Who we are
Healing Hooves is an Equine Facilitated Counselling and Animal Assisted Therapy program, based in Alberta, Canada, bringing healing, growth and hope to children, youth, adults and families.
Visit our Workshop and Resources page or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for full details.
We are excited to announce that our therapeutic stories are now available for purchase. All proceeds go to subsidise sessions for clients and/ or to meet the physical needs of our four legged therapists. We have recently released two new stories focused on recovering from trauma and abuse. View details here and/or e-mail email@example.com to order your copy today!
What we do
We aim to help those who are hurting or struggling in life to find their path, fulfill their potential and discover their true purpose in life. By integrating horses and other animals into the counselling relationship and environment we help to bring healing, growth and hope through the human animal bond, empowering our clients to discover, cherish and celebrate who they really are. Many of the people we work with have learned that the world is not a safe place and that other people are not to be trusted - it simply becomes safer to stop caring. Working with the horses helps our clients learn to trust again, and to gradually risk caring again; it gives them hope for a brighter tomorrow.
In addition to significant training in Equine Facilitated Wellness, Animal Assisted Therapy and Attachment therapies, our counsellors are also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for trauma work and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
How we do it
Using a unique approach called Equine Facilitated Counselling (EFC) also known as Equine Facilitated Wellness (EFW), Equine Facilitated/ Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) or Equine Facilitated Mental Health (EFMH) - we partner with animals as powerful role models, teachers, friends and guides on this incredible life journey. Located near Cremona, AB, (45 minutes northwest of Calgary), our site sits amid rolling hills overlooking the spectacular Rocky Mountains, offering a peaceful and safe environment where people can discover and grow into the unique strengths and abilities they already possess.
For more information please read our new article: "The Who, What and Why of AAT and EFW" written for the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and available on this website.
About Healing HoovesFor the past almost twenty years Healing Hooves has helped hundreds of people of all ages who have experienced violence and abuse, are struggling with anxiety, depression, addictions and/or self harming behaviours. Many of our clients came to Healing Hooves as their last hope after all other counselling approaches had failed for them. View more services.
Meet our Animal PartnersOur horses and other animal partners at Healing Hooves are key members of our team. They all have their own personal stories leading them to Healing Hooves which has shaped them into wonderful co-counselors. Our clients relate to the horses or other animals they work with here and everyone usually finds that special animal friend who truly seems to understand and care about where you have been, where you are going, and what you are facing.
You can meet them individually by checking out our four legged professionals page.
Healing Hooves helps clients through individual, family, group or summer camp counselling programs. We also offer parents with parenting support and counselling through individual or group sessions. We offer personal development/ personal growth workshops which can be taken either as a part of a larger training program or stand alone. View more information on our counselling services.
We also offer other professionals and volunteers information, resources, direction and support in the area of equine facilitated mental health and wellness. 2017 Workshop Dates Have Been Confirmed! View more information on our workshops. Or order one of our publications Healing Hooves - EFW Articles for Parents and Professionals.
Also enquire about our therapeutic children's stories. For parents and counsellors to help children through the many adventures of of the Healing Hooves herd.
At Healing Hooves we firmly believe that there are many children, youth, parents and adults for whom doors could be opened, trust re-learnt, and relationships built through a relationship with the right therapy horse or other animal. A key part of our vision is to help as many people as we can experience healing, hope and unconditional love through the gentle touch of a four-legged counsellor.