Horses bring insight. They are naturally intuitive. Horses are "tuned in" to everything around them. This is a characteristic that has helped them survive as prey animals.
Horses read body language, energy levels, anxieties, and intentions. They are constantly giving safe and honest feedback about their interpretation of the environment, other horses, and the people around them. This immediate feedback makes them great teachers in helping us to better understand our behavior patterns, personal approaches to problems, and true personal feelings.
Horses are non judgmental. Horses live in the moment. Horses love wholeheartedly.
Some commonly addressed issues in Equine Assisted Mental Health are: Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem, Additions, Grief, Loss, Boundaries, Relationships, PTSD, Self Awareness, Self Acceptance, Managing Anger, Separation.
Common Questions We Want to Know: What is a "healthy" relationship, family or workplace? How can make my needs understood? How can I find the best balance? Can I solve this conflict? Am I communicating? Who owns this problem? When should I let it go? How can I be more self confident? Am I making good decisions? Why don't things work out like I want? Is it always my fault?
How long am I going to feel this way? Why do I have all these different feelings? How can I nurture myself when I feel like this?
How do horses and therapists work together to help? Horses are very social animals. They live in herds with distinct role and relationships. They have very distinct "horsanilities". They are independent thinkers with moods and feelings, so what works for one horse may not work with another. Many qualities of the horse and herd lend themselves to effective counseling when guided by an licensed social worker or psychologist who has a specialty in Equine Assisted Therapy.
Interacting with horses in non mounted activities and games through the guidance of a licensed professional counselor or social worker, provides meaningful personal insight in an exciting and safe environment.