Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy
Spending time with horses can heal your mind and heart.
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy is a unique and powerful way to access and understand your feelings, resolve past trauma, and help you cope with life’s challenges.
There are certain experiences in life that seem almost impossible to put into words. My experience with horses – as an individual, as a therapist, and as a mother – fits into that category.
When my son was nine years old, everything felt like a struggle. He was struggling with his emotions. Our entire family was struggling to be supportive. In-office therapy was helpful, but we needed another way to get through to him.
That’s when a trusted colleague recommended Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy.
We had to drive an hour and a half to get to a barn that offered the services we needed, but after just the first few minutes, we knew it was worth it. The sessions combined his love of animals and nature with an effective approach to therapy that took all of his needs and gifts into account.
Regular sessions with the horses led to a profound, beautiful change in our boy. And it opened me up to a whole new chapter in my own story, too. I realized how much I was looking forward to our time at the barn. I needed a chance to change my own rhythm, to be outside, and to be truly present, but it was more than that…
To be honest, the first time I looked into a therapy horse’s eyes, I cried. When I try to explain the power of this work, words often fail me. I can only describe it as a “soul thing.” Being with the horses makes so much of the emotional and psychological healing I have done through my life into something real.
Soon after, I began training to offer Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy services myself. And because sometimes the fates seem to align in order to show you that you’re on the right track, a facility not far from Martinsburg, WV is opening its doors to EFP practitioners and clients.
I’ll be offering equine facilitated therapy sessions at this location soon. Please leave your name and contact information below so you’ll be the first to know about these new services.
More about the benefits of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy
At Be Well Counseling, we see equine work is an important alternative or addition to in-office psychotherapy. Traditional talk therapy is incredibly effective. Sometimes, however, you can benefit from something different.
Horses are deeply sensitive creatures who attune to the people around them. During a session, the horse acts as a mirror, reflecting your emotions and giving you a whole new way to understand how you’re feeling and expressing yourself.
EFP is a well-studied and proven approach to healing trauma, anxiety, depression, and other psychological issues. With the help of a skilled therapist and a horse, you receive insights and build skills that help you set boundaries, process emotions, and develop stronger more connected relationships to your self and others.
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