Reining in Anxiety: A Program for Children and their Parents
Many children and adolescents have mild to moderate anxiety.
Our new program — Reining in Anxiety™— is evaluating whether the combination of therapeutic horseback riding (THR) and cognitive behavioral therapy reduces the symptoms of anxiety. The program teaches kids, and their parents, tools and techniques to better manage anxiety.
Learn more about our program below, including the science behind therapeutic horseback riding, cognitive behavioral therapy, and how this 10-session program is designed to help ease the symptoms of anxiety and improve day-to-day functioning.
Participation in the program is free and confidential. Interested in participating? Please call or email Reining in Anxiety program coordinators: Lauren @ (646) 754-4873, or email; or Dana @ (646) 754-5917 or email.
Once you are enrolled in the program, you will be given a password to login to the entire website; if you are enrolled in the program and need the password, please contact Lauren or Dana.
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We Ride ....
Ride to Build Confidence, Self-Efficacy, and Self-Regulation
Therapeutic horseback riding can help kids build confidence in managing their anxiety. Horses and human share similar social and responsive behaviors, and as such, it is easy for kids to create a strong bond or connection with the horse. And, because horses are herd/ prey animals, they are finely attuned to human behavior, and as such, horses can reflect or mirror kids' behavior-- and kids notice and recognize that --often more than the verbal feedback they may get from a therapist.
We Learn ....
Learn Strategies and Skills for Managing Anxiety
CBT, or cognitive behavioral therapy, is a proven set of strategies and skills that helps kids better manage their anxiety.
Over the course of ten sessions, kids and their parents learn new skills and strategies for better managing anxiety. Some of these skills include: recognizing and finding clues to their own anxiety, learning and practicing relaxation techniques and other skills for coping, as well as changing negative thoughts and learning problem-solving skills.
Practice Using the Strategies and Skills
Using their journal, kids will practice the strategies and skills they learn each session to help them better cope with anxiety.
For example, in one of the sessions, kids will identify coping skills for anxiety, like listening to music; in another, kids will learn about negative thoughts they may have, write them down, and write down other better thoughts that they could have. In this way, the homework in the journal reinforces the skills learned in each session.