Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
Sessions are held in an enclosed area with horses at a nearby farm. Horses are sensitive to non-verbal communication and respond to/mirror messages clients provide in the moment. Individuals, groups and families learn about themselves and others by participating in unmounted activities.
This modality can be particularly helpful for individuals who are uncomfortable talking about their thoughts and feelings. Quarternote Counseling uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) in the Equine Assisted Psychotherapy modality.
Sessions use the model developed by the Equine Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), with whom Gillian Clissold is certified as both a Mental Health Therapist and an Equine Specialist. In the words of the EAGALA organization, “Equine-assisted work often helps clients change and grow more effectively and quickly than traditional clinical and psycho-educational approaches…. Life lessons take deeper root when individuals both understand them in their heads and experience them in their bodies…. Because they can read and respond to the nonverbal messages we are always sending, they begin to act in ways that feel familiar to other relationships or dynamics in our lives…. This gives us a chance to work through those relationships and issues in a safe and nonjudgmental environment.”
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Many insurance companies cover Cognitive Behavior Therapy delivered through the Equine Assisted Psychotherapy modality. Please check with Quarternote Counseling staff to clarify insurance coverage issues. A sliding scale is available for clients without insurance.
(See www.eagala.org for more information about this approach.)