Equotherapy is a special form of therapy in which the horse's special abilities support the therapist in helping children and adolescents on their way through crises or in dealing with traumatic experiences.
Equotherapy can take place both in individual units and in pony-power-groups.
In these sessions, we accompany children and adolescents experiencing crises or working on a traumatic experience. Even problems without an obvious cause have their reason- therefore we start searching carefully and respectfully a way to a satisfied and healthy life.
The therapeutic setting for children and adolescents include:
- Therapeutic support according to an individual therapeutic concept
- A process report
- Conversation about anamnesis and therapy concept
- Conversation about the course or the conclusion of therapy
- Networking with a psychosocial team (if required)
- Crisis intervention (if required)
You can find details to Equotherapy, the indication and phases of therapy below the menu item methods.
The sessions are kept in blocks of therapy. The cost are payed once for a block and the amount depends on the number of sessions.
Therapeutic inividual units
At the beginning of the therapy there is an introductory meeting to get to know each other. Then, your child comes one to two times for an hour (depending on age and your desire, alone or with you), in which we try together with the horse to get an idea of his / her strengths and weaknesses. The detailed anamnesis or therapy concept conversation with the parents (legal guardians) takes place only after this impartial encounter. In this conversation, we discuss together what the focus of the therapy and goals of treatment could be.
Children get a lot of energy and many new impulses from us and the horses. Without words, our horses challenge the humans they work with to form a relationship - therefore, to communicate. This offer is a new, "non-linguistic" one that stimulates all the senses and often opens doors for development steps. During therapy, however, there will also be times when discomfort can be in the foreground. Confronting this and dealing with problems are important steps on the common path to a better quality of life. We also ask you as parents to support your child.
In a progress or final conversation, experiences are exchanged and, if necessary, new goals are defined. In our experience, long-term changes take time. Please try to convey to your child that they will get this time.
The hours are held in therapy blocks. The costs are paid once as an amount and depend on the number of units.
In addition to the medium horse, there is an interdisciplinary variety of methods from the original profession and the additional qualifications of the trainers, pedagogues and psychotherapists. This creates access to individual life situations from a variety of perspectives.
The special feature of these therapy groups is the small number of four children at maximum, accompanied by a therapist. In this setting social interaction, mutual support, competing playfully against each other, spurring on each other and laughing together alternates with unique experiences and individual support. Especially for children with negative group experiences, there is a chance to experience new impetus, feel confirmed about oneself and manage challenges successfully in a safe and secured setting.
For us, it is important -in accordance with the development of children from the small system of a family to social systems outside the family (kindergarten, school, friends,…)- to add, after the intense experience of the therapeutic single setting, a new experience of oneself in a social system. This setting offers the opportunity to transfer the positive experiences in therapy to daily life persistently.
The horses and their handling, the nonverbal communication and the relationship to human and animal are the centre of these groups. We experience nature in the here and now and face new challenges with courage and heart.
It is important for us to realize a setting where children with different needs can gather experiences together. We consider every child as unique and try to fulfil its special needs. We give serious thoughts to which children we take care of together in one group. We kindly ask all parents, to accept group colleagues -they have a hard history, too. The common respect for different –also “difficult”- humans helps the children to integrate their own weaknesses better.
The sessions of the integrative therapeutic group are kept in blocks of therapy. The cost are payed once for a block and the amount depends on the number of sessions. If sessions are not attended, they cannot be refunded.