Hands-on Healing

Improving mental and behavioral health through animal-guided programs and mentorship with special attention to youth and veterans in Northwest Washington.

What We Do

Since 1999, Animals as Natural Therapy (ANT) has offered animal-guided mental & behavioral health programs for youth, veterans, families, & elders. Our work is based on the knowledge that animals can teach important life skills such as respect for self & others, healthy boundaries, self-management, empathy, and clear communication.
Our Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) programs utilize techniques from PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) and EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth & Learning) models, while our Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) program integrates clinical mental health treatment with horsemanship to uniquely address a variety of participant needs, including anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, and PTSD.
Animals as Natural Therapy is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit and our programs are funded by donations. You can support this work by making a gift today!
Animals as Natural Therapy is a PATH International Premier Accredited Center, ensuring adherence to the highest industry standards for equine-assisted services and therapies. Participants and their families can be sure that ANT prioritizes the safety of participants, volunteers and equines, and provides quality equine-assisted activities and therapies.

Thank you to our 2024 Community Partners!