Individual therapy sessions are available on site with experienced therapists. Karma Howard, MA, NCC, LPC/MHSP, is trained to provide EMDR Therapy for trauma (see below for description of EMDR) and has years experience in working with children, adolescents, and their families. Karma also sees adults with presenting problems ranging from anxiety and depression to eating disorders and PTSD. Karma is certified to provide Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (see below for description of EAP) and works with Jenny Lawrence, Equine Specialist, to conduct individual, family, and group equine sessions.
Therapy sessions are usually 1 hour long; sessions are scheduled Monday through Saturday from 9 to 7 p.m., with flexibility designed to meet the needs of working clients and families. Sessions are scheduled with the individual therapist; once a referral is made or contact has been initiated by the client, a session will be scheduled directly with the client.
Group therapy sessions are offered on a quarterly basis for a variety of adult and child/adolescent client populations. We are very excited about this area of program development and invite any suggestions for group ideas using our contact information listed on the website. We are currently offering middle school and high school girls groups and summer camps for kids starting in June! Click here for more information regarding our group and kids programs:
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
Equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is offered onsite in individual or group session format. This is a ground-based (no riding) experiential therapy in which clients can explore their own feelings, thoughts, and experiences metaphorically through the horses. Horses have the ability to mirror human emotions, which makes them excellent therapists! The therapeutic sessions are facilitated by a mental health professional and an equine specialist, who work as a team to support clients throughout the therapeutic process. Their primary function is to observe, assist clients in processing interactions with the horse, at times suggest structured activities, and to keep clients safe. The horses are an equal part of the therapeutic team and function as the primary therapists.
Sessions are scheduled with flexibility, based on the season and weather, and typically last 1 - 1.5 hours, although group sessions can last as long as 2 hours. Clients may schedule as many sessions as needed, or come only once. We believe that clients provide their own solutions to problems as they interact with the horses and learn about themselves. It is not necessary to have any experience with horses prior to participation in equine therapy. Our program is designed to serve individuals (adults and children 7 or older), couples, families, and groups up to 7 people. The program adheres to strict ethical standards as outlined by the American Counseling Association and EAGALA. Our program is fully insured, and safety is our number one priority! For more information regarding EAP and the EAGALA model, click here:
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a powerful psychotherapy approach that has helped over an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress. Scientific research has established EMDR therapy as effective for post traumatic stress. However, clinicians have also reported success using EMDR therapy in the treatment of the following conditions: panic attacks, complicated grief, eating disorders, addictions, stress reduction, pain disorders, depression, anxiety, and other presenting problems. EMDR is used in individual therapy sessions to focus on a specific problem and helps a person see disturbing memories or events in a new and less distressing way. For more information regarding EMDR, click here: