OUR TEAM AND EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY

PLENTY OF "NINNIES" AND "NICKERS"

 Our equine team members consists of two beautiful mares, a black roan named “Midnight” and a bay named "Dixie”, plus two handsome geldings, a black/white pinto named “Beau” and a true golden palomino named “Doc”. Our pint-size team members are a miniature horse named "Dolly" and a small Shetland pony named "Tiny Tim".   All are as gentle as they can be and they are excellent “people readers”

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THERAPY HORSES AT HEALING HOOVES 

OUR HORSE TEAM IN EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY

MIDNIGHT (MIDI) - A VERY DEPENDABLE GIRL

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 Midnight (Midi) is sassy, loyal, and determined to respond with warm regard. She quietly shows a strong desire to please her humans by twitching her ears from side to side and giving a gentle glance. She appreciates trust and respect as evidenced by her ability to provide trust and respect. 

DIXIE - SURE-FOOTED AND DRAMA FREE

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  Dixie is a thoroughbred and the fastest of the horses! Despite her physical endurance and toughness, she is remarkably gentle and laid back! She loves affection and big hugs.   

DOC - "MR. CURIOSITY" IS ALWAYS READY TO MAKE A NEW FRIEND

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Doc has had his share of  trauma and neglect. He was very emaciated when he was rescued by my dear friend. She saw him in an over-stocked pasture, literally fighting for his life. Look at him now! Doc is very satisfied on the lush pasture at Healing Hooves

LLC. His background and experiences allow him to connect indiscriminately and easily with others. 

BEAU - HIS LOOKS SAY IT ALL!

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 Tall and stunning, Beau's markings draw attention! He is humble, honest, and trusting.

DOLLY - OUR SWEETHEART

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Dolly is a miniature pony that is a charmer. Although she is small, she is full-size in personality and pzazz!  Her mother died when Dolly was born.  She became a bottle baby , as well as, a life-long stablemate to our other pony, Tiny Tim.  Always full of spunk, she runs to greet us at feeding time!

TINY TIM - OUR PONY PAL

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Tiny is a spotted shetland pony who is steady and quiet, exept when we groom his long, thick tall! He's been Dolly's reliable friend since she was a foal. They are an inseparable pair.   Tim is a bit independent and stays to himself, but never too far from Dolly!

PROFESSIONAL STAFF

OUR THERAPIST AT WORK!


  • LAURA E. GLENN IS THE OWNER OF HEALING HOOVES LLC. 
  • SHE IS AN EXPERIENCED HORSE WOMAN, WHO GREW UP COMPETING WITH JUMPING HORSES. 
  • AS A MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES PONY CLUB (USPC), SHE COMPETED IN JUMPING HORSE AND DRESSAGE EVENTS ACROSS THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES. 
  • SHE IS AN EQUINE ASSISTED GROWTH AND LEARNING ASSOCIATION (EAGALA) CERTIFIED MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL , USING HORSES FOR MENTAL HEALTH  TREATMENT.  
  • SHE IS AN EAGALA CERTIFIED EQUINE SPECIALIST
  • SHE IS A LICENSED INDEPENDENT CERTIFIED SOCIAL WORKER (LICSW PIP) 


Ms. Glenn is skilled and experienced in  a wide variety of treatment specialties: 

  • EAGALA Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)
  • Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL)  
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectal Behavioral Therapy
  • Family/Marital Counseling
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Grief Counseling
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Person-Centered Treatment
  • Psycho-dynamic Therapy
  • Solutions-Focused Counseling
  • Brief Treatment 
  • Trauma-Informed Treatment 


Treatable issues include: Grief Work (including pet loss),  Life Balance Problems, Life Transitions, Relationship Conflict, Self-Esteem, Stress, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Trauma, Family Conflict, Substance Use, and others. 


Ms. Glenn is experienced working with children, adults, and older adults in a variety of settings including  children and family services agencies, geriatric care, drug and alcohol treatment centers,  mental health centers and hospitals and others. She has also worked with first responders, including the military, law enforcement, legal and medical professionals. 




LAURA E. GLENN, LICSW PIP, EAGALA CERTIFIED EAL SPECIALIST AND EQUINE MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL

LAURA E GLENN, LICSW PIP, HEALING HOOVES THERAPIST

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ABOUT EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY (EAP)

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  • Equine Assist Psychotherapy is the focus of our therapeutic program. Using horses for mental health therapy is a very effective alternative to more traditional modes of treatment. If horses are not for you, no worries! We also provide mental  health therapy in a traditional clinical (office) setting for individuals,couples, and families.   


