Animal & Equine
This experiential therapy model captures the powerfully healing effects of the bond between humans and animals. It is our philosophy that everything that happens in our lives happens in the context of relationships, and that is how we begin to heal, through building new relationships.
Clients engage in this therapy through partnering with a horse or other farm animal to learn how to build and maintain mutually beneficial relationships, facilitated by a licensed mental health professional. Partnering with an animal is a non-judgmental way to begin to heal from past wounds and learn more effective ways to engage in a relationship. Through this experiential therapy, these skills begin to cement into our thought processes and daily interactions outside the farm so that we can empower our lives.
Experience the healing effects of the animal – human bond while also learning to engage in positive relationships with others. Group therapy is often very powerful as we begin to understand that we are not alone in our experiences. While everyone’s experiences are unique, group therapy allows us to empathize with others and share in the mutual experience of the group. Adding the animals into this experience allows us to stay present, understand our relationship patterns and dynamics within a group setting. Group therapy options available for families, couples, and kids!
Sensory Friendly Farm
Some may find it overloading to visit a busy farm or zoo, but want to experience the joy and companionship of the farm animals. At Healing Hoofbeats we understand that need and want to offer these unique individuals or groups the opportunity to engage with our animals in a sensory-friendly way to avoid the overwhelm and foster natural learning opportunities. Facilitated by a mental health professional, this therapeutic experience allows participants to experience true connection with our four-legged healers who come in all shapes and sizes! Contact us to learn about how we can bring Sensory Friendly Farm to your facility!
Couples therapy is meant to facilitate learning and implementing healthy communication styles. We seek to facilitate mutually beneficial strategies which help to enrich the relationship. This helps resolve conflicts, ensures that both are getting their needs met and learn new strategies for communication or navigating difficult situations by engaging in relationships with the animals.
Utilizing animal supported therapy families begin to work on their challenges, increase positive communication, and problem solving as a family unit. This allows the dynamics of the family to emerge organically and work towards therapeutic goals together.
Operation Warrior Horse
Operation Warrior Horse is a ten week equine-supported group therapy program for Veterans who are seeking to heal from the invisible wounds of service.
Team Building Workshops
Workshops are available for organizations and teams who are looking to enhance their cohesion. We will work with your group to identify goals and areas of need, making it a fun-filled day for all. Group members will be asked to think outside the box and stretch their comfort zones in order to enhance the effectiveness of the overall team.
Supervised visitation is where one or both parents can only visit with his/her/their child in the presence of another adult. Healing Hoofbeats of CT, Inc. provides supervised visitation with trained case managers and social workers in a home like environment. We have several therapy rooms for visitation indoors as well as a spacious 8 acres to enjoy the outdoors. This provides an opportunity for families to engage in activities and enhance their relationships without feeling the pressure of a sterile environment. Staff follow the recommendations of outside providers as well as work with the families in order to gain best outcomes to reunify families.
We provide mentoring services on the farm. We believe that through nature and working with animals, youth can learn and grow in a fun and interesting way. Through building a therapeutic relationship, mentors and mentees grow together throughout their shared experiences. Case managers work with families and the youth to devise a treatment plan to enhance life skills.
Our Founder provides clinical supervision for those working towards gaining their LCSW as well as therapists with other licenses who may be stuck, or are looking to deepen their understanding of various clients and diagnoses. Renee enjoys utilizing the principles of equine and animal supported therapy to enhance clinical skills as well as self-care that is so necessary in the work we do as therapists. This can be done in the office or with horses.