal
Last Updated: 10/13/2021
1141 East Watkins Lane
Alpine, UT 84004
Phone: 801-709-3339
Address:
1141 East Watkins Lane
Alpine, UT 84004
Phone: 801-709-3339
Service Categories:
Email: info@bridleuphope.org
Eligibility:

Girls 12-21 years old, Women 22 years old and older

Services Provided: Focuses on girls and women over the age of 12 who are working to build hope, confidence and resilience through equestrian training and the 7 habits.

  • Equestrian Therapy
Source: United Way 2-1-1
Last Updated: 5/26/2021
897 South Angel Street
Layton, UT 84041
Phone: 801-663-0418
Address:
897 South Angel Street
Layton, UT 84041
Phone: 801-663-0418
Service Categories:
Email: cathy@arrowheadequinecenter.com
Eligibility:

Individuals 5 years or older who may benefit from equine therapy

Services Provided:

Arrowhead Stables offers riding lessons and equine-assisted therapy to children and adolescents in the Greater Salt Lake region. We provide individual and group sessions for kids struggling with autism-related issues, anxiety, depression, and trauma. This is a perfect opportunity If your child enjoys being around animals, especially horses, or if your child needs help, but doesn't invest in traditional talk therapy. Arrowhead also offers special summer programs!
6-8 years
9-12 years
Teenagers
Adults without kids
Adults & kids together

Provider Profiles:

Cathy Fresh 801 663-0418 for equine therapy.

Source: Help Me Grow Utah via United Way 2-1-1
Last Updated: 4/12/2022
5859 North Cottonwood Canyon Road
Morgan, UT 84050
Phone: 801-836-4325
Organization Name: The Straighter Way Foundation
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Address:
5859 North Cottonwood Canyon Road
Morgan, UT 84050
Phone: 801-836-4325
Email: tamtrot@gmail.com
Eligibility:

Has programs for individuals with disabilities 6 months to over 85 years. Wide range of disabilities are served; from those in wheelchairs to those who are independent.

Services Provided:

Provides therapeutic horseback riding in Utah for people with disabilities.

  • Disability Related Sports
  • Equestrian Therapy
Source: Medical Home Portal
Last Updated: 5/26/2021
2877 Cassell St
West Valley City, UT 84119
Phone: 801-860-3906
Address:
2877 Cassell St
West Valley City, UT 84119
Phone: 801-860-3906
Service Categories:
Services Provided:

The Stable Place is a equine facility that offers services in natural horsemanship, natural care boarding, and nonprofit rehabilitation programs for equines and humans. Call to schedule a visit. 

Source: Medical Home Portal
Last Updated: 1/22/2022
449 East 3900 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84107
Phone: 801-895-2731
Address:
449 East 3900 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84107
Phone: 801-895-2731
Email: tythedogguysaltlakecity@tutanota.com
Services Provided:

Provides service dogs and training for people with PTSD, diabetes, hearing impairments, autism, mobility issues, as well as training for therapy dogs.

Provider Profiles:

Ty Brown, Owner

Source: Medical Home Portal
Last Updated: 3/4/2021
6558 West Candace View Cove
Herriman, UT 84096
Phone: 801-493-9690
Address:
6558 West Candace View Cove
Herriman, UT 84096
Phone: 801-493-9690
Email: bethbrowning@me.com
Eligibility: Children ages 3-21 with speech delays
Services Provided: Provides in-home and in-office comprehensive evaluations and speech therapy services for children with speech delays and disorders.

  • Equestrian Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Special Preschools
Provider Profiles:

Beth Browning, MS CCC-SLP

Source: Help Me Grow Utah via United Way 2-1-1
Last Updated: 10/23/2020
283 West Hilton Drive Ste 4
St. George, UT 84770
Phone: 435-429-1269
Address:
283 West Hilton Drive Ste 4
St. George, UT 84770
Phone: 435-429-1269
Service Categories:
Email: info@stable-environment.com
Eligibility:

No restrictions

Services Provided:

Provides therapy and learning for behavioral health, training and leadership skills

  • Equestrian Therapy
Source: Help Me Grow Utah via United Way 2-1-1
Last Updated: 3/30/2022
18406 West White Quest Drive
Eagle Mountain, UT 84005
Phone: 801-335-4699
Address:
18406 West White Quest Drive
Eagle Mountain, UT 84005
Phone: 801-335-4699
Fax: 801-335-7031
Email: mjuarez@stridespediatrictherapy.com
Wheelchair Access: Wheelchair Accessible
Services Provided:

Strides Pediatric Therapy offers adaptive riding, a horsemanship program adapted for a rider with a disability or challenge. It is a fun and engaging program that has a long list of benefits!

We also offer physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, mental health counseling, and recreational therapy. We have a clinic with traditional gym and treatment rooms and have an equestrian facility onsite to incorporate the use of hippotherapy.

Provider Profiles:

Our adaptive riding instructor is a PATH certified therapeutic riding instructor and a state and nationally licensed recreational therapist.

Source: Utah Suggest Provider Queue
Last Updated: 6/8/2022
37 North Buffalo Ranch Road
Farmington, UT 84025
Phone: 801-893-9971
Address:
37 North Buffalo Ranch Road
Farmington, UT 84025
Phone: 801-893-9971
Eligibility:

Accepts private pay and Aetna.

