Equine Assisted Therapy
We are currently in the process of starting up a 501(c)3 organization that will be geared towards 1st responders & trauma teams dealing with PTSD, as well as other issues that are encountered in that line of work. There are many successful programs throughout the United States that focus on helping the disabled, those with mental and developmental challenges and veterans. As a Paramedic, I have seen a huge need for the outreach into the 1st Responder community. Horses help me to heal and process my feelings and emotions. I also have a passion and gift of working with damaged, traumatized and abused horses. My goal is to blend the rescue horses with the rescuers, and they will actually help each other.
We are currently in the early stages of starting this up. We are currently trying to obtain a facility in Dunlap, TN where we can headquarter this program and start helping people. Please stay tuned for more information.
Please contact me if you would be interested in donating time or money.
Has trauma affected your life or the life of a loved one?
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) can help individuals, couples, and families to work through the pain of traumatic life experiences. EAP can help clients to find more internal resources than they knew they had, strengthen coping skills, practice asking for and receiving help, and begin to regain a sense of control.
Most of the exchange between horse and human is nonverbal, which is especially potent for individuals who have experienced traumatic events that they are not able to (or choose not to) express in words. For many clients, developing a relationship with a horse is the first step in re-developing positive relationships with friends and loved ones.
Responses to traumatic experiences vary depending on the individual and the situation. Two people in the same car accident will experience the potentially traumatic effects of that accident differently. Examples of potentially traumatic events include military combat, witnessing or being the victim of crime or abuse, enduring a natural disaster, and losing a loved one due to death.
Contact us to set up your first session.
Not sure if you are experiencing PTSD or Trauma? Read on to learn common symptoms.
No horse experience necessary.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a specific disorder identified by the American Psychiatric Association.
Persistent re-experiencing of the traumatic event
Persistent avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma and numbing of general responsiveness
Persistent symptoms of increased arousal
Symptoms are persistent for at least 1 month
Many people are suffering with the after effects of traumatic events and do not meet the criterion for PTSD.
Changes in sleep patterns/insomnia/excessive tiredness
Changes in appetite
Disengagement from social activities
Tension in personal relationships
Children may exhibit agitated or unusual behavior