There is a strong, unquestionable bond humans develop with animals.Â Animals are able to give the loving devotion, the soft touch, the constant companionship, the attentive eye and the uncritical ear that is so attractive to many of us.Â Unlike humans, they are accepting, give love completely and openly and are loyal at all times under all circumstances and most importantly do this without judgement.Â This affection provided by an animal is simple, unconditional and uncomplicated.Â Pets are good playmates for all ages and all types of people, no matter the social or economic group they associate with themselves.Â They provide the security of companionship and are frequently seen as confidents.Â These comforting and healing qualities enable animals to be good facilitators in therapy (equine facilitated psychotherapy, EFP).Â
Animal-assisted psychotherapy is a creative and innovative addition to play therapy and talk therapy that provides the therapist and client with a live, interactive medium for effective assessment and intervention.Â An animals skill of empathy, sensitivity and ability to begin where the client is, is essential to the progress and positive outcomes. The use of live metaphors sets the stage for a profound and immediate response for both client and therapist. This type of therapeutic approach is both fun and rewarding for all involvedclient, therapist and horse.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â In addition to integrating horses into therapy, Christina also conducts traditional forms of psychotherapy such as, talk-therapy, play therapy and groups.Â Christina’s practice specializes in psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults and families with anxiety disorders, mood disorders, behavior disorders, traumatic brain injury, divorce and family issues, bereavement, sexual/physical abuse and learning disorders.Â Her primary treatment approaches include:Â cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), family therapy, psychoeducation and equine facilitated psychotherapy (EFP).
Participation in school planning and placement team meetings
Collaboration with physicians/psychiatrists/occupational therapists/physical therapists/speech therapists
Develop and integrate behavior modification programs
Please contact Christina at (860) 539-5369 for further information and to schedule an appointment.