Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Traditional Office Therapy
Life can be so hard. Sometimes you just need a quiet place to learn, to grow or to just think. Out in the silent desert, away from the hubbub of the city, the Therapy Farm is a place of healing and growth. The Therapy Farm program offers office-based couples counseling and equine assisted psychotherapy in the forms of private counseling, classes, workshops and retreats.
At The Therapy Farm, we offer traditional office-based couples counseling. Using the renowned research-based Gottman Method, we help couples through private sessions, couples groups and retreats.
The Gottman Method Couples Therapy is based on over 30 years of relationship research. The method emphasizes a nuts-and-bolts approach to improving relationships. It is designed to help teach specific tools to deepen friendship and intimacy. To help you productively manage conflicts, you will be given methods to manage resolvable problems and be able to talk about the unsolvable problems in a way that brings you together rather than tears you apart. We will also work together to help you appreciate your relationship’s strengths and to gently navigate through its vulnerabilities.
“Just as art therapy involves creating art works and reading meaning into the experience, and dance therapy involves using the body to experience meaning, horse therapy involves undertaking a simple activity with a horse or horses and reflecting on the the experience and the thoughts and feelings that arise from it. You’ll be surprised at the things the horses can teach you about yourself!”
Whether it’s a nuzzle of their wet nose, a game of fetch or a walk around the block, spending time with animals can make us feel better, calmer and even happier. Indeed, studies suggest that people with pets experience both emotional and physical benefits. Time spent with an animal can truly translate into a meaningful, healing experience. That’s the goal of equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP), an increasingly popular experiential treatment where individuals interact with horses in a variety of activities, including grooming, feeding, walking and equine games, for improving their psychological health. EAP is used to treat behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, substance abuse, eating disorders, abuse issues, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication needs. This program is run by Dr. Serina Harvey, a Marital and family therapist who specializes in couples therapy and trauma and offers private sessions, as well as classes and workshops on a variety of mental health subjects. Additionally, there are often Master’s level student therapists available for low cost private sessions.