Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) involves spending time with animals during a therapy session tailored to suit each individual client needs. These can be physical, emotional, educational and/or psychological; AAT is used to complement the benefits of traditional therapy.

The duration of each AAT session is usually one hour.

There are a wide range of animals used in AAT. At Fossil Creek Farm we use an extensive range of animals which includes horses, donkeys, alpaca, goats, sheep, ducks and many other animals.

Irrespective of the breed or type of animal, they are chosen based on their temperament and reactions to various stimuli.

The Mental Health areas we work in:

  • Low self-esteem – Peer Difficulties – Behavioural Difficulties
  • Sexual Abuse- Depression- PTSD
  • Bereavement/Loss – Isolation – Self-Harm
  • Mental Health Concerns – Anxiety – Suicidal
  • Young carer – Emotional Difficulties – Past trauma
  • School/Work Difficulties – Sleeping Difficulties – Offending/at Risk of offending
  • Domestic Violence
  • We work with Neurodivergent clients


Children up to 18 years

$80Per hour


$100Per hour


$13000Per hour

Tailored Therapy Courses

At Fossil Creek we are able to tailor courses for groups.  These may be school groups, neurodivergent groups, agencies groups or any clients wanting to make social connections in a therapeutic environment.

Examples of these courses are:

  • Mauria te Pono  – Believe in Yourself
  • Introducing Happiness to Anxiety
  • Intensive Intervention
Disclaimer: We are not a registered Health Provider. Our services compliment your professional health providers.