Skip to main content
This product may have additional discounts available which will be visible once you checkout.
Audio Stream

BT12 Short Course 37 – The Power of Animal Metaphors and Animal-Assisted Therapy in Brief Psychotherapy – Dale Klein-Kennedy, MA, and Karen Wall, MA

Average Rating:
Not yet rated
Topic Areas:
Animal Assisted Therapy |  Psychotherapy |  Short Courses |  Metaphors |  Brief Therapy
Brief Therapy Conference |  Brief Therapy Conference 2012
Dale Klein-Kennedy, LPCC |  Karen Wall
Audio Only
Original Program Date:
Dec 09, 2012
Never expires.



Animal metaphors are used as a part of our everyday vocabulary describing relationships, personal characteristics, etc. Metaphor in the presence of the work with the animal takes on a new and deeper meaning. This presentation will demonstrate the powerful use of animals and animal metaphors in brief psychotherapy. Through examples and discussion of the work, attendees will develop an understanding of ATT (animal-assisted therapy) and will participate in a live demonstration of AAT.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Identify at least two appropriate uses of animal metaphors in therapy.
  2. Define “animal metaphor” as it applies to psychotherapy.
  3. List three reasons why the use of animals can shorten the number of sessions needed to achieve a positive therapeutic outcome.

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



Dale Klein-Kennedy, LPCC's Profile

Dale Klein-Kennedy, LPCC Related Seminars and Products

Certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA). Dale Klein-Kennedy has been using Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) since 2002. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and Licensed Professional Art Therapist (LPAT). Counseling since 1975, she offers many different approaches to counseling children, adults, couples, and families.

EAP(Equine Assisted Psychotherapy) is a powerful, experiential therapy utilizing horses in the healing of emotional wounds and to facilitate personal growth and learning. EAP provides tools and skills to foster resiliency of people of all ages. The work consists of a partnership between the client, horse, therapist and Equine Specialist. Clients participate with the horses on the ground. The focus is on the relationship between the client, and the horse. Horses are powerful, dynamic, spiritual beings who have survived by their instincts. They live in the moment and offer many lessons and metaphors for our own growth. Horses offer unconditional love, something that humans crave and by offering that, the animal can unlock a client’s defenses and help gain their trust where a human counselor might not be able to accomplish this. EAP addresses a variety of mental/emotional health needs including Domestic Abuse, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Depression, Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Relationship Problems and Communication needs.