Our equine therapy empowerment programs are designed to provide valuable learning experiences for all of our visitors. Whether you are interested in improving your leadership skills, creating a more cohesive group dynamic through team-building activities, or looking for support from a meaningful personal development workshop, Promise of a New Spirit offers fun and engaging learning experiences for people of all ages.
Through the immediate and unbiased feedback of our gentle, loving horses, participants can embark upon a journey of reflection and self-discovery.
What is Equine Therapy?
Our Promise of New Spirit Equine Therapy Programs utilize horses as co-facilitators and teachers in the learning process. Just as horses carry people on their backs, our workshops offer a supportive environment for those struggling with a variety of needs and concerns. Acting as a mirror, horses provide immediate feedback to human emotions and behaviors.
These programs are designed to create significant learning moments that are applicable and transferable to your professional and personal life. Program participants can see positive improvements with many issues such as boundary awareness, behaviors and attitude, problem-solving, trust and respect, and verbal and non-verbal communications.
Fee: $100/hour or $500 for six sessions. If sessions are scheduled near feeding time, clients are offered the opportunity to feed the horses, as well.
Dear Marisa; Your passion, love and dedication is a beautiful thing. It's so important for people and children especially to understand horses as sensitive and intelligent beings and you make that so clear with your 'unbridled' energy and devotion.Pat and John
After a bit of 'meet and greet', which included some gentle horse grooming, (enabling both the horse and I to get acquainted), focus increases, blood pressure decreases and suddenly, calm, and wonder and trust begins to unfold. It is a partnership of learning together and respecting what each of us teaches the other. I wished it would never end.Cindy
Surviving Anxiety Through Our Horses
The Spirit’s Promise Equine Therapy Program, “Surviving Anxiety Through Our Horses,” is an EAGALA-based program as follows:
- All work is conducted on the ground, there no mounted work as a part of the model
- The therapeutic goals and routines remain solution focused for the client by way of experiential learning and behavioral rehearsal for self discovery (in other words as little talking as possible).
Equine Therapy for Cancer Survivors
Spirits Promise Equine Therapy Program, “Promise of a New Spirit,” is currently developing a program for cancer survivors, as a secondary, continuing therapy following preliminary exercise after surgery.
After a successful search for the appropriate physical therapist, we anticipate that we will be up and running by this summer. We hope to be at the forefront of this very important therapy and hope you will help us get the word out!
Vicki Cooper (Our in-house therapist) was born and raised on the east end of Long Island. Vicki has a Masters Degree in Social Work with a specialization in Trauma. Vicki has worked with a homeless shelter for teen mothers, victims of crimes, sexual assault and domestic violence. Vicki also volunteers her time as a rape crisis counselor.
Vicki dedicates her time working with clients at Spirit’s Promise specializing in Equine Assisted Therapy to help improve self esteem, trust of others and self, anxiety, depression and to help clients feel empowered. She has an extraordinary talent for providing an immediate sense of connection and safety to each new person that she engages with, whether that person is a child who has struggled with ADHD or bullying, a U.S. Veteran adjusting to life back in the states or a woman who is facing the enormous challenges and chaos of reaching out for help as a victim of abuse which too often has left her feeling isolated, powerless or misunderstood. Vicki has unwavering dedication to the ideal that every person’s right to justice, safety, respect and opportunity must be upheld and protected.
While Vicki is not working or volunteering she is spending time with her beautiful family. Vicki has a very supportive husband, mother, and three children. She is very proud of the work she is doing and the support she receives from those around her.