EAGALA CERTIFIED Mental Health Specialist, Resilient Rose/Rachel Fulcher LMSW, TBRI practitioner and Equine Specialist Cindy Branham
To schedule a Session
GROUP SESSIONS: We have Group EAP Sessions weekly with kids from Pathway Family Services. Pathway Family Services’ Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) in Topeka, Kansas provides a 24/7 comprehensive residential treatment program for youth with significant emotional, behavioral, or substance abuse difficulties.
We also offer Family, Couples, and Individual Sessions
based on your particular needs.
Equine Assisted Mental Health Therapy embraces the philosophy that humans learn by doing. Working with a registered, credentialed Mental Health Professional, an Equine Specialist, and the horses we will have a hands-on session that helps facilitate what is learned by the human through the horse human connection. To evade predators, horses are extremely sensitive to their environment. Wild horses believe that we as humans, predators, are going to hunt and eat them. They instinctively analyze and react to our body language and other nonverbal cues. With body language and nonverbal cues that tell the horse we are friend not foe, we are able to change the horses fear into trust. As a result, we are able to gain insight into our own nonverbal communication and behavior patterns. We plan to use the EAGALA Model of Therapy which invites clients into a training area for ground-based interaction with horses to facilitate the therapeutic process.
“Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.
Most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with time and good self-care, they usually get better. If the symptoms get worse, last for months or even years, and interfere with your day-to-day functioning, you may have PTSD.” -Mayo Clinic
*70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives. This equates to approximately 223.4 million people * Up to 20% of these people go on to develop PTSD. As of today, that equates to approximately 44.7 million people who were or are struggling with PTSD. * An estimated 8% of Americans − 24.4 million people − have PTSD at any given time. That is equal to the total population of Texas. * An estimated one out of every nine women develops PTSD, making them about twice as likely as men
Equine Assisted PTSD Therapy uses the interaction between horse and human to create an environment that is built on trust. Letting go of fear in both horse and human is the key to producing a trusting partnership. In the process of gentling a wild mustang, the human must look within themselves to offer a safety net to the fearful animal. In the moment this magnificent horse accepts the chance to be free of fear, it is an indescribable feeling! The human horse connection through trust produces hope that life can be safe again. When the horse puts their lives in our hands it is a promise of freedom. Freedom of the past. The horses past fears, pain, trauma, and loneliness can all be healed through a trusting relationship with a human. This Connection can help people find that same hope.