Do you know what it feels like to be present, confident, and to have boundaries? Are you able to get grounded and feel safe when you need it most? Sometimes these skills are hard to imagine when you are healing from traumas, have anxiety, or are in recovery. And sometimes, learning them in an office setting may not be enough. Believe it or not, a horse can be your greatest teacher.
The Dragonfly International Therapy trauma-healing program is especially focused on Arizona PTSD treatment and EMDR.
In my Arizona EMDR therapy program it is also a true passion of mine to help you connect with yourself. And, believe it or not, connecting with horses through equine-assisted counseling can be the very thing that helps you get connected, feel safe, and empowered.
Horses are inspiring animals, often helping us to "see" what we need to express, how we relate to others, and how we really feel about ourselves. As prey animals horses constantly 'read', 'observe', 'sense' 'feel' and react to their environment, including any changes that take place within it. When a new potential member, whether human or horse, enters the herd's territory, horses 'read' them. With this in mind, horses are able to notice not only our external bodily language, but also our internal emotional energy that we may not even be aware of at the time. They can "show us" what we need to learn about ourselves.
"But, I don't know how to ride horses. In fact, horses even scare me a little."
Equine Assisted Counseling involves powerful and inspiring experiences that use horses as co-facilitators and does not have to involve riding. It's even okay if you have no experience with horses or are nervous. When horses help us to co-facilitate your counseling session, I go at your pace. We create individualized experiences that are unique to you. I include whatever you need to feel safe and supported in your equine-assisted counseling experience.
"So, what would I do with the horses?"
I offer an approach to equine-assisted counseling that addresses trauma - EquiLateral ™ is my protocol for Equine-Assisted EMDR. We are still doing EMDR but are also incorporating Equine-Assisted Counseling to support your trauma recovery. Every session is different and is created to meet your needs, especially as it relates to the phase of EMDR therapy that you are in.
And, even if you don't want to do equine-assisted EMDR, equine-assisted counseling can still be a part of your therapy.
Maybe you need to feel empowered. Maybe you need to learn how to set boundaries. Perhaps you want to learn how to tolerate some difficult feelings. Perhaps you just want to create some positive experiences that you can "go to" when you feel disconnected, lost, or overwhelmed.
"Why do you think horses help?"
What's also important to know is that while I'm an Arizona EMDR therapist, consultant, and equine-assisted counselor I also "get" trauma because I've been there. As a survivor myself, I've experienced the power of EMDR as part of my own recovery. And, believe it or not, the horses I've known, my relationships with them, and what they taught me, was also key to my healing. In fact, if you ask any horseman, he or she would readily attest to the power of horses to make us look at ourselves and learn powerful lessons from the herd.
If you are an equine-professional or EMDR therapist interested in learning more about EquiLateralTM The Equine-Assisted EMDR Protocol, including trainings and adjunct therapy opportunities, please visit www.eaemdr.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Dragonfly International Therapy, LLC
3231 South Country Club Way,
Tempe, AZ 85282
My Phoenix counseling office is conveniently located in Tempe, Arizona and easily accessed off of the 60, 101, and 202 highways. It is located at the second driveway on the East side of Country Club Way in Tempe, just north of Southern Ave and east of McClintock. Make sure not to confuse it with Country Club Road, which is much further east. You can also visit mapquest for more detailed directions, or view the map at the bottom of this page.
Please note that Inner-Work Counseling, an Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Program, is also on site should clients seek a seamless coordination of care with intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment.