A healthy lifestyle includes adequate sleep, exercise and nutrition to maintain physical health. Humans also have spiritual and emotional needs that are as important as their physical needs. Just as humans become physically ill without a healthy lifestyle, they will become mentally ill without time to think, create, pray, laugh and express themselves freely.
Mental illness and substance abuse hinder self-expression and interpersonal communication, leading to isolation. Resuming self-expression is critical for emotional well-being, so at Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego, our experiential therapy activities facilitate the process. We help teens rediscover the joys of self-expression, openly share ideas with others, learn new skills and have fun at the same time.
What is Experiential Therapy?
Experiential therapy is a method of psychotherapy using different types of therapeutic experiences rather than simply the spoken word. According to the American Society of Experiential Therapists, this form of therapy brings forth unconscious feelings that provide the patient and therapist unique insight into underlying thoughts and perceptions. This material can then be worked through in order to heal hidden wounds. Experiential therapy is, therefore, a treatment of choice in behavioral health centers and hospitals across the United States.
At Sovereign Health, we have designed our experiential therapy activities to facilitate communication, cognitive development and balanced lifestyle habits. Each activity is facilitated and supervised by specialized therapists, such as equine therapists, art therapists, music therapists and so forth.
During equine-assisted psychotherapy, teens learn how to safely communicate with horses and build relationships with them using nonverbal communication. Teens learn social skills such as respect, empathy, cooperation and boundary-setting while interacting with these majestic animals.
Evidence shows that working with horses causes the brain to produce stress-relieving hormones. These hormones decrease anxiety and stimulate the reward center of the brain, lifting depression symptoms. Teens enjoy working with horses as part of their experiential therapy exercises at Sovereign Health.