Jane Evers, MA, LPC, LPCS, a counselor with Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health, has referred patients to LEAP and has commented that:
“It’s…been a really good experience for each of the kids I’ve sent because it’s just less threatening. When you ask someone a direct question or talk about something that’s difficult to talk about in a direct manner, some people just shut down. Through the animals they’re able to see themselves in a different way.”
And our patients have also expressed their appreciation for LEAP and for the benefits they received from working with the LEAP horses and staff….
Claudia M. Hafer, MA, Children’s Services Coordinator, The Governor’s Office of Continuum of Care
for Emotional Disturbed Children. Ms. Hafer has referred patients to LEAP and worked closely with us in developing their treatment. A very supportive letter she has written to us says in part:
“Our clinical staff…recommend(s) LEAP’s program to use with our children who have not responded to their previous therapies. I personally have been able to watch LEAP in action and have been so impressed with their work. The real proof is in the fact that our children are functioning better and are happier.”
Deborah Marcet, Psy.D., is a local clinical psychologist who has referred clients to LEAP and consulted closely with the LEAP practitioners in working with her patients. Dr. Marcet was kind enough to send us the following comments:
“The LEAP Program has been an essential component of my clients’ ability to heal from the aftereffects of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. The experiential approach is a powerful learning tool. It provides immediate feedback to my clients through their interactions with the horses during the execution of assigned tasks.
These interactions are then explored and processed with the help of extremely capable clinicians.
This approach has facilitated the development of new skills and insights for my clients. The clinical staff maintains open and consistent communication with the referring therapist, allowing relevant issues and new material to be available for the ongoing therapeutic process in regular sessions.”