Shining Hope Farms to Offer Group Mental Health Counseling

May 26, 2022 | News

We are acutely aware that mental health services are needed now more than ever. We are thrilled to be offering group equine assisted psychotherapy at our Conover farm this summer to meet this need in the community. We can also accommodate individual sessions if needed. Please give us a call at 704-827-3788 or fill out our contact form to find out more or enroll.


Summer 2022 Group Equine Assisted Psychotherapy


About Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

ne of Shining Hope Farms’ Therapy Services Program offerings is mental health counseling. We serve a wide ranging population of individuals through this service including Veterans, at-risk youth, and trauma victims. Our mental health counseling utilizes the process of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). This is an interactive process in which a licensed mental health professional working with appropriately credentialed equine professional, partners with suitable equine(s) to address psychotherapy goals set forth by the mental health professional and the client.

The equine is a critically important partner in the work of EAP. The equine’s prey nature and intense sensitivity to subtle changes in their environment make them perfect partners for professionals who teach a wide range of life and coping skills. The horse acts as a large biofeedback machine, providing the client and the therapist with information regarding the client’s moods and changes within those moods. If a client arrives anxious the horse will act and respond one way. If the client is able to reduce his or her anxiety, the horse’s behaviors will also change. This provides a plethora of information and skill building opportunities for both the client and the therapist.

*These are unmounted sessions.

Session Focus Areas

As Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is an experiential, relational and sensory rich approach. Each group will focus on one of the following areas:


    Communication Conflict Resolution Problem Solving Social Awareness Self-Esteem


    Impulse Control Self-Regulation Self-Esteem


    Emotional Regulation Mindfulness Self-Esteem


    Emotional Regulation Coping Skills Self-Esteem



6347 St. Peter’s Church, Rd., Conover, NC 28613


Ages & Session Size

Groups consist of 2-6 individuals.

Ages Served

10-13 years old or

14-17 years old



We are in network with Partners, Medicaid managed care plans and private insurance.


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