A Different Approach to Therapy
Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy is a form of experiential therapy that promotes mental health with horses. Ground work activities such as patting and stroking the horse can decrease stress levels, reduce anxiety and create a calming environment. Horses will be an integral part of the therapeutic process during this mental health journey.
All sessions will provide an interactive experience with the horse at RDR in which a licensed mental health therapist working with a credentialed equine professional partner will facilitate the group or individuals in grooming, handling, and other horsemanship activities.
Group: Teen Peer Group to promote social and communication skills. Other skills that will be developed in arrears of problem-solving, teamwork, and leadership. Overall, this will be a great opportunity to gain confidence and promote emotional and cognitive health.
Private: Private sessions are available to children, teens, and adults experiencing anxiety, neurodivergence, depression, and other mental health concerns.
Is equine-assisted therapy a good fit for me or my child?
Have you or your child tried talk or play therapy and felt it was not a good fit?
Perhaps your child prefers to be in nature, outdoors and is more comfortable talking while doing tasks. If your child has trouble communicating or is non-verbal but you still want to find a way to help your child.
Or perhaps the idea of talk therapy is overwhelming and you aren’t quite ready for it.
There is also the element of experiential therapy during equine assisted psychotherapy where the experience and relationship with the horse provides helpful information and treatment rather than simply discussing issues. Horses are herd animals and can sense feelings in humans.
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