Mental Health Counseling for Children and Families
Spirit Reins is a trauma specialty center dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families by providing trauma-informed mental health therapy services. Our trauma-informed services are based on the neuroscience of brain development, how trauma affects the brain and the ability to form healthy relationships.
Our unique therapy services are based on evidence-based models, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Object Relations Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. We also offer therapy outside of a traditional office setting when this will best serve clients. Spirit Reins specializes in Trauma Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP).
Combining traditional therapeutic interventions with innovative approaches like trauma focused equine-assisted psychotherapy, we help children heal from trauma and build healthy, connected relationships with themselves and with the people in their lives.
Working As A Team
Each client who comes to Spirit Reins has their own dedicated team: a fully licensed therapist, an equine professional, and a horse.
The fully licensed therapist guides the team in treatment planning and goal-setting for the client.
The equine professional has years of experience with horses and plays a key role in keeping the client safe when interacting with the horses. They also watch for valuable clues from the horse about the client’s emotional state and experience.
Our team approach, combined with the involvement of parents and siblings all working together, creates a powerful healing experience for our clients.
Working With Horses
Working with horses adds a unique and necessary component to our program. There are neurobiological similarities between the brain of a horse and the developing brain of a child impacted by trauma.
As prey animals, horses are keenly aware of their surroundings and constantly live "in-the-moment" to feel safe. In other words, their fight-flight-or-freeze response system is always on, allowing them to be totally honest in their responses and interactions with clients. Our clients often live in that same "survival" part of the brain as horses.
Unlike horses, however, children impacted by trauma experience dysregulation—the inability to respond to a stimulus within the normal emotive range of a neurotypical individual. Horses understand when our clients' external behaviors do not match their internal emotions, and the horses react to this dysregulation, which allows our clients to gain insight into their own verbal and nonverbal behaviors.
This provides our clients with the opportunity to take full responsibility for the kind of relationship(s) they build, not only with their horse, but with the people in their lives.
The Spirit Reins Way
Combining the quiet comfort of the Texas Hill Country with a trauma-informed and experienced therapy team, Spirit Reins' services result in powerful inner transformations with observable changes and measurable changes in behavior, life skills, self-regulation and relationships.