What is Equine Guidance® ?
Equine Guidance® is a unique trauma-informed Somatic Experiencing® that is innovative and hands-on and involves interacting with horses to encourage personal development, emotional healing, and self-discovery. This therapeutic approach acknowledges the special characteristics of horses and their innate ability to perceive and react to human feelings and behaviors. It’s important to understand that Equine Guidance® has nothing to do with riding or horsemanship. Instead, it emphasizes the experiential and therapeutic benefits of working with horses.
Horses are extremely sensitive creatures that can mimic and react to human emotions and nonverbal cues. The presence of the horse provides a secure and welcoming atmosphere in which individuals can process their feelings, build trust, improve communication, and increase confidence. Having the chance to connect with horses in a regulated and supportive atmosphere offers individuals unparalleled opportunities for reflection, learning, and development.
What Makes Equine Guidance® Different From Other Therapy Approaches?
Equine Guidance® is an experiential form of therapy that emphasizes participation and hands-on activities rather than just verbal communication. Individuals make use of their senses, emotions, and bodies in the therapeutic process by engaging with horses in a variety of activities and exercises. This experiential approach can be beneficial for individuals who find it difficult to verbally express themselves or who prefer a more physical form of therapy.
Horses have a keen awareness of nonverbal cues and are able to pick up on small shifts in human energy, body language, and emotions. Equine Guidance® uses the power of non-verbal communication, which is different from traditional forms of therapy, which mostly rely on verbal communication. Horses give fast, honest input that reflects an individual’s psychological makeup and interpersonal relationships. This nonverbal communication promotes self-awareness, management of emotions, and the study of genuine relationships with others.
Immediate Feedback and Impact
In Equine Guidance®, the horse’s instantaneous feedback generates strong learning opportunities. Horses give immediate input in response to human behaviors and emotions in a realistic way. Individuals can better understand the effects of their behaviors, communication methods, and emotional states thanks to this real-time feedback. It enables quick pattern learning and correction, promotes self-reflection, and helps in the growth of new skills and coping mechanisms.
This unique trauma-informed Somatic Experiencing® approach is highly respectful of you and the horses. One session can escalate your personal growth to exceeding expectations. This experience is so emotionally safe even people with past horrific riding accidents leave restored, balanced, and grateful to enjoy horses again.
Whatever your hopes and hurdles are, the horses and I are experts after 20 years of doing this work together. We are worth the journey and love working with people from everywhere.
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Combining the wisdom of the horse with intuitive knowing, supporting the positive momentum of your life.
THE EXPERIENCE IS A 3-HOUR SESSION WITH THE HORSES AND INCLUDES A 1-HOUR TELEPHONE FOLLOW-UP CONVERSATION.
MULTI-DAY, 3-HOUR SESSIONS ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.
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Your sessions of Equine Guidance® take place outdoors in the safe container of a barn and an arena at a ranch in Arizona’s Verde Valley Sedona. The Verde Valley is about 110 miles (a two-hour drive) from Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. and we welcome clients from all over the world ready to grow and experience this transformational connection and equine-guided therapy.
Our Dedication to Exceptional Equine Guidance® Services
At Isabelle Shook LPC, we are completely dedicated to supporting your healing path with excellent equine guidance services. Our goal is to help you use the transforming power of horses to conquer challenges, forge genuine connections with others, and promote personal development.
We use our knowledge of equines and our proficiency in equine guidance in private, confidential sessions designed specifically for your needs in order to assist you in exploring and overcoming challenges. Our goal is to establish a secure and supportive environment where you can increase your level of self-awareness, strengthen your emotional fortitude, and forge deep connections.
Through Equine Guidance®, set out on a unique journey of self-discovery and healing. Reach out to us now to take the first step toward a life full of empowerment, connection, and well-being.
Equine Guidance® is not an appropriate platform for crisis interventions. If you need immediate help for any reason, please call 911, visit your nearest emergency room or call the 24/7 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988.