Trauma is the body and minds response to a distressing event(s). Acute trauma is from one single event, chronic trauma is from repeated and prolonged abuse, complex trauma is due to exposure from varied and multiple events and psychological or emotional trauma is damage to the psyche after living through an extremely frightening event. PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder is often a symptom of these types of traumatic experiences with daily triggers that can make it difficult or impossible to function in day to day life and navigate relationships.
Integrative Equine Therapy (IET) does not involve riding or caring for the horses. Beachwood’s trained therapists and specially bred horses work in a naturally peaceful setting providing the support for clients to shift automatic responses to healthy behaviors.
When one of our trauma clients entered the paddock for the first time, the horse turned around and walked away as far as possible. As her therapy progressed, and her trauma response lessened, her horse stayed close by, providing empathic feedback. IET helped her where other treatments and a hospital stay program had failed. Of course, everyone is unique, but the shifting of perspective is inevitable if a client engages in the process.
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