Therapy with a Horse!

You're probably wondering what it might be like to see a therapist with horses. It is powerful. This experiential approach often gets to the difficulty more quickly than a typical office setting might and allows clients to move around in a natural setting.  The horses give real time feedback on emotions and behaviors displayed by the people.  

We use a variety of techniques. The ARCH model focuses on the emotional safety of the client(s) while helping them to feel seen and heard.  There is a story structure to the sessions which helps clients to make changes in their own stories.  The Eagala model has 4 tenets: 1) All work is done on the ground, there is no riding, 2) This is a team approach: there is an equine specialist and a mental health professional in every session to address both emotional and physical safety, 3) Client centered as we believe that people can find their own solutions in a caring, supportive setting, and 4) Solution focused as we wish to come to resolution.  

Many issues can contribute to challenges with mental health including situational stressors such as academic concerns, loss, relationship conflicts, life transitions, and more. I recognize that everyone's situation is unique and make every effort to understand all aspects of one's life in order to reach an accurate diagnosis and deliver highly personalized treatment that maximizes your chances of success. I am a dedicated professional committed to providing quality mental health services. It is my overall goal to enhance the quality of life for individuals and families. My belief is that all people are valuable and unique & should be treated with dignity and respect. While recognizing the potential for change, an assessment of your emotional, physical, spiritual, and life experience is provided in a caring environment.

In response to the global health crisis we are sharing this information with clients. We are following WHO, CDC, and VDH guidelines.

And finally this is all developing and changing literally by the hour. We must all work together to #flattenthecurve. That means that we slow the spread so that our healthcare system does not become so overwhelmed so quickly that it is unable to treat everyone who needs it at the same time and more people die. Wash your hands and don’t touch your face. Let’s be kind and patient with one another. We will get through this together just like we did the earthquake for those of you who were here when that happened. Please feel free to contact us by telephone or e-mail with any thoughts, suggestions, or questions. Additional resources are below.

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