Experiencing Trauma Changes Us

Because we offer social, emotional, behavioral and mental health interventions, we have seen it for ourselves. We hear the stories of where our clients have come from – neglect, abuse, life threatening events and more – and we see the burden they carry with them from experiencing these traumatic events. They are in emotional pain. They may shut down and withdraw, or they may act out and strike out. Whatever it takes for them to feel more safe and more in control of the world around them.

Because of our years of experience in dealing with the impact of trauma, our team has taken the time to become aware of the many facets of trauma and its effect on the clients we serve. We have explored this growing body of knowledge through reading and attending workshops and classes. We are committed to providing trauma informed care in our program.

In this article, in the Sentinel News, about the education of a child with a history of trauma, the parent states how thankful she is to find teachers who ‘get it’. This is a really great article about what it takes to provide a caring nurturing and supportive environment for a trauma survivor to grow and flourish.

WE GET IT. You are not alone. We are here to be part of your team, helping your child, teen or even adult family member, find the path to healing and a happier, richer life. There is so much that we can do through work with horses! Give us call or send us an email so we can schedule a visit for you to the ranch. We will show you around, introduce our wonderful herd, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.

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How Horses Can Become Part of YOUR Team

Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy (N.E.A.T.) offers a unique approach to social, emotional and behavioral growth and learning as well as Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR), a mental health intervention. We work with individuals as young as four years old, teens, adults, seniors and small groups.

All over the world, people are finding that work with horses can be a very powerful intervention for addressing a variety of issues including but not limited to:

  • Improving Trust
  • Decreasing Anxiety
  • Increasing Compliance
  • Building Anger Management skills
  • Reducing Impulsivity
  • Increasing the ability to stay focused and on task
  • Improving Social Skills
  • Reducing feelings of sadness and depression
  • Learning to live in the moment

We are optimally located just 20 min south of Reno and 10 min north of Carson off I-580.  For over 10 years our staff of Qualified Mental Health Associates (QMHA) have worked with a variety of therapists/agencies/organizations to help them serve their clients. Our program is designed to compliment, enhance and support the work being done by the licensed therapist, agency and treatment team.  The therapist, psychiatrist or agency set the long-term treatment goals and we translate these goals into interactions with horses. We invite you to come out and take a tour. We will show you around, introduce our herd and share the ways in which we can help you provide this powerful and unique intervention to your clients/patients.

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Corporate Team Building and Leadership Training

Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy (N.E.A.T.) offers an exciting approach to corporate team building through work with horses. All over the world companies big & small are motivating their teams through this type of unique experience.  This approach offers a hands-on experiential way of learning that gives participants the opportunity to learn in a natural way, encouraging reflection & creative insights. While engaging with the herd, participants are offered the opportunity to explore how important it can be for a group to work well together as a team. Rather than the old model of ‘competition,’ horses help people see that, through communication, cooperation & compromise we can all reach our goals.

N.E.A.T. staff participate as ‘facilitators.’ We may offer explanations or guidance, but the horses are the teachers. The activities are designed to develop problem-solving skills that encourage participants to work together, as a team, to achieve positive results.  The activities are also designed to get your team to think together, resolve conflict together, generate possibilities together, inspire each other, trust one another & maintain accountability together.

Likewise, N.E.A.T. believes that leadership is a skill developed through being comfortable exploring & experiencing unique & sometimes challenging situations. Leadership is not about your position, job title or intelligence. It’s about how you present yourself & about the way others see you. This is how horses in the wild survive!

Leadership is a commitment to authenticity, integrity, curiosity, trust, reliability & your ability to see the possibilities. Most importantly, it is the ability to sense underlying motivations & how you relate to others. Let’s face it, if no one will follow you, you really are not a leader!  A good leader not only has to have great job skills, but they also need to be open to learning new skills & new ways of thinking so that they are prepared for whatever the future may bring.  Horses do this every day in the wild.

Because this is such a unique experience, work with horses creates a lasting impression that helps participants remember the training for far longer than just sitting in a classroom. ‘What you learn is great, but it is what you remember that will last a lifetime!’

Specific themes directly relevant to your team or group of leaders can be custom designed into the program. Some common topics include:

  • Develop each leader’s style & unique contribution to the whole
  • Create a sense of meaning & purpose at work
  • Refine team goals & encourage team alignment
  • Improve communication & coordination practices
  • Nourish creativity & new ways of thinking
  • Increase customer satisfaction (internally & externally)
  • Develop accountability & collaborative action
  • Build team spirit & possibility
  • Honor emotional intelligence & nonverbal communication skills
  • Enhance project cycles & feedback loops
  • Reveal the power of focusing on results
  • Develop trust & team alignment
  • Creating new strategies for success & fulfillment

N.E.A.T. is optimally located 20 mins. south of Reno & 10 mins. north of Carson off I-580.  We are ready to work with you to create a program that will meet your specific goals for moving your team & organization leaders to the next level. Call or email & we will sit down with you to discuss the possibilities.

