Equine Psychotherapy: Treatment for Eating Disorders and Trauma
As a specialist in the treatment of eating disorders, self-harm and trauma, I chose to begin equine psychotherapy because of the limitations that can exist with typical talk therapy. All of these conditions are at least partially about the body, and this is not as well addressed simply sitting in an office. In addition, each of these conditions tends to result in difficulties identifying, labeling and expressing emotion; yet these skills are essential to recovery. Disconnection from one's body is also part of each of these conditions, and returning to your body is also key to recovery.
Equine psychotherapy can provide a safe avenue for reconnecting with yourself, with the support of both therapist and the horse or horses you choose. You can practice caring for yourself, and being cared for, in a non-threatening environment. Imagine having another being stand solidly by your side as you work through some of the issues that are most difficult to address. This is truly the power of equine psychotherapy.