Clients will work with one of Beachwood’s five horses and a trained IET therapist.
For the first hour the client, horse and therapist are together, the last half hour is spent in discussion, while the horse goes out to pasture. Our experience has found that for most issues, the optimum program is seven, one-and-half-hour sessions, other clients require less. Typically, people try one session to see what it is like.
Lynne Phipps made several observations: “Fifty minutes is too short for a beneficial interaction; it takes time to fully sync with the horse, or as one client said, “to get in the flow.” Likewise, if you are going to develop new neural pathways - new responses to handling triggering emotional situations - you can’t achieve that in one or two sessions. Yet, what can be accomplished in seven sessions is significant, faster and less expensive than other approaches.”
“People who aren’t horse people often say, “I’m scared of horses, why horses?” When they leave, their tune has changed, as one client said, “I had no idea this was possible, I had no idea what a horse could help me find and change inside myself.” Phipps said. “It shows up in a really gentle, wonderful way. A horse creates the most judgment free space in the world.”
Increasingly, clients come from various parts of the country. They have the choice of 3 day or 6 day Intensive programs in both Rhode Island and Palm Beach. Interestingly, people find Intensives rewarding and often enjoyable. One client noted, “I thought it would be arduous but I found I was looking forward to the next day.”
Both locations offer accommodations ranging from mansions that are now boutique hotels to well run, straightforward, and economical inns and motels.