Recreational Therapy

Therapy doesn’t have to be intimidating. Through recreational therapy, Veterans can achieve greatness together with animal and human companions. Veteran Rescue offers the following:

Equine Therapy


Can grooming and riding horses foster recovery from mental illness? According to a recent article published in the Psychiatric Times, the answer is “yes”.

“Evidence has continued to accumulate; more rigorous controlled studies are being conducted, resulting in the emergence of a significant body of literature supporting the therapeutic value of the human-companion animal interaction.” An article reviewing the benefits of animal-assisted therapy has even appeared in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association.

Benefits of Equine Therapy

Animal-assisted therapy has shown evidenced-based efficacy in patients including war veterans with PTSD, depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorders, dissociative disorders, and other chronic mental illnesses.In light of research and observational findings, experts suggest that Equine Therapy a common form of animal-assisted therapy–may yield a variety of psychotherapeutic benefits.

What we will accomplish:

  • Confidence
  • Self-efficacy
  • Self-concept
  • Communication
  • Trust
  • Perspective
  • Anxiety reduction
  • Decreasing isolation
  • Self-acceptance
  • and much more.


PTSD Treatment Options

Not every treatment is offered at your VA Hospital or clinic.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Treatments for PTSD these include:Exposure Therapy, Stress-Inoculation Training, and Cognitive Processing Therapy.
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for PTSD
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Medications for PTSD
  • Treatments for the Co-Occurrence of PTSD and Substance Use
  • PTSD and Hypnosis
  • PTSD and Depression go hand in hand with mTBI and TBI
  • Evidence based treatment
  • Recreational based treatment
  • Equine Therapy


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