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MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

StableStrides is a national leader in Mental Health Service methods. This is a unique and groundbreaking therapeutic model, used around the world as a dynamic, powerful tool in mental health therapy. It offers unique opportunities to support individuals or families’ mental or behavioral health needs through the partnership of a horse.

“I have learned more about myself and how to handle my emotions”

in 5 individuals experience mental illness each year

Our mental health services are not focused on horsemanship or horseback riding, but rather on giving clients a safe place to engage in activities with a horse or horses. The horse helps client’s process feelings, thoughts, and reactions, while serving as an emotional mirror.

Mental Health Services provide a deeper therapeutic experience due to the living relationship between the horse and the client. Horses are uniquely suited for this kind of therapy because they are intuitive and will react to behavior patterns and cues that people might miss, allowing the therapist and client to interact on a deeper level and address issues that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Group, couple, family, and individual therapy sessions are available through the Mental Health Services program at StableStrides.

Our licensed therapists, PATH certified Equine Specialists in Mental Health Learning, and exceptionally trained horses work together to provide a one-of-a-kind therapeutic experience.

Studies show that Equine Mental Health Services have been helpful for clients in the following areas (plus many more):

 Assertiveness

Emotional Awareness

Stress Tolerance

Flexibility

Impulse Control

Problem-Solving Skills

Self-Actualization

Independence

Social Responsibility

Interpersonal Relationships

 Grief/Loss

Cognitive Disability

ADD/ADHD

Autism

Personality Disorders

Addiction

Anxiety/Depression

Mood Disorders

PTSD

Emotional/Physical Trauma

Mental Health Group Offerings

StableStrides offers mental health therapy groups focused on building social skills. These groups increase confidence and social-skill building for positive peer interactions. The groups are separated into appropriate age ranges, with a little flexibility for client needs, maturity, and abilities to be taken into consideration. These groups can be a stand-alone therapy, or a complimentary service to other therapy’s that your child or teen is involved in. Children and teens in these equine-assisted mental health groups learn socially appropriate ways to interact with others their age, as well as build important skills like problem-solving, conversational turn-taking, healthy relationships, boundary setting, self-awareness, stress management, frustration tolerance, coping skills, and conflict management.

Female Teen Group

Ages 14 to 17, female-identifying teens welcome! This group meets Wednesday evenings, twice a month at our Latigo location.

Pre-Teen Group

Ages 10 to 13, all genders welcome! This group meets Tuesday afternoons, twice a month at our Latigo location.

Kids Group

Ages 6 to 9, all genders welcome! This group meets weekly on Tuesday afternoons at our Norris Penrose Event Center location.

StableStrides offers Military-Focused equine-assisted mental health therapy groups for our Active Duty and Veteran community. These groups are offered at Unharnessed Potential in Fountain. This location is StableStrides’ third location in the Colorado Springs area and is wholly dedicated to serving our community’s service members, veterans, and their families. Mental health therapy with horses provides the opportunity to be focused on the horses instead of our struggles as a path to find healing. Finding ways around, over and through obstacles with the horses is more engaging and solution-orientated than other forms of therapy. These groups are client-centered, Veteran and Military Spouse-led, and provide a unique and dynamic therapy in a serene setting close to home! No horse experience is required. There will be no horseback riding involved. Members should plan to attend the majority of Wednesdays throughout the enrolled months.

WWP Eligible Service Members and Veterans are served free of charge. Other funding options include Tricare, Self-Pay on a Sliding Scale, and limited scholarships are available. Veterans from all service areas are welcome. Discharge status is not a barrier.

Women’s Group

This group is for women veterans who’ve experienced trauma (MST; combat, service or deployment-related trauma and/or unrelated trauma included) and meets mid-mornings on Wednesdays at Unharnessed Potential in Fountain.

Men’s Group

This group is for male veterans who are looking for an active and solution-oriented therapy to manage symptoms of PTSD, depression, or anxiety and meets mid-day on Wednesdays at Unharness Potential in Fountain.

Interested in partnering with StableStrides to provide equine-assisted therapy groups to your clients?

Contact Clinical Services Director – Chester DeAngelis

c.deangelis@stablestrides.org

StableStrides staff are not available on a 24-hour basis for emergencies. In the event of an emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately. If you are in need of crisis services, you may consider one of the following hotlines.  

Colorado Crisis Services: 1-844-493-8255 or Text “TALK” to 38255 

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 

Trevor Lifeline for LGBTIQA Youth: 1-866-488-7386 

Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1-844-CO-4-KIDS

TESSA Safe Line for Victims of Partner or Sexual Abuse: 719-663-3819

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