You know the feeling.
It can be that racing in your heart and trouble breathing. It can be that pain in your chest or that lump in your throat, or sweating palms and racing thoughts. It can go from discomfort to full on panic in the blink of an eye.
It can also be feeling on edge and that just about everyone can get on your last nerve. You don’t feel like yourself anymore. You worry about even the smallest things and you always fear the worst.
You can’t concentrate and tasks seem to take you twice as long. You fall behind on your work or you load yourself up with a million things to do because you think that if you can just keep yourself busy enough it will all go away.
At night you might have trouble falling asleep. Your mind revisits every mistake you made throughout the day or it creates a play by play of all the things that could go wrong in the days to come. You might have bad dreams. Or maybe you don’t rest at all because you toss and turn all night long.
No matter how it manifests, anxiety is no walk in the park. It can stem from a variety of sources including traumatic experiences, chronic stress, genetics, and difficulty adjusting to new changes in your life.
No matter what the cause, there is no reason for you to continue struggling or to keep trying to fight it off on your own.
Call us to learn more 559-387-4367
At Tailwinds Therapy, we are here to help. We know how difficult living with anxiety can be and we want you to start feeling better now. Our services offer you a new approach to reducing your symptoms through interacting with horses to provide a hands-on experience where you can put your skills to practice even as soon as your first session. Our mental health professional and equine specialist will be there to support you as you find new ways to understand the causes of your anxiety and as you learn healthy ways to manage it.
You have the option of attending Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) sessions out with the horses, or participating in traditional in office sessions if you prefer. Or perhaps a mix of both is right for you.
No matter what method you choose, what matters most is that you start feeling better.
So why horses?
As flight animals, horses have a natural tendency to pick up on the energy and environment around them as they scan for danger and seek safety. This means that when you feel anxious with a horse, they can feel it too, and will respond differently than when you are in a calm state.
As you work with the horses, our team will teach you ways to adjust your behaviors and increase your awareness to reduce your anxiety and develop healthy ways to cope with stress. This allows you to see immediate feedback about your symptoms and learn if your coping skills are working effectively.
Unlike just talking about your symptoms in an office, when you work with the horses you can practice new skills right then and there and experience the changes as they happen.
Working with horses in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy services also helps you build self-confidence, increase self-efficacy, and can help you regulate your nervous system to make long-lasting physiological changes that aid in the management of anxiety.
Anxiety often keeps us from taking care of what we know we need to do. Don’t let your worries or fears stop you from feeling better. Let our compassionate team of professionals help you find ways to start feeling better. Call us today at 559-387-4367 for a free phone consultation.