Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy
Posted by Michele Rosenthal
There are soooo many ways to overcome PTSD. Along your journey you will find yourself looking for different kinds of approaches and treatments depending on where you are in your process. One thing I didn’t have a chance to try but I’ve heard fantastic things about is equine facilitated therapy. I have colleagues who are trauma survivors who were so incredibly helped by this kind of treatment that they went on and got trained to facilitate it themselves! Now, that’s a ringing endorsement
Technically, equine facilitated psychotherapy involves working with horses in both mounted and unmounted exercises. Experienced in the barn setting, the collaboration between you and a horse can provide empowering tools for building self-awareness and self-esteem, boundaries (really necessary in PTSD recovery!), plus a sense of personal responsibility and accountability.
Feeling a little skeptical about how playing with an animal can lead to recovery progress? Check out the areas that clinical evidence supports the effectiveness of this type of treatment:
- Anxiety disorders
- Conduct disorders
- Low self esteem
- Autism Depression
- Memory impairment
- Brain Injury
- Eating disorders
- Learning disorders
- Childhood neglect
- Grief and loss
- Substance abuse
- Childhood abuse
- Attention deficit disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy might be right for you if you feel you could benefit from improving and developing your strengths in :
- self-esteem, self-awareness, social skills, problem-solving skills, self-confidence
- concentration & focus, frustration tolerance, communication skills
- trust & respect, goal-setting skills
- Following directions, improved balance, coordination, flexibility
Want to learn more about all of this?
Today on YOUR LIFE AFTER TRAUMA (2pm EST) Equine Facilitator and owner of Angel Smile Farm, Maurette Hanson, and her client, a former Marine, will share details about this fantastic treatment from both the professional and personal perspectives.
If you’re struggling with the aftermath of childhood sexual abuse, or you know someone who is, join us for this special show today at 2pm EST.
You can call in to win our PROJECT GIVE BACK giveaway by dialing: 877.230.3062.
About Our Sponsor:
Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center
Timberline Knolls, a private residential treatment center for adolescent girls and women (ages 12 – 65+), offers hope, healing and recovery to women seeking treatment for eating disorders, trauma, PTSD, mood disorders, addiction, and co-occurring disorders. Highly trained professionals provide individualized clinical care in a spiritually nurturing, trauma aware treatment environment. Our picturesque 43-acre wooded campus is located in suburban Chicago. For more information on Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, call us at 877.257.9611. We are also onFacebook – Timberline Knolls, LinkedIn – Timberline Knolls, and recently launchedthe Timberline Knolls Treatment Blog.