Equine Assisted Counseling and Personal Development
Equine Assisted Counseling
This form of counseling can be an alternative or supplement to traditional in-office therapy. In this model horses play a vital role in the therapeutic experience. Both the horse and client are free to be themselves and engage with each other through an experiential process and equine activites. Equine Assisted Counseling allows the client to process their feelings, thoughts, patterns and behaviors through observing the horse's natural behavior in a nonjudgemental environment. It is a collaborative effort by a mental health professional, equine specialist and horses to work through and address treatment goals.
If you are a counselor or social worker and interested in refering a client see our Referring LPC's page.
Who can benefit from Equine Assisted Counseling?
Marriages, depression, anxiety, addictions, abuse, human trafficking, issuies of self worth, PTSD, OCD, grief, relationships, life choices and transitions.
Equine Assisted Personal Development
This program assists people of all ages to make better life choices and/or build confidence and self worth. The focus is on learning and improving life skills such as relationship building, parenting, coping, self awareness, leadership, empowerment, prioritizing, communication etc. This can be accomplished in groups or individually. If you are interested in joining one of our groups contact us through our website's Contact page.
Who can benifit from Equine Assisted Learning?
Premarital couples, marital relationships, families, anyone coping with situations such as bullying, divorce, blended families, unemployment, life transitions, etc.
ALL ACTIVITES IN BOTH EQUINE ASSISTED THERAPY AND EQUINE ASSSISTED LEARNING ARE PERFORMED ON THE GROUND AND NO PREVIOUS HORSE EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED.
Kids love Equine Assisted Therapy too!
Kids often have a hard time verbalizing what they are going through either because they are uncomfortable talking to strangers or because they don't know how to put it into words. In Equine Assisted Therapy children can recognize the behaviors of the horses as being similar to their situation.
Here is an example of a recent session:
Client was petting horse 1. As horse 2 approached, horse 1 chased him off. Horse 2 slowly crept back but horse 1 chased him away again. Horse 2 moved towards the hula-hoop in the middle of the arena picked it up and fliped it up and down.
Our client recognized this behavior as siblings in competition for attention from their parents. When they don't get the attention they need they try to distract the parent away from the other sibling by either doing something really good or really bad.
This opened up the door of communication and he could describe his situation through the behaviors of horses.