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Alarming Increase in Child Suicides

Childhood is supposed to be a carefree time of innocence. Sadly, that is not the case for all too many children. They are so fragile and life is getting more and more challenging. Even adults are struggling to make sense of so much going on around them. Though researchers are not really sure why, the fact is, more children are taking their lives.

This USA today story looks at this very disturbing trend, explores some of the causes and talks about some of the things that can be done if you fear your child is at risk. Not surprisingly, one of the factors noted is bullying.  We know it is a problem. Adults must demand a zero tolerance policy in our schools and communities. We must do all we can to help our children develop strong self-confidence, self-esteem and personal boundaries, so that they feel empowered to stand-up for themselves if they are bullied. We can continue to work hard to eliminate bullying, but in the meantime, we need to help our kids with the skills they need to stand up for themselves.

Through work with horses, Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy helps children as young as 4 see that they can be strong and capable leaders. They learn to set good boundaries to keep themselves safe while working with their horse. We help children learn how to make better decisions and how to communicate what they want and need effectively.

We need to listen to our children and truly hear what they are telling us. If you believe your child is being bullied make a stink! There are laws that will support you as you stand up for your child. Seek help if you feel your child is in danger of harming themselves. We are here to help. Give us a call or send us an email. We can arrange a tour, show you around the ranch, introduce our wonderful horses, learn more about your concerns and share how we may be able to help.

 

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Trauma Has Long Term Consequences

It is impressive to see more and more research being done, and information coming out, about how devastating early trauma can be. It is often said that when we know better, we can do better and this is especially true as we come to understand the impact trauma has on our lives.

Congratulations to Dr. Stacy Drury of Tulane University on her national award for her research showing how trauma seeps across generations.  This article in Tulane University Press talks about her research into “how a mother’s experiences, both before and during pregnancy, influence their infants’ development.” When we know of this risk, we can take steps to help with healing and break the cycle.

There has been a lot written about how powerful work with horses can be in helping people heal from trauma, and we personally see this in the work that we do. Through work with horses we can address issues such as:

  • Trust
  • Boundaries
  • Confidence
  • Assertiveness
  • Communication
  • Relationships
  • Embodied Mindfulness
  • Problem Solving

just to name a few. Work with horses offers a non-judgemental and mildly challenging experience that allows participants to grow, learn and heal.

If you know someone who is struggling to find a path to healing, give us a call or send us an email. We can schedule an appointment for a tour of the ranch. We will introduce our wonderful herd, learn more about the issues being faced and share how we may be able to help.

 

 

 

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What is Equine ‘Therapy’?

Anyone who has spent time around horses can probably tell you about how being with horses made them feel and there is no denying that for many horses appear ‘magical’. In most communities there are many opportunities to interact with horses. From 4H to traditional ‘therapeutic riding‘ programs, there is something for everyone. However, though there is no denying that hanging out with horses is a great thing to do, Equine ‘Therapy’ is a very different situation.

This great article in Psychology Today, talks about what this type of ‘therapy’ looks like.

At Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy, our staff of Qualified Mental Health Associates (QMHA) work under the supervision of a Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor. As part of a comprehensive treatment team we provide a mental health intervention called Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR). Through work with horses we address the specific goals and objectives set out by the client’s counselor/therapist. Our program is unique, not only in our approach to providing PSR, but in the way we incorporate both ground work and riding as we focus on our client’s goals.  The article talks about many of the benefits of work with horses and our experience has proven to us how very powerful this type of intervention can be.

We work with children as young as four, teens, adults and even seniors. Through work with horses we may be able to:

  • Improve Trust
  • Reduce Anxiety
  • Decrease Impulsivity
  • Build Leadership Skills
  • Improve Communication Skills
  • Strengthen Anger/Frustration Management Skills
  • Assist with Addiction Recovery
  • Decrease the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Defuse Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Reduce the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  •  Decrease the impact of Pervasive Developmental Delay (PDD)/Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

If you know someone struggling with a mental health disorder, seek help. We are here to be the part of a comprehensive treatment team. Call or email and we will schedule a time for you to visit the ranch. We will give you a tour, introduce our incredible herd of horses, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.

 

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The Story of the Benefits of Equine Therapy Continues…

We know that work with horses can be life changing. We see it everyday as we work with our clients. They are calmer, more focused, less anxious and more confident. They take time to consider the choices they make and are able to accept the consequences of those choices with more grace. They maintain good boundaries and are able to use levels of pressure to get what they need in an appropriate manner.

And the word is spreading! From more traditional ‘Therapeutic Riding’ programs that follow the PATH International guidelines, to ground work based programs that follow the EGALA model, there are programs all over the world that are helping people live richer, fuller, healthier and happier lives through work with horses.

