Soul to Soles Services

Soul to Soles Connection offers ground-based mental health treatment for FREE at our private 40-acre farm in Mooresville, NC.

While riding and horsemanship are beneficial, it can obscure the primary mechanism which makes Equine Assisted Psychotherapy so effective – the horse’s natural, unfiltered, and unbiased response to the client’s psychological material (behavior, thoughts, feelings, attitudes). There is a freedom to move, connect and be present.

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, “Equine (assisted) Therapy has shown to be effective in treating patients, including combat veterans, with PTSD, depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorders and other chronic mental illnesses.” – The Journal of the American Medical Association

Did you know?

The number of veterans receiving mental health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs increased 90% from FY 2006-2019.

1.1 million Veterans who were treated by VA between 2010–2011 were diagnosed with depression, PTSD, substance use disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder

77% of Active-Duty Service Members hospitalized for PTSD had more than one diagnosis

Frequency and the duration of deployments directly impact emotional difficulties among military children

As well as the mental health challenges among U.S. Army wives and marriages

1.7 million received treatment in a VA mental health program in 2018

1 in 4 women and 1 in 100 men experienced Military Sexual Trauma (MST) often leading to chronic PTSD

Approximately 22 veterans die by suicide every day, 1.5 times more likely than civilian counterparts.

SERVICES WE OFFER:

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Individual, Couple, or Family Sessions:

Participants will receive 8) 60 -minute ground based mental health counseling sessions with horses. Participants are agreeing to commit to 8 sessions resulting in optimum effectiveness. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion once all the program requirements are met. 

Anonymous pre/post assessment data will be collected and correlated. It is our hope, to establish Equine Assisted Psychotherapy as an evidence-based treatment option for PTSD through the VA enabling all veterans to have access to this model. 

If you would like to reserve your spot, please contact us, OR complete the Enrollment form.

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Closed Groups

Participants will receive 8) 90 -minute ground based mental health group counseling sessions, with horses. Groups will have a maximum of 10 Veterans. Participants are agreeing to commit to 8 sessions resulting in optimum effectiveness. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion once all the program requirements are met. 

Anonymous pre/post assessment data will be collected and correlated. It is our hope, to establish Equine Assisted Psychotherapy as an evidence-based treatment option for PTSD through the VA enabling all veterans to have access to this model. 

If you would like to reserve your spot, please contact us, OR complete the Enrollment form.

EMDR with Horses Sessions:

Participants will receive 8) 60-minute ground based EMDR counseling sessions with horses. Participants are agreeing to commit to 8 sessions resulting in optimum effectiveness. 

EMDR is a therapeutic tool that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  During EMDR, the therapist works with the client to identify a specific problem as the focus of the treatment session. The client calls to mind the disturbing issue/event, what was seen, felt, heard, thought, as well as what thoughts and beliefs are currently held about that event. This type of therapy encourages the client to briefly focus on a traumatic memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (movement using both hands and engaging both sides of the brain), which is associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories.  The horses provide a unique support/resource for clients while processing these difficult memories/experiences, often providing an even deeper level of healing of trauma.

If you would like to reserve your spot, please contact us, OR complete the Enrollment form.

Reiki Sessions

Enhance your body’s healing ability and release the blocks that are hindering your highest potential. Reiki is a safe, non-invasive form of natural energy-based healing. Release the stored energy of life by embracing a state of deep relaxation. Emotional responses are suppressed to help us survive, and now is your time to heal and thrive!

Reiki is utilized in healing all over the world, including in every-day-life, hospitals, hospices, and even in the Military for PTSD, to complement other forms of health treatments. Reiki does not replace the care physician or a psychotherapist. It does complement other types of treatment options as it increases the efficacy of healing.

Reiki sessions are 60 minutes and can be experienced in the office, on different locations around the farm, OR even from a distance. Clients lie on a massage table fully clothed, as Katie gently places her hands, on or just above your body. Reiki always works for your highest good, never causing harm.

If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us. 

Herd Meditation:

Participants will experience a 90-minute Guided Herd Meditation that will combine stillness and movement. It can be done individually or as a group. 

Meditation is a practice that focuses on mind and body integration and is used to calm the mental chatter. Meditation can include sitting, movement, breathing, sounds, visualizations, or mantras. It is used to aid in mindfulness – being present in the moment-by-moment of our thoughts, feelings, body, and environment. This experience will allow for a reduction in stress, anxiety, depression, blood pressure, and aid with memory, mood, and self-awareness! 

If you would like to reserve your spot, please contact us, OR complete the Enrollment form.

Retreats

Details coming soon!!

Our Partnerships:

Charlotte Vet Center

LKN Vets & Patriots

PTSD Foundation of America

Veterans Bridge Home

Purple Heart Homes

Welcome Home, Veterans

Checkered Flag Foundation

Heart of the Horse Sense

United Way

The Exchange Club of Mooresville / Lake Norman

Tee Off For A Veteran Golf Tournament

REFERRALS

We are pleased to have strategic partnerships with local veteran organizations. It is our goal to connect, share and support the work and resources available to our military population.

If you would like more information on our Referral Program, please Contact Us

We strive to never turn away anyone who has the courage to ask for help regardless of their service and/or manner of discharge.
  1. Experienced trauma at any point in their life, including but not limited to Combat Trauma, Military Sexual Trauma, Other PTS/D 
  2. Self Identifies as having a disability or meets the definition of a Disabled Veteran or Service Member (does not have to be connected or enrolled in the VA)
  3. Not barred from received VA benefits based on time in service
  4. Not barred from receiving VA pension based on the character of discharge