Mental Health

Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center is pleased to offer Equine-Assisted Mental Health (EAMH) Services, in which horses are included in psychotherapy, counseling, and social work provided by licensed mental health professionals. EAMH is emerging as an effective experiential treatment technique that gets clients “outside of four walls” and introduces them to horses and the natural world to address their mental health needs.

Horses are ideal partners in mental health as they are relational animals by nature, and highly communicative. Through interactions with horses, clients have abundant opportunities to increase self-awareness and self-insight, and build new skills. An EAMH session is not a riding lesson where the client learns specific horsemanship skills – rather it is a safe, confidential space for the client and therapist to engage in activities with horses and the natural world that help process feelings, thoughts, and reactions.

People who can benefit from this form of counseling include those with mental and emotional health issues stemming from abuse, emotional and/or physical trauma, PTSD, grief, loss, addiction, anxiety, and depression. Assertiveness, emotional awareness, empathy, stress tolerance, flexibility, impulse control, problem-solving skills and independence are but a few of the outcomes that can be realized by participating in EAMH services. Group, couple, family and one-on-one sessions are available, and our goal is to offer all of our clients a positive outlet for experiential learning through a healthy, empowering relationship with horses.

EAMH sessions are typically about an hour in length and include time with horses and time spent in conversation with your therapist either outdoors or indoors.

Healing Reins contracts independently with four excellent health professionals.

Leif Hallberg, M.A., LPC, LCPC

Adrienne Andeen, MSW, LCSW

Casey Loper, MCOUN, QMHP, NCC, LPC Intern 

Getting Started:

Step 1: Review EAMH Information Packet.
Step 2: Complete the EAMH Information.
Step 3: A mental health professional will contact you to conduct a brief phone assessment to determine your suitability for EAMH.
Step 4: Assuming you and the therapist determine EAMH is a good option for you, you will be scheduled for your initial intake session as soon as one of the therapists has availability.