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About Harbor Reins

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.


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.


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


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


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 Us

Amanda English Photography-46Amy E. Duffy MA LPCS NCC CCTP

Amy Duffy 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 Supervisor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.  Amy has completed advanced training in Natural Lifemanship (TF-EAP) and primarily uses this treatment modality in EAP sessions.



Forms & Consents

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








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




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.duffy@harborbehavioralhealth.com

Looking for Therapeutic Horseback Riding for those with Special needs?
We partner with Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding Program
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