Depression and Anxiety are the most common mental health struggles in our nation today. Often working hand-in-hand, depression and anxiety can range from patterns of negative thoughts to crippling fears or suicidal ideation. Teenagers today are struggling more than ever. Many are on medications or attempt various unhealthy behaviors to self-soothe. It can feel overwhelming and hopeless, but we believe freedom is possible.
Each 90-minute session includes interactive activities with the horses, and honest discussion based on topics such as stress, anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicide, trauma, loneliness, relationships, or bullying. Teens will get to learn and practice proven tools such as: coping skills and self-regulation, boundaries that empower, self-care plans, challenging negative self-talk and thought processes, assertive communication, and healthy relationship skills. Horses make incredible teachers, listeners, and partners through the hard work of healing and growing. Additionally, being in a group environment challenges the feeling that you are alone in your pain; teens will experience encouragement and support from Take Heart staff as well as other group members. Therapy does not have to be a bad experience; we believe you can learn, grow, and heal while having fun! No horse experience is necessary. Most of our horse activities will be on the ground, although depending on the group, we may do some riding. Please note that if we do any riding, our horses’ weight limit is 200lbs.
To provide the best learning experience possible for each participant, we want to select a cohesive group of teens. Who is the best fit for this group? Teens ages 12-17 who are struggling with any of the above listed emotional struggles on a regular basis. They may or may not be already working with a therapist, although we recommend that you tell their therapist about this group. If your teen has an official diagnosis, we ask you to disclose this with us so that we can best understand how to help. Teens who struggle with extreme impulsivity, explosive anger, or violence will not be accepted into the group, but may contact Take Heart about individual therapy services. Teens with intellectual or physical disabilities or who are on the autism spectrum, or who require special services such as a 1-on-1 in school, are not a fit for this group, but may contact Take Heart about individual or other group therapy services. This group is limited to no more than 6 participants under supervision of 2-3 Take Heart staff members, to ensure individualized attention. Groups are facilitated by a licensed professional counselor and/or master’s-level therapist and other Take Heart staff – all with backgrounds in mental health and experience in equine assisted therapy.
Dates: This group will run Wednesday evenings for 6 weeks from September 4 - October 9 (save October 16 for a rain makeup date!). 6:00-7:30 pm.
Cost: $65 per week with a commitment to all 6 weeks.
Registration due: August 28th. Contact Info@TakeHeartCounseling.com to register.