NOW OPEN: Animal Assisted Therapy Practice

S.A.B.T.C. has partnered with Anita Schmidt, L.C.S.W. of Anita Schmidt Counseling Services, a masters level clinician who has been an active member of the North Shore community for over 30 years. Together we have created a cutting-edge Animal Assisted Therapy program, through which we pair private individual therapy sessions with the evidence-based practice of working in collaboration with your pet, or a specially assigned animal. Animal-Assisted Therapy gives patients the opportunity to observe processes such as biofeedback, desensitization and counter conditioning, reading and assessing non-verbal body language and more from an external perspective, all while having fun with an animal! This process has proven effective in decreasing stress, improving coping skills, communication, and increasing social skills in patients of all ages. Every session is uniquely tailored to the needs and goals of the individual, if you have a question about how this program might work for you or someone you know, please fill out the contact form below. Our program and scheduling software is HIPAA Compliant, to ensure the utmost discretion.




Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 



Interpersonal/Social Skills 

Self-Improvement/Personal Growth

Conflict Resolution


Improving Communication

Coping Skills

Treatment Approach: 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy


Insurance Accepted:

Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO

United Healthcare PPO



Get Started Today! 


Use the button below to schedule an initial appointment. Our software is HIPAA compliant to ensure that your information is confidential and secure. Animal-Assisted sessions are held at S.A.B.T.C. in Highwood, IL and last approximately 50 minutes in duration. 



Use the form below to contact a program advisor or call 866-936-9571.

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