Clients are given the space to explore through open or directed interactions with the horses where the horses become metaphors. None of the interaction with the horses includes riding or horsemanship. All of the activities are unmounted. This allows clients to engage certain skills such as:
After the participants complete their activities with the horses, the treatment team (a mental health professional & an equine specialist) offers observations about the horse behavior in the session. This allows for the participant(s) to bring metaphorical meaning to those behaviors. They are also challenged to reflect upon their own attitudes, emotions, relationships, and leadership during their session with the horses. Then, the treatment team helps them translate those experiences from what is happening in the arena to what is happening in their own lives, families, or workplace.
Gateway HorseWorks offers individual, group, and family sessions. We will create a tailor-made program that allows you the opportunity to really dig in and grasp the various issues you struggle with, in line with any other traditional therapies, and assist you in discovering paths of recovery and development. Contact us today to learn more about how Gateway HorseWorks can help you!