Equine Assisted Therapy in Grand Rapids Michigan
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EAD COVID-19 UPDATE
Service Update from Equine Assisted Development:
We are reaching out to let you know that we are taking COVID-19 seriously and through the latest health recommendations, we are making the health of our team and those we come in contact with our top priority.
Per the Governor's order, Public Activities will be postponed until further notice.
We also want to let you know our animals are safe and we are grateful for all who are continuing to support EAD and our herd through this crisis.
Equine therapy services will continue on site for clients in mental health crisis. Equine therapy services are also available for stressed caregivers, essential workers, local law enforcement, and first responders as these will be essential services through this community crisis.
Email to schedule an equine assisted therapy appointment and receive safety protocol instructions email@example.com
Our phone is 616-318-4919
Peace and Safety
Deb VanderBand, Executive Director
Equine Assisted Development is an EAGALA farm in the city, right in Grand Rapids, that makes quality, evidence-based equine therapy services available to our underserved communities. We want to serve through equine healing programs, partnerships, equine assisted learning & development.
Our most critical work is with at-risk clients referred to us by outside agencies throughout West Michigan. Our clients may have troubled histories: abuse, sex trafficking, addiction challenges, low self-worth, behavioral, and identity issues. We provide a safe space for those experiencing grief, depression, PTSD, anxiety, trauma victims, Alzheimers/Dementia, and much more. Equine assisted therapy is able to touch everyone and make an impact in healing and wholeness.
What Does Equine Therapy With EAD Look Like?
Our equine therapy experiential programs are grounded & interactive through a variety of non-riding activities. All of our equine therapy programs are facilitated by an equine specialist, a professional coach, & a therapist who process activities & emotions with participants.
How Does Equine Therapy Work?
Using dialog, horse-centered activities, observation, & open-ended questions, clients discover perceptions & mental processes behind their beliefs & actions. Equine Therapy helps people tell their story & find their own solutions in a non-judgemental, emotionally safe place - an arena & farm, right in the city, right where you are.
What Is Equine Therapy's Impact?
Our Equine Therapy programs take place in the barn, arena, or pasture using unique interactions with horses. Equine Assisted sessions build upon each other to create new neural pathways for dealing with real life situations by engaging in critical thinking, communication, decision-making, personal growth, healing, & self-awareness.