Already have a therapist, but feeling a little stuck? Take Heart can also work with your current therapist to provide a number of sessions to supplement your current therapeutic work. Equine sessions can greatly enhance learning and growth by providing you the opportunity to practice skills you talk about in counseling in a safe and forgiving environment, with a nonjudgmental partner. The horses often point out something that is keeping you stuck, and our skilled counselors can help you make the changes you need to get un-stuck. If your counselor is willing, we can coordinate and provide sessions together, or we can just plan over the phone to coordinate sessions based on your current treatment goals.

Prices as of September 1st, 2021:

Individual Counseling: $145 per hour.

Marriage or Family Counseling: $165 per hour.

Organization/Group Therapy: call for a quote.

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At Take Heart, we offer Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning. What we do is experiential and metaphorical in nature, meaning what clients experience with the horses has meaning for them outside the farm as well. Although a relatively new mode of psychotherapy, studies are proving it to be an effective and efficient alternative or addition to traditional counseling. Many of our clients have tried traditional methods of counseling and found equine assisted therapy to be a better fit for them. 

Additionally, each of our therapists are trained in trauma-focused equine assisted psychotherapy through the Natural Lifemanship Institute. Each of our sessions are unique. ​Activities may include feeding, grooming, leading the horse, groundwork exercises, or horseback riding. Session activities are specially designed to fit your goals and will vary; however, all sessions use evidence-based  and trauma-informed techniques. Some sessions may be more learning-oriented, and experiential, meaning you will practice skills which translate into other situations you may be facing. Some sessions will be more psychotherapeutic, in which deep healing through corrective experiences may occur. Each session ends with a time of processing and discussing the activities. We encourage you to process what you are learning and provide ideas for applying it in your life outside of the session.

Equine assisted therapy is highly effective - what you put in, you WILL get out of it! The horses provide unique insights that allow us to grow in self-awareness and practice change during sessions, which often speeds up the therapeutic process. Our clients feel a change in the first few sessions, and many start making changes that have powerful effects on their lives in as few as 4 or 6 sessions. This form of therapy is flexible - it can be a very fast way to resolve specific issues and learn empowering skills for your situation in the short-term and continue to help you find deeper healing in the long-term. We have some clients who "finish" therapy in 12-16 weeks, while others choose to stay longer. Either way, it is our privilege to be part of your journey.

Individual sessions are available for clients age 5+. Sessions are also available for families and couples. Typically, sessions are one hour long, but we can also do 90-minute, 2 hour, or longer intensive sessions as needed.

We are each made up of body, mind, spirit, and soul - and each part of us is inseparable. Equine assisted therapy is a powerful model for addressing each part of our being.

Horses live “in the moment” and have distinct individual personalities. As herd animals, they are extremely relationship-oriented. Horses intuitively and honestly respond to the emotions of those around them, creating opportunity for self-awareness and practice building relationships.

Bonding with horses facilitates a process in which clients can gain insight into their circumstances and how they currently interact in them through experience, as well as practice change in a forgiving environment. Along the way, clients develop confidence, patience, mutual respect, responsibility, problem-solving abilities, healthy coping techniques, and other life skills organically through interactions with the horses. Additionally, building safe relationships with horses provides practice with many important life skills that improve one's mental health.

​Ready to start this life changing process? Contact us today!

Equine assisted therapy is an "umbrella" term applied to a vast number of interventions in which people are helped by horses. Typically, people are referring to one of these three types of interventions:

  • Equine Assisted Psychotherapy: Counseling with a mental health professional and horses, mounted or unmounted
  • Equine Assisted Learning: Activities with horses which focus on developing a specific skill set, mounted or unmounted, facilitated by a mentor 
  • Therapeutic Riding or Assisted Riding: Usually, mounted activities on a horse with a focus on physical, occupational, or speech therapy


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