Equine Therapy

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Aurora Behavioral Health System proudly offers specialized group equine therapy integrated within our inpatient and outpatient programs as a part of our holistic treatment approach to healing. Equine Therapy is an evidenced based approach where patients feed, groom, and otherwise interact with horses in order to reach rehabilitative goals.

Aurora Behavioral Health System’s equine therapy program is overseen by Angela Schmitt, MA. All Equine Therapy sessions through our programs will be held on-site on a weekly basis. Each session, group participants will be allowed to interact with two horses, which will be brought onsite.

Who Should Attend Equine Therapy Sessions?

While our Equine Group Therapy sessions may be beneficial to any person, Equine Therapy has been shown to treat and help individuals cope with a variety of different ailments, such as:

  • Trauma
  • Addiction
  • Suicidal Tendencies
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Development Delays
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Social Problems
  • Behavioral Concerns
  • Aggressiveness
  • Nervousness
  • Stress
  • Shyness
  • Insomnia
  • Sedentary Habits

If you suffer from one or more of the above ailments, Equine Therapy could offer beneficial treatment.

Benefits of Equine Therapy

Horses are incapable of hiding or masking their feelings, and can serve as an emotional mirror to patients. A professional who oversees the interactions between patient and horse can gain valuable insight from a horse’s reactions to a patient. This allows the professional to better address whatever is ailing the patient.

Equine Group Therapy has been shown to be successful in helping patients improve in the following areas:

  • Assertiveness
  • Emotional Awareness
  • Empathy
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Problem-Solving Skills
  • Independence and Self-Regard
  • Social responsibilities
  • Interpersonal relationships

Contact Us

Contact us today if you are interested in or have questions about our Equine Therapy Program. Aurora Behavioral Health System also offers other programs on our website that are designed to foster healing and positive life skills.