Horses, Humans, and Healing: Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
Trauma Informed Care
Trauma is a word that is used in so many different ways. There is physical trauma, emotional trauma, events and experiences that are traumatic or traumatizing. I understand that an experience can be traumatic but not traumatizing and that we can feel traumatized by something that isn't consider traumatic by others.
When I am working with someone, its not unusual to explore an experience that has been traumatizing in some way and that is in some way impacting the individual or couples experiences in their daily life. Therapists talk a lot about the importance of being grounded. Being outside and in a space with a large animal is a grounding experience in and of itself. Being grounded creates an environment for growth and healing to occur.
“Trauma Informed Care is a strengths-based framework that is grounded in an understanding of and responsiveness to the impact of trauma…that emphasizes physical, psychological, and emotional safety for both providers and survivors…and, that creates opportunities for survivors to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.”(Hopper, Bassuk & Olivet, 2010, pg. 82)