Healing for

Post Traumatic Stress

Adjustment Issues

Addictions

Grief & Loss

Returning Home Transitions

Relationship Conflicts

Family Problems

Deployment Separation

Depression

Anxiety

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for healing & change

 

Equine Assisted Healing Services for Veterans and their Families

Equine assisted therapy is being utilized throughout the nation to help veterans better cope with adjustment problems when returning home, and heal from PTSD that often occurs following military service. Our Healing With Horsepower program for veterans and families was developed by invitation in cooperation with the former President of Horse Lover's Park in Phoenix.

We understood that every veteran's experience is unique and we avoided assuming what that experience was like. By working with horses, veterans and family members are able to discuss both their own internal process and their relationship dynamics in a non-threatening environment that helps them feel at ease. The groups are strength based, interactive, challenging, and fun.

The monthly group events are designed to help with any emotional adjustment issues, relationship and/or family problems, separation issues, PTSD, addictions, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, and stress that veterans may carry as a result of serving our country. We welcome all veterans and any of their family members including spouses, partners, significant others, friends, children and extended family. Veterans define who represents family to them.

The Healing With Horsepower groups for veterans and their families were private, informal, and personalized to offer the opportunity for veterans to address whatever it is they need help with. Rather than having a program with a pre-etablished regimen for all approach, these monthly workshops were experiential in nature allowing participants to define the topics that are addressed in the arena. Veterans and their families were able to participate in the exercises at their own comfort levels and gain immediate options for healing and change that they could apply to their lives following the group expereince in the arena.

We also recognized that there are many veterans who have experienced sexual assaults within the military and that they are in need of separate, private groups that speak to this issue only, where they could go and be heard. We were willing to make equine assisted healing groups specific to this population with expressed interest by survivors.

Veterans and family members that participated in our monthly groups appreciated the relaxed atmosphere where they could attend once or show up monthly for the equine assisted group sessions. We strived to offer an alternative healing experience where veterans felt comfortable, safe, and respected. The ratings by veterans and families were exceptional and we were proud to be able to give back to those who gave so much for our country.

There was no charge to attend the groups. The program was being run on donations with the seed money coming from veterans helping veterans.

Visit the main website at Veritas Counseling Center, LLC to learn more about Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and how it works as well as more background about the development of this special program for Veterans.

To learn about the facilitators and the other equine assisted programs we have, you can return to our home page.