The Therapeutic Nature of Touch, and How A Horse Helps Us Feel Whole

I practice psychotherapy with children ages 5 to 18 with the help of Jake and Orion (my equine co-therapists). Once in awhile I work with adults as well. Recently I’ve been thinking about the role of touch as the predominant healing element in my work, and as one of the most meaningful experiences for anyone working with and around horses in general. Other than the rare occasion, psychotherapists should not touch their clients. The therapy office needs to be a very safe place where individual boundaries are carefully respected. Yet, touch (i.e. a hug, a hand on a shoulder, or holding another’s hand) is one of the more powerful of healing tools. A great psychological theorist named Thom

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