Equine Assisted Therapy
At Hope for Hooves Rescue we know first hand that equine assisted therapy can reduce stress, anxiety, depression, as well as many other mental health concerns. Emotional healing takes place from being around these large, loving animals.
We are thrilled to announce that we have joined forces with the Family Counseling Center of the CSRA, a public donation-based mental health agency located in Augusta, GA. They provide counseling services for individuals, couples, families, and groups. Their staff is composed of more than ten licensed professional counselors and licensed clinical social workers.
What does all of this mean? It means that the Family Counseling Center of the CSRA will now be offering Equine Assisted Therapy at Hope for Hooves Rescue. If you, or someone you may know, is interested in EAT, please contact the counseling center at 706-868-5011 to schedule a session.
How horses heal:
Anxiety: Research suggests that horses may have a sixth sense that can identify anxiety, thus helping individuals identify these emotions in themselves.
Depression: Horses can help build confidence, communication skills, trust, social skills, impulse control, and also help learn boundaries.
Trauma: The emotional healing that begins with the non-judgmental acceptance of a horse enables individuals to feel safe enough to be themselves.
PTSD: Through horse-human interaction individuals learn how to recognize their feelings, regulate emotions, and communicate better, as well as build trust and come to trust themselves again.
People in Recovery: Spending time with horses has been linked with increased happiness and decreased stress.
Autism: Horses calm individuals with autism, allowing them to focus, think, and accept training. They learn to communicate verbally and physically with their horse. They learn to focus on something outside themselves.
As you can see horses play an extremely important role when it comes to human emotional and mental disorders. This is why we are partnering with the Family Counseling Center of the CSRA and other organizations, to help bring healing to those of our community who are currently experiencing any type of emotional or mental anguish.