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Frequently Asked Questions

What services does Chinook Horses provide?

Chinook Horses offers equine-facilitated activities and therapy. Our specialized team, licensed therapists, equine specialists, and a group of equines, helps individuals enhance emotional self-regulation, resilience, self-esteem, coping skills, and communication abilities.

How does equine-facilitated therapy work?

Equine-facilitated therapy involves interactions with horses in a therapeutic setting. Clients engage in various activities with horses, which can lead to profound emotional and psychological benefits. The presence of the horse, along with the guidance of our skilled team, helps clients explore and address their emotions in a unique and empowering way.

What age group does Chinook Horses serve?

Although 65% of those we serve are children and adolescents, we also offer equine therapy to adults as well. Each therapy session is tailored to the specific needs and goals of the individual.

How many therapy sessions are typically recommended?

The number of therapy sessions recommended varies depending on the client's needs and progress. We work closely with our clients and their support network to develop a personalized treatment plan.

How much does each therapy session cost?

Please contact us directly for detailed pricing information, as the cost of each session may vary based on factors such as session duration, type of therapy, and any applicable insurance coverage.

Does Chinook Horses accept insurance?

Yes, we accept insurance coverage for our services. However, please note that Medicaid only covers two-thirds of our therapy expenses. To provide equitable access to all individuals, we rely on additional funding sources, such as grants and donations.

Can I volunteer at Chinook Horses?

Yes, we welcome volunteers who are passionate about our mission and wish to contribute to our fundraising events or serve on our board. Please visit our website to sign up for our newsletter or contact us to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

How can I support Chinook Horses' mission?

You can support us by making a donation, participating in fundraising events, or becoming a volunteer for our events or board. Your contributions directly help us continue offering our vital services to those in need.

Is equine-facilitated therapy safe?

Absolutely. Our team ensures the safety and well-being of both clients and horses during therapy sessions. Our horses are well-trained, and all interactions are carefully supervised by our licensed therapists and equine specialists.

How do I schedule a therapy session at Chinook Horses?

To schedule a therapy session or learn more about our services, please get in touch with us through We look forward to assisting you in your journey towards emotional growth and well-being.

Can equine-facilitated therapy benefit individuals with specific mental health conditions?

Yes, equine-facilitated therapy has shown promising results in assisting individuals with various mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders. Our team customizes therapy to address specific needs and goals.

What qualifications do the therapists and equine specialists at Chinook Horses have?

Our therapists are licensed and experienced professionals with specialized training in trauma-informed care, are Eagala certified for equine-facilitated therapy, and most have training in natural lifemanship and transpersonal psychotherapy. Our equine specialists are well-versed in horse behavior and handling. They work collaboratively to ensure a safe and effective therapeutic environment.

Do I need prior experience with horses to participate in equine-facilitated therapy?

No prior experience with horses is required. Our therapy sessions are designed to be inclusive and accessible to individuals with varying levels of horse knowledge. Our team will guide and support you throughout the process.

Are the therapy sessions conducted indoors or outdoors?

Our therapy sessions take place in a temperature-controlled indoor arena, where clients can engage with the horses in a tranquil setting. However, in specific cases, indoor sessions may be available if necessary.

How long is each equine-facilitated therapy session?

The duration of each therapy session can vary, typically ranging from 45 minutes to one hour. The session length will be determined based on the client's individual needs and treatment plan.

How can I refer a child or family to Chinook Horses for therapy services?

If you would like to refer a child or family to our services, please contact us directly through our website or by phone. We will guide you through the referral process and answer any questions you may have.

Does Chinook Horses offer group therapy sessions?

Yes, we provide group therapy sessions for clients who may benefit from the support and dynamics of a small group setting. Group therapy fosters communication and social skills, as well as a sense of community among participants.

Can I sponsor a therapy session for a child in need?

Absolutely! We never turn anyone away, even though Medicaid only covers one third of our session costs. Your contributions are welcome and can make a significant difference in a child's life.

Are the therapy sessions confidential?

Yes, all therapy sessions and client information are treated with strict confidentiality and in accordance with professional ethical standards, and we are HIPAA compliant.

How long has Chinook Horses been providing equine-facilitated therapy?

Chinook Horses has been providing equine-facilitated therapy since they were founded in 2016. Our experience and expertise contribute to the positive outcomes achieved by our clients.

Can parents or caregivers participate in therapy sessions with their child?

Parent or caregiver involvement can be beneficial in some cases. Depending on the client's needs and goals, our therapists may involve parents or caregivers in specific therapy activities to enhance the therapeutic process.

Are scholarships available for individuals who cannot afford therapy services?

Yes, we offer scholarship opportunities to ensure that our services are accessible to all individuals, regardless of their financial situation. Please reach out to us for more information on scholarship applications.

How can I stay updated on Chinook Horses' events and activities?

To stay informed about our events, activities, and impactful stories, please subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook or Instagram. We regularly share updates and insights to keep our community engaged.


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