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Amarillo: The Eagle Centre: 112 W.8th St. Suite 800: (806) 353-1668
Amarillo: Horseplay @ Mesquite Ranch : 7300 Reeves, Amarillo, TX 79124
Canyon: First Presbyterian Church : 700 E. 1st Street, Canyon, TX 79015
Pampa: First Assembly of God : 500 S. Cuyler, Pampa, TX 79065
Dumas: First Christian Church of Dumas : 423 Maddox Ave. : Dumas, TX 79029
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, also referred to as couple and family therapy and family systems therapy, is a branch of psychotherapy that works with families and couples in intimate relationships to nurture change and development. It tends to view change in terms of the systems of interaction between family members. It emphasizes family relationships as an important factor in psychological health.
What the different schools of family therapy have in common is a belief that, regardless of the origin of the problem, and regardless of whether the clients consider it an "individual" or "family" issue, involving families in solutions is often beneficial. This involvement of families is commonly accomplished by their direct participation in the therapy session. The skills of the family therapist thus include the ability to influence conversations in a way that catalyzes the strengths, wisdom, and support of the wider system.
Equine Assited Psycotherapy
We practice Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and learning, a modality that is rapidly gaining acceptance and respect throughout the world. EAP is a very effective, solution-focused, brief therapy. ClientÕs defenses are quickly broken down and insights are retained through physical experiences.
It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals.
The therapistÕs focus is on the clientÕs behavior, and the horse professional observes the responses and behaviors of the horses. EAP is experiential in nature. This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors, and patterns. The focus of EAP is not riding or horsemanship. It is setting up ground activities involving the horses which will require the client or group to apply certain skills. Non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking and problem-solving, leadership, work, taking responsibility, teamwork and relationships, confidence, and attitude are several examples of the tools utilized and developed by EAP.
is generally employed with children aged 3 through 11 and provides a way for them to express their experiences and feelings through a natural, self-guided, self-healing process. As childrenÕs experiences and knowledge are often communicated through play, it becomes an important vehicle for them to know and accept themselves and others.
Play Therapy is often used as a tool of diagnosis. A play therapist observes a client playing with toys (play-houses, pets, dolls, etc.) to determine the cause of the disturbed behavior. The objects and patterns of play, as well as the willingness to interact with the therapist, can be used to understand the underlying rationale for behavior both inside and outside the session. Play therapist at Samaritan are also trained in experiential play therapy which utilizes interactive play between the therapist and the child.
Play therapy is helpful for children dealing with issues of abandonment, school stressors, blended family issues, childhood abuse, learning disabilities, social struggles, death, foster care, adoption, anxiety, depression, trauma and bullying just to name a few.