Equine Therapy in Salt Lake City, Utah
Shadow Mountain Equine Psychotherapy provides treatment for adults, age 18 and up, and for teenagers who express a willingness to engage in this form of therapy.
Equine facilitated psychotherapy (equine therapy) is a powerful form of therapy in which the client's relationship with the horse is the main facilitator of change. In general, equine psychotherapy helps clients to become more aware, present and engaged with their inner experience, and helps take client "out of their heads," while engaged in therapy.
Horses are a powerful addition to therapy because they require clients to be present, both physically and emotionally. In addition, horses can act as mirrors for clients, reflecting the client's presence and groundedness. It is difficult to explain the power of equine psychotherapy, but when witnessed, the amazing ability of horses to provided support and guidance to a client is nearly impossible to miss.
An equine therapy session is 60 minutes in length and can include grooming, groundwork and/or mounted work. Mounted work is not a given in any particular session, but instead is used as it fits. There is not a specific agenda for each session other than that set by the client. We will review equine safety, herd behavior and communication to keep all participants safe.
WENDY HOYT, PhD
Wendy is a licensed psychologist with 14+ years of experience treating adolescents and adults with eating disorders, self-harm, anxiety and depression. She currently operates a private practice treating these behaviors, and has more recently added equine facilitated psychotherapy as an adjunct form of therapy. Wendy was trained in equine therapy through the Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies, and has developed Shadow Mountain Equine Psychotherapy to create more availability of equine facilitated psychotherapy (EFP) to Utah. Wendy is also adjunct faculty with the University of Utah Clinical Psychology department.
Wendy absolutely loves her horse, Daisy, an Arab/Saddlebred mix who is now working as Wendy's co-therapist. She has now added a second horse, Violet, who also is doing excellent work as a co-therapist. Wendy also has access to a number of horses owned by Keystone Equestrian (keystoneteam.com) that can also be used for equine therapy sessions.
For more information on Wendy's practice, go to utaheatingdisorder.com
Shadow Mountain Equine Psychotherapy is named in honor of my first animal assisted therapy partner, a shiba inu named Shadow. I rescued Shadow from past abuse and, against all odds, she was able to overcome her fears to become certified as a therapy dog. Shadow worked with a number of teenagers over many years of work, and won many over to the shiba inu breed. Shadow passed over the Rainbow Bridge in December 2011, but lives on through this next phase of animal assisted therapy.