My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Christian Counseling Service of East Valley Inc, Redlands, CA, USA
To Whom It May Concern,
My name is Patricia Carland and I am a US Navy veteran who has been diagnosed with Manic Depression (bipolar) and mild Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I get my care from the VA hospital in Loma Linda, and while I was there for psychiatric treatment one day, I read a brochure about the Equus Medendi therapy program.
I have always had a love for horses, so the idea that I could have a therapeutic experience with them was appealing and intriguing at the same time.
At my initial meeting with Ms. Angie Sheer, I was immediately set at ease by Ms. Sheer's warm and kind demeanor, as she explained the Equus Medendi program. Specifically, I was struck by the way she was able to explain how a horse is a special creature -- very in tune with the its surroundings, and especially the people in its proximity. You cannot be anything but authentic with a horse, and your energy becomes its energy.
On my second visit, I met Ms. Erin Mancha ( a CCS therapist who specializes in Equine Therapy) my wonderful therapist who joined Ms. Sheer and I to make a space where I felt safe to reveal my inner thoughts and feelings.
Of course, the ultimate success for me came from the interaction with the horses, especially "Sky," 1200 pounds of magnificent beauty, combined with a remarkable intelligence and caring personality. I have wonderful memories of the bond that he and I formed throughout my sessions -- he was so gentle, loving, and, eventually, accepting of me, as a fellow creature who had only the best intentions for him, and us.
To achieve that acceptance, I learned to calm and quiet my mind and then control my flow of energy directed toward the horse... High energy to get the horse to gallop, then lower energy to trot, then walk, then stop... and then to greet and thank the horse, who would then follow me wherever I walked.
It was an amazing feeling to be in concert with this magnificent creation. But most importantly, I now permanently have the ability to mentally and physically recall that calm, flowing energy and can put myself into that state, which has become a miraculous coping mechanism for me.
Ms. Sheer and Ms. Mancha worked together very well, and both have a calming, yet firm style of interaction. They structured my sessions as a personal treatment plan for my specific needs, with each session building on the last one.
The verbal therapy sessions and the exercises that Ms. Sheer and Ms. Mancha guided me through were tremendously effective at getting deep into my psyche, revealing my fears and bad feelings about myself, and then helping me lovingly accept myself for all the good things that I have to offer.
I have had many therapists in the past, and have tried hours of therapeutic techniques, such as Biofeedback. Although I am grateful for the treatment value intent, I must say that the Equus Medendi therapy program was the most effective therapy I have ever had... and all in less than two months time!
Thus, the Equus Medendi therapy program comes with my highest recommendation... and for Ms. Sheer and Ms. Mancha, my eternal gratitude. It was transformational... and I am happy and proud to say that "My therapist lives in a barn." One of them, anyway!
I am happy to speak with anyone who is considering Equus Medendi therapy, or to discuss further my experiences with this fantastic program.