Jason has Asperger Syndrome, as a result of which he has difficulty in social situations. These difficulties have had a number of significant impacts on his life, particularly in education, always as a result of social rather than academic problems.
He has received various treatments over the years, some drug based and some talking based, some self-financed, some NHS financed. Drug therapies have worked to some extent, while talking therapies have not, but regardless of the efficacy of the various treatments he has received, any improvement in his ability to cope have been temporary. Jason is also very disillusioned by public mental health provision, which he feels has let him down.
Jason’s mother heard about Horse Sense and felt it might benefit him because of Equine Therapy’s excellent history of helping people with social difficulties. He describes his sessions as being far more effective than anything he has previously done, and that those positive impacts are achieved without drugs and in a much shorter period of time. Like earlier treatments, the positive impacts wear off over time, but the impacts last longer. Jason is very positive about returning to Horse Sense from time to time in order to keep his symptoms under control, because he knows that it will be effective and not too time consuming.
He describes his encounters with the horses as being incredibly powerful, with the horses being very sensitive to his mood, particularly the anxiety which plagues him. Related to this is that he feels human beings are too prone to faking their reactions to him. Horses in contrast act on instinct and so are incapable of fake reactions. He especially appreciates that he isn’t judged, which he feels always happens with human therapists however competent. In addition he feels that a practical activity in addition to talking is important.
Jason’s view of Horse Sense is especially interesting because of the range and extent of the talking therapies he has used in the past. He has found talking not to be particularly helpful, although he is quick to point out that it can work for some. He dislikes giving therapists lots of detail about his life without ever finding out anything about the therapist.
As a result of his work with Horse Sense, Jason is much more positive about his life, and is about to embark on a degree in Sports Journalism. He’s confident that this time, with support from Horse Sense he will be able to complete the course.
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