Equine Facilitated Therapy & Wellness

Horses Are Natural Healers That Help Us Reconnect With Ourselves

Equine Facilitated Sessions Are Offered on Mondays, April to October.

The collaboration with animals in therapy is known to have positive, long-lasting effects for people struggling with a number of concerns. Horses are very perceptive and have the ability to sense emotions in humans. This intuition allows horses to react to, and teach us about ourselves in a manner that is very impactful and meaningful. A large part of this work is respecting horses as partners and collaborators in therapy. Some of the concerns that can be addressed in Equine Facilitated Wellness sessions include:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Addictions
  • Relationship issues
  • Boundaries
  • Self-esteem
  • Grief and loss
  • Emotional regulation
  • Family conflict
The learning that can occur in an Equine Facilitated Wellness session is different from a regular counselling session in an office setting. Being in nature, without the sounds of traffic or the busyness of the city can be very therapeutic. If you like horses, nature, and the peacefulness of being out of the city, then Equine Therapy is for you.

At times, I will work with an equine professional during sessions, to ensure safety for everyone. Sessions take place just 30 minutes North of Calgary, close to Madden, AB. Availability for EFW sessions is on Mondays only.

I hold a membership with Equine Facilitated Wellness-Canada (EFW-CAN), which has developed the ethics and certification programs for working with equines in Canada.

To many, the words love, hope and dreams are synonymous with horses. Anon

Equine Therapy Calgary
Equine Facilitated Wellness Canada Certification

Upcoming Equine Facilitated Wellness Workshops for 2019

Workshops are held at Silver Valley Ranch, 35 minutes north of Calgary. Come and experience a tranquil and natural setting, participating in reflective and focused educational sessions, experiential activities, and equine facilitated exploration sessions. We facilitate with a flexible mind frame towards activities, group conversation and schedule based on participant discussion and needs.

Register or arrange payment and insurance coverage by completing the form below or email cathryn@triopsychology.com.

Your Facilitators: Dr. Cathryn Hanssen and Meagan Saum are experts in the field of helping their clients explore themselves through an experiential discovery of the reasons behind low self perception & self sabotage. They will offer psycho education and techniques to bust through road blocks and find your true self.

To learn more about your facilitators please visit The Silver Valley Wellness Team.

Cultivating Self-Esteem - May 25

Date: May 25, 2019
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Cost: $230.00
Includes: Water, snacks & a light lunch

This is an educational and experiential action-oriented equine workshop that is designed for adults who struggle with low self-perception and self-esteem. This program helps individuals discover some of the beliefs that are holding us back, create a stronger sense of self, and learn how to take effective actions towards making healthier choices.

Themes we will explore:

  • Self-care
  • Self-identity
  • Self-perception/image
  • Authentic living
  • Beliefs/barriers
  • Challenging negative thoughts
  • Healthy relationships
  • Boundaries
  • Self-awareness
  • Personal strengths
Healthy Relationships & Boundaries - June 15

Date: June 15, 2019
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Cost: $230.00
Includes: Water, snacks & a light lunch

This is an educational and experiential equine workshop that is designed for adults who struggle with maintaining health and balance within relationships. This program helps individuals discover some of the road blocks to clear communication, effective boundary setting, and ways we express feelings and needs within our partnerships, families or work environments.

Themes we will explore:

  • What are healthy relationships
  • Types of boundaries
  • Self-awareness
  • Personal strengths
  • Communication styles
  • Barriers to expressing needs
On the Other Side – Addiction Recovery Workshop for Women - Aug. 24

Date: August 24, 2019
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Cost: $230.00
Includes: Water, snacks & a light lunch

This is an equine facilitated wellness workshop for women who have been in recovery from substance and/or behavioural addiction for a minimum of 3 months. We will be exploring roadblocks to maintaining wellness & recovery, common triggers, and goal visioning for the future.

Themes we will explore:

  • Healthy relationships in recovery
  • Self-awareness
  • Importance of self care
  • Managing triggers
  • Potential relational challenges
  • Expressing needs
  • Functional action
  • Goal setting
  • Overload & underload states
  • Resilience
Anxiety & Stress Management Insights - Sep. 14

Date: September 14, 2019
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Cost: $230.00
Includes: Water, snacks & a light lunch

This is an equine facilitated wellness workshop for individuals who are experiencing overwhelm & anxiety, and who feel controlled by physical symptoms of nervousness and stress, worried thoughts & negative coping strategies that can interfere with feelings of health, balance and happiness.

Themes we will explore:

  • Reducing performance
  • Relational, and situational anxiety
  • Stress impact
  • Low self-confidence
  • Negative self-perception
  • Symptoms & triggers
  • Building resources
  • Creating a positive mindset

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