Kamp KESSA Equine Facilitated Human Development Sessions
What are the benefits of Equine facilitated mental health services?
- A visceral, tactile understanding, beyond intellectual awareness
- An opportunity to identify patterns and re-examine their usefulness
- A non-threatening environment to try out new behaviors and receive instant feedback
- Help in the discovery and treatment of the crucial role the family play in the development of emotional regulation.
- A mutually creative experience with another being without having to worry about the psychological baggage of another person. For some clients, working with the horses is the first time in their lives they’ve felt authentic relationship with another being. This horse-centered relationship is about contact, connection, and influencing each other versus manipulating, over-powering, or abusing.
- Accesses different aspects of clients versus their rational/analytical mind. It asks clients to become very aware of their emotions, and how they experience emotions in their body which is where trauma is held. Horses don’t have the rational brain like we do, but they do have feelings, intuition, and keen instincts. So if we want to connect with them or we want them to connect to us, then we have to get away from talking and more into feeling and exploring the energetic exchange that happens between us and the horse.
- It helps clients begin to trust again, to stop holding themselves back in life and begin to trust themselves to re-engage in intimate relationships. Bonding with a horse is a singularly buoying experience, giving humans an outlet for their fears and anxieties while promoting leadership skills and responsibility.
Younger groups: Focus on independence, team work and cooperation, emotional regulation, healthy attachment, following directions, expanding repertoire of feelings and sharing, making friends, helping others, coping with anger and frustration, and setting boundaries that are non-aggressive and firm, but negotiable.
Family group: Leadership skills, trust, following through, setting boundaries, teamwork, helping not enabling, healthy love and attachment, setting personal and parenting goals, emotional regulation, parenting influences in early development of children, about temperament, emotional control and self regulation.
Older groups: Self awareness, recognition of poor choices, healthy relationships, saying what you mean, problem solving, teamwork, helping others, leadership, following directions even when you don't want to, listening skills, expressing wants & needs,friendships, emotional regulation, care of self and others and getting your needs met without infringing on the needs of others.
Camps for children who are unique learners and individual/group sessions are now enrolling for Fall.
We can schedule individual sessions any time, and please email Dr T firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain an application for the 3 day camp sessions for 2017-18. Schedule can be found on Upcoming Events page.
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