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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.
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.
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.
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.
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—
Identifying and coping with thoughts and feelings
Communicating better with others
Research also confirms equine therapy’s effectiveness in lowering blood pressure and heart rate, alleviating stress, and reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression.
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.
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.
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.