The specially trained psychologists at McCaskill Family Services are excited to team up with Brighton Equestrian Club to offer Equine Therapy (also referred to as Horse Therapy, Equine-Assisted Therapy, and Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy).
This type of therapy involves interactions between patients and horses in guided activities such as grooming, feeding, leading, mounting, and riding to improve behavior, thought processes and emotional control. Equine Assisted Therapy is a treatment that promotes physical, emotional and occupational growth.
What are the Benefits of Equine Therapy?
Studies have shown that equine therapy has been successful in helping children, teens and adults make significant improvements in a short amount of time in the following areas:
- Self- Esteem
- Anger Management
- Social Skills and Communication
- Emotional Awareness
- Stress Management
- Impulse Control
- Anxiety Management
- Problem-Solving Skills
- Improved Mood
- Interpersonal Relationships
Horses are astute at reading human emotions and people often turn to animals for comfort. Horses are by nature accepting and non-judgmental. They can mirror human emotions and behavior and will respond to negativity, therefore encouraging the client to be calm, open, gentle and aware.
While working with horses under the guidance and supervision of an equine therapist, equine therapy patients have a unique and effective opportunity to get direct feedback on their pattern of problematic behaviors, self-defeating negative thoughts and actions. These insights and skills then translate to everyday life and people feel happier, more connected and successful.
Who Would Benefit from Equine Therapy from McCaskill Family Services in Brighton?
Children of all ages, Teenagers and Adults with:
- Behavior Problems
- Learning Disabilities
- Attachment Disorders
- Anger Problems
- Social Problems
- Lack of Empathy
If you are interested in learning more about the individual and/or group therapy options available through the Equine Therapy Division of McCaskill Family Services, please contact us at our Brighton office location, 810.224.1676.
No riding experience is necessary. As groups form, we will try to match your child with same-age peers. 8 Week Sessions:
Spring 2019 Horse Therapy Group Schedule:
Registration is still currently open for the following groups:
April 1st - May 21th
Each group runs for 8 weekly sessions for 90 minutes each session. Each 90 minute session is billed as a therapy session with a Licensed Ph.D. Psychologist. Insurance companies reimburse this the same way they do group sessions in an office setting. So, if your insurance pays for out-of-network providers, they will reimburse in a similar fashion for this too. We will provide you with receipts that you can submit to your insurance company.