Most of my posts are about the social, emotional, behavioral and mental health work we do at Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy, but we offer even more!
This story on Global News talks about a program in Toronto that is working with horses to ‘teach team building, wellness, coping and leadership skills…’and so much more!
At Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy we believe that horses have something to teach all of us! If you are looking for a unique and powerful way to engage and motivate your team, give us a call or send us an email. We will schedule a time to meet with you and discuss what your goals are for your team and share how we can facilitate them through work with horses. We offer a variety of scheduling options from a couple of hours learning about to horse and herd behavior and how it relates to being a cohesive team, to ongoing work that helps with bigger objectives.
We are conveniently located just 20 min south of Reno and 10 min north of Carson and will be happy to share more about this unique and effective approach to growing/building a strong team.
Depression is ‘an often-crippling disease that affects nearly 15 percent of adults worldwide’ (according to the World Health Organization).
When we or someone we know struggles with ‘Depression’ we are hoping that there is a simple solution for feeling better. Medication, time with a therapist or other interventions are all solutions, but sadly, none of these works for everyone. Now we have a better understanding of why.
In this LiveScience article we get a look at the results of a very large study of ” more than 135,000 patients with major depressive disorder(s)” compared to “nearly 350,000 people with no depression”. This study was looking at ‘gene variants’ and found over 44 of them implicated in depression, “each one contributing in some small way to a person’s risk of depression. Thirty of the gene variants had not been identified in any previous study”. In other words, Depression can be an extremely individual and variable condition.
Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy is here to help. We are one intervention that may offer at least a partial solution for those struggling with depression. Through work with horses and, in partnership with our team of Qualified Mental Health Associates, we address each client’s individual issues. We work under the supervision of a Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor and in partnership with other members of each client’s therapeutic team, we create a road map to healing and a happier future.
If you or someone you know is living with depression, seek help, understanding that you may have to try a variety of things before you find what you need to feel better. We would be happy to have you visit the ranch. We will introduce our wonderful herd, learn more about what you are dealing with and will share how we might be able to help. Call or email us to schedule a visit.
Posted in Addiction, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar, Children's issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Grief, Mental Health, PTSD, Seniors Program, Teens
When a member of a family is struggling with something, it often the case that the entire family struggles.
Things can be challenging for the person who has ADHD, but the family is also required to make all kinds of adjustments to make life work for everyone. From getting up and getting out the door in the morning, to getting homework done and going to bed, there are a myriad of accommodations that may need to be made. Those with ADHD can require more direction to get simple daily tasks done, so parents may find they have little time for themselves or for siblings. There are school meeting, such as IEPs and often other appointments that need to be managed. Frustration, resentment, depression, exhaustion. So many feelings about what should be a wonderful and joyous time in a families life. This is a very good article in The New York Times about the challenges faced by families living with ADHD.
At Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy, we strive to support the entire family. Yes, the child or teen is the one working with a QMHA (Qualified Mental Health Associate) and a horse on being focused, less impulsive, making decisions, self-soothing and often so much more. However, we are also an empathetic ear for parents, offering understanding and concrete suggestions for strategies that they can try at home and being there to discuss how it all is going. When scheduling allows, we attend IEP meetings so that the parents feel that they have someone on their side of the table who can help them advocate for what their child needs to be successful and when necessary, we can also offer additional resources, such as PEP and Sierra Regional Services.
We are here to help. We work with children as young as 4, teens and even adults. If you, your child or someone else you know are struggling, give us a call or send us an email so that we can schedule a visit for you. We will show you around the ranch, introduce out wonderful herd to you, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help. Take the first step today.
We are always looking for research that supports the long term benefits of given therapeutic interventions. In this study, reported in ScienceDaily, it is reported “Both civilians and military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) reap long-term benefits from psychotherapies used for short-term treatment, according to a new study from Case Western Reserve University”.
The study looks at two types of interventions: trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure therapy. The article goes on to explain, “Broadly, cognitive behavioral therapy reduces symptoms by changing patient behavior and addressing maladaptive thoughts. In particular, exposure therapy-considered the current standard for PTSD treatment-exposes patients to feared stimuli under deliberate, controlled, safe conditions.”
