What We Do
We serve others through Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)
EAP incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning. It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and an equine specialist working with clients and horses to address treatment goals.
EAP is experiential in nature. This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors, and patterns. This approach has been compared to the ropes courses used by therapists, treatment facilities, and human development courses around the world. But EAP has the added advantage or utilizing horses, dynamic and powerful living beings.
EAP is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families, and groups. EAP addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including behavioral issues, ADD, PTSD, substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication needs.
Learning and Growing Opportunities
Marriage Classes - Marriages are a journey and often face various seasons. HHR offers many services to assist couples at whatever stage they might find themselves. These services include pre-marital, enrichment retreats to strengthen marriages, regular weekly sessions or intensives that can be two to six hours a day. Our goal is to come along side couples and help them weather the season in order to have a thriving, healthy marriage.
C4 Parenting Program - In conjunction with our therapy we also offer specified services such as parenting classes or C4 parenting "communication, connection, cooperation, and confidence" which are taught through the training process of a horse. We teach specific training techniques with the horse focusing on building a relationship, communication, establishing a safe place, appropriate discipline, follow through, pressure/release, and unconditional love. We are able to teach this process with different personalities of horses that might fit your child such as a sensitive or reactive child and how we as parents respond to him or her in certain situations. Parents will then practice the training process with the horse.
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)
EAL is similar to EAP but the emphasis is on learning and education goals. EAL still involves the same team of professionals with the participants as EAP. The main emphasis is placed on a specific skill set that is determined by the participant/group and therapist (such as improving leadership skills). EAL challenges participants in a non-threatening manner which rapidly breaks down defense barriers, provides immediate cause and effect situations, captivates and holds attention and promotes change from dysfunctional patterns to successful ones. EAL is not riding or horsemanship! 95% to 100% of EAL takes place purely on the ground. The focus of EAL involves setting up activities involving the horse that develop skills. These skills are used in Non-Verbal Communication, Assertiveness, Problem Solving, Leadership, Responsibility, Confidence, Teamwork, and Relationship Building.
Individual, family, or couples sessions
Groups, corporations, or team building sessions