Psychotherapy and Personal Development
A decision to enter into a therapeutic relationship indicates a willingness to grow, and to change behavior that has never been, or is no longer, effective. Working with older children, adolescents, adults, and couples, Dr. Harness techniques vary according to the reason for treatment and how it makes sense to proceed for the best possible outcome.
As a collaborative undertaking, the therapeutic process requires effort on the part of the client both during sessions and between sessions to achieve a more gratifying life experience. Dr. Harness utilizes treatment methods uniquely suited to your needs, which may include, for example, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy techniques, and equine-facilitated psychotherapy.
Drawing from the Epona and Eagala models, Dr. Harness conducts personal development workshops, or individual sessions, using horses as teachers, or guides. These workshops are experiential in nature, and no previous experience with horses is required. All of the activities with the horses are conducted on the ground (no horseback riding is involved). Depending on the task at hand, individuals will work with a horse one-on-one, or will engage with a number of horses in a herd setting, all while under the supervision of Dr. Harness and an experienced horse handler. Equine facilitated personal development is suitable for individuals, couples, families, and organizations.