EQUINE-ASSISTED THERAPY FOR PEOPLE
What is Equine-Assisted Therapy?
The horse is a natural grounding entity. When one learns to be mindful in the presence of the horse, the horse provides instant feedback to the people around them. Horses have the ability to help regulate the troubling emotions that have become a problem for the people experiencing them.
How does it work?
Equine Assisted Therapy involves a client, a facilitator, and one or more horses in an arena type setting. The facilitator offers suggestions to the client in regards to communicating with the horse. Once the horse has “hooked on” to the client, the facilitator steps away and allows the horse to continue the session.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.
For more information and to read articles on EMDR Therapy, please see the Useful Related Links and Videos section below.
Equine-Assisted Therapy, 2018 Greg Kersten’s OK Corral Series
EMDR Therapy, 2018 EMDRIA
Bachelor’s of Science Psychology, 2015 Grand Canyon University
Master’s Of Science Professional Counseling, 2019 Grand Canyon University
Member of American Counseling Association, 2018
Useful Related Links and Videos
ADDITIONAL TREATMENT METHODS
Masterson Method Integrated Bodywork, Microcurrent, Kinesiology Tape and more.
Training generally lasts 6 hours minimum, and includes a comprehensive manual.
The cost is $200 a person for a group of 3 or more, or $300 for a private session.
The Fabulous Five
These clinics teach 5 of the easiest to learn and most effective bodywork techniques that I have come across in my almost 20 years as a professional equine therapist. These techniques are those that have been used and taught by Jack Meagher, Bambi More, Jim Masterson, and other leaders in the equine therapy world.
Technique for Equine Connection
This clinic focuses more on freeing the emotional “restrictions” of the horse. This clinic is often utilized by professional counselors who provide Equine Psychotherapy to their human clients. I’ve always believed in the healing powers that we are given from the horse, and when we learn how to heal the healer, the emotional healing for both entities is profound.