We Offer

What we offer:

Office Psychotherapy Sessions:
Working with a licensed mental health professional on specific treatment goals to improve overall mental health and well-being.

Referral Resources:
Linking veterans and their families to additional resources such as medical, financial, educational and VA services.

Community Outreach:
Educational outreach to the public to raise awareness about the benefits of using alterative approaches such as equine assisted psychotherapy.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP):
A collaborative approach between a licensed mental health professional and an equine specialist working with clients and horses to address treatment goals. Ground activities with the horses are specifically designed to create metaphoric and experiential learning.

We are often asked, “Why horses?  Why not other animals?”
Horses are large and powerful, which creates a natural opportunity for some to overcome fear and develop confidence.  The size and power of the horse are naturally intimidating to many people.  Accomplishing a task involving the horse, in spite of those fears, creates confidence and provides for wonderful metaphors when dealing with other intimidating and challenging situations in life.

Horses are very much like humans in that they are social animals.  They have defined roles within their herds.  They would rather be with their peers.  They have distinct personalities, attitudes, and moods.  An approach that seems to work with one horse, does not necessarily work with another.  At times, they seem stubborn and defiant.  They like to have fun.  In other words, horses provide vast opportunities for metaphorical learning.  Using metaphors, in discussion or activity, is an effective technique when working with even the most challenging individuals or groups.

Horses require work, whether in caring for them or working with them.  In an era when immediate gratification and the “easy way” are the norm, horses require people to be engaged in physical and mental work to be successful, a valuable characteristic in all aspects of life.

Most importantly, horses have the ability to mirror exactly what human body language is telling them.  Many people will complain, “The horse is stubborn.  The horse doesn’t like me,” etc.  The lesson to be learned is if people change, the horses respond differently.  Horses are honest and non-judgemental, which makes them powerful messengers.