What to Expect from Mental Health Services at Healing Reins

Step 1 – Click on the “I’m Interested” link below OR contact Juniper Mountain Counseling at (541) 617-0377 to schedule a time for an intake and assessment. 

Step 2 – During your assessment, you and your counselor will determine if equine-assisted mental health services and/or farm-based services are a good fit for you.

Step 3 – If you and your therapist determine that these services are right for you, your first session/s may take place in the office so that you and your therapist can get to know each other.  At the appropriate time, you and your therapist will head to the farm for an orientation and to spend time meeting all the critters who live and work at the farm (human and animal alike)!

Step 4 – Once you are oriented, your farm-based sessions may include nature, small animal activities and/or horses. 

*Note: When horses are included in your sessions, a specially trained and certified horsemanship instructor may join your therapist to lead you through different interactive activities while your therapist guides you in applying the lessons learned with horses to your daily life. There may also be sessions where you and your therapist spend quiet time observing horses in a pasture setting, and talking about the things that are coming up for you in life, with relationships, or at school or work.  

It is important to note that equine-assisted mental health is not the same thing as recreational riding lessons, and you won’t be riding horses on a regular basis. There may be times when mounted work is included in your session, but much of the time will be spent on the ground interacting with horses, other animals, or the natural environment. 

It is also important to note that you and your therapist will determine the right amount of equine-assisted mental health/farm-based services for your particular situation. Some clients come to the farm every week or every other week, while others come when a situation presents itself in the office that could be better addressed at the farm. 

Am I a Good Fit for Mental Health Services at Healing Reins?

  • I like horses (or would like to get to know them). 

  • I like being outdoors and interacting with nature and animals.

  • I am seeking mental health counseling and don’t have a therapist or counselor at the present time.

  • I am willing to do a mix of in-office and farm-based services.

  • I am comfortable with rapidly changing and potentially inclement weather (cold, heat, rain, snow, wind).

  • I think I would be comfortable receiving services in a dynamic environment where there are lots of other people doing many different activities with horses and animals.

  • I would like to develop new skills in the areas of communication, social interactions, boundary setting, assertiveness, problem-solving, and relaxation or stress reduction techniques.

  • I would like to increase my self-esteem, self-awareness, and/or self-confidence.

  • I would like to learn more about myself and my relationships with other people.

  • To the best of my ability, I can follow directions and am committed to helping keep myself and others safe while at Healing Reins.

  • I have Oregon Health Plan insurance or I am looking for cash pay or sliding scale mental health services.

  • I have reliable transportation to and from the farm (approximately 8-10 miles from the city center). *Note: public transportation does not access Healing Reins.

If you agree with most of these statements, you might be a good fit for farm-based mental health services!

If you are interested in learning more or getting started with Juniper Mountain Counseling, click the link below! 

I’m Interested!