Working with animals is now becoming a very popular modality; the beautiful use of non verbal communication allows people to experience transforming treatment with the horses rather than in a talking, room based therapy.
Equine Facilitated Therapy is an excellent method for establishing emotion regulation, and learning how to manage external and internal "triggers" to trauma which can make one feel unsafe. Here at Integrated Trauma Solutions we work with horses as an option within the first phase of treatment which is to create internal safety, stabilisation, emotional regulation and containment. Horses do not process trauma yet can teach people how to become stronger, clearer and more confident within themselves.
Horses have a much calmer energy, therefore just being in their presence helps us to find a calmer frequency within ourselves. It has been clinically documented that being in the presence of horses alters human brainwave patterns (Bradley T. Klontz et al,2007). Therefore, working with horses as agents for change is a gentle and indirect method for supporting people who have experienced complex lives.
Equine Facilitated Therapy and Learning offers the optimum environment to re connect with the 'real you' and to start a highly insightful journey towards recovery, restoration and integrating a new way of being.
Horses display similar social and responsive Behaviours to humans and are naturally empathic. Humans become more centred and focussed when in their company, enabling clients to develop a connection and begin forming the foundations of trust and good communication skills, as well as forming positive relationships and respecting boundaries.
We offer group workshops and one on one sessions to help people with needs such as:
The symptoms of Trauma
The symptoms of PTSD
Building healthy relationships
Clearing the past
Humans and mammals share similar Limbic systems which means we have the same capacity for 'pair bonding, parenting behaviours and social and community bonds'. People say that they feel a lot calmer when they are with horses and feel more emotionally stable. Horses and other mamals, such as dogs, are highly social beings and this has been the foundation for our lasting relationships with them. Horses are keenly aware of other people's emotions and Limbic frequency, and, because they are social like us, they connect for reassurance and comfort.
Relying on each other in a herd for security and safety is reflective of what we do within families. The connection within a herd or family is needed for the correct functioning of the Limbic system (Emotional Brain). When a person has experienced abuse, trauma or isolation the Limbic brain becomes disfunctional, therefore spending time within a herd regenerates neural pathways bringing the Limbic system back into balance which helps to regulate emotions and build positive relationships.
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