It’s never easy sharing your story, but when you do, whether you know it or not, you’re helping so many other people. Mending Fences alumnus, Adam Mercer, an Army combat veteran, agreed to tell his story on television with the hope of helping others who are struggling with their mental health, reminding them that there is hope and help is available. Our Equine-Assisted Therapy Program is just one of the many ways we can help you heal and live the life you deserve.
Conventional treatment doesn’t always work for everyone. Equine-assisted therapy is a type of experiential therapy that treats the whole person. Individuals are able to relive and reenact experiences associated with their past and learn to overcome the negative emotions that are attached to them. A lot of people don’t know that there are different types of therapies like this available and how helpful they can be, so when Crystal Moyer from News 6 Orlando reached out to us and asked if they could do a story on our equine-assisted therapy program, we were beyond grateful. They shared the same sentiment that people dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues should know there are alternative ways to get the help you need that doesn’t always require sitting inside.
Through this program, Adam was guided through activities with the horses, that don’t include riding, along with our equine therapy team. Adam was able to learn to care for his horse which requires concentration, selflessness, and teamwork. Equine-assisted therapy can help improve self-esteem, self-awareness, confidence, and empathy which can help treat anxiety, depression, grief, addiction, and many other behavioral problems. At Mending Fences, we offer a number of individualized programs that fit the needs of each client who walks through our doors. There is no one-size-fits-all model when it comes to treatment and it’s important to us that we provide the highest quality of care through each of our programs.
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