Though his article is painful in many ways, Lucy Fry’s brutal honesty also offers hope. Ms. Fry talks of two decades of being undiagnosed and of many dark hours that she has struggled. And yet, she also shares that understanding and acceptance has helped her to have a much richer, fuller and happier life. She talks about how the ‘therapetic process’ has helped her come to terms with and re-write a lot of the negative messages that she carried around in her head.
Work with horses can be a rewarding part of a comprehensive treatment team. For people battling depression we may work on self-soothing skills, increased self confidence and self esteem, rewriting the story so that the client can see themselves as someone capable of many things. We may work on setting healthy boundaries and not becoming overwhelmed by the needs and desires of others. And of course the unconditional relationship with a horse offers us many opprotunites to bond, trust and care for another living thing.
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, please seek help. If you would like to come out and see us to see how we might help, call or email and we will schedule a visit. We will show you around, introduce you to our wonderful horses, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we might be part of the solution.