Trauma Survivors:
Equine therapy is one of a variety of strategies and intervention techniques we use here at the farm. 

Advantages of Equine Therapy

  • allows you make sense out of confusing symptoms
  • helps you to feel less alone in your experiences
  • allows for the “de-coding” of symptoms so
    deeper healing can occur
  • alleviation of shame/guilt 
  • emphasizes resilience, creativity, intelligence, courage, strength, empowerment, and responsibility
  • creates opportunities to explore alternative coping strategies
  • a solution-focused approach
  • teaches you that you are more than your
    trauma experience

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

what is it?

is a term for a variety of treatment techniques utilizing the relationship built with a horse partner. Another advantage is a safe, no judgement zone, that aim to help a person identify and change troubling emotions, thoughts, and behavior.

Equine assisted psychotherapy certainly may sound a bit misleading. No, it’s not therapy for horses, it’s therapy for you that utilizes the healing power of horses. “I have seen lives completely changed through equine therapy and I never stop feeling amazed by all that can be accomplished through this work.”

If you want different, you have to try different!

Additionally, we can customize a program for your organization? Contact us to learn how we can custom design a program to meet your goals.

Upward Mobility

Just for women

A program for women who suffer the lasting effects of trauma. Walk With Me utilizes therapy techniques like group sessions that engaging in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy/Learning activities to offer hope and healing. Women can begin to process their trauma, recognize triggers, and successfully manage stress in their everyday lives.  Therefore, these improved capabilities increase their confidence in their lives, as a mother, as an employer/employee, and ultimately for the community. Teamwork between women who have similar struggles gives each other hope for the future.According to the American Psychological Association, “women are twice as likely to develop PTSD, experience a longer duration of post-traumatic symptoms and display more sensitivity to stimuli that remind them of the trauma.” When PTSD symptoms are left untreated, it can have drastic health implications which can lead to physical issues as well, including headaches, stomach problems, anxiety and depression. Women in our community have historically been under-served, and have not had access to adequate help for their trauma. Group will meet Friday afternoons starting February 21, 28, March 6, 13, 20. From 12:00-1:30.

Register today! Email, or Call
$40 per session
 

 

 

The road

Addiction Recovery

These unresolved experiences and pain can result in an increased vulnerability to engaging in addictive behaviors including: Alcohol and/or drug use. Recovery from an addiction is possible, even if you feel hopeless. By making a choice to recover, developing a plan, seeking and excepting support from others, and taking recovery one day (or moment) at a time YOU can do it!

In this group, participants learn through their own experience and the experience of others. Creating a support system is an essential component of recovery and key at every stage.

Group will meet Thursday Mornings Starting in October 2020    10:00am-11:30am 

Register today! Email, or Call
$40 per session

Dirt road

at risk youth

Youth can receive individual therapy sessions. Our equine therapy program-staffed by credentialed professionals-is an integral part of our program for troubled youth.

  • Equine therapy is offered to individuals, groups, and families.
  • Students develop bonds with the horses as they feed, groom, and care for the animals.
  • Although many students resist traditional therapy and support groups, most don’t realize that equine therapy is actually therapy.
  • Students learn to communicate and how to build trust with their horses, and can translate those skills into their person-to-person relationships.

Walk With Me equine therapists are trained in understanding the effects of trauma therefore can offer the expertise you need. They team with an Equine Specialist that has received certification and specialized training in equine therapy. Equine therapists help young adults experience mindfulness and peace as they spend time with horses, increasing their sense of calm, well-being, and connection to the animals.

Operation Battle Horse

Veterans

Equine assisted therapy has shown to  be effective in supporting you with understanding and minimizing the symptoms of PTSD, depression, and anxiety.

  • Camaraderie with like minded people.
  • Safe environment
  • New normal
  • Focus on the future
  • Practicing and implementing healthy coping skills

Supporting you on your healthy journey with the transition into civilian life. 

Now accepting TriCare

Walk With Me helps Veterans like Marine Corps Veteran James, who found himself feeling disconnected, full of anxiety, and uncertainty. 

New pilot starting at Walk With Me at Still Waters Farm. This program is designed to support our prior military service members. 

Stop by…  June 24, 6:30pm – 7:30pm. 

The farm will be open June 24 giving you the opportunity to meet the staff, the horses, and register for the group starting in July. 

Operation Battle horse… A Pilot program starting Wednesday evenings  July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26, September 2, 9. 

6:30pm – 8:00pm       

For more information or schedule a private consultation or individual session call or text now! 828-838-0726

email: walkwithmeswf@gmail.com

youth leadership

Camps

  • Develop habits of self-discipline and initiative
  • Work ethics
  • Personal growth
  • Identify their unique strengths and passions for a healthy self-image
  • And many more social and emotional skills

Sometimes our children need a little extra encouragement. The training at one of youth camps is a mix of horsemanship and equine assisted learning.  We offer opportunities for critical thinking, problem solving, and team building. Becoming more assertive, setting clear boundaries, asking for what you need, that’s a short list of what your child can expect to discover and develop at one of our camps. We also teach Natural Horsemanship. Using the tools needed to become a horseman you will build confidence, improve communication, and encourage positive outcomes in your relationship with your horse. We’ll also have lots of fun.

Steps forward

Individual Session

Trauma is an extremely stressful or disturbing event that’s left you feeling helpless and emotionally out of control. Trauma affects everyone differently, depending on both the circumstances and personality. For many, it can be difficult to understand what trauma is, let alone recognize the long-term effects of trauma and how to deal with it. Dealing with trauma is far from simple, particularly for those who also struggle with drug or alcohol addiction.  

Steps Forward is specifically tailored to address the symptoms of trauma. 

The various negative emotions that you can experience

  • Denial of the traumatic event or events
  • Developing numbness to the trauma (detaching emotions from thoughts and actions)
  • Extreme anger or sadness
  • Emotional outbursts (emotional dysregulation)
  • Experiencing shame as a response to the trauma
  • Somatic symptoms (physical responses, like shaking)
  • Sleep problems and insomnia
  • Breathing problems
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Substance abuse disorders
  • Development of PTSD

Our goal is help you understand the symptoms of PTSD, how you can get stuck, and how we can help you back on the path to recovery.  Healing and growth one step at a time.

 

Session Payment

sliding scale and scholarship opportunity available

benefits of participating in equine assisted therapy

  • Building trust
  • Impulse control
  • Emotional regulation
  • Anger management
  • Goal setting
  • Work ethic
  • Teamwork
  • Improved relationships
  • Working through anxiety
  • Overcoming fears
  • Increased confidence
  • Long term life skills
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Problem solving skills
  • Increased Self Esteem
  • Healthy attachments
  • Assertiveness
  • Creative thinking
  • Leadership
  • Taking responsibility