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Wonder Equine Therapy Programs

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)

EAP incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning. It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist, a horse professional, the clients and horses working together to address treatment goals. Through relationship with horses individuals can discover self-awareness and their own relational patterns. The self-awareness discovered allows individuals to create conscious relationships based on self-knowledge, trust, respect and compassion.

Because of the intensity and effectiveness of EAP, it is a different model than long-term Psychotherapy. It is considered a solution focused, short-term or "brief" approach. EAP is experiential in nature. This means that participants learn about themselves and others by engaging in activities with the horses, and then processing and discussing feelings, behaviors, and patterns.

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)

EAL is similar to EAP but the focus is on learning and educational goals. EAL still involves a horse professional working with the clients and horses. The experience of working with horses allows an opportunity to address issues of balance, timing and feel. The goal is learning specific skills as defined by the individual or group such as leadership skills, balance, movement, communication skills, problem solving and self-esteem building.

EAP and EAL address a variety of mental health issues and developmental conditions including but not limited to attention deficit disorder, sensory integration, visual processing, proprioception, post traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, eating disorders, depression and anxiety.

 


Individual and Family Sessions

Private individual, couples, family and group therapy sessions are offered. These sessions are available to address specific treatment issues and goals of the individual, couple, family or group. Call for more information or to schedule appointment

The Wonder of Being 

This group offers individuals an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of intimacy with themselves and others. It will address aspects of what contributes positively to the creation of, and continued care of, a truly intimate partnership. It focuses on trust building, respect, communication skills, closeness, fear of intimacy and boundary setting.

Deepening Your Recovery

This group offers individuals in recovery from addiction and substance abuse an opportunity to enhance and deepen their program of recovery. It is a six-week group and it focuses on issues of intimacy, communication, humility, creativity and meaning, trusting yourself and others, and self-discovery. These changes can be at an emotional, physical, relational or spiritual level and help to further each participant’s commitment to their own individual sobriety.

Trauma and Recovery

This group offers women an opportunity to deepen their understanding about the impact past trauma has had on their relationships and their lives. It is a six-week group to support women in strengthening their interpersonal relationships with themselves and others. This group encourages self-care, self-awareness and empowerment around decision-making in one’s life. Some of the topics addressed include creativity and empowerment, problem solving, co-dependency, trust, boundary setting, communication, positive body image and self-respect.

Movement Therapy

During these sessions individual students practice sensory integration, rhythmic, balance and strengthening exercises, which are fun, challenging and powerful. Whether students struggle with coordination, sensory integration, sensory imbalances, or other physical challenges, this movement program can build confidence and strength.

Educational Support

These individual sessions are geared towards children with auditory and visual processing problems who need movement therapies that strengthen their vestibular/balance system. Children who have difficulties with sitting still, paying attention, and visual processing/visual memory skills, that impact reading, writing, spelling, and mathematics, can benefit from movement therapies that strengthen proprioception.

Woodland Ponies

These individual sessions with 3-6 year old children take part in the woods and on the trail surrounded by nature. For many children this is their first experience touching, riding and caring for a pony. Sitting on a horse without a saddle brings so much to a child: the warmth of the animal, the feel of its muscles moving, learning to balance and coordinate to stay on board, the smells and just interacting with another living, breathing creature is so healing. The small size and gentle nature of our ponies allows the children to have their first experience with horses be positive and memorable.

Young Riders

These individual sessions for 7-11 year olds focus on developing confidence, balance, care and boundaries. The emphasis is on creating a relationship with the horse, developing balance and strength, not on riding skills. Horseback riding can help with fear, shyness, coordination, balance, sensory integration and hyperactivity.

Teen Group

A five-week group, meeting once a week for two-hour sessions of connecting with horses. This group allows for a small group to spend time developing a relationship with horses and each other.

Summer Camps

Separate sessions for teens, preteens and 3-6 year olds. Please call for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Camp 2011

 
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"The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and fire."

- Sharon Ralls Lemon