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About Harbor Reins
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About Harbor Reins

Harbor Reins is a nonprofit organization offering mental health treatment to veterans, military, and their families.  We have the unique ability to combine traditional mental health treatment  with Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.  Yes! Therapy with horses!

whitehorsex450We are passionate about serving veterans, military, and their families and provide easily accessible treatment in their communities.  Harbor Reins is here to provide quality, evidenced-based, and effective treatment to veterans and military in North Carolina.

OUR THERAPY

Equine assisted therapy utilizes the client’s relationship with the horse, combined with the rhythmic pattern of the horse’s movement, to heal from the exposure to trauma or chronic stressors.  This same relationship with the horse can assist with deployment, re-entry, and interpersonal difficulties.

OUR VISION

Harbor Reins desires that no military service member, veteran, or their family member, go without mental health treatment.

OUR MISSION

Harbor Reins exists to provide mental health treatment – specifically equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) – to military service members, veterans, and their family members.  

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Trauma Focused – Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Trauma Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy has two components, Relationship Logic and Rhythmic Riding. This treatment modality utilizes the relationship with the horse, combined with the rhythmic pattern of the horse’s movement, to heal from the exposure of trauma and other life stressors.

                                            Relationship Logic 

Amanda English Photography-36Relationship Logic is an experiential intervention. During Relationship Logic, each participant will identify a horse they will begin building a relationship with. As they begin to build a relationship with this horse, participants will re-create and engage in behavior patterns they are accustomed to and have utilized throughout their lives. It is the goal of Relationship Logic to facilitate and influence the client to acknowledge and understand the problems that exist. As this occurs, the psychotherapist and equine specialist will guide the participant in developing healthier behaviors and techniques to managing emotions and behaviors.

Rhythmic Riding

Rhythmic Riding consists of both psychoeducation regarding the physiological responses   to stress, and how to properly manage these responses in a healthier manner. Common emotional regulation techniques addressed in Rhythmic Riding sessions are controlled breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, positive self-talk, and mindfulness. The techniques utilized are similar to those addressed in Cognitive Behavioral treatments. Participants will also be educated on the neurological effects that exposure to trauma and chronic stress can have and the disorganization that can occur in the brain. As a participant progresses through Rhythmic Riding sessions, they will learn to ride the horse to the tempo of music being played while also learning to recognize their bodies response to stress and regulate these responses.

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Meet Our EAP Team

Amanda English Photography-46Amy E. Gressler MA LPC NCC CCTP

Amy Gressler serves as the Executive Director and Founder of Harbor Reins.  As the granddaughter of a WWII veteran, Amy has always had a special place in her heart for military and veterans.  This strong connection to our nation’s heroes made the decision to form Harbor Reins an easy one.  Amy also works in the mental health role during Equine Assisted Psychotherapy sessions, utilizing over a decade of her experience from the mental health field. Amy is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.  Amy has completed advanced training in Natural Lifemanship (TF-EAP) and is currently pursuing dual certification as both an Equine Professional and Mental Health Professional through the Natural Lifemanship program.

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Liza Chartier MEd. NCC

Liza Chartier functions as the Equine Director for Harbor Reins and works in the equine specialist role during Equine Assisted Psychotherapy sessions. She has over 20 years of horse experience, holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from NCSU, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Meredith College, and an Associate’s degree in Equine Technology from Martin Community College. Liza has completed advanced training in Natural Lifemanship (TF-EAP) and is currently pursuing dual certification as both an Equine Professional and Mental Health Professional through the Natural Lifemanship program.

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Forms & Consents

Click on a link below to download a PDF of our forms and notices. Please bring completed forms to your next appointment.

CONSENT FOR TREATMENT

NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES

CONSENT TO RELEASE INFORMATION

REFERRAL FORM

EQUESTRIAN LIABILITY FORM

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News

Register Now!  – Harbor Reins Freedom 5k

10/23/16 – Harbor Reins Freedom 5k                                                          
Wake Med Soccer Park
201 Soccer Park Dr, Cary, NC


5/25/16  – Media Release 

5/29/16 – Harbor Reins in the News! WCNC

6/6/16 – Cary Citizen shares a story about Harbor Reins

 

 

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Join Us!

Volunteer and Internship Opportunities harbor reins equine psychotherapy cary nc

Harbor Reins is always looking for volunteers to assist in carrying out our program’s mission.

Please contact us for more information.

Online fundraising for Military and Veteran Scholarships at Razoo

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Contact Us

Phone: 919-791-7545

Fax: 919-747-4257

Office Address: 1135 Kildaire Farm Rd, Suite 303, Cary, NC 27511  (click here for MAP)

Farm Location – Address will be sent to registered participants.

Harbor Reins – Email: amy.gressler@harborreins.org