Benefits for People with Emotional Wounds

Horse Sense by Martha Beck, issue 128 August 2013

On a quiet California ranch, Koelle Simpson helps people confront their greatest fears and seal their deepest wounds. By asking them to enter a pen, hold very still and allow a half-ton creature to guide them toward peace…
I’ve since seen that Koelle can change people, too, helping them heal from abuse, anxiety, compulsions, addictions, and negative patterns in careers and relationships. This may be because horses relate to humans in a uniquely fascinating way.

They aren’t so untamable that they can’t form intimate bonds with us, but they can never be fully tamed (like, say, dogs). To  connect with them, we must return to our own untamed selves. Over centuries upon centuries, each of our species has influenced the growth of the other, establishing a kinship that is practical, emotional, and more than slightly magical. Another thing about horses: They’re skittish. Imagine living in the open, day and night, knowing that any predator could attack you from any angle at any moment. Because horses evolved in this scenario, they’re incredibly sensitive to their environment. Their fears are many, their sense of security easily rattled. But a horse’s panicky instincts are balanced by an equally intense desire for companionship. Since a lone animal is like a walking buffet, horses desperately need one another for protection and constantly exchange social cues, giving affection, setting boundaries. Anxiety, rage, and other unsettled emotions feel dangerous to them, and they’ll do whatever they can to escape such frightening energy.  Read More…

Horses That Heal Science  The Guardian
Joshua Thaisen in San Juan Capistrano
Tuesday 23 June 2015

Horses that heal: how equine therapy is helping people find peace of mind
Horses make great companions for psychotherapy because they can mirror and respond
to human behavior. And crucially, ‘there’s no judgment with a horse’ Read More …

Margaret Kelleher, Psy.D. – Equine Therapy and Counseling Near Sellwood in Portland
Counseling – USA
Published August 23, 2011

Dr Kelleher’s PROFESSIONAL FOCUS Divorcing or divorced parents often worry about how they can protect their children from the very treatment by the other parent that led to the adult divorce. I help divorcing parents become better co-parents, even if the child’s other parent appears unwilling to change. POPULATIONS SERVED: Adults, Child 0-4, Child 5-11, Gay EDUCATION Highest Degree Earned: Psy.D. Discipline: Clinical Psychology Education: B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Psychological Counseling from Pacific Lutheran University; Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Oregon Graduate School of Professional Psychology at Pacific University BACKGROUND/EXPERIENCE private practice since 1989. licensed in both Oregon and Washington. Dr. Kelleher is Equine Program Director at The Center at Heron Hill

Equine-Assisted Therapy and Trauma Informed Care
Sarah Jenkins
Published December 12, 2011

Information and education on trauma for those practicing equine assisted psychotherapy. Providing trauma informed equine assisted psychotherapy as well as recognizing and working with dissociation and tips for grounding clients in the arena.


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