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Healing Through Horses

Self Confidence and Control

Ability to face your fears

Improved Communication

Problem Solving Skills

Empathy

Wild Icelandic Horses
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About Equine Therapy

CMHC's board-certified counselors work with equine specialists and a therapy horse to create a dynamic team to support the short and long term goals of participants who are dealing with emotional, cognitive and physical challenges.

 
Through teamwork and encouragement, participants explore in depth curriculum covering an introduction to anatomy, behavior, movement, and care of their therapy animal. Sessions focus on problem-solving strategies using interactive activities.


Psychotherapy sessions are centered on the theory that horses can offer vital feedback to participants and therapists because of the horse’s extreme sensitivity. Horses use their acute senses developed through years of survival as prey to read a person’s emotional and physical interactions; hence, horses give direct feedback by their own reactions to a participant’s emotions and physiology during a session. As a reactionary creature, horses will directly reflect the anxiety levels experienced by the participant which enables participants to build on problem solving strategies with the assistance of the therapist.


No prior horsemanship or dog experience is required to participate.

 

Good fit for: 

Veterans & First Responders

Children, Adolescents, & Teens

Depression

Mood disorders


Autism spectrum disorder


Trauma-related disorders


Anxiety disorders

 


 

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Get in touch

Interested in equine therapy for yourself or a loved one? Please contact our intake team. Include your name, phone number, insurance, and mention you are interested in the equine program!