So What do you do?…

…People often get a confused look when I say I do equine assisted psychotherapy.  “so you’re a horse shrink?”  Quite the opposite actually.  Equine assisted psychotherapy brings people and horses together to provide opportunities for personal growth and learning.  Basically I bring clients that I would typically see in an office out to the farm and turn them loose with horses.  So what happens when you turn people loose with horses?  Our four legged therapists become mirrors of behaviors, sources of connection, and mentors of living in the present moment.  People find answers to their questions, solutions to their problems, and new ways to connect with the people in their lives.  They find these things in a fraction of the time that it takes sitting in a chair surrounded by four walls.  Why horses?   I always found solace in my relationships with equines.  As a therapist, watching horses work with clients is as close as I will ever come to having the prophetic magic wand that so many people think I wield.  I love bridging my love of horses, mindfulness, the outdoors and nature.   I have a passion for teaching and for discovering answers to questions about how equine assisted psychotherapy works.  I want to see this field thrive and am committed to contributing to research in order to validate the work.  My interests expand beyond simply practicing equine assisted psychotherapy.  I have a passion for integrated medicine.  I have extensively studied the use of mindfulness and have an interest in learning more about Reiki, Yoga, somatic therapy and biomechanics.  In my study of holistic practices I have come to have a passion for food from local and sustainable sources and for teaching people how sustainable living can contribute to overall physical and mental health.   I would love to find a way to combine all of these passions into the vision of Zenquestrian LLC.