Mental & Behavioral Health Therapy
Support, understanding, empathy, education, hope, and healing can all be found at Courage Reins. Kaylee Smith, our mental and behavioral health therapist, is a licensed associate clinical mental health counselor (ACMHC).
Occupational Therapy at Courage Reins is administered by OT’s who have focused their careers and training in pediatric therapy. With over 50 years of combined professional experience, Courage Reins’ team will provide incredible services to best meet the needs of your loved one.
Courage Reins provides the unique opportunity to meet in an engaging environment implementing clinical therapy that incorporates interaction with horses that is both fun and motivational, especially for children. It engages sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems in a unique and healing way. Our therapists focus on helping children strengthen and develop gross motor, fine motor, sensory motor, and visual motor skills.
There’s a special bond between horses and humans — a relationship and understanding that has to be experienced to be fully understood. It’s this unique, gentle connection that makes horsemanship a leading form of animal-enhanced therapeutic healing.
Leave your problems at the gate and experience the calming effect of connecting with a horse. We take the therapist out of the equation. Instead, highly trained volunteers and our experienced, loving horses help clients set and meet personal goals aimed at improving life quality.
Proven benefits of natural horsemanship include strengthened leadership skills, improved self awareness, improved interpersonal abilities/connection, gained confidence, and the ability to thrive and collaborate in a team environment.
Horseback riding for those with disabilities is recognized as one of the more progressive forms of therapy. The ability to control a horse as well as one’s own body inspires self-confidence, responsibility, and teamwork. Best of all, it’s fun! The rider/horse relationship is ever evolving, continually presenting new opportunities for growth.
As strange as it may seem, adding a horse to psychotherapy may be the missing piece you or someone you care about have been looking for. Courage Reins is sensitive to the diverse challenges our service men and women can endure. In response, we offer a benefit-rich therapeutic option.
Those who are familiar with horses recognize and understand their ability to influence people in incredibly powerful ways. The benefits of a good work ethic, personal responsibility and assertiveness, effective communication, and healthy relationships have been seen as contributing significantly to happy, well-balanced individuals. Horses naturally help us in acquiring these benefits.
The use of horses is gaining in popularity with the rise of new approaches in working with the horses, such as Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) activities. EAP incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning. It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse to address treatment goals. EAL focuses on educational goals and the acquisition of a variety of life skills. These goals or skills can be defined by the individual or group.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
The Eagala model for equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is a distinctive client-directed and solution-oriented framework designed to allow clients the latitude to discover, learn, and grow from the horse-human relationship. It is ground based with no riding involved and does not require clients to have any previous experience with horses.
Using this model, the treatment team creates an emotionally and physically safe environment where the horses and clients are free to interact. It requires nothing of the horse except to be a horse, and nothing of the client, except to be present to their experience of the horses as they relate to their specific and unique challenges.