Make a Mental Note
About This Show
Make a Mental Note is a podcast where Dr. Christopher Quarto, a licensed psychologist, interviews counselors, social workers and psychologists in the greater Nashville area and abroad about their practices. The purpose of the podcast is to educate listeners about psychological problems that people contend with and methods of dealing with those problems. Learning is key to healing and mental wellness.
Most Recent Episode
MMN 040: Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy - with Cheyenne Carter
2 days ago
In this episode of the Make a Mental Note podcast, Cheyenne Carter, a licensed professional counselor and counselor educator, discusses how conducting counseling with the assistance of horses can help clients improve their mental wellness. Give it a listen and find out why this episode is worthy of a mental note! Get the show notes on the "Make a Mental Note" page at http://www.chrisquarto.com/ Click here to subscribe to the Make a Mental Note podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/make-a-mental-note/id1035476864?mt=2 Mental Notes: * Equine-assisted psychotherapy – counselor, client and horse (and an equine specialist). The horse becomes a partner in the healing process. There are many ways of practicing equine-assisted psychotherapy based on the counselor’s theoretical orientation. * Horses are animals of prey and so they have sensitive nervous systems. As such, they provide feedback to clients as to what it’s like to be in a relationship with them. Specifically, when clients pair with horses it provides horses with opportunities to provide feedback to clients regarding their relationship styles/skills, which creates a metaphor for how clients relate to people (i.e., there are parallels along these lines). * Building a relationship with a horse can be healing for some clients while for other clients developing a relationship provides them with insights as to what they might need to do to change the way they relate to people. * Animals have been used in counseling for many years. They have been used with soldiers who came back from war to help in the healing process. * In some cases, counselors use a behavior modification approach to help clients procure a different type of response from the horse in an effort to alter their (i.e., client’s) relationship styles/skills. Other counselors – such as Cheyenne – use a metaphorical approach whereby horses assist clients with affect regulation (i.e., clients have to regulate their own affect/emotions to help horses feel safe and comfortable in their presence). * Equine-assisted psychotherapy is a powerful approach for counselors to use in grief work. * The presence of an animal helps motivate some clients to work on difficult issues in couns