Frequently Asked Questions
While Equine Facilitated Wellness can be beneficial for a wide range of individuals with a wide range of needs, clients who can particularly benefit from this form of therapy include:
- Individuals with attachment struggles
- Individuals who have experienced violence and abuse
- Individuals who are not responsive to ‘talk’ therapy approaches
- Individuals with anxiety or depression
- Indiviuals who have experienced parent-child conflict and/or relationship breakdown
- Adults seeking personal development and/ or to explore and heal from past trauma or abuse
- Parents seeking to strengthen their relationships with their children
Please feel free to contact me by phone to talk about your hopes for therapy and ask any questions you may have about EFW. We can also schedule a tour of the farm so you can see where EFW sessions are held and meet me and our herd in person. If you decide to move forward with EFW services, we will schedule your first session. Your first session will consist of assessment and developing goals for therapy. If you feel that EFW isn’t right for you, I can provide you with contact information for other therapists in our community.
We use a team approach to ensure high safety standards for clients, staff and horses. Sessions are facilitated by myself and an equine professional certified through the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA).
No experience with horses is necessary to participate in Open Spaces EFW sessions!
Equine Facilitated Wellness (EFW) an umbrella term used to describe therapeutic work with horses focused on self-awareness, growth and healing. Other terms in the field include equine facilitated psychotherapy, equine experiential learning, equine facilitated personal development and equine facilitated counselling. There is very little, if any, riding in EFW sessions, as the focus is not on horsemanship skills but on developing personal insight through interactions with horses.
The focus of therapeutic riding is to encourage and empower individuals with special needs to develop horsemanship and riding skills. Therapeutic riding lessons are modified to the rider’s physical, cognitive and /or developmental needs. There are numerous physical, emotional and social benefits to therapeutic riding.
Hippotherapy is a form of rehabilitation therapy where the movement of the horse is used to address motor or muscular issues in the client. The horse influences the movement of the rider, rather than the rider controlling the movement of the horse. Hippotherapy is a highly specialized approach facilitated by a physiotherapist, occupational therapist or speech language therapist trained in this field.
EFW sessions are one hour in length and cost $170.
Some health insurance plans cover the cost of therapy provided by a registered social worker or psychologist. I am a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and provide my registration number on all receipts for submission to your insurance company. Check with your insurance company to find out if you are covered.