Two St. Charles County women say horse therapy has been life-changing.
"I knew we could not 'fix' everything but I truly believe this early intervention made a big difference in our lives and our ability to cope with the loss of our hero. " -Gene
"I lost my husband to suicide in November 2019. I can easily recall the devastation I felt and wondering how I could best support my 3 young children who were also struggling with this loss. My kids told me they did not want to sit in a counselor's office and talk to someone. I am so grateful that the school counselor told us about equine therapy. I reached out to Fran and her kindness was apparent from that very first call. I hung up feeling the first glimmer of hope I had felt in weeks. I remember Ian saying to me our goal is to change the trajectory for the kids."
"What was reveled to us in this therapy through the horses about ourselves was not like anything we had ever done before. The healing was real, the professionals are so good at what they do. We can handle life much differently"
- E & D.
"I saw Arise on the news and called. I had to do something, the pain was too much. Being with the horses was a relief . The things I learned are hard to explain, but after all the work with the therapy team I feel I can go on and be OK, be part of life again."
"I came to Arise Equine Therapy with full fledged PTSD that [destroyed] me following the tragic death of [my son] from [overdose]. I ended up spending over a year with Fran and Ian at the helm of my recovery. My tears of reflection remind me of how groundbreaking and revolutionary the whole life that the therapy took on. Therapy becomes a living story that continues beyond a session and lives in the heart and mind forever. The equine aspect of my therapy was one of the most beautiful moments I’ve ever lived during arguably the most devastating difficult days to live through. It is often that I think fondly of Arise and the greatest gift of healing that Fran and Ian gave me. I am forever grateful for my entire experience with Arise! Peace and love to all the animals at the farm❤️"
"It was a learning experience for sure and helps to see how we all handle situations. [Our son] did great and helped us see how he is able to complete a task that was new to him."
"It helped us see how we related to each other. We learned how to step back and let [our daughter] solve problems on her own. They gave us scenarios that we had to work through…we would like to work on more things so we can be a healthier family."
"So far [our daughter] is doing great!!! I'm amazed at how well she is doing!:) We can't thank you enough! We are both so happy about the progress she has made! We are even more excited that she is not on any medicine and doing amazing! 😊"
"I still tell people how amazing the work you all do is. And honestly miss coming there! Thank you for thinking of us and for all you have done."
"[My granddaughter] has made a lot of progress with you and for that I am forever grateful. Thank you for helping her accomplish this."
"Equine therapy was a good fit for my family. We were able to be outside, moving around, and connecting with the horses. We could process our grief together and had a safe place to talk about it with a counselor guiding us. My kids were in nature and interacting with horses and did not see this as therapy even though I could see them working through their emotions and problem solving."
TO PROTECT OUR CLIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES, CERTAIN IDENTIFYING INFORMATION HAS BEEN ALTERED.