When you look at the goals of Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) you can see that they would also address the “changing patient behavior and addressing maladaptive thoughts” listed under ‘Cognitive Behavioral’ therapy. This is a partial list of the goals of PSR:
- Behavior Management Skills
- Effective Communication Skills
- Problem Identification and problem solving skills
- Developing skills to become emotionally connected to themselves and to others
- Identifying right from wrong
We see the results every day with the clients we serve, but it is always nice to have see new research that supports what we do! Through work with horses, we help children, teens and adults struggling with PTSD and many other social, emotional, behavioral and mental health issues.
If you or someone you know is dealing with PTSD, seek help. We are here to be part of a comprehensive treatment plan. We will work with your clinician to provide ancillary support services intended to supplement the work you and your clinician are doing. We would be happy to schedule a time for you to visit the ranch. We will show you around, introduce our incredible herd, learn more about what you are dealing with and will share how we may be able to help. Call or email to set up a visit.
The number of people diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum has increased significantly. We must find ways to help these individuals lead healthy, happy lives. This starts with providing early intervention services, but is really a lifelong process of creating situations where they can find inclusion and are able to reach their highest potential. It is exciting to see new opportunities for each person to have a happy, healthy and productive life!
This Forbes article looks at what is happening in the workplace to create an ‘Autism-Friendly’ environment. The article shares that there are many steps, from helping those on the spectrum to develop real skills, such as writing a resume, to interview, but that this is only a small part of what needs to happen. There are physical accommodations as well as training for all staff on what it means to be someone with developmental differences and how to make them feel safe and valued. The article really is inspiring in that it gives good, solid examples of how we can make room for everyone!
There are many ways to help those on the spectrum become more comfortable with the world at large AND to help neuro-typicals understand and accept that different does not mean wrong or bad. Early interventions are very important and at Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy, we work with children as young as 4. We may focus on staying on task, learning and implementing self-soothing skills, learning to read social cues ‘Ruby has her ears back and her head is very high. What do you think that means?’ and how to deal with a variety of sensory situations (smells, the way a horse’s coat feels) among other things! At any one time, we may have 2-4 clients working side by side, with their own Qualified Mental Health Associate, so clients may also learn about appropriate social interactions. Work with horses can be a powerful intervention!
N.E.A.T. works with children, teens and even adults on the spectrum. Through work with horses we want to help each client reach their full potential. If you know someone on the spectrum who might benefit from what we have to offer, call or email and we will schedule a time for you to visit. We will show you around, introduce the horses, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we might be able to help.
It is so promising to see someone who believes in the healing power of horses investing in providing concrete evidence for all to see!
We see it in the work we do. Not just with Vets, but with kids, teens and adults who have come out of traumatic home situations. They are/have been in foster care or adopted after being born into chaos. People who have lived through trauma. School shootings. Death of a loved one. Lived through domestic abuse/violence. Sometimes as a victim. Sometimes as a witness. They have been attached/assaulted at gun-point. At knife-point. With the treat of violence. There was an accident. They were injured. We are really just starting to understand that there are many, many triggers for PTSD.
The News-Review is providing a look into a study, being funded by Earle Mack. The Man O’ War Project started in 2015, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, to do a long-term clinical study that would measure the efficacy of equine therapy on military vets suffering from PTSD, and then create a standardized equine therapy protocol. Yuval Neria, co-director of the study and director of Columbia’s PTSD program views “horses as the ideal companion to interact with military PTSD sufferers”. This is in part due to “both horses and military PTSD suffers tend to be “hypervigilant and overaroused” creating a very interesting dynamic. We will be watching for the findings, which should be released later this year.
We know that the result will show what we personally know to be true. Horse are incredible at helping people with PTSD find a path to health and healing. We see it. We live it in the work we do. Our treatment team consists of Qualified Mental Health Associates (QMHA)/PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors, working under the supervision of a Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor AND of course our incredible horses. We are here to be a part of a comprehensive treatment program.
If you, or someone you know, are struggling with PTSD we are here to help. Call of email and we will schedule a time for you to visit the ranch. We will take you on a tour, introduce our wonderful herd, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we might be able to help.