This story of an Orville CA center, California Therapy Horses, doing such great warms my heart!

At Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy, we pull from lots of different approaches to create a unique program that promotes social, emotional and behavioral growth and learning as well as providing Psychosocial Rehabilitation, a mental health intervention, for children as young as 4, teens, adults and even seniors.

Work with horses can be effective in addressing:

  • Trust
  • Anxiety
  • Impulsivity/Lack of Focus
  • Anger Management
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Pervasive Developmental Delay (PDD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

And more….

If you know someone who is struggle, we are here to help. Call or email and we will schedule a time for you to visit the ranch. We will show you around, introduce our incredible horses, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we might be able to help.

 

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When Does ‘Anxiety’ Become a Problem?

We all have things that stress us out. We have a big meeting in the morning, worry about over-sleeping, and are awake all night. We worry that the outfit you have on is not ‘appropriate’ and check in with others ‘do I look ok?’ We really don’t want to go to a party with your friends and get nauseous just thinking about it and the idea of facing the crowds to go shopping makes the heart race.

Hmm, well if this is a constant or growing problem, you may be experiencing a ‘Panic Disorder’. Prevention Magazine offers 7 Warning Signs that you may have a problem.

The good news is that there are very effective ways of addressing Anxiety and Panic Disorders. E. Blake Zakarin, PhD, assistant professor of medical psychology in psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center, suggests that “sleep, exercise, and healthy eating could all help ease tension, as well as social support too and sharing your frustrations and worries.”

And you know what? Work with horses can provide a lot of what may be needed! Certainly exercises and social support, as well as something not mentioned, learning and practicing self-soothing/calming exercises are all provided in Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy sessions. In a non-judgemental, yet gently challenging environment our clients learn and practice so many things!

Leading, grooming and riding are all forms of physical as well as mental exercise.

While grooming, which is a soothing and repetitive process, clients discuss with their Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA) what has gone on during the week and look at strategies for minimizing any issues.  Not only is the QMHA there to offer guidance and support, but the bond that most clients develop with their horse can be very comforting as well.

While doing mounted work, clients build self-confidence, practice decision making skills, are encouraged to be present and ‘in the moment’ while learning and practicing a variety of self-sooth/calming skills, all of which can help minimize anxiety!

If you or someone you knows struggles with anxiety/panic attaches, there is help available. Give us a call (775)473-5548 or send us an email: neatinfo@yahoo.com. We will 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 share how we may be able to help.

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PTSD Impacting Many Lives

Most people understand that those in the military who see combat are likely to struggle with the issue of PTSD and it is probably not hard to understand that firefighters and police officers may experience the same kinds of trauma. We are also beginning to recognize that PTSD can also impact those who have experienced other types of trauma, such as abusive/violent relationships or surviving extreme natural disasters. An interesting new study shows that prison employees are also showing signs of PTSD.

Science Daily reports on a study conducted by Washington State University of Nursing, that indicates that the rate of PTSD in prison employees is as high as that Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.

One of the recommendations is that those working in high stress/trauma inducing professions receive training to help build their ‘resiliency’. Here are some links that highlight how work with horses can help build/improve resiliency! In Veterans and in Marginalized Youth.

The work we do at Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy is individually focused on each client’s specific goals and objectives. From decreasing anxiety and stress to improving self-soothing and calming skills, we can absolutely work on improving resiliency!

If you or someone you know are struggling with anxiety, stress, PTSD or any other issue that is negatively impacting your life and the lives of those you care about, call (775) 473-5548 or email us at neatinfo@yahoo.com. We will schedule a time for you to visit us. We will give you a tour of the ranch, introduce our incredible herd, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.

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We Know What We Do Makes a Difference!

As this CNN report shows, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence to support the effectiveness of Equine Therapy, but for many reasons, there continues to be limited ‘research’ that establish Equine Therapy as a quality, proven intervention for those with mental health and other issues.

However, Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy provides a quality, proven intervention – Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) – with horses as part of the treatment team! In this way, we are able to provide a service that has been shown to be incredibly effective and beneficial in a new and unique way.

Equine Assisted PSR can be help with many issues, including:

  • Trust
  • Anxiety
  • Impulsivity/Lack of Focus
  • Anger Management
  • Depression
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Pervasive Developmental Delays (PDD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

and more…

We work with clients as young as 4 years of age, teens, adults and even seniors. Our team of Qualified Mental Health Associates (QMHA) work under the supervision of a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. We partner with our clients other providers and build on the work they are doing. Our sessions are one-on-one, with the client, their QMHA and the horse the client chooses to work with, focusing on that client’s specific goals and issues.

If you or someone you know are struggling, call us or send us an email. We will arrange a tour for you. We will show you around the ranch, introduce our incredible herd, learn more about what you are dealing with, and share how we might be able to help.

 

 

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