Trauma has always been with us but in the past people struggling rarely received the help they needed to heal. The consequences were often devastating, not only for person who had suffered the trauma, but to those who loved and cared for them. Depression, violence and suicide were often the results. Angry, fractured relationships that just passed the trauma on.
The good news is that we are becoming more aware and are often able to provide special care for those who have experienced trauma. This OpEd piece in the Grand Rapids Herald Review talks about some of the changes that we are seeing in schools when the staff has been trained in ‘Trauma Informed Practices’. The bottom line is that those who have experienced trauma react and respond to things very differently and therefore, we must approach them differently.
We see it in our clients. Children, teens and adults who have experienced trauma. Neglect. Abuse. Violence. It changes people. But, work with horse can help those in pain find a path to a happier, healthier life. This ‘Special Bond’ is discussed an article in the Lifestyle section of America’s Best Racing. Though the article focuses mostly on programs for Vet’s the truth is that the very same things that make Equine Assisted Therapy so very helpful for Vet’s makes it a powerful intervention for anyone struggling with PTSD.
At Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy we work with children as young as 4, teens, adults and even seniors (it is never too late to seek help!) Our Qualified Mental Health Associates and our wonderful herd of horses work as a team and focus on each client’s specific issues and goals. While helping our clients we also help caregivers come up with strategies that will make life easier for them and those in their care.
If you or someone you know are struggling with the aftermath of trauma, seek help. N.E.A.T. can be a powerful part of the treatment team. Call or email us and we will schedule a visit. We will show you around, introduce the herd, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.