An advantage of where Integrative Life Center is located is that we’re in the heart of horse country. Ranches and farms surrounding Nashville give us a resource largely untapped by other facilities–horses. Animal therapy is one method for individuals to work to improve their mental health.
Equine therapy services offered at Integrative Life Center allow clients to participate in “feet on the ground” interactions with horses. With the guidance and support of our clinical team, clients will begin to develop self-confidence, problem-solving skills, and teamwork.
What Does Equine Therapy Involve?
A trained equine therapist will walk clients through activities and interactions with horses. They will observe and interact with the client to identify maladaptive behavior patterns and to help process thoughts and emotions that may arise. Equine therapy is often used as a team-building exercise. Because horses demonstrate the ability to make personal connections with individuals, they are valuable in family or group therapy. Our equine therapy is goal-oriented allowing a group to work together to achieve a common goal. These are just some of the advantages of Integrative Life Center’s equine therapy program.
Benefits Of Equine Therapy Program
One of the major benefits of equine therapy comes from working with animals. By nature, animals are non-judgmental mirror the attitudes and behaviors of the humans they are working with. This allows clients to feel a deep connection with the animals. Often such openness leads to breakthroughs in treatment and well-being. Clients can focus on building a relationship with a creature who not only doesn’t care about their past but also is only focused on the moment. As clients engage with our horses they not only strengthen and heal, they find themselves developing a relationship and opening themselves up to be more trusting.
We have seen patients who have made strides and shown improvement in the following areas:
- Impulse control
- Problem-solving skills
- Stress tolerance
Success has been found with many conditions including, but not limited to, substance abuse, addiction, behavior disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, trauma, grief/loss, bipolar, depression and related conditions.