Participants are given specific and deliberate exercises 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.
Individual, Group, & Family Sessions
Individual, group, and family sessions are available to address your specific treatment goals and personal schedule. The cost of each session or group of sessions depends on how many people are in each session and how many sessions you, your group, or family require. Please contact us to learn more at firstname.lastname@example.org or 484-433-9911. If you are unable to afford our services, please contact us to learn more about financial aid or to apply for a scholarship.
Policies & Procedures: COVID-19
With an intention to create an environment that focuses on the health and safety for all of our staff and clients, the following policies and procedures are in place:
What we are doing:
- Upon arrival, clients are asked to remain in their car until a Gateway HorseWorks’ staff member approaches the vehicle from a safe distance to begin the session. Family members, or those accompanying clients, are asked to remain in their cars for the duration of the session.
- All clients must arrive with face-masks on. If clients forget to bring their own mask, one will be provided at a $15 additional charge per person.
- All clients must wash their hands upon arrival at the hand wash station located near the port-a-potty, and before departure.
- Until further notice, there is no drinking, eating, or smoking permitted at the farm. Clients are encouraged to bring their own water bottle and leave it in their vehicle to drink prior to or after session.
- Entry to the barn is prohibited. If there is weather, sessions will take place remotely via our Zoom Healthcare platform.
- All clients and staff will maintain a distance of 6 feet between one other.
- Six(6) or less clients are permitted on the farm at one time from the same in-patient facility; no more than 4 participants at one time will be permitted from the community on the farm.
- As always, clients must wear closed-toe shoes to the farm in order to participate in sessions (old sneakers or boots are fine).
- Clients are encouraged to apply sunscreen and bug spray prior to arrival, wear long pants (to keep bugs away) and a hat.
- If you or someone in your household is sick, please stay home. We will work with you to reschedule your appointment.
What we are doing:
- All staff wear cloth face masks at all times.
- All staff take and track their temperature daily upon arrival at the farm.
- All high-touch surfaces are wiped down multiple times daily; fence gates will only be touched by staff and barn entry is prohibited to help staff maintain sanitized conditions.
- A new hand wash station is available and easily accessible for everyone’s use.
- All staff are practicing physical distancing, and will be staying 6’ in distance from all clients at all times.
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!