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I believe that all of us have the inner resources to heal, if we can unearth them. My therapeutic process begins with fostering a safe and trusting relationship. Once this is in place we collaborate on what changes you want to make in your life, whether that be building new relationships, leaving others behind, working through trauma, or taking steps in an entirely new direction. There are many tools in the toolbox that can help. Depending on what works for you they can include: mindfulness, expressive art. a walk in the woods or a trip to the barn to work with the horses. Through this journey I am privileged to be your guide, collaborator and witness.
I do Equine Assisted Therapy, meaning we use horses to help people heal. Horses are excellent co-therapists because they have the same mirror neurons in their brains as we do, which help them reflect the emotions we bring with us into the arena. We do all "ground" work, meaning we never get on the horses. You will be working with horses to help you solve whatever issue it is you choose to work on. Please check out my website under "counseling" to get more of what we offer to clients.
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) are therapy sessions for personal growth and treatment for those with mental disorders.
Sessions are available to adults and adolescents and can be in an individual or group therapy setting. The Therapy Team consists of a Mental Health Therapist (certified with EAGALA- Equine Assisted Growth And Learning Association), the Equine Specialist (certified with PATH), and at least one horse. Clients interact with the horses in order to promote growth and learning. Often a session begins with greeting and spending time with the horse. This may include grooming or walking with the horse. The therapist usually gives the client(s) a task to work on. This may include building obstacles or paths to represent things in their lives. It might involve moving a horse to a particular area. Clients are encouraged to observe and think about what the horses do and how they react. The therapist assists clients to draw parallels between their own lives and what happens in session.
EFP is considered an experiential therapy. What this means is that the clients are able to learn, grow, and heal by considering their entire experience in the arena. The therapist assists the clients to process their experiences such that they can transfer their new learning to their day to day life. Research shows that spending time with animals and being in natural settings is beneficial to our health. EFP is a holistic approach that creates rich memories that stick with clients for long periods of time. We offer group therapy once a month to veterans. Interested veterans and/or their families may also participate in individual therapy, a teen therapy group, or a women’s trauma recovery group.