Equine-assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) or to put it simply "Horses Helping Veterans" for military veterans, has proven effective in helping veterans who suffer from a multitude of mental disorders like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and anger issues and more. To make it accessible to our military veterans, the program is covered by Veterans Administration.
The peace and stillness of the ranch is the opposite of any military experiences, perfect for moving forward with your life. We’re close enough to the city of Redding to be accessible, but still far enough out to be a piece of isolated happiness.
We do individual or group sessions outside under a canopy of oak trees, just the group of supportive veterans and horses out with nature. Participants will be able to bond and connect with the horses and each other, the perfect opportunity to reflect and refresh themselves.
Sessions start off with a discussion, a check in with yourself and the group. Then it’s outside to meet the horses. This is where the healing really begins. Being able to bond with the horses in a silent, nonjudgmental way is a great place for people to start or continue their recovery.
Grooming and other groundwork such as haltering and leading are done to allow you to grow closer to the horses as therapy progresses. Obstacle courses can help you figure out life’s obstacles with a four legged partner beside you. Every activity done individually or in group with the horses is to accomplish your goals of processing events, emotions, and behaviors.
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