Teen girls at Sunrise are offered an opportunity to experience Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). Equine-Assisted Therapy at Sunrise is facilitated by licensed therapist Michele Peterson, LCSW, along with an experienced equine specialist. Our equine therapy team members are trained by EAGALA, the leading provider of education, standards, and support to equine therapists.
Equine Therapy is centered on metaphors. These metaphors mirror real life on many different levels and are used to raise young women's awareness of issues they carry. As individual issues arise within the equine setting the girls have en-vivo opportunities to work through such issues. Equine therapy is an effective modality to learn skills such as teamwork, communication, and problem solving. It provides a natural setting in which to face fears and increase confidence and self-esteem. Michele Peterson, LCSW, received her certification through EAGALA and runs our equine program.
By David Prior, LMFT, Executive Director In working with individuals who self harm, it is essential to involve their families in the treatment process. There are various impacts that occur to family members of individuals who self harm. Their stories are important to hear because often times the individual who is doing the self harming creates [...]
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By Brad Simpson, LCSW, Clinical Director With self injury awareness day it is a great opportunity to educate. One author from Cornell University stated “Self-injury is an overlooked public health issue”. It is critical to be aware of the impact and rampancy of the problem of self harm. Self harm “is defined as the intentional, direct [...]
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Many of us assume that the better you perform, the more successful you will be. Right? It seems logical to pursue perfection, to want to be perfect. However, this type of thinking can get in the way of our success. I have never met anyone who was perfect or who did everything perfectly. If we [...]
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