If you’re searching for a unique and transformative therapeutic experience for your teenager, look no further. The Idaho Youth Ranch is once again offering its one-of-a-kind DBT Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy group this fall, and we’re inviting youths aged 14–17 to embark on a healing journey like no other.

What is DBT Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy?

DBT, or Dialectical Behavior Therapy, is a therapeutic technique that teaches skills to cope with stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships. Incorporating equine (horse) interactions into this therapy brings a physical, emotional, and mental dimension that is both groundbreaking and profoundly healing.

Top Benefits of DBT Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy:

  1. Mindful Presence: Horses live in the present moment. Interacting with them teaches youths to be aware of their surroundings, feelings, and responses, reinforcing mindfulness practices central to DBT.
  2. Emotion Regulation: Horses mirror human emotions, allowing teens to see the immediate impact of their emotional state. This creates a unique feedback loop to help participants learn emotion regulation in real time.
  3. Relationship Skills: Building trust with a horse requires patience, understanding, and communication. These experiences aid in developing healthy interpersonal relationships outside the arena.
  4. Stress Reduction: The bond between humans and horses has long been recognized as therapeutic. The simple act of being with, grooming, or touching a horse can significantly reduce stress and anxiety.
  5. Enhanced Self-Esteem: Successfully connecting with such a powerful and intuitive creature gives youths a sense of accomplishment, boosting their confidence and self-worth.

Join Our Group

  • Location: Idaho Youth Ranch in Caldwell

  • Topic: DBT Equine Group Therapy

  • Schedule: Mondays, 5:00–6:00 p.m. for 16 weeks, from October 2, 2023, to January 29, 2024. (Note: A two-week break for Christmas and New Year holidays is scheduled.)

  • Participants: Youth aged 14–17. (Group size limited to 8 kids for optimal therapy results.)

Why Choose Idaho Youth Ranch?

The Idaho Youth Ranch is dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment for youth. Our masters-level therapists and experienced equine specialists ensure that every participant receives personalized care and attention.

Final Thoughts

Equine therapy isn’t about riding horses. It’s about understanding oneself, learning to navigate relationships, and developing resilience. This fall, give your teen the gift of growth, connection, and healing. We encourage parents to take advantage of this incredible opportunity.

To learn more or to sign up your youth for our upcoming DBT Equine Group, please contact the Idaho Youth Ranch today. In the Treasure Valley call 208-454-8847 or visit our website.

We’re excited to help your teen embark on this transformative journey!


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