Equine Therapy


Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy for Addiction
Healing with Horses



Benefits of
Equine Psychotherapy:


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Overcoming challenges in a non-threatening atmosphere


Honesty and trust


Respect for self and others


Improved communication and social skills

Boundary setting


Empathy towards others


Self-control and confidence


Responsibility and accountability


Problem solving and cooperation

Rocky Mountain Treatment Center is one of the few addiction treatment programs nationally and the only program in Montana to offer Equine Therapy. The Rocky Mountain Treatment Center’s Equine Therapy, located at Eagle Mount of Great Falls.

Jessica Hofer is a Licensed Addiction Counselor at Rocky Mountain Treatment Center who recently received certification from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International as a PATH certified instructor. Historically, horse therapy has proven highly effective with children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities. Recent studies support that horse therapy, while valuable and necessary, is primarily conducted in a clinical setting. Equine Therapy for addiction adds an experiential dimension that complements other therapeutic work.

The premise is quite simple: Human beings can and do mask truth through language. Those in the throes of addiction have become dependent upon the manipulation of truth as a way to preserve, protect and continue their addiction. Horses communicate primarily non-verbally and are open with their feelings and emotions. Horses have the unusual ability to mirror a person’s internal emotional condition, which helps individuals acknowledge and admit they are powerless over their addiction. Clients learn about themselves by experiencing direct, hands-on exercises that raise awareness and develop better interpersonal skills, such as maintaining healthy boundaries, recognizing emotions they are experiencing and gives them tools to improve previously damaged communication skills. Equine Therapy teaches better communication skills to build relationships; promote healing and recovery.

Colton


I’ve always loved horses but didn’t fully realize the connection between us. Watching the horse circle the ring, slowing to a slow meandering walk as I slowed my heart rate & began to relax. It was if I was looking into a mirror of my emotions. It gave me a deeper sense of myself and what behavioral changes I needed to make. Truly something that no counselor could have done.

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