Beyond Words: The Healing Power of Horses

Bridging the Worlds of Equine Assisted Therapy and Psychotherapy




Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/6/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 202
ISBN : 9781524600303
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 202
ISBN : 9781524600297

About the Book

Excerpts from Beyond Words: The Healing Power of Horses “The space between words is where we live with horses. In the silence we are truly heard.” ******* “So much of our sadness, our discontent, our addictions and compulsions are driven by the emptiness we experience when, without being aware of it, we detach from our emotional selves. We often mistake this emptiness as boredom, anxiety, hunger, and/or loneliness. Horses, in their honesty and compassion, help us to reconnect to ourselves, to our humanness.” ******* “What I have come to believe is that no matter what orientation you bring to psychotherapy, or what equine certification you achieve, the one variable that has been shown to be critically important is the trusting, respectful, and compassionate relationship that develops between therapist and client; whether the therapist has two or four legs is irrelevant!” ********** “The goal of Beyond Words: The Healing Power of Horses is to connect the advances made in the treatment and understanding of mental health issues with the knowledge we have accrued through the years about the nature of horses. The key is to integrate the two professional worlds of equine specialists and psychotherapists, so that each can appreciate, communicate, and work together to further enhance the practice of Equine Experiential Psychotherapy.”

About the Author

Dr. Alita Buzel is a highly skilled psychologist with over 30 years clinical experience. Her therapeutic style ranges from psychodynamic to cognitive behavioral. With Dr. Buzel’s background in neuropsychology, trauma therapy, and mindfulness training, she is well-positioned to write about the breakthrough work that is happening today in the both the psychotherapeutic and equine psychotherapy world. She is EAGALA trained, has completed the intensive training with Barbara Rector, founder and director of Adventures in Awareness (A1A), and has led numerous individual and group equine psychotherapy workshops. In Beyond Words: The Healing Power of Horses, she has seamlessly merged her love and appreciation of horses with her intuitive understanding of human suffering. Alita incorporates compassion, wisdom, and humor in her insightful writing, making the book both an important resource for those in the equine psychotherapy world as well as the interested public. Beyond Words flows between theory, exercises, metaphors, and a little bit of magic.