where horses help heal
WHAT WE OFFER
Group and Individual Sessions
Moving Forward From Loss
Join this group session to heal and cope with the pain of losing a loved one. Step into the next chapter of life while building community with others who can relate. Find the strength to make the most of this new normal. This group welcomes those 18 and older. Please call Debbie at 217.671.7225 to register.
Get the Most out of Life
This individual service can be tailored to help you live your best life. What challenges are holding you back? Discover ways to overcome those barriers using our unique equine assisted method. Contact Debbie at 217.671.7225 to schedule your first session. Available for ages 13 and up.
Join us as we launch our 2021 Stable season! If you've ever wondered what Equine Assisted Therapy is, this is the event for you. Come meet the horses and watch a demonstration of what a session may look like. This is a free event, open to all! Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 from 5:30-7:30 with demonstration occurring at 6pm.
THE EAGALA MODEL
How It Works
At The Stable we use the Eagala Model. The reason it is so effective is because it embraces the science that humans learn best by doing. The model uses a hands-on approach where space is given to project and analyze situations, make connections, and discover individualized solutions. Since the solutions are personally experienced in conjunction with intellectual understanding, they tend to be deeper, more profound, and longer lasting.
The Eagala Model is a team approach that includes a licensed, credentialed Mental Health Professional, a qualified Equine Specialist, and horses working together with groups or individuals in an arena.
When inside the arena, all the work is done on the ground with the horses front and center, deliberately unhindered and never ridden; they are allowed to interact as they wish. This creates an environment where, with the support of the professional facilitators, reflection, projection, and deep connections can be made.
MA, LCPC, EAGALA MHP
Since 2004 I have sat with countless individuals and families experiencing pain and uncertainty in ways they hoped they never would. Change is rarely easy, and when it comes as a forced, unwelcome change, the road to restoration can appear bleak and hopeless. Grief, loss, anxiety, depression, and trauma are labels no one wants to face.
However, I know from years of listening to hurting people (and from my own personal healing journey) that hope comes again after a time of pain. Healing is possible. Stability in uncertainty is achievable.
While I truly value sitting face to face with someone and welcoming their story through words, I have come to realize sometimes, after the talking, the question becomes, “What now? What do I do after I’ve talked about it?”
Our work at The Stable allows us to offer an answer to that question. Come explore what your emotions, your goals, your desires for change look like in a tangible, hands on way. This approach to therapy is like no other.
I want to offer you a chance to benefit from Horse Assisted therapy. Being outside and grounded in nature is a delightful, unintended benefit of this therapy. But the intended benefit of telling your story and seeing it play out with the help of these powerful animals has the potential to impact you in ways you may never have dreamed possible.
Let’s do this work together, to help you find stability, wholeness, and healing.
Professional Certifications and Affiliations
American Association of Christian Counselors
Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
EAGALA MHP certified
BS Animal Science, EAGALA ESP
Working as the Equine Specialist of the team, I hope to help others overcome obstacles to find peace and hope. I have personally benefitted from spending time with horses and want to share that experience with others. I currently am blessed to live my childhood dream of owning a boarding and riding stable, Rolling Prairie Stables. My goal is to create an encouraging community of horse-lovers who support and cheer each other on.
"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man."
The Stable is hosted by Rolling Prairie Stables in cooperation with Lincoln Pastoral Counseling Services.
We exist to offer stability and wholeness to people seeking change and healing
by partnering with horses in a Christ-centered environment.
"Look angry and a horse is likely to give you a sideways glance: using its left or sinister side. Its heart rate will increase, too. And both are indications that a horse can recognise a human emotion..." Click here for more info about how horses can recognize human emotion!
"With their powerful stature and ability to run with the wind, horses have intrigued humans for centuries. Strong, yet sensitive, with their attentive ears and large, expressive eyes, horses are wary of predators. They spook in response to a noise or sudden movement. And for decades now, horses have been included in therapy. What is it about horses that helps people heal?" Click here to find out why!
Watch this short video clip to get an idea of how Eagala sessions work. Bit of Hope Ranch offers services similar to The Stable.