A recent study by Tufts University revealed equine-assisted psychotherapy can reduce symptoms of PTSD in youth, especially when used with traditional therapies. Boulder-based counselor, Brianna Hammerman, is not surprised.
“A horse’s reaction, response and dependency on non-verbal communication offers insight to our own emotions and behaviors,” she said.
Hammerman conducts most of her exercises unmounted so the focus is on building a healthy, attuned, connected relationship through improving communication, identifying restrictive core beliefs and recognizing reoccurring patterns. Receiving immediate feedback combined with countless opportunities to practice new skills in the moment allows participants to learn about themselves.
– Sydney Ayers, SLJ 100 Communications