An Equine Therapy Program…
As Unique as Honey Lake Clinic

An Equine Therapy Program… As Unique as Honey Lake Clinic

Valuable insights into yourself and your addictions or struggles
Overcome fears. Develop confidence. Gain clarity. Call today.

Valuable insights into yourself and your addictions or struggles. Overcome fears. Develop confidence. Gain clarity. Call today.

At Honey Lake Clinic, equine therapy is used in correlation
with other forms of treatment and education, offering clients a
deeper awareness of themselves and a perfect environment in
which to explore their feelings, behaviors and interactions
with others.

At Honey Lake Clinic, equine therapy is used in correlation with other forms of treatment and education, offering clients a deeper awareness of themselves and a perfect environment in which to explore their feelings, behaviors and interactions with others.

Equine assisted therapy has been around for many years. It has proven to be very effective in treating a wide range of mental health and mood disorders, including addiction, depression, anxiety and PTSD.

At Honey Lake, clients who participate in our equine program do so under the supervision of Equine Therapist Elizabeth Wilcox and Horseman Michael Hamm, both of whom bring extensive experience to the program.

“Horses are truly amazing creatures. They’re non-judgmental. But they have an ability to discern and then mirror the attitudes and behaviors of the human working with them. Simply put, horses will show you things about yourself, if you’re willing to look.”

–Michael Hamm,
Honey Lake Clinic’s Equine Therapy Horseman

What is Equine Therapy?

Equine Therapy (also known as Horseback Riding Therapy and Equine-Assisted Therapy) is a form of experiential therapy involving interactions between clients and horses, supervised by an equine therapist and horse professional.

Interactions with horses help to reveal thought and behavior patterns which are related to the issues that have brought clients into treatment.

How Does it Work?

Horses are majestic, gentle creatures and their sheer size and strength can stir deeply buried emotions in clients. In working with our horses, clients gain valuable insights into themselves, their addictions and/or mental health disorders and how they can better relate both with themselves and with others. Through equine therapy, clients learn valuable lessons about respect, empathy and communication that will serve them in their treatment, recovery and beyond.

“When I was researching Honey Lake Clinic I was attracted to their website because they offered Equine Therapy. I loved starting my morning by going by and stopping at the horses to pet and love on them.”

–Melissa H., Frisco, TX

At Honey Lake Clinic, we focus on intertwining equine therapy with core concepts taken from Dr. Benzio’s SPEARS model, and on offering an equine therapy program which connects with the rest of what clients are receiving during treatment, addressing the needs of their bio-psycho-social-spiritual health throughout their stay.

What are the Benefits?

Equine therapy is proven effective in helping clients develop accountability, responsibility, self-confidence, problem-solving ability, and self-control. Working with horses can help people develop several skills for healthier living, things like—

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Identifying and coping with thoughts and feelings

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Communicating better with others

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Setting boundaries

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Overcoming fears

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Building trust

Research also confirms equine therapy’s effectiveness in lowering blood pressure and heart rate, alleviating stress, and reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression.

“Horses bring a sense of calming. The horses here at Honey Lake not only helped me with my condition but also brought me closer to God. They bring peace and it’s amazing to see God’s creation through them.”

–Allen R., Woodbridge, VA

Equine Therapy at Honey Lake
Clinic Goes Further

Our equine therapy program at Honey Lake is set apart from other equine therapy programs because we recognize the importance of incorporating spirituality into the treatment process.

We believe horses can play a valuable role in helping us recognize the closeness of God through connection with such strong and powerful, yet gentle and humble animals He created. The horses show us these attributes of God—great power combined with gentleness and meekness—attributes which we have difficulty envisioning combined.

At Honey Lake Clinic, our equine program is headed by Elizabeth Wilcox, a mental health clinician, certified in equine-assisted therapy. Elizabeth studied Clinical Mental Health at Liberty University and Equine Therapy at Prescott College. Her extensive experience in the equine therapy field includes work with troubled teens, burn victims, people with mental health issues, mood disorders and addictions.

We emphasize the spiritual components of equine therapy as well as taking advantage of some of the more traditional components, such as a horse’s unique ability to mirror the emotions, actions, and reactions of individuals interacting with them.

“Connection with these magnificent creatures helps you get outside of yourself. You have to learn how to interact with horses to build a relationship. Horses teach you to be fully present in the moment. As you interact, you move away from fear. You gain their trust. You grow in confidence. All of these lessons, each of these skills, will serve you well in all areas of your life.”

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–Elizabeth Wilcox,
Honey Lake Clinic’s Equine Therapist

Healthy Fresh Starts

Another very unique nuance of Honey Lake Clinic’s equine therapy program is the ability our clients have to partner with a horse who has come from a difficult background or needs a new start in life. In our program, you’ll be connecting with and helping train a horse for a brighter future. You’ll see the horse making improvements just as you are making improvements. You’ll be helping one another to heal—healing together.

Equine therapy is another example of the unique treatment options available at Honey Lake Clinic which enable us to help clients address their health across all three spheres—spirit, mind and body—offering each client his or her greatest potential for wholeness and transformative growth.

At Honey Lake, we’re committed to providing you with compassionate care and the practical equipping necessary to significantly improve the condition which brought you to our program. A faith-informed model, experienced staff, licensed professional caregivers, individualized treatment—all in a beautiful and tranquil 650-acre lakeside setting—we’re here for you.