Horses have a very special ability to heal a human's soul.
Help me raise money so that everyone can experience the therapeutic ability of a horse within a safe and therapeutic environment.
They are naturally in-tune with our emotions and have the power to sense our deepest feelings. A horse will mirror our emotions, and can help us to learn about how we react to situations in everyday life and how we can learn about ourselves and strengthen our coping skills. For many people, even just being in the company of a horse can help those unwanted, dificult emotions to vanish. Even if for a brief moment, the removal of those unwanted negative thoughts is a powerful step in recovery.
This project aims to raise money to establish an Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) center, for people of all ages who suffer from a mental health issue. I am a trainee Equine Assisted Psychotherapist who will be certified by the EAGALA model to practice EAP in a therapeutic setting. I am also a final year student mental health nurse who is qualifying August 2013. Upon completion of my course I hope to develop a therapy center where EAP can be available for all.
I am passionate about helping people of all ages suffering from a mental illness such as depression or anxiety. I also believe that EAP has the power to engage children and adolescents who are in contact with psychiatric services. Often clients are overwhelmed by the therapeutic environment consisting of a quiet room and a therapist. Horses Healing Souls works outside and the focus is removed from the client and placed upon the horse. I believe that EAP may have the power to reduce the number of young adults and children admitted to inpatient psychiatric services. Prolonged admission can be detrimental to recovery, and to engage a young person in EAP can help to build their confidence and self-esteem that they need to cope in life.
I speak from personal experience where horses have changed the way I percieve the world. If you have experienced similar, or believe in the healing power of horses, then please help me to raise money for this project. To fulfill this project I will need to raise money for land, horses and dedicated helpers.
1 in 4 people suffer from a mental illness and I am confident that horses can make a difference.