Trauma Focused Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy
for the Veteran and
A Pilot study at Fort Carson, CO showed that equine therapy and learning reduced the risk of violence by veterans by 24%. Even more remarkable, the rate of suicide was reduced by 62%. Through the work of Walk With Me, we are seeking the same dramatic results as found in the Pilot Study at Fort Carson.
When people live in a state of fear and uncertainty, they naturally become hyper-vigilant. Hyper vigilance is an important, life-saving trait associated with highly reactive lower regions of the brain that ensures quick and effective responses to threat. Anybody in the midst of conflict and violence must become hyper-vigilant as his or her survival truly depends on it. In a healthy functioning individual, hyper-vigilance will arise when necessary, but the individual will return to a state of calm when the threat is no longer present. It is well known that chronic traumatic stress, such as that experienced by soldiers living in combat zones, often leaves its mark on otherwise healthy adults in what we commonly call PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Living in a state of constant hyper- vigilance is associated with physiological changes that interfere with learning and lead to all sorts of undesirable behaviors, not to mention physical and mental health concerns.
Understanding the impact of trauma on the brain is the first principle of trauma-informed approaches, because it gives us a new lens through which to interpret and respond to the socio-behavioral and cognitive challenges characteristic of individuals who suffer the effects of long-term exposure to trauma. Trauma-informed approaches, by definition, are distinct from trauma-specific treatments in that they are not designed to treat the effects of trauma. Rather, trauma-informed approaches aim to help individuals and systems incorporate knowledge and principles to promote an environment that is responsive to the needs of those affected by trauma. Most of all, they seek to prevent re-traumatization and to promote recovery and resilience through trauma-informed service delivery.
EFP is a hands-on form of therapy offering benefits NOT found in traditional talk therapies.
The human-horse relationship provides immediate feedback, giving clients a chance to learn and try new, more adaptive behaviors.
Symptoms don't have to interfere with everyday activities, work, and relationships.
Many who develop PTSD may improve, though about 1 out of 3 with PTSD may continue to have some symptoms.
Even with continued symptoms, treatment can help.
If a veterans makes the effort
to ask, we will say yes.
support for individual sessions
Each veteran receives a series of therapy sessions. 1 series of sessions (12 sessions) costs $1450.
Each group costs $450. 30 groups a year costs $13,500.