Mindfulness Meditation provides 
an alternative way to deal with 
life’s inevitable problems. 
This meditation technique 
develops moment-to-moment
awareness and enhances the 
ability to live in the present.

Every intention sets energy into motion
Whether you are conscious of it or not
Gary Zukov

 

 

Bringing Awareness to Life at Mahoney Coleman & Associates
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What working with Equine-Facilitated Wellness (EFW) horses can help:

Boundary Issues (weak interpersonal boundaries, rigid boundaries, difficulty taking space or finding voice, passivity, aggression). Working with EFW horses helps cultivate communication, and clear and healthy boundaries.

Anxiety (GAD, worry, phobias, fear of failure, performance anxiety, social anxiety, PTSD). Working with EFW horses helps calm the mind and body, and grounds awareness in the  present moment.

Self Esteem/Self Worth (shame-based disorders). Working with EFW horses helps people develop self-confidence, self-acceptance, and an increased ability to step out of their comfort zone.

Recovery from Trauma (emotional, physical or sexual abuse, emotional dis-regulation, emotional numbing). Working with EFW horses helps individuals develop a sense of safety, increases their ability to develop positive emotional connections with others, cultivates self-acceptance, and builds the ability to separate the present moment from the traumatic memories.

Depression (negative thinking, hopelessness, rumination about the past). Working with EFW horses helps to develop present moment awareness (mindfulness), which is a powerful tool in dealing with symptoms of depression.

 

 What a therapy session with Anne & the EFW Herd might look like: 

1. Exploratory Session: You, as a client, may walk a horse through the forest attending to how the horse is reacting to you and using those reactions to talk about what is happening for you internally.

2. Behavioural Session: A boundary exercise may be used to help clients find their voice. For example, you may tell a horse to stand in place while you walk away. When the horse moves, you continue working on this exercise until you find the voice needed to command the horse’s attention. On the surface, this may look like a behavioural (assertiveness) exercise. However, the underlying work involves teaching you to be present with your emotions and to be authentic in nonverbal presentation.

3. Reflective Session: You may watch one or more horses in a round pen or in a field, observing your reactions to their behaviour, and using the horse’s or herd’s behaviour to reflect on a pattern (behavioural, cognitive, emotional) in your life that is blocking or preventing you from making the changes you want to make. 

Contact Anne Mahoney at 403-270-8450 to book an appointment.