Home was not supposed to feel like this. There’s something stewing and that turmoil has you seeing a world that used to be familiar, but now looks, feels and may even smell different. Making matters increasingly more challenging, your family and friends are different…and so are you. A shift happened when you returned from deployment, which brought confusion about a lot of things that used to make sense. Putting on a good front used to work, but the mask is wearing thin. Varying degrees of impatience, mood changes, and feelings of detachment leave you unable to connect with others the way you used to – the way you want to, and your frustration has left you exhausted. If you could, you would take your mask off to see life with clarity – something that has escaped you for a while now.
If this sounds like you, a loved one or a client, then you need to know:
Harnessing the Power of Veteran’s Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Changes Lives
It’s time to discover how Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) produces extraordinary breakthroughs in the lives of retired and active-duty U.S. Military Servicemen and Servicewomen.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is an integrated therapy that capitalizes on the interaction between humans and horses. This relationship dates back thousands of years, and stands the test of time as being unique, grounded in give-and-take, and it elicits profound connections. While participating in EAP clients discover the nuances of compatibility and how change is possible through working together.
It is difficult to describe the true nature of the thoughts and feelings you will experience when working with a horse. Their ability to communicate without words really is that special, and something you need to experience to believe. With guidance from a Licensed Therapist and Equine Specialist, your interaction will be discussed, broken down and used to create changes in your thoughts and behavior. Working as a cohesive team draws strength from the power of many rather than you managing your struggles in isolation.
When participating in EAP, our horses will enlighten you in the following ways:
A horse will help you process your emotions.
A horse communicates how you’re doing through mirroring your internal struggles.
A horse knows what kind of a day you’re having.
A horse offers an opportunity to build connection.
A horse will trust you if you earn it, and will let you know when you still have work to do.
A horse works with you to build confidence, self-worth, and self-awareness.
A horse shows you there are possibilities in life.
A horse gives you a safe platform upon which to practice new behaviors.
A horse helps you communicate.
A horse helps you regulate your emotions through mutual respect and submission.
A horse will help reveal truths that have not been discovered.
A horse will help you clear confusion.
A horse will lead you to wellness.
A horse will help you reestablish your purpose.
A horse will invigorate self-discovery.
A horse will help you improve your social skills.
A horse will help you manage anxiety and depression.
A horse will be your friend who stands with you shoulder to shoulder.
A horse will teach you to appreciate the gifts you bring to the world.
A horse will help you establish a sense of belonging.
Change is Needed for Underserved Veterans
At Rise Canyon Ranch Veterans attend FREE OF CHARGE based on available funds. The decision to provide vital services to our Veterans was inspired by some sobering statistics:
- Our veterans are taking their lives at a rate of 22 per day totally over 6000 suicides from 2005 to 2016.
- The highest incidents of suicides are among veterans age 55 to 74 accounting for 58.1 percent of all veteran suicides in 2016.
- 20% of veterans with PTSD become addicted to drugs and alcohol.
- Many recently separated service members are not getting the mental health care they need.
- Resources from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs are not sufficient to help veterans overcome lingering problems associated with being deployed and returning to civilian life.
- As many as 500,000 U.S. troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last decade+ have been diagnosed with PTSD.
- Coordinating suicide prevention efforts by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs has been less than adequate. Attention to this issue has recently been ordered.
- Studies show that from 2005 to 2016 Veterans were 1.5 times more likely to commit suicide than nonveterans. Female veterans have been particularly affected experiencing suicide at nearly double the rate when compared to nonveteran women.
- Veteran suicide is considered a major public health concern.
We are Producing Significant Breakthroughs in Mental Health Services for Veterans
Rise Canyon Ranch focuses on providing EAP services to veterans in need regardless of ability to pay for services. Again, Veterans attend EAP FREE OF CHARGE based on available funds. The attention we pay to helping veterans address their mental health concerns is paramount to our overall mission.
We are dedicated to providing an emotionally safe place for veterans and their families. Together, with the ideally-matched horse, Equine Specialist, and Licensed Therapist, individuals and families will engage in ground-based activities that focus on:
- Addressing the unique needs of current and former service members
- Preparing a person for and how to manage deployment
- Teaching returning men and women how to bridge the gap from combat to civilian life
- Regaining productive skills such as entering the workforce, rejoining their families, and furthering their education
- Discovering the benefits of the horse-human connection and how vital it is to the healing of trauma
- Sustaining effective life management skills
- Fostering awareness and emotional regulation skills
Whether you are a veteran, family member, friend or therapist, expanding and augmenting the therapeutic process to include EAP will produce results not seen in an in-office setting. Experiencing the full impact of EAP will change a life, even save a life and most importantly create a new sense of “home” for those so desperately seeking one.
Please contact us to discuss your involvement in our program. We offer hope, horses and healing. Come for the horses. Stay for the self-discovery. It’s all yours for the taking.
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