I am proud to participate as an equine assisted mental health therapist, along with the many wonderful staff members and volunteers who are involved in therapeutic and recreational activities at Praying Hands/Promise Ranch in Parker Colorado.
My work with children and teens has always been focused on helping kids develop skills, coping strategies and resilience that will help them deal with the many challenging transitions that all of us experience in the course of our lives. My philosophy is that these skills can be learned through fun, and sometimes challenging activities that help clients identify their strengths, perseverance, and talents. At the ranch, children, teens and young adults have the opportunity to get hands on with many animals. The ranch supports 27 therapeutic horses, 2 donkeys, a number of friendly felines, 5 rabbits, a flock of chickens, several alpacas and goats and sheep. All of these animals are available to interact with clients and to teach them patience, calmness and relaxation, or maybe learn assertiveness skills, anticipatory responses for safety and to participate in the incredible connections that animals can offer to all of us.