Serving Those Who Serve
We spoke at a conference in February and our summary was published in the Journal of Applied Christian Counseling (Volume 6 Number 1 Spring of 2020 edition) edited by Tom Kennedy
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Annie Up Counseling is a veteran owned organization that was formed to help active duty military, veterans, first responders, and teachers who have experienced trauma or have ongoing trauma in their lives. The country expects a lot from these indivduals and they expect very little in return. However, every day the lives of these great heroes as well as their families are impacted by what they have experienced during their time of service. We partner with horses to offer life changing experiences for individuals, couples and families seeking help for anxiety, depression, grief, loss, and trauma.
We do not offer the traditional "sit on a couch talk therapy." While there is a place for that, talking about trauma does not tend to be as powerful as experiencing real change in real time. We offer Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), a powerful, experiential type of therapy that involves working with horses in a peaceful, confidential, outdoor environment to address issues resulting from the effects of trauma.
WHAT TO EXPECT
When you arrive at the ranch, you will be greeted by the therapy team and shown to the cabin where we will begin the session. After some introductions, the therapist will get some basic background information. During this time, you and the therapy team will set goals for your time together. After the goals are set, we will begin to meet the herd so you can choose the equine partner with whom you will build a relationship. Once you have chosen your equine partner, we will bring them to a round pen where you can begin working together.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is an experiential form of therapy that involves working with horses to address issues resulting from the effects of trauma. Horses respond honestly and without judgment, allowing clients to experience immediate and helpful feedback about their relational patterns. Horses provide opportunities to practice assertive communication, set boundaries, make requests, learn emotional regulation skills, and build trust and confidence in a mutual partnership. All of the skills used to build relationship with the horse are transferable outside the round pen to human relationships.
Come spend a restful, refreshing weekend in our peaceful ranch setting to repair or celebrate your bond with your partner. We have an Airbnb option on the property or you can stay offsite if you prefer. The weekend will offer a combination of structured activities with horses as well as time for relaxation and rest.
We offer team building sessions in both a half and full day format, providing opportunities for connection and growth for groups such as corporations, military units, therapy offices etc. These sessions provide powerful opportunities to uncover and address work place stressors, improve communication, promote greater unity and understanding, and encourage commitment to common goals in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. Even people with a fear of horses or little to no horse experience report positive outcomes after attending our team building sessions.
GIVING BACK TO THOSE WHO SERVE
Many individuals who serve our country, states, or cities hesitate to seek any form of counseling due to the stigma involved. We want to offer those who are serving an opportunity to receive Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), however many cannot afford to pay out of pocket for these services.
Annie Up Counseling has developed "Got Your Back Saturdays" in order to offer free one time sessions for service members in need. However, many of our clients are coming with multiple traumas and/or ongoing traumas as well as broken relationships with self and others. In order to serve this population adequately, we want to be able to have weekly or bi-weekly session with them. This is where we would like to ask for your help. If you are interested in being a sponsor for one of our heroes or equine partners, please consider a monthly donation. If you prefer to give a one time gift, that will go to the needs of horse care, facility rent, and individual/family client sessions.
Other ways to support: buy our products in our our merchandise. All profits go towards the sponsorship of those serving our great country.
Each therapy team has a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and an Equine Specalist. All individuals are trained in the Natural Lifemanship model of EAP and are Trauma Informed.
We are able to see clients in
Lampasas, Texas & Manor, Texas
Other locations and arrangements can be made. Ask for details
Kathleen Choe is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 25 years experience in the field. She is certified in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Trauma Focused Therapy and EMDR.
Monique Overmyer has served 10 years on active duty in the Army and continues to serve in the reserves. She is a trained Equine Specialist and is studying to become a therapist specializing in working with the military.
In order to purchase merchandise, please email us or send your request in the "contact us" section below. You can pay by paypal by clicking on the link below or if you wish to pay by Venmo or another method, please let me know. Orders will be shipped within 10 business days (unless out of stock).
Monthly donations or one time gifts can be given. However, we are not a 501(c)3. If you would like to our sponsoring 501(c)3 (Chaplains Foundation), please contact us or visit their website.
If you would like to give to a specific individual or group, please feel free to contact us.
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All merchandise purchases help sponsor active duty military, veterans, and first responders with ongoing weekly Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
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