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Equine Therapy Program

view of parking area and park with treesEquine therapy is an exciting and powerful tool for promoting physical, emotional, and psychological growth. It helps individuals learn to trust and develop positive relationships with others while gaining insight into their inner thoughts and feelings. Research has shown that equine therapy can help individuals overcome depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction, and other mental health concerns.

To learn more about our equine therapy treatment program and other addiction therapy services at Virtue Recovery Houston, contact us today. Call 866.457.4811 or fill out our online form for more information.

What Is Equine Therapy Treatment?

Equine therapy is a form of experiential learning that uses horses as therapeutic tools. It is an interactive process in which the individual and horse cooperate to achieve mutually beneficial goals. Equine therapy can be effective for people struggling with mental health or behavioral issues.

Equine therapy can be beneficial for improving the following:

  • Self-esteem
  • Coping skills
  • Communication skills
  • Social skills
  • Emotional awareness

In equine therapy sessions, clients work with a licensed therapist to understand and explore their feelings while interacting with the horse. Activities may include grooming or riding the horse or working on caretaking tasks alongside it, such as feeding hay or cleaning its hooves. These activities promote mindfulness and encourage clients to focus on the present moment rather than ruminating over past experiences.

The horse’s reactions to the individual provide valuable feedback, helping to create a safe environment for self-expression and exploration. Equine therapy can also help clients build trust and connection with others, hone problem-solving skills, learn communication techniques, and develop coping strategies. It helps to foster resilience in clients by allowing them to practice goal setting and work through challenges in a supportive environment.

How Does Equine Therapy Services Support Addiction and Mental Health Recovery?

Our equine therapy treatment program uses horses to support people in their recovery from addiction and mental health conditions. This approach, also known as equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP), is based on the belief that the connection between humans and animals can help heal mental and emotional issues.

During an EAP session, clients interact with horses in activities such as grooming or taking them for walks, allowing them to explore different types of communication and trust-building exercises. These activities aim to create self-awareness and insight into one’s thoughts and emotions.

One key benefit of an equine therapy treatment program is its ability to help develop trust during sessions. Horses are naturally inclined to be trusting and non-judgmental, meaning clients can interact with them without worrying about being judged or criticized.

Additionally, horses are highly perceptive creatures, allowing them to notice subtle changes in body language and energy levels that may signal underlying emotional issues. This will enable therapists to use the horse’s reactions as feedback when helping their clients explore any traumas they may have experienced.

Physical activities during equine therapy sessions can also help improve a client’s mental health by providing a distraction from stressful thought patterns or negative emotions. Taking care of the horses allows participants to develop self-confidence while also allowing them to practice problem-solving skills and learn how to work through difficult situations.

Overall, equine therapy can provide an effective and safe environment for people in recovery to explore their feelings, build trust with others, and gain insight into their own behaviors. By establishing a connection between the client and the horse, therapists can facilitate meaningful dialogues that may uncover hidden traumas or issues that need to be addressed to move forward on the path to recovery.

What to Expect in Our Equine Therapy Program in Houston, Texas

Through our equine therapy program at Virtue Recovery Houston, participants can develop their physical and psychological well-being through a safe and nurturing environment. The experiential learning opportunities will help them grow emotionally by building self-confidence, resilience, trust, communication skills, and more.

In our equine therapy program, you can expect to interact with horses in a therapeutic setting. This interaction may include grooming the horse, leading it on the grounds, or riding it under the direction of an experienced therapist or instructor. The activities are carefully designed to give participants confidence and foster trust between them and the horse.

In addition to providing physical exercise, our equine therapy program helps participants develop social skills through teamwork-building exercises like creating obstacle courses and playing games together. These activities help clients learn how to communicate effectively with each other and work together toward a common goal. They also promote confidence by allowing clients to practice problem-solving skills.

Discover the Benefits of Equine Therapy at Virtue Recovery Houston

Equine therapy is becoming increasingly popular as a treatment for people with mental health and substance use issues. Through this therapy, individuals can develop stronger coping mechanisms for stressful situations. Equine therapy has helped many people struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, addiction, and more find relief and healing.

If you want to learn more about equine therapy or explore it as a treatment option, contact Virtue Recovery Houston today by calling 866.457.4811 or filling out our online form.

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