Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy begins with a strength-based, cognitive approach to working with individuals, couples and families.  My philosophy is that each person has unique ideas and skills that, when recognized and nurtured, can profoundly and positively impact his or her life.  Strengths often go unrecognized because they are unrefined, used inappropriately, or negated by others. 

EFFECTIVE               ENGAGING               EMPOWERING

(757) 784-4461

Psychotherapy & Learning

Equine-Assisted Support & Personal Growth Groups

Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy

(757) 784-4461

 Psychotherapy & Learning

GROUNDWORK

Ethological adaptations in horse behavior (see Equine Ethology)  create a strong bond between client and horse; even people who do not particularly 'like' horses notice the way the horse reflects their own attitudes and feelings.  When your horse 'joins' with you in this way, it creates an atmosphere of safety, acceptance, and unconditional positive regard, freeing you  to experiment with new ways of taking care of yourself, solving problems, making decisions,  handling conflict, and communicating clearly, among other things.

I offer EAL groups several times each year.  Enrollment in these groups is limited; I meet individually with each client prior to enrollment to be sure that a group EAL experience will be of benefit.  The schedule for upcoming groups can be found on the Group Schedule page. Please contact me if you are interested in a group but there appear to be none scheduled; once a minimum number of interested participants has been reached, I will post the group on the website.


EAL is an excellent approach to supporting survivors of sexual assault, violent crime, combat, life-threatening experiences, and domestic abuse as well as those experiencing significant stress and grief.   As prey animals, horses must constantly assess their environment  for signs of threat; they can rarely completely relax, nor can they rely on past experience to determine current safety.  Survival happens moment by moment, and one wrong decision could mean death at any time.  You may relate to this feeling, as it is much like the exhausting state of hyper-awareness described by many survivors of life-threatening experiences, men and women contemplating or negotiating the divorce process, and those who are struggling with painful loss.  Through thoughtful interaction with horses, many clients share that they are finally able to relax and engage with others, while trusting, challenging and celebrating themselves again.

I also believe that how people interpret events in their lives has an enormous impact on how they feel and behave.  By learning to rethink the way you see things, you become empowered to make healthier decisions and create success in your life.  

'Bossiness' is often unrefined leadership.

GROUNDWORK

Trauma Recovery, Divorce Support, Grief and Loss

Understanding the way others see things allows you to rethink  their behavior.  Is this horse being stubborn and defiant, or is he anxious and uncertain?

Lottie Grimes is listed at  AllTherapist.com