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Equine-Assisted Counseling

Equine-Assisted Counseling is a therapeutic approach that involves interactions between individuals and horses to promote emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being. It is often used as a complementary treatment method in various therapeutic settings.  In this program, guidance will be provided on a peaceful horse ranch through both the formation of a bond and multiple other modalities.


Sessions consist of activities such as grooming, feeding, and leading the horse; as well as nature and mindfulness based interventions. Depending on the client's needs and preferences, activities such as guided meditations, mindfulness walks, and self-care skills training will be incorporated. The focus is not on equestrianship skills but rather on the therapeutic benefits of the human-horse relationship.


The presence of horses can have a positive impact on individuals, as they can mirror human emotions and behaviors. Horses are highly perceptive and sensitive to nonverbal cues, which can help therapists gain insights into the emotional state and needs of their clients.

This is a uniquely individualized program that assists with a wide variety of offsets, ranging from the desire to spend more time connecting with nature, to handling difficult life stressors, to managing a mental or behavioral issue. 

By utilizing equine-assisted counseling, a client-centered approach, and nature-based interventions, this program is designed to foster well-rounded personal development for people of all ages and activity levels.

The three main aspects of this program include:

  • 1) hands-on activities with horses (and possibly other animals) to assist in the formation of a bond 

  • 2) mindfulness-based interventions

  • 3) self-realization and self-development through a guided therapeutic practice


Additional aspects of this program include: 

  • Grounding in nature 

  • Goal setting 

  • Coping skills training

  • Nervous system regulation 

  • Decluttering the mind 

  • Guided meditations and journal prompts 

  • Private space to share offsets, concerns, problems, etc. and receive guidance 

  • Ability to tailor the sessions based on your exact needs

  • Provided feedback and homecare for long-lasting healing 

Animal-Assisted Counseling and Nature Based Interventions can assist with:

  • Self-esteem

  • Empowerment 

  • Anxiety 

  • Stress tolerance 

  • Depression 

  • Behavioral issues 

  • ADHD

  • Energy levels 

  • Grounding 

  • Mindfulness 

  • Discipline 

  • Communication 

  • Mindset shifts 

  • Emotion regulation 

  • Impulse control  

  • Self-awareness 

  • Self-realization 

  • Self-soothing skills 

  • And additional coping skills



  • Sessions are 50 minutes 

  • Investment is $110 (cash and check only)

  • Most clients receive one session a week to ensure peak results from the treatment plan; however, scheduling is flexible and can be designed to meet the specific needs of each individual.

  • Location: Great Strides Long Island in Middle Island, NY

Why choose Equine-Assisted Counseling?


1. Harness the Wisdom of Horses: Horses have an innate ability to sense and respond to human emotions. Through their gentle presence, they provide powerful mirrors for self-reflection and insight, offering a fresh perspective on life's challenges.


2. Embrace Empowerment: Engaging with horses in a therapeutic setting can enhance self-esteem, build confidence, and promote emotional resilience. Through bonding with horses, you can develop a deeper understanding of yourself and transcend past limiting beliefs. 


3. Nurture Mind, Body & Soul: Equine-assisted counseling is a holistic approach that addresses the interconnectedness of mind, body, and soul. By working with horses, you'll experience the benefits of improved emotional well-being, increased physical coordination and mindfulness, and a sense of profound connection with nature.


4. Tailored to Your Needs: Each therapy session is customized to suit your specific goals and challenges. Whether you're dealing with anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties, or personal growth, Danielle will guide you on your therapeutic journey, helping you unlock your full potential.

Email Danielle at or click the button below to schedule a consultation and begin your, or your child’s, remarkable journey towards well-being.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions about how equine- assisted counseling can support you and your needs.

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