Katie has been with Solstice East for two years and has a specific focus on working with adolescents who have experienced trauma. She works with girls with trauma with EMDR, Trauma Release Exercises and Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Pyschotherapy. She also appreciates the power of the residential setting and recognizes that the mentors at Solstice are a huge part of assisting teens in building new skills for a healthier future.
Katie expresses she is also proud of her ability to help girls in their work towards understanding how to build and maintain healthy (deleted here) relationships based on mutual respect and good communication skills.
In response to that goal, she mentions a specific child. “I had a 15 year old who was extremely angry and came to us with suicidal tendencies.”
The girl struggled with self-esteem issues and feeling unworthy. Katie decided to add equine therapy to this student’s treatment plan. Since horses provide honest, unbiased and immediate feedback, the students at Solstice East learn from their relationships with the horses and translate that knowledge to their relationships with peers, family members, and themselves.
Reflecting on this particular student, Katie continued, “In working with the horses, we were able to break through to underlying issues. Horses have a unique ability to help our students see their patterns and be more open to their emotions.”
This student was very practiced at avoiding many of her emotions which were contributing to her anger, depression and conflict in relationships.
“With the horses, we were able to help this student regulate her emotions and have more insight into herself.” Katie added, “Then, also with the horses, she was able to practice a new, healthier way of being in relationship.”
Katie adds with clarity something she really loves about Solstice East, “Parents can be assured that the entire staff at Solstice will always have the best interests of their child as their primary focus. They can know that their child will always be safe and well cared for during their stay at Solstice East.”