Therapy with a Horse!
COVID-19 (Corona virus disease 2019 as designated by the World Health Organization) is a virus known to cause respiratory infections. The most common symptoms are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. COVID-19 is rapidly spreading around the world and has come to Virginia.
In response to the global health crisis we are sharing this information with clients. We are following WHO, CDC, and VDH guidelines.
First, we are no longer seeing clients in person.
Second, we are using precautions ourselves by going out into the community less.
Third, please use precautions yourself. Limit how much you go into the community.
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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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. The horses give real time feedback on emotions and behaviors displayed by the people.
We specialize in using the Eagala model to deliver top notch services to our clients. 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, employment struggles and life transitions. In addition to these stressors, some people struggle with issues from childhood or unhealthy patterns that sabotage their relationships. For many, there are also physical stressors such as chronic pain or a chemical imbalance. 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 the your emotional, physical, spiritual, and life experience is provided in a caring environment.