Unbridled personal growth.
Central Florida Counselor, Tracy Weiss, has a long-held affection for horses and believes (from personal experience) that being around them engages the mind, body, and spirit in a healthy and healing practice. Certified in Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy, Tracy has partnered with the delightful humans and equine team at Crossroads Corral, to help struggling individuals find hope and healing through horses.
What is Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)?
Also called Equine Therapy, Horse Therapy, and Equine-Assisted Therapy, EAP is the use of horsemanship experiences to help individuals, couples, families and groups take strides toward growth and healing. Through intentional interaction and consistent relationship with a non-judgmental, powerful, intuitive animal — a horse — clients are able to tackle emotional, relational and behavioral challenges in a unique and thoroughly impactful way.
Sessions are an hour long and take place outside the office at a local barn. With the help of a horse professional, Tracy ushers clients into pre-planned activities with the horses that target struggles and, ultimately, lead to the creation of solutions.
Horses are remarkably sensitive (and responsive) to people's body language and behavior. As a result, they can act as mirrors — enabling clients to notice their inner selves and to actively participate in the development of self-awareness, self-confidence, communication, life, and relationship skills.
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What is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy?
Horse Sense and the Human Heart: What Horses Can Teach Us About Trust, Bonding, Creativity and Spirituality (McCormick)
You may benefit from equine therapy if ...
- You need more peace and calm in your life
- You struggle with assertiveness
- You're struggling in your interpersonal relationships
- You want to develop healthy independence
- You desire to enhance your problem-solving skills
- You find it difficult to navigate your anxiety
- You desire greater self-awareness
- You have experienced trauma
- You feel "locked up" emotionally
- You want to work on building self-confidence