For those who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), making connections and confronting the crippling anxiety that comes with the disease are two of the greatest challenges in learning to live with PTSD. Across the United States, therapists are sending their patients learning to live with PTSD outdoors to participate in equine assisted therapy in Charlotte, NC (EAP). These horses aren't just helping those with PTSD get outside; they are changing their lives in dramatic ways.
At Legacy Freedom, we utilize EAP for a variety of conditions. From PTSD to drug or alcohol addiction, including these beautiful and majestic animals in therapy helps build on the other coping skills that you acquire during your time at Legacy. This is part of our unique holistic approach to mental health. We believe in treating the whole person, not just their PTSD. Our focus is on you. Together with your care team, you will create a care plan designed for your unique needs. Our staff dietician and physical therapist will work with you to heal your body and prepare your mind for the work that you will do in one-on-one and group therapy in Charlotte, NC. Adding in alternative therapies like EAP helps nourish your spirit and build upon the coping mechanisms that you have learned. Whether you choose EAP or one of our other options, there is something for every interest and need at Legacy Freedom.
Working with horses during EAP has been proven to have the following benefits for those with PTSD:
- Reduced Anxiety - Research has shown that contact with animals reduces anxiety levels significantly.
- Increased Trust - Whether the cause of the patient's PTSD was combat, sexual assault, or emotional abuse, EAP has been shown to improve the ability to develop trust.
- Decreased Loneliness - For many with PTSD, feeling rejected or unable to connect with others is common. Working with the horses in a therapeutic environment reduces the feeling of loneliness and builds a sense of acceptance and belonging.
- Outward Focus - In caring for the animals, many patients find that their focus needs to be facing outward towards the task at hand rather than inward. This begins to shift their thinking from focusing on their own trauma to caring and healing interactions.
- Positive Boundaries - Creating healthy and respectful boundaries can be challenging for those who have endured abuse or neglect. The boundaries created between horse and caretaker can help establish what the patient needs to feel safe and respected.
- Regulating Impulses - Whether risky behaviors or poor decision making are the issue, impulse regulation and the need to communicate with the animals in a measured way promotes self control, emotional regulation, emotional awareness and impulse control.
- Freedom - PTSD can often make people feel imprisoned in their homes, their bodies or their thoughts. Interacting with and caring for the horses during EAP allows them to regain a feeling of playfulness and spontaneity.
Affordable Equine Therapy in Charlotte, NC for PTSD
If you, or someone you love, struggle with PTSD, Legacy Freedom can help. Our professional and highly trained staff specializes in all forms of PTSD. Whether you have served our country or survived an abusive relationship, hope and healing are just a phone call or a click away. Learn more about our more than ten different alternative options for therapy in Charlotte, NC, and our holistic approach to mental health care and substance abuse.
Stop living in fear and anxiety and begin your healing journey with Legacy Freedom of Charlotte today!