Veterans and Equine Therapy: for PTSD, TBI & More
Berkshire HorseWorks is proud to introduce the “Horse Powered Veterans”, which utilizes EAGALA Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Berkshire HorseWorks is helping meet the treatment challenges for active military personnel and veterans, whether having served in Vietnam, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, or elsewhere. Equine therapy can assist military families as well.
For years, horses have played a significant and integral role in our society; however, none as critically important as their currently expanding role as healers in the treatment of our servicemen and women, veterans and their families challenged by PTSD, TBI and other mental health issues. According to The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Post Traumatic Stress afflicts as many as one quarter of the troops returning from the Middle East – or about 300,000 men and women.
At least 22 veterans commit suicide each day. These statistics are staggering and beg for additional resources and modalities to address them. The growing field of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is showing great promise in treating those who suffer from nightmares, anxiety, depression, anger, irritability and other debilitating effects of this invisible, yet very real disability.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is a growing evidence-based form of treatment where clients work with horses which serve as metaphors and powerful stand-ins for the people, issues and challenges in the client’s life – or the lives of the couple, family or military unit. Clinical evidence and generations of human experience show that horses have a unique ability to help people work through emotional barriers without shame or stigma. This is especially true and valuable for those who suffer the effects of trauma.
A highly-trained mental health professional puts the horses’ unique sensitivities to work – their special capacity to read and respond to peoples’ non-verbal signals and cues – leading to powerful emotional breakthroughs and life-changing insights.
“The veterans who participate in EAGALA EAP sessions tell me that never have they found a group or individual session so useful and life changing, and that
they have found hope. After these workshops, many reflect fre
quently on the experience and skills learned then take them into their daily lives.” ~ Susan T. Lisi, AFGE Local 3306 Chief Steward, VA Medical Center, Canadaigua, New York
Berkshire HorseWorks, Inc.
PO Box 214
Great Barrington, MA 01230