Healing With The Horses
No horses are ridden. No horses are physically used. Instead horses create a therapeutic backdrop of natural and healing relationships and conversation formed between clients’ and their therapists’. Clients and therapists conversations evolve naturally and organically around horses and witnessing horse activity. As such the horse is an impetus to aide in the therapeutic process. We see clients as “knowers” of their extreme hardships, co-developers of the therapeutic conversation, and co-directors of how and when change occurs. Therapy at NISAPI is a client-led endeavor and clients take ownership of therapy and strength in the change they co-create with our team. At Now I See A Person Institute (NISAPI) clients and therapist become people with one common goal. The goal is in the resolution of the “problems” or challenges or symptoms of the client or clients. Once a relationship of mutual trust ensues solutions happen and continue to occur through the duration of therapy. We find the horses aid to enhance the creation of trust, nurturance, and proficiency within the therapeutic relationship.
Walk and Talk Therapy
Walk-and-talk therapy is an approach to therapy that has gained considerable attention in the past few years, as a result of the availability of information about the positive mental and physical benefits associated with exercise. A growing body of research supports this as a promising approach that may be more beneficial in some cases than talk therapy alone.
What We Do
In this approach, the therapist and client engage in dialogue as they are walking in a natural outdoor setting. We find with our clients that this approach reduces the level of anxiety and fear of judgment that many clients may experience when entering a more clinical setting. The informal, open environment promotes a sense of freedom and fosters an almost immediate connection with the therapist based on an open relational exchange. Thus, clients are more easily able to engage in difficult discussions about the problems they are facing.*
* For an interesting article by WebMD about Walk-and-Talk Therapy and how it is being used around the country, please go to http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/walk-and-talk-therapy