Equine Assisted Veteran Services
There is a growing interest in equine-assisted psychotherapy supporting the psychological health and family relationships of service members, veterans and their families worldwide.
Currently we are working with Veterans Affairs in Albany New York and the Veterans & Community Housing Coalition.
Treating the effects of trauma is never easy. And in military culture, the challenge is even greater. The special demands placed on our service members and their families can lead to sometimes-tragic consequences: PTSD, depression, divorce, drug and alcohol addiction, trauma, and suicide.
The experiential nature of working with horses through the engages military personnel in their own healing process, with solutions that meet them squarely on their own terms. Horses have a special ability to help people work through emotional barriers, serving as metaphors and powerful stand-ins for the people, issues, and challenges in the client’s life. This experiential model of psychology leads to powerful emotional breakthroughs and life-changing insights for the client, strengthening resilience and coping skills. Through the efforts of the facilitators and horses, service members, veterans, and their families can more quickly and completely understand and integrate new perspectives and behaviors into their lives.