Whether you or a loved one wouldn’t normally seek out counseling or are already in counseling, equine-assisted psychotherapy is a unique way to overcome a variety of issues including behavioral issues, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and even relationship problems and communication needs.
You will be working with a horse on the ground (no riding), a licensed mental health provider, and an equine specialist to help you reach your treatment goals. You will experience exercises in non-verbal communication, problem-solving, relationships, confidence, and many more.
Because of its intensity and effectiveness, equine-assisted psychotherapy is considered a short-term solution-focused therapy which relies on the client setting his/her goals. It may last up to 10-20 sessions.
If you are currently working with a therapist, please have your therapist contact us directly to partner with us in providing equine-assisted psychotherapy. (308-440-0315)
Our program is based on the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) model. For more information on this model and type of therapy, you can visit www.eagala.org.
If you are a mental health provider and would like to offer equine-assisted psychotherapy sessions, in addition to your office practice, please contact us for more information.
We are currently looking for licensed mental health providers to partner with us.
Before David participated in the HorsePowered Life Skills program, if he was told “no”, he would turn on tears. Now, when he starts to cry (after being told “no”) I ask him what the horses would say. He is able to calm himself down and says “ok” on a more consistent basis.
The horses taught me that I always have to be ready to go to Plan B.
Tara (age 12) started the first day speaking in a very soft, mumbling voice. By the end of the program, Tara was using her firm and clear voice with confidence.
It was truly amazing to see how the program helped my son’s confidence grow and how his attitude of being willing to learn improved. The horses know exactly how to respond to each child.
It was interesting to see how my child would take a directive from a horse and not throw a temper-tantrum.
My son, Corey, (age 7) now proudly boasts that he is now the second-best reader in the class.
My son, Bryson, really struggled in Kindergarten and was falling behind in school after my husband deployed. We discovered this unique program and decided to give it a try even though it meant driving over one hour one way. After the first three days of the summer program, we noticed a positive change in his behavior. We chose to continue with the fall programs. As a result Bryson was less stressed and anxious about school. In fact, he was pretty excited to start 1st grade.
My son and I have been given a tool box full of tools through BraveHearts. We now have vocabulary and references we can use to help remind one another to be focused, check our surroundings, remain calm, use a firm voice…
Gage struggles with math. He participated in the HorsePowered Reading and Math programs and that helped him relax. He learned responsibility. He enjoyed being in charge and getting the horse to do what he wanted. I have seen a lot of the skills that Gage learned through BraveHearts translates into his day to day life. His son takes more responsibility by getting himself ready for school. He doesn’t need prompting and takes the initiative to finish his homework.