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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What services do you provide?
    Spirit Reins partners licensed mental health professionals with horses to provide mental health counseling to children and families impacted by adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including abuse, neglect and other complex trauma. Our therapy teams use a combination of traditional therapeutic interventions and innovative approached like equine-assisted psychotherapy to help children feel and experience safety, undo the shame associated with experiences beyond their control, and build healthy relationships.
  • What is Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and why is it effective?
    Equine-assisted psychotherapy is an experiential form of psychotherapy that involves horses. A licensed mental health professional working with an appropriately credentialed equine professional partners with suitable horses to address psychotherapy goals set forth by the mental health professional and the client. Due to their nature as prey animals, horses are hard-wired to sense subtle changes in their environment. This unique sensitivity makes them highly responsive to a client's behaviors and emotional states. The biofeedback of the horse provides the equine professional and therapist with information and therapeutic opportunities while working with the client. Through building a relationship with horses, clients gain insight into their own verbal and nonverbal behaviors, as well as behavioral and relationship patterns. The beneficial interaction between humans and horses provides our clients with the opportunity to learn how to set healthy boundaries, practice safe vulnerability in relationships, restore their voice, and release the shame associated with their story.
  • Who do you serve?
    We serve children ages 4 to 25 and families impacted by adverse childhood experiences and other traumatic events. Many children who come to Spirit Reins may be coping with: -Post Traumatic Stress Disorder -Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder -Bipolar / Depression / Anxiety Disorder -Oppositional Defiance / Conduct Disorder -Reactive Attachment Disorder Many of our clients are in foster care or have previously been part of the child welfare system.
  • Where is Spirit Reins located?
    Spirit Reins is located in the Texas Hill Country on a 125-acre ranch in Liberty Hill, Texas.
  • How often are services provided?
    Services are typically a standing, one-hour weekly appointment for each client / family, although holidays and inclement weather may affect this frequency. On average, clients remain in services for 9 months to one year.
  • Do you have a waitlist?
    Currently, we do have a waitlist for our most popular after-school and evening appointment times. However, if you have flexibility in your schedule, we may have some avilability.
  • How do I get started in services at Spirit Reins?
    Please complete our "New Client Form" (located under the "Services" tab of our website) if you would like to get started with Spirit Reins. Once we have received your form, we will call your insurance provider within 3 to 4 business days to get a quote of general benefits and eligibility. After the insurance benefits have been verified, you will be contacted to further discuss our services, your insurance benefits (if any) and payment options, as well as the current waiting period. Once an opening becomes available, a member of our staff will be in contact to set up a date and time for the intake session.
  • How much do services at Spirit Reins cost?
    As a non-profit, Spirit Reins relies on the generosity of grant partners and supporters to do our best to provide services that are avilable to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. We accept most private insurance plans, several Medicaid plans, and offer financial assistance on a sliding scale. Once we have received your "New Client Form," we will call your insurance provider within 3 to 4 business days to get a quote of general benefits and eligibility. The benefits quoted us gives a general outline of what insurance will cover and what you might expect to pay, if anything, for our services. This is in no way a guarantee of coverage. Final out of pocket expenses will be determined once we have billed insurance and receive the Explanation of Benefits for billed services. If you have further questions regarding cost, please contact us at or (512) 778-9449.
  • I still have questions. How do I learn more?
    Please contact our office at or (512) 778-9449. We will do our best to respond to your inquiry in a timely manner.
  • How can I get involved and support Spirit Reins?
    To donate or volunteer, please visit our "Join the Herd" page! If you have any questions, please contact our office. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. *Please note that, while past clients can volunteer, they must be at least 12 months post exit from services and permission from parents is required if the person requesting to volunteer is younger than 18 years old.
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