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Animal Assisted Therapy

We offer therapy with alpacas and other animals in either in a formal setting or for informal fun focused activity. Sarah is a qualified nurse with over 10 years experience and has undertaken a qualification in animal assisted therapy. Sarah has worked with a wide variety of people including those with depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse and autism.

Services We Offer


Sessions these are open, informal events just about being with the alpacas, taking photographs, painting, reading or just sitting in the field and being aware of their effect in the here and now.

Structured Programs

Designed to run as weekly 1hour sessions for six weeks in which we introduce alpacas with their individual characters and needs. We cover handling techniques and the students learn how to feed and care for them, train, halter and walk the animals.

Be creative with fibre

Sessions can be added to any day or session to harness the individual’s creative talents, introducing a sensory experience with amazingly soft and warm alpaca fibre. Students get to make and take home their own unique creations.

What Is Animal Assisted Therapy?

Animal-assisted therapy improves patients’ mental, physical, social and emotional functioning with the aid of animals. Depending on the needs of the patient, many different animals can be used in therapy, including alpacas, dogs, sheep, rabbits and other animals.

Animal-assisted therapy takes place in a variety of settings, including on site farms, hospitals, nursing homes, prisons and mental health facilities. This form of treatment can take place individually or in groups, and is led by a qualified therapist or professional with specialized expertise.

Much more than simply spending time with an animal, animal-assisted therapy involves specific therapeutic goals, strategies and outcomes are measured. Therapeutic experiences can include walking, petting and caring for an animal, as well as processing the experience of trying to achieve a given task.

Why choose Alpacas?

It is well documented that holding and stroking animals can reduce blood pressure, lower pulse rates and alleviate feelings of tension and anxiety.

Animals offer attention and unconditional acceptance. They are responsive, live in the ‘here and now’ and don’t mind who you are or what you look like.

Alpacas are intelligent and inquisitive but can also be reticent with humans who fail to give adequate consideration to their needs.

They are usually direct and honest and unlike humans they are non-judgemental and don’t confuse through verbal communications. So are ideal for working with people who find themselves confused or threatened by human relations, many clients feel safer and less threatened around animals.

Being with alpacas can encourage our nurturing and empathic traits and, for survivors of abuse, offer an opportunity for ‘safe touch’. Because many children, teens and adults enjoy working with animals, animal-assisted therapy can be particularly beneficial for individuals who are resistant to treatment or have difficulty accessing their emotions or expressing themselves in talk therapy. Benefits of positive interactions between people and alpacas are likely to include:

  • Combating loneliness and encouraging social integration
  • Promoting  a sense of responsibility and empathy with others
  • Encouraging nurturing traits
  • Promoteing self-esteem, independence and self-confidence
  • Animal assisted interventions can act as a catalyst for change and help people through transitional life stages
  • Increased focus and attention
  • Increased self-esteem and ability to care for oneself
  • Reduced anxiety, stress, grief and isolation
  • Reduced blood pressure, depression, and risk of heart attack or stroke
  • Improved willingness to be involved in a therapeutic program or group activity
  • Increased trust, empathy and teamwork
  • Reduced need for medication
  • Improved social skills

Who is animal assisted therapy for and what does it treat?

We offer a range of services to all private individuals, schools, organisations and groups supporting children, young people and adults. People with a variety of conditions can benefit from animal-assisted therapy, including:

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Addiction
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Dementia
  • Developmental disorders
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Emotional and behavioural disorders
  • Chronic pain

NOTE- all under 18 must be accompanied by an adult parent or carer.


Dexter lane

Tel: 01827820810

Mob: 07753 333 784

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Opening Time

Morning Visit
Wednesday - Sunday: Open 11.00 - 12.30
Afternoon Visit
Wednesday - Sunday: Open 13.00 - 12.30

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