Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Therapy

Changing Rein's Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is provided by staff therapist, Julie Sole, LMHC.

Jule grew up riding and showing horses before she joined the United States Army as a Military Police Officer. After a tour in Iraq, Julie found herself with horses again and realized the benefits for post-traumatic growth. After retiring from the Army, Julie earned her psychology degree intending to provide EAP to other veterans. She has extensive post-graduate training in trauma work and specializes in sexual abuse and military trauma.

She  utilizes principles and theories from Natural Lifemanship, Eponaquest, Systems Theory, and others, and is currently working toward certification with Natural Lifemanship.

Julie works well with youth and adults who are ready to work on their trauma recovery. She is available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays.

To contact Julie, you can email her at therapist@changingrein.org  or call 253 358 5940

 
Equine Assisted Learning & Hands on Horses for Teens

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) provides an experiential process where the equine is a co-facilitator to meet the needs of individual youth experiencing emotional, behavioral, or social problems. As intuitive, perceptive and honest beings, horses are key players in the therapeutic process as they are non-judgemental and are willing partners in helping our students understand what healthy connection looks like,  which is the foundation of positive relationships. Most activities are performed on the ground, although some guided riding activities are utilized to promote internal regulation and partnership with peers and the horse. 

Some common goals include:

  • Learning self-control & personal responsibility

  • Understanding emotions and their impact on others

  • Improving verbal and nonverbal communication skills

  • Individual and team problem-solving 

  • Setting appropriate boundaries

  • Learning leadership skills and cooperation with peers

Do we teach riding lessons? Yes, but we start on the ground with everyone, helping our riders build a connected relationship first.

We teach our riders Natural Lifemanship's principles of request and consent to build a relationship that works both for you and your horse.  In the beginning, this can be an exciting and bewildering experience as the approach differs from the well-known model of "taking control" of your horse and demanding  respect. The principles of healthy relationship mean that making a request is sometimes responded to with NO! We will show you how to request your horse's attention and then consent to engage with you. Learning this approach takes time!  Successful connection work on the ground will transition to a riding relationship that works for both rider and horse. Working in partnership with our horses is the foundation we need to create trust. 

We bring horses and people together
in healing relationships
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