The Great EquaTherapy Games Horse Counseling for Kids
Adults heal by working through hard concepts and emotions. Kids process and heal through play. Play allows kids to relax and build trust so they can feel safe to talk about what they have experienced. Every child has experienced stress. Many children have experienced trauma and while some don't have a safe place to talk about it, others might not understand how to talk about it. Some children have even given up on trusting humans, but they will still trust a horse. They may also notice, if that horse trusts a human, then maybe I could trust them too! By showing children how they can help a horse learn how to play, they open themselves up to this freedom as well.
Trust. Freedom. Healing. Peace.
This program consists of games that create a relaxed and fun environment where conversation can flow naturally through play. It uses imagery that gives kids the tools to walk through and explain the scary things, hurtful things, and confusing things that they have seen in their lives. We create a safe and fun environment for them where together we start by helping a horse learn how to play! When it comes to play, kids are the best teachers! We learn through fun activities what it means to have intrinsic value, to talk about scary things, to play, and begin to rebuild trust! We learn things like vocabulary that helps express our needs, and how communicate our boundaries with others.
We can't wait to offer this part of the program, it is still being developed and tested so we can serve this community of up-and-coming world changers!
*DISCLAIMER: For legal purposes "EquiTherapy" and "Therapy/Counseling" in this context is not comparable to Clinical Therapy, or Support, from a Licensed Professional. While our goal is to provide the highest quality of care, our program is still being developed and we have a diverse staff of varying levels and merits. Please contact a professional or Dial #988 if there is a mental health emergency or need for advanced care or intervention. If you are in danger you can also Call the 211 Hotline.