Bridges at Worthmore is pleased to announce therapeutic services including Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) are now available at Worthmore Equestrian Center, located on Maryland's scenic Eastern Shore.
"Bridges at Worthmore (a registered 501(c)(3)) is committed to ensuring our community has access to the therapeutic services it needs," said Bridges Board President Darby Hewes.
Now certified through the internationally recognized Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), the Bridges treatment team works with clients in creative horse-centered activities designed to address specific treatment goals. The team is equipped to address behavioral and health issues that include ADHD, autism, anxiety, depression, addiction, eating disorders, couples therapy, stress management, recidivism, teamwork, sexual abuse, leadership skills, trauma-related disorders including PTSD, bullying, empathy, and effective communication.
"The results we have seen are nothing short of spectacular," said team member and Equine Specialist Pam Kuster. Like any treatment program, the number of sessions is highly individualized. However, both professionals and clients report that the time spent in an EAGALA session has an impact that would commonly take several sessions, or even months. "EAGALA provides clients the opportunity to do more than just talk as is done in a typical therapy office setting – clients get engaged and learn from their experience, which has a longer-lasting impact," said Barbie Glenn, team member and Mental Health Therapist. Services are customized and developed for clients such as at-risk youths, criminal offenders, trauma survivors, families, couples, veterans, service members and their families, and even corporate groups for teambuilding.
Because of the non-verbal nature and appeal of horses, the EAGALA model of treatment has grown worldwide. "We are pleased that these innovative and effective EAGALA treatment solutions are now available on Maryland's Eastern Shore," said Bridges Board President Darby Hewes.
Equine Specialist Pam Kuster is owner and director of Worthmore Equestrian Center has worked in the horse industry for over 40 years. Worthmore Equestrian Center is a registered Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) Center and has been in operation since 2004. In 1992, Pam had a major life change when her son, Scott, was diagnosed with autism. From that point forward, Pam became extremely active in disability advocacy and provided testimony on NJ legislation on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Family Support Act of NJ, and was Executive Co-Director of the NJ Statewide Parent Advocacy Network.
Mental Health Therapist Barbie Glenn is currently employed by Eastern Shore Psychotherapeutic Services in Easton, MD as a Psychotherapist. She has over 20 years of experience working in the mental health field with adults and children with chronic mental health, trauma, abuse, and addiction. Barbie holds a Maryland State license as a Professional Counselor, has attained certification as a National Certified Counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc., and is a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner through the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association. In addition to her work with ESPS and Bridges at Worthmore, she also volunteers as a grief counselor for Hospice of Queen Anne's County.
For more information on EAP and EAL therapeutic services available, visit our website at: www.worthmoreequestrian.com
More information on EAGALA, is available on their website at: www.eagala.org