Located in Baldwin County, Alabama (Stapleton), Equine Therapy Group’s approach uses the nature and relationship with the horse to bring out a client’s natural patterns of relating, handling of new situations, and problem solving skills. The client’s interaction with the horse is used as a metaphor for life. The horse’s innate observational abilities and heightened awareness of body language provide the client with immediate feedback. Because all of the session is based on action clients more quickly recognize their own patterns and implement needed behavior changes. The horse functions as a mirror of the persons own behavior.
For example, one of our sessions is entitled “Life’s Little Obstacles.” The obstacle set up in front of the horse can represent anything in a client’s life (overcoming depression, getting a child to follow house rules, communicating clearly with a spouse). The clients must work to get the horse over their “life obstacle.” However, the client cannot lead the horse over the obstacle. The clients approach and skills quickly become apparent in the exercise and the client is able to recognize that changing their own approach, behaviors, and techniques really will get them different results.
You can expect to get hands on with our horses!
Upon arriving at our farm, you will experience a session that has been tailored specifically to your pre-discussed goals as an individual, family, or team. Horse experience is not necessary and there is no riding in our program. All activities take place with your feet firmly planted on the ground.
Sessions revolve around completing various challenges and tasks with our horses that will require you, your family, or team to apply a certain skill. All activities have meaning and usefulness that can be applied to your real life. Our sessions are action oriented and experiential. This is not your average counseling session!
You will have fun while learning important things about your patterns and behaviors that will help you reach more of your goals in real life.
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”