Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Grief Recovery
Experimental - Hands On - Providing an opportunity to experience, explore, problem-solve, discover, create, be creative, gain insight and experience practical applications of what you are learning in the moment. It's about "doing".
We can’t take the hurt away, but we can help you move from a place of being “stuck” to a place that allows for some freedom from the pain. Grief is not only a result of a death, but divorce, loss of a job, loss of a pet, a move and so many more life events. Grief recovery is about moving from one place to another in your grief journey.
We promise to be there for you every step of your journey. Our goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life.
Horses are social and prey animals by nature. Because of this, they have an extraordinary ability to read our nonverbal communication - picking up on messages we are sending of which we are not always concious. This allows the mental health therapist and the equine specialist to process with the client and address thoughts / concerns / issues in the moment.
All sessions are conducted by a facilitating team (Treatment Team) of a Licensed Mental Health Professional (MH) and a qualified Equine Specialist (ES)
Sessions are solution focused meaning we believe the client has the best solution for him/herself when provided the opportunity to discover them.
As I’ve spent the past several years working with sheriff’s offices and working alongside deputies, I’ve seen the personal and professional side of the deputy’s lives. Both sides often bringing emotion that is difficult for anyone to manage, but even more so when having to protect others and make life and death decisions in a split second… with a clear mind. This made me wonder how law enforcement and first responders take care of themselves emotionally and mentally. As I learned more, I found they often don’t ask for help no matter their pain. They often hold those emotions in and try to have a “normal” life.
As a helper myself (mental health therapist), I wanted to help the helper in a nontraditional way. Talk therapy is often difficult for clients especially those who have difficulty with emotions. It is very hard to open up and feel vulnerable which is why I’ve used animals in therapy for years. Animals can help ease the discomfort and offer a sense of peace and normalcy to a situation. They don’t judge which is something many clients are concerned about when they think about being vulnerable with their emotions.
Today our community suffered ANOTHER tragedy in our law enforcement community. Those who help protect and care for innocent people every single minute of every single day. Numerous lives changed today….forever! THIS is why I want to help the helpers and their loved ones using equine assisted psychotherapy and grief therapy with animals.
Dan Brite, you inspired me to get moving on this next chapter of my life.
Please bring your sorrows, your tears, your emotions to Brite Beginnings. Let us (the animals – dogs, cats, goats, mini’s and horses, the equine specialist, and me) help you feel a sense of normalcy again and let us help bring your family back together. Let us help you learn how to believe you CAN get through each day with peace and smiles.
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