Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado
1255 Lee Street
Lakewood, CO 80215
Dr. Linda Chassman, PhD., LMFT, CAAP
Marriage and Family Therapist
||MFT-835 (CO); MFC22808 (CA)
Animal Assisted Therapy
With our Ranch in Lakewood and Office in Boulder, CO AATPC is one of the first counseling centers in the nation that specializes in providing counseling to people of all ages with the assistance of animals. We provide counseling in a non-traditional setting - our 100 year old house and ranch offer a welcome retreat to work on whatever issues you face. Each therapist works with a trained therapy dog, as well as our goats and horses, cats, rats and rabbit. Sessions may take place in one of our offices, our beautiful gazebo, the horse arena, or taking a walk in our quiet neighborhood. All our therapists are highly experienced, as well as trained in the specialty of Animal Assisted Psychotherapy. You'll do more than pet a dog during your session. The animals are integrated into your treatment whenever possible, which can make therapy more interesting and engaging and progress faster.
We started this Center because we believe in the powerful effect animals have in healing and facilitating change. Therapists are all highly trained and many are licensed in the fields of psychology, counseling and social work. Each therapist has a unique working relationship with their animal, based on trust, respect and compassion. Therapists are brought in to complement each other with different training and specialties to meet a wide variety of client needs, including integration of different types of animals. At our Counseling Center we have dogs, cats, horses and baby goats available to clients of all ages.
As the first counseling agency in nation to provide animal assisted psychotherapy as its focus, the Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado provides a unique array of community-based counseling and psychotherapy services for clients of all ages and with a variety of mental health-related concerns. Based on research-supported techniques of animal assisted therapy, all of our professional therapists work with a trained animal partner to accomplish therapeutic goals in a cost-effective and timely manner.
Our counseling center is private, comfortable and warm. Clients and their families have access to a range of animals during their visit and we make every attempt to help our clients feel at home.
|Practice Specialties or Interests:
in bold text)
Adult Children of Alcoholics
Chronic Physical Illness
Dually Diagnosed Individuals
Impulse Control Disorders
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Animal Assisted Psychotherapy
Christian Counseling available
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Animal Assisted Psychotherapy
|Additional Demographic Expertise:
People with Disabilities
|American Counseling Association|
|Colorado Counseling Association|
|American Association of Marriage Family Therapists|
|California Association of Marriage Family Therapists|
||AATPC’s goal is to provide a cost-effective resource to the community while at the same time providing the highest quality counseling and therapy services to our clients. Our professional counselors and therapists fees range, based on their level of experience and expertise. We are able to offer Scholarships to low-income clients; fees are on a Sliding Fee Schedule, based on income. We offer discounts to Veterans, and clients with government assisted healthcare. Fees are Never a barrier to receiving counseling. Please Call.
Scholarship Program Available
|Insurance and Billing Instructions:
||If you have insurance we will help you to complete any necessary forms so that you may submit them for reimbursement. Through our Affordable Counseling Program our fees can often be as low as a client's insurance deductible. While we do not bill insurance directly, for clients who are Veterans or Active Duty Military or their families, or have Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP+, or other government issued medical insurance we offer fees based on a sliding schedule. .
||Monday - Saturday
Off of Kipling & 13th Avenue
||AATPC is a private, non-profit. Our primary goal is to provide clients in our community a counseling service that is available to everyone. Financial considerations are never a barrier to receive treatment. We also have a Boulder office for those in that area.
We also provide Filial Pet Therapy - a new approach that teaches clients how their family pets can provide therapeutic support at home.