Through our counseling and training programs, Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado provides and promotes animal assisted psychotherapy with rescued animals to facilitate healing for all people in need. Our motto is "Rescued Animals Rescuing People".
Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado (AATPC) is a unique nonprofit mental health center founded in 2010 by Linda Chassman Craddock and Ellen Kinney Winston. AATPC provides mental health counseling with the inclusion of animals to capitalize on the healing power and impact of the human-animal bond in a positive, motivating, and non-traditional setting. After just a year of business, AATPC moved from a downtown office space to a one-acre Ranch in Lakewood with space to rescue three horses, two goats, two rabbits, two rats, four cats, and numerous dogs. In 2013, AATPC became a non-profit 501(c)3 so that we could raise funds to provide counseling to low-income individuals and families, because therapy is often inaccessible and economically unfeasible to disadvantaged groups. In 2018 AATPC moved to its new 3-acre ranch in Arvada, CO, allowing for the rescue of more animals, and to help more clients.
AATPC combines research-based psychotherapy with the healing power of the human-animal bond. AATPC's mission is to make the benefits of animal assisted psychotherapy accessible to people of all ages, income levels, insurance statuses, and life circumstances. Research has shown that animals have positive psychological and physiological effects on clients, such as lowering heart rate and blood pressure, and allowing clients to feel calmer, safer, and less anxious. Animals help clients develop empathy, practice appropriate displays of affection, and increase participation in therapy. Working with animals can also decrease aggressive behaviors while improving self-esteem, cooperation, emotional regulation, and behavioral control.
We Need Your Support!
AATPC's specialty is providing animal assisted psychotherapy (AAP) to under-served and disenfranchised clients with complex mental health issues. Clients or families with annual incomes less than $40,000 qualify for Mazey's Dream Low-Fee Program and pay as low as $15 per session. 64% of AATPC's clients are low-income or uninsured and receive some form of subsidized counseling services. Mazey's Dream Low Fee Program is funded completely through donations.
Annually, we need to raise critically needed funds for Mazey's Dream Low Fee Program. With your support, $10,000 will help 100 patients with their initial visit for mental health services at AATPC. Although every client's needs are different; on average each client needs approximately 20 visits; $10,000 will help 5 clients with their mental health treatment program at AATPC. Mazey's Dream is an indispensable program at AATPC because it provides mental health services to our community members that otherwise could not afford this critical care.
Caring for animals is costly, especially for a non-profit, that's why we need your help! In 2017 it cost AATPC $38,000 annually to provide food, shelter and medical care to our therapy animals and since our move we have rescued 6 new large animals. In order for AATPC to continue to rescue animals to provide animal assisted therapy, we rely on donations for their care.
The average, annual cost to care for our animals: Horses $12,000; Donkeys $7,200; Goats $4,800; Cats $6,000; Rabbits $1,800; Chickens $3,600; Rats $1,200; Guinea Pigs $2,400. Be sure to check out our Program Page! You can easily set up a recurring gift or a one-time donation to support our rescue animals directly through our Colorado Gives page!
At AATPC Rescued Animals Rescue People. Together we can continue our life saving work and make a real difference in the lives of our community members.
Thank you for your generous support of Animal Assisted Therapy Program of Colorado!
I support AATPC because of their purpose to help people deal with their issues. In the process, they adopt helpless animals, and these animals also assist in helping the people. It's a win win situation for all, making it a great Colorado organization to receive my support.
For several years, we have sought out therapy. This is the first place my son has felt comfortable with both the environment and the therapist to be willing to engage. Although progress is slow, this is the best therapeutic result we have ever seen. The approach of the therapist and the open ended questions has been great. I do not know what therapy options we would have left if it wasnt for this program. The animals give my son a positive sense of distraction that calms his fears about opening up.
I donated to AATPC because it is a great organization that loves animals and does what it can to take care of them and make them safe.
Wonderful atmosphere. My daughter would always get excited to go to therapy to work with the animals. Her therapist and the animals both helped her to overcome a great deal of her struggles and we are very grateful.
Thank you for helping us. I truly don't believe he would've opening up in traditional therapy.
My child had been having behavioral and social problems with children at school this past academic year and I was lost on what to do. We had previously tried another Denver counselor, but I did not see any improvement in my child's behavior. As I researched on the internet, I came across Animal Assisted Therapy Program of Colorado and knew that my child loved animals. We began working with Ellen Kinney and her dog Sasha for 7 months now. I began observing how my child calms down when an animal is present; so I bought a pug for my child. In March, my child started attending a group therapy session offered through Animal Assisted Therapy Program of Colorado that involved other kids with social and behavioral needs and slowly but surely, I saw my child improve in behavior both at school and at home. I HIGHLY recommend Animal Assisted Therapy Program of Colorado!