The use of horses for equine therapy receives wide recognition as a significant therapeutic process. Horses also have a unique sensitivity to people’s feelings. Newport Academy’s certified Equine-Assisted Therapists use this relational context to guide and support change. Therefore, the human-horse connection allows residents to address emotions and issues. They do this through a powerful, direct experience of nonverbal communication. Consequently, Equine-Assisted Therapy can be especially effective with teens who are resistant to talk-therapy. Teens learn about themselves and others by working with horses, therapists, and peers.
Equine Therapy Creates Connection
Newport Academy provides on-site Equine-Assisted Therapy, where each participating resident is assigned a horse to work with and care for. Credentialed Equine Therapists are present at all times during the therapeutic process. They work collaboratively with Newport Academy’s Clinical Director and the treatment team in the development as well as the implementation of each individual’s overarching treatment plan.
Equine-Assisted Therapy provides an honest, reflective, relational context in which adolescents can identify behaviors. As a result, they create meaningful and abiding relationships (with their horses). Ultimately, the confidence and skills develop in connecting with horses, are transferable to relationships with family and friends—an essential step in growth and recovery.