Equine Assisted Therapy, where a client works with horses can benefit mental health problems like PTSD, anxiety and depression.
Equine Assisted Therapy has been gaining recognition for over 30 years. Equine Assisted Therapy has been gaining recognition for over 30 years. In that time studies have shown how people interacting with horses in a therapeutic situation has been helpful in treating depression, anxiety, addiction issues and other conditions including Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Horses have had a close association with human activity throughout history. Because of that, they are naturally sensitive and intuitive with people and their behaviour.
Equine Assisted Therapy is a therapy where clients work with horses under the guidance of a specially trained therapist. Equine therapy is one of the proven therapies that make a valuable addition to the traditional ‘talk-based’ therapies. Therapy with horses is often non-verbal and activity based.
In recent years Equine Therapy has even been useful in treating trauma and is beneficial in treating members of the defence forces affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Equine Therapists say that because PTSD can seriously affect a person’s ability to bond with others. Building a connection with a horse in a therapeutic situation helps them make that connection. Horses also provide a safe, grounded experience for people who have experienced trauma.
Equine Therapy is one of several therapies we use at Retreat South alongside the traditional therapies provided by a team of psychologists. By using a multi-disciplinary team your motivation to make positive changes is increased. It also helps our clients to better engage by experiencing a variety of treatments. That way the team can also respond quickly to our client’s needs.
If you would like to know more about how a varied treatment plan may help you, call us today.