” Even though I have been aware of the way I approach new situations and others for quite some time, this experience lead me to question whether this approach is really necessary any more. Also, in thinking about the horse that I was most drawn to and why I realized that I need to me more conscience in growing those qualities within myself that I value.”
“Our son had been diagnosed with clinical depression and had had unsuccessful experiences with six therapists in individual and group psychotherapy, with whom he openly had resisted. Thanks to Ms Nussen’s unique strategies and her caring and compassionate demeanor, our son opened up considerably more without pressure. He did not resist therapy and he did share his feelings. Ms Nussen’s observations in his reactions and answers correlated with the horse reactions so that our son felt confident during the sessions. My husband and I consider our experience with Ms Nussen to be a breakthrough for our son and we are deeply grateful to her for her successful professional service.”
~ V. C.
“I was able to open up in an environment that was relaxing and peaceful. My comfort zone expanded and I was able to say more than usual. I’ve learned a lot here to help me accomplish all of my goals. I was able to take characteristics about the horses and connect them to my life.”
~ M. F.
“..Absolutely valuable. It is allowing me to be around horses, which I’ve wanted to do my whole life, and work on myself at the same time.”
EW: How did the horses help you gain perspective about yourself? “I identified with the chestnut horse who I interpreted as smaller and in need of protection. But by the end of the session she behaved independently, confidently, involved, the center of attention. I am often like that. I feel weak and in need of attention, but in my own time I am learning to be confident, involved, and others will enjoy me.” ~ T.B.
EW (to a psychotherapist): How did the horses help you gain perspective about your clients? “The horses helped me see the process that my clients need to go through. Sometimes as therapists we get impatient and want them to heal and get better quicker, but it was an important reminder to just be there with them as they are. I realized that it was similar to working with kids in play therapy and how when working with adults that space for creativity and nonverbal processing is not really available.” ~ L.R.