Insurance information changes frequently, contact for current information.

Services Provided:

Provides outpatient mental health services for individuals, families and groups (children, adolescents, and adults).

Services Include:

  • Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)
  • Art Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Eclectic
  • Equine facilitated therapy and learning
  • Family Systems
  • Intervention
  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
  • Motivational Interviewing

Issues Treated Include:

  • Mood Disorders
  • Self Esteem
  • Coping Skills
  • Anxiety
  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • Substance Use
  • Transgender
  • Women's Issues

Provider Profiles:

Amanda Speer, LCSW

Source: Medical Home Portal
Last Updated: 4/22/2022
8478 South 4770 West
West Jordan, UT 84088
Phone: 801-254-1687
Address:
8478 South 4770 West
West Jordan, UT 84088
Phone: 801-254-1687
Service Categories:
Email: info@headinhome.org
Services Provided:

Provides equine-assisted therapy, free of charge, to veterans, first responders, special needs children and adults that can benefit from the healing power of this technique for treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD) and other traumatic injuries that have damaged their minds and bodies. Volunteers welcome to perform a variety of animal care, human therapy and other duties.

  • Animal Services Volunteer Opportunities
  • Health/Disabilities Related Volunteer Opportunities
  • Equestrian Therapy
Source: United Way 2-1-1
Last Updated: 4/22/2022
Nationwide Provider
20 Deerfield Lane
Storrs, CT 06268
Phone: 860-423-0664
Nationwide Provider
Address:
20 Deerfield Lane
Storrs, CT 06268
Phone: 860-423-0664
Email: pattydobbsgross@gmail.com
Services Provided:

A nonprofit helping children who face social, emotional or educational challenges with the help of animal assisted therapy, school visits and assistance dog placements. Serves children whose challenges range from autism to serious medical conditions to grief over the loss of a parent.

Source: MHP-Nationwide
Last Updated: 8/10/2021
Pet Partners View on Map
Nationwide Provider
875 124th Ave NE Unit 101
Bellevue, WA 98005
Nationwide Provider
Address:
875 124th Ave NE Unit 101
Bellevue, WA 98005
Service Categories:
Services Provided: Specializing in visiting programs with Therapy Animals, Companion Animals and Social/therapy Animals. Educates healthcare and other professionals; Provides gold standard therapy animal curriculum and training; Empowers individuals with disabilities; Advances knowledge about research.
Source: MHP-Nationwide
Last Updated: 1/6/2020
Nationwide Provider
PO Box 219
Jamul, CA 91935
Nationwide Provider
Address:
PO Box 219
Jamul, CA 91935
Toll Free Phone: 800-528-9550
Email: servicedoginfo@yahoo.com
Services Provided:

Prepares and places fully trained dogs with approved disabled recipients.

Types of Assistance Dogs:

  • Autism
  • Hearing
  • Mobility
  • Psychiatric Service
  • Seizure Alert
  • Diabetic Alert
Provider Profiles:

It costs over $38,000 to train and place a Service Dog. Involvement in fundraising is voluntary. No out-of-pocket costs for recipients. 

Source: MHP-Nationwide
Last Updated: 7/27/2021
Nationwide Provider
5394 Marshall Street, Suite 400
Arvada, CO 80002
Phone: 303-839-6782
Nationwide Provider
Address:
5394 Marshall Street, Suite 400
Arvada, CO 80002
Phone: 303-839-6782
Toll Free Phone: 833-234-0555
Fax: 303-839-7336
Email: info@rmchildren.org
Eligibility:

Patients and families 

Services Provided:

Provides direct assistance to pediatric patients and their families. The Mother's Milk Bank collects, processes, and provides donor human milk to babies nationwide. Information on how to receive milk can be found online.
The Stink Bug Project supports families who have a child diagnosed with a serious medical condition.
The Stink Bug Project, in partnership with the prison-trained K-9 Program at Colorado Correctional Industries, matches well-trained, loving companion dogs with families throughout the Rocky Mountain region.

Provider Profiles:

Call Lee Shaughnessy 720.507.0907 to determine if your client qualifies.

Source: Help Me Grow Utah via United Way 2-1-1
Last Updated: 1/31/2022
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Nationwide Provider
P.O. Box 246
Spanish Fork, UT 84660
Phone: 801-754-0400
Nationwide Provider
Address:
P.O. Box 246
Spanish Fork, UT 84660
Phone: 801-754-0400
Fax: 801-754-0401
Service Categories:
Email: EQUINE@EAGALA.ORG
Services Provided:

Provides global standard and certification for equine therapy programs. Involves a team approach that includes a licensed, credentialed Mental Health Professional, a qualified Equine Specialist, and horses working together with the client in an arena at all times.

See website to find a local Eagala Model Program.

Source: Nationwide Suggest Providers Queue
Last Updated: 9/4/2020
Nationwide Provider
2537 Research Blvd. Suite #203
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Phone: 970-818-1322
Nationwide Provider
Address:
2537 Research Blvd. Suite #203
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Phone: 970-818-1322
Fax: 877-700-3498
Service Categories:
Email: info@theahainc.org
Services Provided:

Provides educational resources and continuing education courses for occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology professionals who incorporate equines, equine movement and the equine environment in treatment. 

Source: Nationwide Suggest Providers Queue
Last Updated: 4/22/2022