Individual Therapy at Cultivate Counseling Center is different than therapy anywhere else. For instance, we strive to move the session outside and into nature. Clients should expect to spend the majority of time interacting with animals or working in nature. However, As much as we believe in the farm based approach, we also recognize that sometimes it is more appropriate to process inside one of our private offices. Every client is given the opportunity to get to know the farm and identify which spaces feel comfortable and with which animals they personally connect. From this information, we create individualized treatment plans and create a highly specialized therapeutic experience.
We also offer couples and family counseling when appropriate, please contact us for more details.
Please, be aware that due to the high demand for this type of clinical service we have a substaintial waitlist. The director will be in touch with you as soon as she is able. The most efficient form of communication between parties is through email.
Cultivate utilizes the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) model for Equine Therapy. The Eagala Model is a distinct experience-based, team-approach framework designed to empower clients to analyze their situations, make connections, and find their own solutions through personal and physical experiences. The Eagala Model is so effective because it embraces the philosophy that humans learn best by doing. The model prescribes a hands-on approach where clients are given the space to project and analyze their situations, make connections, and find their own 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
We utilize the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) model which is solidly grounded in well-established and researched psychological therapies (such as Gestalt, Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy, and Experiential Psychotherapy)
The EAGALA Model provides a standard and structure for providing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning sessions. Practicing within a model establishes a foundation of key values and beliefs, and provides a basis of good practice and professionalism. The EAGALA Model provides a framework of practice, but within that framework, there are infinite opportunities for creativity and adaptability to various therapeutic and facilitating styles.
The Team Approach – An Equine Specialist, a Mental Health professional, and horses work together with clients in all EAGALA sessions.
Focus on the ground – No horseback riding is involved. Instead, effective and deliberate techniques are utilized where the horses are metaphors in specific ground-based experiences.
Solution-Oriented – The basis of the EAGALA Model is a belief that all clients have the best solutions for themselves when given the opportunity to discover them. Rather than instructing or directing solutions, we allow our clients to experiment, problem-solve, take risks, employ creativity, and find their own solutions that work best for them.
Code of Ethics – EAGALA has high standards of practice and ethics and an ethics committee and protocol for upholding these standards, ensuring best practices and the highest level of care.
The EAGALA Team
The Horse: Horses have many characteristics which lend them to being effective agents of change, including honesty, awareness, and ability with nonverbal communication. The role of the horses in an EAGALA session is to be themselves.
The Equine Specialist (ES): The ES chooses the horses to be used in sessions, works with the MH to structure sessions, keeps an equine log to document horse behaviors in sessions, stays aware of safety and welfare of clients, horses, and team, and makes observations of horse SPUD’s (an EAGALA-developed observation framework taught in the certification training program) which can bring in potential metaphors.
The Mental Health Professional (MH): The MH is responsible for treatment planning, documentation of clients, and ensuring ethical practice. The MH builds on the ES’s horse observations, bringing in the metaphoric and therapeutic/learning relevance of the session.
SOCIAL SKILLS GROUP FOR AGES 8-12
The goal of the Crafting Friendships Group is to provide a fun, unique setting where kids will learn to enhance their social skills. Group members will learn how to positively interact with others while building self-esteem. During the summer, the farm is offering “drop-in” sessions where group members can join as their schedule permits. Each session will be centered around a craft and the group will discuss topics related to self-esteem.
To become a client, please, contact us.
Cultivate offers a 6 session group for teens combining nature-based, animal-assisted, and expressive arts on the farm! The farm setting and creative activities help foster engagement, making it easy for teens to have fun and share interests with others. You don't have to be an artist; just feel free to create and see what happens! It's the process, not the product, that is the goal.
To become a client, contact us.
Group for NEUROLOGICALLY atypical individuals
For adolescents ages 12-20 with mild to moderate impairment in social functioning due to Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental disabilities, or communication disorders. Participants will:
● Learn and practice social skills to make and keep friends
● Complete group and independent tasks to practice working together and independently
● Learn to care for animals and plants to experience regulatory effects of engaging with animals and natural world
● Create art projects to engage creativity
*May also be appropriate for other clients- please contact to see if this group is appropriate for your child.
To become a client, contact us.