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Equine Therapy

At Seaglass Recovery, we include equine-assisted therapy (EAT) in our diverse therapeutic programming. Sessions, led by one of our expert therapists, include petting, training, nursing, interacting with, haltering, and leading the horses.

Equine-assisted therapy is frequently used to aide in the treatment of substance use disorders. Horses are able to reflect human behaviors and emotions, enabling deep emotional reflection. Guests become more self-aware of their actions and emotions, facilitating a shift in self-worth and helping them feel heard and recognized.

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Therapy with Horses

Working with horses has been shown to increase cognitive skills, which helps to alleviate stress and aide in managing symptoms of mental health disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety. Horses are extremely sensitive to their surrounding environment, in turn making them highly sensitive to human signals. Just the sheer size of a horse is enough to encourage change in a guest. Overcoming hesitation and weariness to approach such an imposing animal can help guests to learn and build trust they may have lost or forgotten how to cultivate.

Biofeedback Therapy

Equine therapy is considered to be a form of biofeedback therapy, a mind-body practice that helps to control involuntary reactions from the body. Guests develop the ability to moderate their thought processes, emotional responses, and behavioral patterns. The ultimate goal is a reduction in negativity, decrease in difficult thoughts, and an increase in positive awareness.

Interacting with horses can alleviate stress, as well as increase dopamine and other chemicals in the brain. Horses are non-judgmental creatures, caring only how you treat them and behave around them. Building a healthy relationship with them is often a good starting point for guests who have been surrounded with negative and unhealthy relationships.

Equine Therapy Sessions

Seaglass Recovery therapists conduct equine therapy similarly to other group sessions. Guests will be challenged with questions in relation to their interactions with the horses. Some common questions include—Why do you think the horse reacted to your actions in the way it did. What is the best way to approach the horse next time?

These questions allow guests to reflect on their interactions and creates a thoughtful dialog to express their thoughts and emotions. Guests do not ride the horses during equine-assisted therapy sessions.

Our mission and sole purpose is to help you rebuild a life founded on happiness, health, and meaning in sobriety. We will work tirelessly to ensure your success, because we believe you deserve the beauty that comes with a fulfilling life.

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