In equine therapy counseling, the horse acts as a metaphor for relationships, which provides clients the opportunity to look at what works, what doesn’t work, whose needs are being met, whose problem it is, and to take responsibility for recognizing how personal actions affect others.
Hope Reins utilizes the EAGALA method of Equine Assisted Learning and Psychotherapy, in conjunction with cutting edge counseling services that include Coaching, and Traditional Counseling Services for Individuals, Children, Teens, Families and Couples struggling with marriages. We are dedicated to matching you up with the best clinician and method to help you feel hope again.
At Hope Reins our Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) learning programs are all customized for our client's individual needs. Our equine therapy activities assist clients of all ages to improve their self-esteem, build confidence, social skills, communication skills, relationships and personal awareness. With these equine-assisted activities, our clients learn to establish reasonable boundaries, earn respect and improve their communications skills.
The equine-assisted therapy teams at Hope Reins specialize in the treatment of complex trauma, ADHD, anxiety, behavior disorders, chemical dependency, depression, grief, self-injury, PTSD, autism, and other mental health or relationship issues.
If you are looking for unique programming where you get to experience change and not just talk about it, we offer the following personal growth and development workshops. In each workshop there is a short teaching component followed up with an activity with the horses that is designed to help you develop and practice those skills you have just learned. Our experienced team has worked within corporate, church and small business settings to help develop well functioning and productive organizations.
All activities are on the ground. No horse experience is needed. Horses are well suited to help individuals and groups develop leadership, teamwork and emotional IQ needed for success, as they live in social groups within a hierarchy of leadership. They require good leadership and well defined roles to survive. They are clear in their communication and give immediate feedback to each other and to us! In order to be successful in working with horses you must develop self-awareness and an ability to regulate strong emotions.
Working with horses help you not just talk about change but actually practice change. Since horses are animals of prey, they are sensitive to the slightest change in our interactions with them. As such they provide honest, immediate and clear feedback. It is an experience similar to a ropes course but you have living creatures are like living biofeedback machines. And since you are experiencing change in the moment it is hard to forget!
Hope Reins also offers a variety of customized corporate team building, leadership, communication and professional growth programs. Improve effectiveness and productivity as your team focuses on social learning, emotional IQ, flexibility and adaptability to the changing marketplace.
Just say Neigh!!
This program will help you learn to communicate more effectively. Since 90% of communication is non-verbal, horses can be great instructors in the art of clear communication. Make sure your yes is yes and your neigh is neigh! Come and let our horse observers help you develop an understanding of how self-awareness can help you and your team support each other as rapid change and transitions occur.
How’s Your Herd?
Experience a fun day of team building as you add new members from the “horse set” to your herd. Horses live in herds so there are more than one set of eyes to watch for danger. Experience challenging and fun activities that will help you assess your “herd” so that you can build more effective teams at your business, school, church or organization. Is your herd ready and willing to quickly adapt to the changing marketplace?
The Speed of the Leader…
What kind of leader are you? What kind would you like to be? Learn about how to be an effective leader as our horse and human facilitators help us think about what makes an effective leader.
Please contact us to discuss your corporate team building goals.
To get started, or if you have questions, please email us or call Director Debbie Hirschberg at
Hope Reins serves families, teens and individuals in the greater Fox Valley and Chicago, IL area including Elgin, Hoffman Estates, Barrington, Barrington Hills, Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, Hampshire, Huntley, Algonquin, Lake in the Hills Crystal Lake, Bartlett, Carol Stream, Warrenville, West Chicago and Wheaton.