  •  EAP is not riding or horsemanship. It is 100% “on the ground” and it is solution focused. 


  • EAP involves activities using horses which will require the individual or group to apply certain skills such as: non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking, problem-solving, leadership work, taking responsibility, confidence, teamwork and relationships, and positive attitude.


  •  Equine therapy works well with at risk youth, families in need of group work, veterans or individuals with PTSD, substance users, employees with development training needs, and others.  


USING EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY

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  • At Healing Hooves LLC, our emphasis for treatment or training is equine therapy, using the EAGALA Practice Model. We utilize Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), an emerging field in which horses are used as a tool for emotional growth and learning. 


  • EAP is experiential in that individuals learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with horses, and then discuss feelings, behavior, and patterns. This approach has been compared to rope courses and other adventure based activities.  
  • EAP and EAL are also useful as an adjunct to traditional talk therapy. It is a brief approach that successfully addresses many mental health needs including: behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, substance abuse, eating disorders, domestic violence, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication.   

 


 


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Why Horses For Therapy?

ADVANTAGES TO USING HORSES IN MENTAL HEALTH THERAPY

 

  • The use of animals within therapy can be traced back thousands of years. 


  • While a range of animals are well known for being therapeutic, horses are particularly well known for their ability to foster change.  


  • EAP has the added advantage of utilizing horses, dynamic and powerful living beings. It is one of the most effective of experiential therapies. 


  • Horses are honest, which makes them especially powerful messengers    


  • Horses mirror your body language! 


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  • Some horses will test you.


  • Some horses will teach you.


  • Most horses will bring out the good, and possibly the best, in you! 

  

Research has confirmed many equine therapy benefits. It lowers your blood pressure and heart rate, alleviates stress and reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression. Equine therapy also helps people struggling with addictions or mental illness. 

STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH

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SELF AWARENESS

Horses respond in the moment, giving immediate feedback. They are masters of body language and know how you feel even before you do. They challenge you to reflect upon your own behavior providing excellent opportunities for problem solving and personal growth. 

CONFIDENCE AND SELF ESTEEM

As horses are large and powerful animals, they can be intimidating. For some people, this presents them with a challenge as soon as they start therapy - to overcome this fear. Combating this initial issue can be incredibly liberating and helps to boost feelings of confidence and self-esteem. Accomplishing tasks and gaining the trust of such animals only continues to reinforce these feelings of empowerment. 

RELATIONSHIP SKILLS

Horses are herd animals, which means they naturally desire company and often want to be led. This makes them very social animals that want to create bonds - and this can be especially poignant when it comes to humans. Horses are therefore ideal for this type of therapy, as they will be inclined to develop a relationship with you when you are ready. 

SUPPORT

Because they have their own personality, Horses can be incredibly human in their personalities - they can be stubborn and seemingly defiant at times. They like to have fun and often turn exercises into games. Horses can be incredibly caring too. If you are upset, they often respond in a nurturing manner. These personality traits make horses a natural companion during the therapeutic process, providing vast opportunity for growth. 

RESULTS AND OUTCOMES WORKING WITH HORSES

Equine Assisted Therapy is beneficial for a range of different issues, including the following: Addiction, Anxiety, Autism, Anger, Behavior Problems like low self-confidence, trauma and many others.

HANDS-ON, WHAT HAPPENS IN EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY

THE EQUINE THERAPY SESSION

  • Equine-assisted therapy typically involves a horse, a therapist and a horse expert. 


  • This team will work with individuals or groups to help them discover more about themselves and develop new ways of thinking. 

 

  •  Various exercises are set up to help you think and act in ways you may not have thought of before. Normally the exercises will require you to interact with the horse. 


  • The role of the therapy team is to guide the individual or group along the way, encouraging them to reflect on their experiences and what it means to them. 


  • The horse expert will be on hand to ensure everything is safe, however, you will not be told how to complete your task - it is up to you to explore different methods. 


  • After you complete the exercises, your therapist will talk to you about your experience. Discussing how the exercise made you feel and why you think you were successful or unsuccessful can lead you to learn more about yourself and your behavior. 


  • Over time you may find that you develop a bond with the horse. This in itself can be incredibly powerful! 





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