Animal Therapy for Struggling Kids

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Published Aug 16, 2022, 2:00 PM

There’s nothing more concerning than when our kids go through troubled times, be it anxiety, depression, friendship fires, home life struggles or ill health. But could one remedy for this be right under our nose… the family pet? Or even a trip to a local farm for some equine assisted therapy. Host Amelia Phillips and therapist Lara Cook discuss how animal assisted therapy can be a powerful tool for children and the best ways to use the therapy with the family pet or in a specialised farm.

About the guest:

​Lara holds a Qualifications in Counselling, Community Services Work, Early childhood education, and Dog Psychology and obedience. Lara has worked in child protection fields, specialising in Out of Home care programs; crisis care, early intervention, and case management for at-risk homeless youth.

Through Equine and Canine Assisted Therapy, Lara provides support to a wide variety of individuals with a broad range of challenges.

Animal Therapies Ltd | Animal-Assisted Services for Those in Need:


Blue Mountains Animal Assisted Therapy: 

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About the host:

Amelia Phillips is an exercise, nutrition, parenting and business expert with a career spanning 26 years in health. She's a registered exercise scientist, nutritionist and researcher (with a masters of human nutrition). She is the co-founder of health tech company 12WBT which grew from start-up to 56 staff. After a successful exit, she now consults to health companies, presents and appears in the media. Amelia had four kids in five years and is dedicated to empowering women to build a life after kids on the foundation of health (mental and physical), love and purpose. 

If you have a question for Amelia, reach out via Insta @_amelia_phillips, email or text an audio question to: 0417458772

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Host: Amelia Phillips                                                                                                        Guest: Lara Cook
Audio Producer: Darren Roth
Music: Matt Nicholich                                                                                                      Production Partner: Nova Entertainment Pty Ltd

Healthy Her acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. 
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